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Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by Limeybastard, Aug 7, 2017.
You gotta work on Tallman for that Yaesu FL-2100.
Was it a Northstar engine?
Goose rider amps
An exciter is the transmitter feeding a signal to that amplifier. That means that there has to be a way of switching that amplifier 'ON' when transmitting and 'OFF' when receiving. that can be done in a couple of ways. RF switching is one, if RF is fed to the amplifier it turns 'ON', and then 'OFF' when the transmitter quits transmitting. Another way is by relay switching done in the transmitter (not as common with some radios). And then theres the way of using two switches, the PTT for the transmitter and simultaneously another switch to turn 'ON' the amplifier. Typical ham radio transmitters have that internal amplifier keying circuit, just have to turn it on.
Since your reputable dealer won't offer a warranty, I have to think the amplifier in question is a 'garage special' and may not meet any standards. Run, don't walk away from that stuff...
Yes, it is. It does still run, by the way. It just burns oil. And, the valve covers on my old engine looked brand new, but I got the car back with some crappy covers with with bubbly paint. There were some other annoyances, too. I didn't want to get into detail, as it wasn't relevant to the thread, but I'll gladly share greater detail, if it interests you.
Anyways, I ordered a Texas Star 500V ( v for vvanker ) model just now, thanks for all your help.
Anyone know what sort of plug is connected to the back of these amps? Or are they bare 8 AWG?
Try "Amps Я Us". I think they may be out of business now, though.
I pulled the plug and bought a Tejas Star 500v from delta electronics, via ebay, just to let you know. Delivery is tus 15 august 2017
Just skinny bare wires. A nice mod or up-grade for a Texas Star amp is to ditch their whimpy factory wire for something better. With a 500v it has a goofy dual 30 amp fuse deal on the back. I have seen some where some remove the skinny wire and bypass that goofy fuse setup. They run nice #8 fine multi strand wire from the board out the back and add a 60 or 70 amp in-line blade fuse holder. Then add the Anderson connector after that and your all set.
Sounds like an awesome upgrade.
So basically remove the skinny wire and replace it with 8awg which i have some welding ones left. What sort of soldering iron would you recommend. Ive only got a fine tipped low wattage currently.
I have purchased 4 Texas Star 500V amplifiers from these folks. They come ready to connect to your radio.
I also upgraded the power wires to Marine grade 8 gauge cable, installed an inline Maxi-Fuse holder and use a 60 amp Maxi fuse. Also installed a 75 amp Anderson Power Pole connector.
I read few negatives about copper, hence I stayed away from them. Paid 40 more from Delta Electronics in Brooklyn , they operate under that name on ebay I posted earlier.
Its a great CW amp ;-) lol
A Northstar engine was a special engine put it Cadillac's it had 32 valves a 4 camshafts as I recall.
well hows the amp?