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Rocketbox info thread !!! Made in the USA with a reasonable pricetag !

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by WINKDOGG, Nov 30, 2019.

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Would you like to build you own Rocketbox linear from a kit ??

  1. Hell yeah !

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  2. No thanks I can wait and pay extra for Rockets assembly time.

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  3. More Junk! NO THANKS!

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  1. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    Hello DX land , I contacted Rocketbox to get some info on the amplifiers ! For those who don't know Rocketbox is a one man show building his amps in the USA in Las Vegas . It was hard for me to find info because his only contact info is currently on Facebook only . He had a website but is too busy building these heaters to keep up with it so I offered to post some info here and Im waiting for more pics and info to spread the word !



    He sent me a pic of the HD-500 with the hood open and I grabbed some more pics from his Facebook and the web ! I also asked him about selling his amps in kit form but when he did sell kits people kept returning them with fried parts so he stopped . He does use surface mount components so not a project for beginners, but if he puts together a COMPLETE kit with instructions and a build video series (I offered to do the build video series as well help with some step by step instructions) I think lots of us would buy these amps in kit form with no warranty . This way he saves a ton of time and gets more of his amps inline while we save money doing our own builds . The only warranty I would expect is that the parts list be complete and no DOA components , so hopefully he will ship me a kit to build up !! I would really enjoy doing the build and sharing the videos to help others build their own boxes

    More pics and info to come as I get it , If anyone has anything they would like info about let me know and I will do my best to answer or ask Rocket for you !

    For the record I do not know Rocket or Rocketbox , I just saw the board design for the XL1000 and got interested and I decided to spread the word and get us some more info ! You can buy the 250 and the HD500 right now on eBay . The XL1000 is built and in the final stages of audio tuning so I asked for some internal pics of that too , for now we have a shot of the HD500 with the lid off !!

    73's Stay tuned for the latest updates and info , I will keep the thread alive until Rocketbox gets his website back up and running or joins the forum to share on his own .

    Thanks , Brian 4-2-Zero in New Jersey

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  2. 2NC995

    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    I would build an amp from a kit...but not one with SMDs.
     
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    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    Which amplifier is in the first photo?

    Is that 2 driving 4?
     
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  4. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    That's the HD-500 (Im ordering this week :)) its a straight 6 high drive !
     
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    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    10-4 I hear you but work with smds isn't as bad as most people think ;) (with good lighting ,a good soldering iron , steady hand and good vision lol)

    The smds are actually easier in my opinion if you have a steady hand and a tiny tip on a high wattage iron . I dab flux on the pads and the components will actually stick in that tiny swipe flux and you juts flow solder off the tiny tip and touch it for a second . I love solder work and re-work with full size components too but if you have the right tip and iron take apart an old cell phone and give them a chance the smds will surprise you . I really was worried about ever touching one until I gave it a shot .

    73's
     
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    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    Let me correct myself !! This is the low drive 2 Driving 4 but its the same board he uses to build the HD-500 he just cuts out the driver stage on the HD . Sorry Im just the middle man here haha I That's the LD500-MOS
     
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    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    You got it buddy ! That's actually the LD500-MOS low drive ! Its the same board as the HD-500 he just bypasses the driver section on the HD sorry about that !
     
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  8. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 Sr. Member

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    What's the price?
     
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    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    He isn't selling kits right now only built amps but im ordering the HD500 this week to take it for a spin !! Im personally interested in a kit myself so hopefully if I get him some sales he will box me up some kits lol ! I did ask and he has sold them in the past but he had problems with returns . I say mark the board "kit version" and no warranty except no DOA or missing parts ! I have built a few 1 and 2 pill kits but they were really like paint by the numbers and they also don't include a lot of the things you need to actually COMPLETE THE AMP . You need to provide a heatsink , enclosure , switches , relays etc etc so most guys don't have all that laying around (I have a bit of hoarder in me so I do lol ) but the COMPLETE kit would really be great !

    Brian
     
  10. Redbeard U812

    Redbeard U812 Sr. Member

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    Wink,

    Read all that in the other thread....how much for the completed linear? I'm interested. I just refuse to Fakebook ever since being blackballed by those liberal fascist freaks for my American Conservative Constitutional views.

    How much for a built 500?
     
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  11. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    Yeah I find Facebook an absolutely horrible part of my life but it actually a big part of my business and the band that I manage for my buddy .Am evil necessity for me it sucks !

    But anyway sorry lol

    the 2x4 Is $439 the straight 4 is only $359 I prefer to run my own 2 pill driver so that's how im going .

    Brian
     
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    2NC995 WDX995 / DAN

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    How much drive do they say that thing takes? I was thinking dual final radio territory?
     
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  13. dave457

    dave457 Sr. Member

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    WD... sounds like a dealer... Shouldn't this thread be in the for sale section?
     
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  14. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    Straight up buddy Im just an interested party . I will be paying full price like everybody else . Rocket is trying to logon but cant verify email for some reason .I just reached out to him and started talking to him .

    Sorry , Brian
     
  15. WINKDOGG

    WINKDOGG Your Long Distance Radio Friend Four-Two-Zero NJ

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    Ill wait for Rocketbox to answer that until everybody believes im not a sales man .

    Sorry Brother
     

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