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Discussion in 'CB and Export Equipment and Accessories' started by trailboss, May 15, 2011.

  1. trailboss

    trailboss Active Member

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    To it's potential.



    I have a Galaxy 44 that on the low end Dead keys @ a hair over 2 watts it was recently tuned by a reputable tech that also sold me the amp, when I followed this recommendation from another forum;
    Copper Talk: Texas Star DX 500V
    My Dosy 3001 is showing a shade under 200 watts?

    It is getting plenty of juice, I have the supply line feeding off the batteries of a Mack tractor.[​IMG]
     
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  2. are you getting 200 watts deadkey or 200 watts pep ?
    if its 200 watts pep turn the variable up till it does no more than 500 watts pep . a 125 watt deadkey from it will be optimal .
     
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  3. trailboss

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    Thanks, I guess I wasn't very clear...

    200 watts PEP is all that I am getting with the variable on the radio turned all the way up.... I am off work through next Thursday, so I won't be able to look at it till then.
     
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    I'm thinking that the Texas Star amps model is their rated input power. I have a DX-250 HDV I use with an HTX-100 and am seeing 125 - 150 watts pep out with 13 watts pep drive which is about right. You'll probably see 200 - 250 out on the 500v.
     
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    I have a t/s 500v with a galaxy 949 I have my d/k set @ 50-100 watts depending on how much noise is on the channel and it swings to 250-275 on my tc-1000 dosy in my 01 ford f150 stock alt. and batt. when I put it on the deck wide open d/k is 200 watts and swings 450-475 I'm pretty happy with hope this gives you some help.
     
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  6. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin Staff Member

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    Can you post what the radio alone is doing both dead key and modulated?
    That will tell you drive going into the amp.
    Also, is this with "only" the red power button depressed?


    73
    Jeff
     
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  7. trailboss

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    Thanks for the input guys, I appreciate it!


    Barely over 2 watts, swings to 15



    Red and Green on, as I understand the green "Dial a watt" button activates the variable output when it is on.


    With the Amp on (Green and red on) it DK's 75, swings to 150

    Red button only, DK's 140, swings to 175


    FWIW, my Galaxy 44 just received Mosfet finals as an upgrade when I sent it in for a realignment... and had some cold solder repaired...

    The readings were taken with a Dosy 3001...
     
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    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin Staff Member

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    Something is amiss
    15 watts in if it is not hungry for power should make more than 175 out.
    New Amp?
    They used to be good about the warranty on the T/S amps.
    What are you transmitting into?
    This is in the truck hooked to a whip or ??
    Make sure you are not getting voltage drop at the Amp, it only takes one troublesome connection to make it sag.


    73
    Jeff
     
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  9. trailboss

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    No,
    It's not a new amp, but it appears to be in pretty good shape, bought it from a reputable guy that aligned my radio, you would probably recognize his name, he is from Ontario California.

    I am using a Wilson trucker 2000 antenna.

    I have the amp hooked to a large cable coming off the batteries on the tractor (it is sharing the same line that feeds the liftgate cord receptacle on the back of the cab.)
    I will hook it directly to the battery on Monday.

    Not sure what you mean...


    Thanks Jeff!
     
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    It sounds to me like you might have a couple of blown transistors. You're going to have to get that thing checked out.
     
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    [​IMG]

    That wasn't really what I wanted to hear, but it doesn't surprise me considering how much head scratching that I have been doing.
     
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    amp repair

    email mike he may be able to help with out sending the amp in for repair


    texasstarrepair@cox.net
     
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  13. trailboss

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    Thanks!

    I have read some of his earlier post's, and he seems like the go-to guy, but since I just bought the amp I am thinking that I should contact the seller and see if he is willing to take care of it...I did ask him if he had checked it out and he said it was good to go...
    [​IMG]
     
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  14. AudioShockwav

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    What kind of antenna are you using is what I meant to ask.
    And yes, I would go back to The Radio shop and have him check it out while it is installed in the truck if you can.

    73
    Jeff
     
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    Unfortunately, that isn't an option..I don't leave the greater phoenix area...
    I will give him a shout on Monday.
     
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