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Comparing Transistor Output to Gain More Power Output ?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by K2WH, Dec 1, 2019.

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  1. K2WH

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    I am restoring an old ICOM 202 SSB 2 meter portable. I have determined, the final transistor a 2SC-1947 is bad since I have zero output but monitoring the driver signal it is clear and intelligible.

    I would like to replace it with a transistor with similar ratings but possibly more power output than the 3 watts specified for the ICOM-202.

    I have repaired these little rigs before, and this "New" one, I would like to try a different transistor than the 2SC-1947 if available.

    I have already order 2 of the 1947's, but would like to know how to search or compare to a transistor with more power gain but yet operate within the same circuit parameters with minor adjustments.

  2. KD8DEY

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  3. KA9JLM

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    That most likely will not happen with minor adjustments.

    But could be done with some work. A bigger heatsink would be required.

    Have Fun.
  4. K2WH

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    Thanks for the NTE info.

    I should have known that and just to be sure that transistor is bad, I'm going to check the meter diode detector to see if that is bad, just in case I don't have a blown transistor but just a bad meter rectifier.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2019
  5. KB0MNM

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    That 2SC1947 reminds me of a transistor which was frequently replaced by a 2N3055 in television flyback circuits. Be certain that you consider: 1. Gain is usually a function of a capacitor in certain circuits. 2. Electrolytic capacitors can develop a high Equivalent Series Resistance ( ESR ), sometimes also described as a 'lumped-sum' impedance issue. Lumped-sum describes how by either manufacture or age, all components actually have attributes of others- sometimes more pronounced at high frequencies. Capacitors and inductors both have inherent resistance, yet capacitors tend to exhibit more resistance with age. 3. There is almost always a penalty if a semiconductor device gets hot, which is why temperature-compensation / shutdown diodes are frequently used in output circuits.
  6. KM3F

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    Check the specs for max frequency and power first, then if the radio power supply is capable of the power input needed for the power out specified.
  7. KL7AJ

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    And, don't confuse power gain with total output power capacity. Some of your more powerful transistors don't have as much gain as "weaker" ones, but need a lot more driving power, which could require a bit of redesign work.
  8. W1VT

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    Yes, Eric makes a good point. A bigger device usually has more input capacitance and a lower input resistance, which requires more driving power. Sometimes you can go to much hotter technology, but this usually requires a lot of work to avoid creating an oscillator.

    If your electrical engineering skills are weak, perhaps the most straightforward redesign is to substitute a 28 volt device, and run just the final off of 24 to 28 volts.

    Zak W1VT
  9. KP4SX

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    Easy to do. All you need is an extra battery bag hanging off of the Icom 202 :rolleyes:
  10. W1VT

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    RF Parts has the MRF 237 NOS, which is rated at 4 watts at 175MHz, 12 volt supply. Unusual pinout, as the emitter is connected to the case instead of the collector.

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