Power Supply search

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KA8WRL, Oct 12, 2018.

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  1. KA8WRL

    KA8WRL Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just purchased a new Icom IC-7200, and the Icom PS-126 is no longer sold.

    What power supply would be best?

    I am setting up my ham shack with the 7200 and only using 110V.

    I at first was looking at Samlex, but now do not know which company and power supply would be best for my use.

    Any suggestions would be great.
  2. WB0MPB

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    Well what I use is going to really make me take some incoming heat by the China and inexpensive haters but here goes. I have 2 of these power supplies.
    One has run a Yaesu FT-450D and the other a DM-100 for 3 and 4 years. So I have 4 years experience with 2 of them and they work great.

    So let's not turn this thread into a bashing my switching power supply thread. It is not about me it is about giving ideas to @KA8WRL.

    so anyway that is what I use.

    John, WB0MPB
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  3. KE8FWJ

    KE8FWJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go American, go linear, go Astron. Locally designed & assembled. Local support and zero RFI emissions.

    Linear is also so simple you could assemble your own PSU with zero RFI and ripple no more than 50mV and a rockhard 13.8VDC output :) And have fun building it and the satisfaction knowing you've homebrewed it yourself.

    Have fun, have fun, have fun.
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  4. K8JD

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    Find the power needed (amp rating) on transmit in the specs, get a good linear supply with 2 X this rating.
    I like Astron supplies, pretty reliable and not expensive.
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  5. K8AI

    K8AI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go switch-mode. I've been running a HP Proliant 460W server power supply (with my own enhancements) for a year on HF with zero problems/noise. I got mine free but you can get them for $10-$20 on ebay.

    I don't really care what the self-proclaimed expert, PhD injuneers say - like the Chinese proverb says: "man who say it cannot (or should not) be done should not interrupt man doing it."
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  6. KW4GT

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    There's no such thing as 'best', what you're really looking for is a power supply that's adequately sized, reliable, and doesn't put out RFI. I've been happy with my Astron, it's more than met my expectations.
  7. K9STH

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    I have used Astron linear power supplies, for both amateur radio and commercial two-way FM applications for about 3-decades. Old fashioned, but they do an excellent job.

    Glen, K9STH
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  8. WA7PRC

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    The specifications on page 39 of the IC-7200 Instruction Manual (link) state that it pulls 22A at 100W output. Consider that voice has an equivalent duty cycle of about 25% (Morse ≈ 33%). Then, the AVERAGE current requirement is about 5.5A on SSB (Morse ≈ 7.3A) plus a coupla Amperes for support stages.

    Then, a typical 15A (20A intermittent) PS should play fine. Beware that the PS efficiency is a lot worse with linear supplies than with switching supplies. This is because the power device(s) in the regulator dissipate (VIN - VOUT) x ILOAD, and they typically have AT LEAST 2V more at the input than the output. OTOH, switching regulators are a lot more efficient... upwards of 90% is typical. Some older "switchers" generated a lot of noise. Typically, newer designs are quiet.
  9. N4MTB

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    Astron 30 or 50 amp. Solid, linear and heavy. But I like stuff that will outlive me.
  10. W9KEY

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    Well, you won't get any heat from me, other than I probably got the exact same supply - but paid more (at least it looks the same as yours). However, this eBay seller has a 100% rating and states the supply is suitable for Ham Radio use. The 33 A (30 continuous) is $55, including shipping.

    I've used mine for several months and am generally happy with it. Have identified some noise spikes on the low bands, but so far not a problem, nor have I felt the need to try normal suppression techniques. My only real complaint is the loud fan - which runs all the time. When I get around to a more permanent shack, I'll try to get it further away, or try for some type of enclosure.

    I may buy the Amazon one you found - just as a spare. Is your fan loud??

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