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Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KA4DPO, Dec 5, 2018.

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  1. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Looking for opinions, who makes the best amplifiers?
  2. W2AI

    W2AI QRZ Lifetime Member #240 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    How much are you willing to spend?? I have had good experiences with Both the Ameritron 811H and the AL-1500.
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  3. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    The guy who rolls his own, of course.
    KI4AX, WA5VGO, K0DD and 5 others like this.
  4. KK5JY

    KK5JY Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    For what bands? HF amplifiers are quite different from VHF amplifiers, which are quite different from microwave amplifiers.

    If HF, do you have a preference between tubes and transistors?
  5. K1OIK

    K1OIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Flex (but you can't get them) and Elecraft, at times Elecraft offers .000000000000000000000000000001% discounts.
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  6. KY5U

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    FatBoy and Texas Star. Get the one with them most "pills".
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  7. AE1N

    AE1N Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just bought an Ameritron ALS-500m. Solid State. NO warm-up. Very quiet. 400 watts cw. 500 watts SSB. I recommend.
    Bang for the buck is the Ameritron AL-811H.
    Layne AE1N
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  8. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    YES. I think broadcasts amps are into the megawatt range... A wee bit of charge in the Amateur range. Give your call sign, and we can recommend something a bit form fitting.

    Otherwise, WHY are you looking in the "Amateur ranks?" We (legally) are in the LOW kilowatt range. (MEGAWATT , TROLL detected)
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2018
  9. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    That and some guy named Dave is all the rage!! Swing is the thing!!

    But really, the AL-80B is the best bang for the buck out there for HF.
    W9FL, NL7W, K9ASE and 2 others like this.
  10. WB9OST

    WB9OST Ham Member QRZ Page

    Only 2 good amps made.
    Yours and mine and I am not sure about yours.
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