Interesting amplifier comment heard on the air

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Amplifiers' started by W7UUU, Apr 11, 2021.

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  1. K0UO

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    Before SS amps many of us had identical amps on each band. You could change band instantly.
    That is why there are so many "Tube" amps still just setting around.

    And the contest stations all did it.
    I like what K3LR has as a contest station/ he has very simple amplifiers for each band only, that way the guest operator can't get in and screw around with the amplifier and blow it up!
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2021
  2. AD5HR

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    Especially if they're "rockbound"!
  3. W4LJ

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    I see no issues with having multiple amplifiers :),but never tuning them? Doesn't make sense.
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  4. WA4SIX

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    Not him. Can't remember the callsign. He almost needed my mobile amp for 10M once for a contest, but got his running.

  5. WD4IGX

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    This is like buying a different sports car for each route you drive and hiring someone to drive it for you so you "never have to touch the wheel."
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  6. WD4IGX

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    That's very different because those frequencies are where most AM activity is found.
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  7. WB2WIK

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    But from the back seat I can offer Grey Poupon to other drivers.:)
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  8. SM0AOM

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    In my world, "silly" and "wasteful" are closely related...

  9. KA9JLM

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    I have different radios and amplifiers for the different bands that I operate. Different antennas also.

    I do not leave them On 24/7, That sounds silly. But I may leave them on all day if I want to heat up the shack.

    The only person allowed into my shack is me. So no worry about knobs being twisted without my knowledge. :)
  10. W1BR

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    Solid state amps have their own ills.. like not liking SWR above 1:1.4. Tune the amp or tune the tuner..

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