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Question about amp??

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by Kellin Cannatella, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    In today's time 6000 watts really isn't that extreme. Remember when 100 watts made you a big dog? Now the high school kids have a kilowatt.


     

  2. 2NC995

    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    Truth.
     
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  3. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I've been off the RAMEN diet for almost a week! Good behavior and adherence to her fiscal policy. I have a Yaesu 2100 that I have never transmitted with. To be honest I don't know how to tune it up. Plus I am not compensating for other short comings!
     
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  4. 2NC995

    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    I bought a class C 8 pill well over 20 years ago, and even then, it was far from the biggest in my little town. I was shocked at how little practical difference it made over the 2xSD1446 amp that I had before it.

    This led to higher voltages, blown transistors, then a 16 transistor amp, and then 16 transistors at higher voltages...and so on.

    At the end of the day I realized I had a lot more fun with less power. I wasn’t talking once I went that big, I was working on it all the time.
     
  5. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I knew a guy in my home town that had a 50 kw broadcast converted to CB. He could talk to the other "Big Boys" 150 miles or more anytime he wanted.
     
  6. 2NC995

    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    Do you know how he managed to power this?
     
  7. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    He had three phase 480 Vac wired in to his garage, he also had some machine shop tools and stuff like that. I didn't like being any where near by when he keyed up.
     
  8. 2NC995

    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    I’d like to see his power bill when the band is open.
     
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  9. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I imagine it was ridiculous.
     
  10. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    That's all fine and dandy, but did you drop the maul on Mumbai? And did you get down? Haha
     
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    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    Yep, and we did the Bollywood dances too!
     
  12. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    You went about it the wrong way. Big power is expensive. You can go overkill and pay once, or buy something too small and abuse it to get the power you want.

    Equipment that is well built and taken care of is trouble free for many years.
     
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  13. 2NC995

    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    I was lucky enough to never blow more than a total of two transistors. It could have been much worse. I was expecting way to much from both the 8 and the 16.

    I still have a 1x4 that I used to drive the 16. Running it alone, I abused the heck out of it, too. Amazingly, never blew it up.
     
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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    And crappy antenna's because they think its all about power... :)
     
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  15. Mustang 131

    Mustang 131 Well-Known Member

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    Just figure for every dollar you spend on the amp, you'll need to spend $1 on the power supply.
    Also you better have some electronic knowledge
     

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