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Rocket Box 1000XL

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by Shadetree Mechanic, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    New Rocket Box might give Texas Star a run for their money. Info from their face book page:

    https://www.facebook.com/Rocket-Box...yxom3Ci0hxe0PbT_HZQI4qdFGj_ftRtjX2qhFX-H0dXUH



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    I should have the 1000XL sample board in a few weeks once I test it and if testing goes well I will put them in production. This unit will be a 2x8 or straight 8 to see the full board please click on pic. Also this unit will be 15" long



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  2. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 Sr. Member

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    Is this a HD linear?
     
  3. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    Yes and I think it will be in the same price range as the Texas star 1600.
     
  4. Highway Man

    Highway Man Active Member

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    i haven't seen one that big listed and i watch the RB listings on the Fleabay. edit: i just read the FB post. sounds exciting. they will make a big splash however they turn out. that green 500 is cool looking
     
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  5. Shadetree Mechanic

    Shadetree Mechanic 808 On The North Side of Dover

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    I am hoping that they will make a straight 10 out of it........
     
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  6. Highway Man

    Highway Man Active Member

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    Shade, i was thinking the very same thing as i looked at the board
     
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  7. S&W357

    S&W357 WDX-556 / 2NC357 Supporting Member

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    I'm also liking the looks of that Green 500. (y)
     
  8. Shockwave

    Shockwave Sr. Member

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    While it is possible to make 5 port input splitters and output combiners, the current board layout with limited space would make this difficult. It's also rare to see single devices with this many ports and why we don't see more 10 pills all connected as finals elsewhere.
     
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  9. 9C1Driver

    9C1Driver Sr. Member

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    Don't do facebook, I take it these are mosfet amplifiers?
     
  10. Shockwave

    Shockwave Sr. Member

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    Correct.
     
  11. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG President CFO & CPFO WorldwideDX Radio

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    Has anybody seen an alternative way to check ROCKETBOX out ?? I DO do facebook (as little as possible) but there isn't much info on the Rocketbox site?? Im always wondering why we don't have some more "slightly mass produced" amps ? Im also down to support anything built in the USA . I have only built a 1 pill modulator and still don't have the knowledge to build my own 4-6-16-32 pill , but I know there are guys that would buy affordable American built Amps in a New York minute!! I love watching BBi Amplifier building on YouTube , He films A LOT and is a damn genius but he is too busy to take on new work or even build amps to sell ;(

    73's Put some fire in the wire , Brian
     
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  12. Shockwave

    Shockwave Sr. Member

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    People considering a 12 volt MOSFET amplifier should beware that not a single reputable transistor manufacturer is advertising a 12 volt linear RF MOSFET datasheet in this type of plastic package at power levels this high. Because of that, the ones that are working are almost certainly relabeled switch mode transistors not intended to support bias or linear operation.

    All types of tricks are being used to make them function in the linear mode at the expense of reliability and durability. They include adding everything from extra resistors shunting the bias voltage across the gates to using transistors with much higher peak current ratings, hoping that will translate into some ability to sustain AB bias without failure.

    That bias also increases the operating gain of a part that struggles to maintain stability due to high inductance and the larger RF currents related to a lower operating voltage producing hundreds of watts. They run hotter than the old bipolar transistors too.

    If you understand this ahead of time and don't choose a model that will have to be pushed in order to reach your goal, you'll probably be happy with the cost and performance. Beat it up a little like you could with more rugged transistors and expect disappointment.
     
  13. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG President CFO & CPFO WorldwideDX Radio

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    I contacted an eBay seller as well as leaving a Facebook message and the builder is (from what I'm told ) currently on vacation but lives here in the USA in Las Vegas . I saw on one Facebook post to allow 3-5 days for build time (not exact quote) so I believe they are at least assembled in the USA . Waiting to hear back from Rocketbox directly and asked for pics and data sheets for the current HD-500 and the upcoming XL1000 . I have never seen or heard of his Palomar Transistors or been able to find any info but hopefully they are not being used in the boxes lol . I have gotten very lucky with a few batches of obvious "clone or fake" transistors ad far as being within spec and functionality , and I knew from the price , packaging , labeling they were 99% cloned but the plastic Palomar's are a bit worrisome ! Just hoping to find a decent amp for $.50 a watt built in the USA and I will swap out any cheap components myself lol !! Just hope they are not complete Chinese imports with faceplates :unsure: As soon as I hear from Rocketbox hopefully I will have pics and data sheets ! I want to see the HD-500 with the hood open , if its an Alibaba.com board I will know lol

    Hopimg for the best and invited them to join Worlwide DX and spread the word !!
    Updates to follow , if I get them ;)

    73's 4-2-ZERO
     
  14. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG President CFO & CPFO WorldwideDX Radio

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    Hey guys Im starting a Rocketbox thread , I contacted the builder in Las Vegas . He is a one man band building these amps in the USA !!! He is currently cleaning up the audio on the first complete XL1000 and should have them ready soon for under $899.00 USD !! I asked him to send me pics and specs when he gets a chance and also invited him to join us here in the interweb ;) I have a sneak peak of the HD-500 with the hood open for all to see and will keep in communication with the Rocketbox and post any updates he sends since I think he may just be too busy to go forum surfing!

    If we can get nice amplifiers that are made in the USA I think we will all be happy campers !!

    73's and check out the thread coming soon (later today) Brian
     
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  15. snippits75

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    Just saying...I read that these amps were Chinese made amps, and the guy selling them is the main distributor in the USA.
     
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