572B Tubes

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by AG4RT, Nov 3, 2015.

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  1. WD8T

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    In my case I picked up a working SB200 locally for $150 with the Harbach power supply board and soft start installed. I put in the soft-key kit. So even with the spare 572B's I ordered I've got an amp that will do 5-600 watts with less than full drive power for about $360. For the extra s unit an Al-80B would provide it's not worth it to me and the SB200 gives me more than enough power when I need to use it...which is rarely.
  2. W8JX

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    You mean for the extra 1/2 S-unit at best (and much closer to 2db at best effort)
  3. VE3TMT

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    I have to agree. Got my mint FL2100B for $400 CAD. Original Cetrons still do 600W, but I run it no more than 400W. I find that is fine 99.9% of the time. With the $100 in upgrades and mods done by me, the amp should last years and years.
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  4. KM1H

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    Neither AL-811 version will do any more with 572B's since the grid current is the limit; its still a 811A at heart and just the anode changed. Besides I would not want to run much more thru that rinky dink bandswitch and the rest of the poverty level parts used.

    The 572B hasnt had an anode orientation problem for over 20 years now unless someone has been selling/using the factory rejects.
  5. WD8T

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    You are correct sir! I feel even better about my little green amp :)
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  6. N8VIL

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    When the tubes are fitted the grids should be in a vertical position. Not in a horizontal and laying flat. I have not seen any 572b tubes that the bases were keyed differently but that doesn't mean there are not any.
  7. G3YRO

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    They are actually horizontal in MOST Linears that use 572Bs !

    That includes my FL2000B. As posted above, I bought a pair of them direct from China 3-4 years ago, and they are superb copies of the Cetron tubes . . . they have a lot of hard use (including contests), and still giving up to 600W output.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2015
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  8. W8JX

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    It is truly a shame that nobody made a modern SB 200 clone. It would of been a much better 600 watt amp any AL 811/811H. Also 2 ea 572's have about 50% more safe dissipation than 4 ea 811's
  9. N8VIL

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    My grids are in a vertical position as in up and down. The tube is mounted in a horizontal position.

    + < Grid Vertical

    O + + + O < Grid Horizontal -- Will cause a sag and short.

    I have not seen any tubes that were 90 degrees offset in the base.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2015
  10. W1QJ

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    Theory is one thing and practicality is another.

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