Dear QRZ friends, This is gonna seem like an odd question but I think its a valid one. I am, just after new year, going to get an amplifier. Right now I am between a rock and a hard place. I rent my home and have been for quite a while. I have non destructively installed various amateur hardware including my massively impressive skyloop antenna. However, there is no provision for a 220-240v socket in my shack. Short of paying an electrician $500-1000 to install one and having to get the owners permission in writing, probably denied, I was considering my options. I am between getting an AL-80B due to it being the largest sized amplifier that offers a 120v connection. I am also wanting to get an AL-800H or even an AL-1500. I do not want to purchase an amp with the attitude of "I can just sell it and get another when i'm ready". I want to get an amplifier that can do legal limit up front if possible. Would it be possible to get a large step up transformer. I have seen some that support up to 3kw. I know that a 120v outlet is limited to safely deliver around 1200 watts max due to breaker size and wire size etc.. Is it possible to and realistic to get a big amp, and just drive it low for now until I can provide a true 240v outlet for it in the future? This way I can run an AL-1500 at say 10-15 watts drive and keep the power consumption below or within the 120v breaker and wiring limitation? I am sure it wont hurt the amp at all to run it lower since it all it does is amplify the power I input. If I input lower power I should keep the total amplifier consumption much lower. This sounds feasable as a temporary solution. I was thinking of one of these... http://www.amazon.com/Seven-Star-TC1500W-Step-Transformer-1500W/dp/B000AY3JEK or a 3kw model not that I would ever be able pull even the 1500watt models capacity.