A few months ago i picked up a KLB-300 amp. The KLB amps were manufactured in Japan and were sold here in Australia back in the late 80's early 90's. Models include: KLB-110DX, KLB-240DX, KLB-300 and a CVS-450 UHF
amp. These are models that i am
This particular amp i purchased was in fairly good condition for it's age. Besides the meter being pushed in, everything else was in good working order.
I fired the amp up into a 50 ohm dummyload and found that the input swr was high, and went up higher when i flicked the amp to Hi power setting.
Output power was; 3watt D/K from radio, amp 50w swinging to 100w AM
and to around 160w SSB
, on a Bird 43 meter with a 250H slug @14v.
Upon removing the cover i immediately found a few things that needed to be done to get this amp running to it's full potential.
Here is a list of things that are needed or need re-doing.
* The power lead; Lacking current capabilities and the cable itself was connected to the on/off switch. The on/off switch used in this amp is a standard miniture toggle switch rated at 2 amps. So thats approx 30amps of current going through a 2 amps switch...... :?
* No Negative Feedback.
* Hi/Lo switch affects input SWR....it's gotta go.
* Hi/Lo input drive switch, Again affects input SWR...gotta go
* No Regulator to control Bias Voltage.
* Bias Voltage too low, need to replace bias resistor.
* No Relay to switch Bias when TX
* Thermal Tracking diode. In this amp the diode is under the pc board touching the heatsink, this is ok but could be better.
* All tunning caps, collector/emitter caps to be replaced with new Silver Mica Caps.
* Input and Output Transformers (cores) to be rewound with new Teflon wire.
This is a schematic of the bias circuit used in this KLB300, mods included (Reg, Relay, Resistors etc....)
Most of you could easily incorporate this bias circuit into their own 2 pill 2879
class C amp