Best amp for beginners

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by WW4LS, Apr 12, 2021.

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  1. WW4LS

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    What amp would you all recommend for someone who's never used one before?
     
  2. KL7AJ

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    Anything you can afford!
    SB 200s are plentiful and pretty bulletproof
     
  3. NG1H

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    Decide what design you want:

    Tube amps are more flexible but unless buying high end requires a lot of "fiddling".
    Solid State are more likely to be very simple but usually need either a well tuned antenna system or a tuner which can handle high power. Which then requires fiddling unless you buy high end.

    Then decide how much money you want to spend.

    From the above the choices can better be narrowed down.
     
  4. WW4LS

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    I've been looking at the Ameritron HF Power Amplifiers ALS-500M what do you all know about it?
     
  5. KD2ACO

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    The 500 may be suitable for a car. The 600 is better for installed at-home operation.

    Are your antennas and cables good for several hundred watts? Do you use an antenna tuner already? What radio are you running?
     
  6. WW4LS

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    Yaesu ft dx 1200 with rg8u into a hustler 5btv. The antenna has low swr's on the bands I want to work 20 and 40 If I do need to clean it up a bit I use the tuner in the radio but I rarely need to on the hustler.I have times microwave lmr 400 for the jumpers coming into the shack from the mfj window feed thru panel
     
  7. AJ4GQ

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    I understand your question but would like to suggest you optimize your antenna system first. That will provide a much bigger bang for the buck than an amp.
     
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  8. K0UO

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    For What bands???
    HF/VHF/UHF??
     
  9. WW4LS

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    HF 6-80m
     
  10. NG1H

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    Well, from what I've read even the designer doesn't recommend it for non-mobile use. Getting it to work at 12V involved so many issues that it is not a very good amp. The ALS-600 is supposed to be much better.

    I'm also with AJ4GQ. Put your money into a better antenna first.
     
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