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Discussion in 'Announcements & Open Forum' started by Sonar, Nov 21, 2018.
Happy Thanksgiving to the whole wireless radio community.
That Palomar has that turkey done, son!!! Bump it down!!
Happy Thanksgiving Sonar. I'l be cooking the turkey tomorrow morning in my Oil less Fryer.
My Palomar 300A would burn the bird...
Happy Turkey Day everyone!
I always do the Thanksgiving Day turkey, so I will be busy tomorrow.
Here's a tip:
Cranberry sauce can be harsh because of the acid content; it has a lot of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). If you want to calm it down and give it some mellow, then try this. Take you package of fresh cranberries and prepare them as the package instructed (berries, sugar, and water). Then take two apples (of any kind that you have handy) and skin and core them. Mince them into 1/4" cubes and add them to the cranberry sauce that is boiling. Add 1/8 tspn of vanilla extract. Let berries boil until the red colors the apple bits and then let them cool. Can't even see the apple, because the red of the cranberries will dye the apple red too!
Makes some great tasting cranberry sauce that has classic taste.
Easy to do.
Giving thanks from a contrite heart.
The right thing to do.
Anyone who's owned, or had the "pleasure" of using the 300a Knows it's probably the hottest running cb amplifier ever made. Unfortunately the one in the photo is toast. I Keyed up after i turning everything one and for some reason the swr light on my Madison lit bright red, and the amps fuse blee. I replaced the fuse, and the amp turned one. I thought I dodged a bullet, but when the amp is keyed there's a lightning show on the underside, and the light bulbs in the shack dim. It's ashame. I enjoyed that 300a for years. Even with the original tubes still in it, and 1 and 1/2 Watt dead key, 12 Watts pep I saw a 500w from that amp. I had Mike refurbish it when I got back on the air about 3 years ago. He did all the upgrades. I don't think it's worth repairing, but I will keep it, and just might send it out one day. My reason for wanting to keep it, and possibly bring it back to life is purely based on sentimental reasons. That amplifier was given to me by a very close friend many years ago (as much of the equipment I own was.) That friend has since passed. And the amplifier is kind of a keepsake that reminded me of him every time I flipped the switch. The thing that pisses me off the most is that I never found out why the SWR was so high upon that initial key down. I learned a valuable lesson. It's something that I never did in the past, but since do every time I decide to fire up the gear. And that is to leave the amplifier in standby until I check the SWR coming from the transceiver. After everything is kosher then I'll take the amps off standby. Had the 300 a been in standby at that moment i probably would still be using it. I switched over to the 350z.
The 350Z is nowhere near as good as the 300a was. I get the same output, but the 350Z is very funky when it comes to SWR. I actually read an article on the 350Z, and the SWR issues that can be caused when tuning them up. Nomad actually wrote a few posts, or replies about the highest WR, and why the 350Z causes it while initial tune up is being done. Fortunately I'm not one of those that keep trying to squeeze out, or think that once the amp is in residence it somehow is going to move in some way, and then begin the tuning processes again. It's been tuned up once when the 300a went bye bye, and have left alone. When I first turned up the 350Z I noticed the erratic SWR situations that were being caused while tuning it up. Once it was said and done everything was okay. It's a decent CB amplifier. That's just my opinion of course. In all reality I totally understand that most if not all 11 amplifier are absolutely shit! But I'm a sucker for nostalgia. Happy Thanksgiving 73 s.
I’m just a squirrel trying to get a, well a tube amp maybe. Nah, I don’t have one but I do think they’re cool and I’d like to have one but I don’t really need one. And I don’t know enough about them so I’d end up in trouble with one.
Looks cool though. Probably sounds good too.
Yes happy thanksgiving to all. Eat into a food coma n in a month we can do it agan n maybe new year day also
Happy Thanksgiving to All ! Cooking the Bird on the Traeger Grill/Smoker I did it last year everyone liked it and no mess for the Xyl . 73 and God Bless , Leo
May not be all that much wrong with your 300A...Mine last month for no reason at all, popped the fuse and made a loud buzz sound when it blew...Took it to my local tech and found out all it was, was the rectifire diodes decided to let go...He checked all the caps and tubes, replaced the rectifire diodes and $30 later I was good to go!
Been working like a champ ever since....Also have a 1x3 Kicker 500 that made a light show from the bottom side once, found out on it, one of the caps was leaking and had to be replaced...That also was no real big expense to get fixed, and it still works as my back-up.
I'm in the 90% area in thinking I'll see something as far as discoloration near, or exactly where the light show came from.
I didn't see, hear, or smell anything when the fuse blew.
The lightning show showed up after I replaced the fuse. After replacing the fuse the amp turned on as normal.
It was only upon keying the mic that the lightning show appeared. Maybe illI take a look see. I enjoyed using the 300a (immensely.) My Phantom developed a small issue. I'm going to have that one taken care of first. After it's done maybe I'll send the 300a out. As I mentioned I will take a look, and see if there are any tell tale signs of what exactly happened. if it doesn't look like a mess in there, and since I didn't smell or hear anything explode, I'm assuming it might be repairable. of course it's repairable, but that all depends on how much it's going to cost. In all honesty I am not one of those Penny Pinchers, but I can't see spending $300 to bring it back to life. It's really a shame. I have mentioned in many replies, and or postings before about how much I admirer the Palomar 300a. For what it is, a CB radio tube amplifier, it is a pleasure to operate, and with 500 watts pep it definit gets me out there when the DX is happening. I think I might have mentioned it in the other post, about it's sentimental value to me. It was given to me by a friend who is no longer with us. He gave me that amp sometime in the mid 80s. And with its original tubes it still shows 125 dead key and 500 pep with one and a half watt dead key, and 15 pep. I also love the idea of the separate transformer. I keep it on the bottom shelf of the rolling cart that is my desk. The Phantom takes up so much more room, and for the other 300 watts that I get out of it, it really isn't worth the space. I would take a 300a over a phantom considering they're both in the same (good working) condition, any day of the week. I did have Mike restore that amplifier before I put it on the air. He did a great job on the 300a.. He did all the upgrades that could be done in order to improve the 300 a and its performance. I guess if I had to put a top dollar number on what I would spend it to have it repaired, I'd have to say in the 100 through $130 price range throug. Of course I would have to add on the round trip $60 shipping cost.So altogether I would spend $200 if need be in order to get it back to where it was. It really is a terrific cb sweep tube amp. Owning these types of amplifier's is most excellent if you can work on them yourself. if you can't do the work yourself, and don't already own them my suggestion to those who might want one would be not to get it. You're probably better off with a Texas Star 500. 73 s