Elecraft Amplifier to be announced at Visalia CA Hamfest

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by K2HAT, Apr 20, 2017.

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  1. WA7PRC

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    Ya know, if you make L in the output network adjustable, you can match into a much wider load impedance. That's my plan:
    I expect to be able to hit ZLOAD = 25Ω to 500Ω. Note that C4 has about 750pF adjustment, and Cx is selected to set the range. :)
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  2. WA6MHZ

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    Here it is
    I heard they are getting $6000 for it!!!
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  3. WA4SIX

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    I buy SS surplus junk. Alter it a bit & use it.
    My Larcan 1.5KW TV transmitter is for 6 meters & I am working on a deck from an MRI machine for 80-10M. Server power supplies are cheap.
    Highest cost for the new amp will be the Russian diplexer LPF.
    I'm a cheap ham.
    I like cheap legal limit.
    None of it is pretty, but functional.
    Total outlay for both (With scrounging) will be under $1k.
    In life, I think I get the most fun out of repurposing stuff. It gives me great satisfaction.

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  4. N2EY

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    There's also the factor that your stuff actually works.....
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  5. WB2WIK

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    A steal!

    They'll sell plenty of them at that price, given Elecraft's reputation and following.
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  6. KV6O

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    Agreed. It's one of the least expensive (if not THE LEAST) SS legal limit amps you can buy, well, almost. You can't buy it just yet. And it's not some Joe-blow manufacturer, this is Elecraft.

    I am looking forward to hearing more, like what kind of duty cycle will it have? The KPA 500 is rated at 500W for "10 minutes key down / 5 minutes standby" according to it's manual. I hope the KPA 1500 is similar, that would be really nice! I expect the IMD figure to be good to excellent - this is Elecraft.

    And PIN diode switching is soooo nice.... all for $6k? Wow.

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  7. WA7PRC

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    OTOH, it's $6000 only ONCE.
    That's been said about me, too. :p:rolleyes:
  8. N6YFM

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    All true Cathy. The real point here is complexity. Tube amps are REALLY simple, design wise.
    In the tube amps, the selling cost can be lower due to really simple design and low parts count.
    With the trade off of manually tuning, dangerous high voltages, and fragile glass for shipping.

    With solid state, you get rid of high voltages, manual tuning, and fragile glass, at the expense
    of many more parts in the design, very unforgiving and expensive experiments with thermal management trade-offs during the design phase, oscillations during the design phase that destroy the LDMOS device in a fraction of a second at power-on before you realize what happened, all of which translates into very much larger design costs up front.

    One small correction; The Elecraft KPA-500 I have currently sells for 2,274.95 assembled,
    and $200 less as a kit. [I have both tube and SS amplifiers and use both]


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  9. N6YFM

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    Bryan: Come on down to Los Angeles; I charge $100/hr for computer work, and have to turn down stuff I have no time for. Endless number of people here that click on stuff they really should not, while not having virus software installed, and do it again, and again, and again :) Profitable.

    Ya' can't fix stupid, but ya' can charge for it :)


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  10. N6YFM

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    Right about adjustable "L". My Henry 2K classic uses a roller inductor also, but for some
    reason they chose not to cover 160 in that amp. It should have been do-able, and I could mod
    the thing, but given my small property I will not figure out a 160m antenna any time soon, so punt. :)

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