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Author Topic: What do I want?  (Read 1527 times)
KJ7YY
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« on: January 30, 2013, 04:26:10 PM »

 
OK, lets stir the pot.  I have no antenna restrictions, have two towers with beams, various dipoles and understanding neighbors.  My old Swan 1200x is just rebuilt but I think I would like something modern to put behind my Kenwood TS-430S.  I operate all over HF, AM, SSB, and CW.  CW is mostly QRP though.  What can I buy for $1000.00 / $1500.00 or so?  Quality is my first concern, I still have my Kenwood TS-520 that I bought new in the mid 70's.  It is still good as new!
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N6AJR
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« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 04:43:24 PM »

A tl 922 a would be good, or a mfj al600, or an IC 2 KL or even an al80b.  But the tl 922a is very pretty and gives you 1200 watts on a good day.
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K0CWO
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 05:22:41 PM »

$1500 will get you a new AL-80B.  I'm not sure the AL-80B would be my choice for AM operation but for SSB/CW it is a great little amplifier for the money.  For a few dollars more you may want to look into a used AL-82.  Pretty much an AL-80B times two and much better suited for light duty AM work.  I see them used around $1800 once in a while, sometimes even less.  I think Ameritron will be around for a while and Chinese 3-500 tubes have served me well for the last ten years at a reasonable price.  Depending on what you want for output, I don't think you can go wrong with either.

73, BJ
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K6AER
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2013, 08:22:18 PM »

HRO in Denver has a AL-82 for under $1400.
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W8JX
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 08:53:07 PM »

HRO in Denver has a AL-82 for under $1400.

Good deal but it needs 240v too.
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2013, 07:10:28 AM »

Yaesu FL-7000 , very robust SS amp , built like a tank and will cruise at 600-700 watts all day. $1250 - $1600 range.
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KJ7YY
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2013, 07:51:21 AM »

Thanks for the input.  I have considered the 922 so I can be all Kenwood.  Is there a retrofit to put these on 160?  I see them on Ebay all the time for what seems reasonable prices.
Thanks again.  John
It seems that the 922A already has 160,  sry,my mistake.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2013, 08:04:13 AM »

Thanks for the input.  I have considered the 922 so I can be all Kenwood.  Is there a retrofit to put these on 160?  I see them on Ebay all the time for what seems reasonable prices.
Thanks again.  John


No retrofit for 160 and they are not a legal limit amp as they lack in power supply for that. They will do 1000 watts or so reliably though. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2013, 08:06:03 AM »

TL-922a is pretty and all but doesn't put its two tubes to full use, at all
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N6AJR
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2013, 09:34:06 AM »

It does do 160, is easy to use, and is easy on the eyes. You don't really need the full 1500 watts  a thousand watts gets you well above the noise and the rest of the folks. and at normal use at about 900 to 1000 watts , you will have the tubes last for ever,  my guess is the tl 922 a will make you happy. its in the cadilac range, no a vw.
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K7MH
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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2013, 09:19:18 AM »

The AL-80B is the best bang for buck deal out there.
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