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Thread: Connecting an Elecraft K3 to a Drake L-7 amp.

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    Default Connecting an Elecraft K3 to a Drake L-7 amp.

    I just got a good deal on a very clean Drake L-7 amp (2- 3-500Z tubes). I was hoping someone might know how to connect them together. The amp has the normal RF in and out connectors. It also has two rca connectors, one says VOX and the other says AGC.

    Thanks for any help

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    vox line is for tripping the antenna relay, agc is the alc connection. Check your K3 manual for a ground on transmit for amps and connect to the vox rca input, then check for the alc connection and connect to agc rca. The connections should be discussed in the K3 manual

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    The KEY OUT jack on the back of the K3 is connected to The VOX on the L-7. Make sure the keying voltage coming out of the L-7 is a positive voltage under +200VDC and under 5A.
    The ALC circuit should not be connected. The only reference I found on the K3 ALC specification is that the level must vary between 0 to +5 VDC. This is completely reversed from what most amplifiers will supply, which is in the range of 0 to -11VDC.
    The newer K3's have a modification to the ALC that allows negative voltage control which is the way everybody else does it. Check your K3 for the modification. Information here;
    Hope this helps
    Last edited by KO6WB; 05-10-2012 at 03:58 AM.

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