It would not have cost much more to use a bandswitch that had the WARC bands on it.
My eyes are good, there are no tuned inputs for the WARC bands.
Having a WARC enabled bandswitch makes tuning the amp a lot easier. It really matters when you also want to tune the AMP into any antenna that has a slightly higher VSWR. AMPS that dont have a WARC
dedicated bandswitch can be all over the map when the antenna has a slightly high VSWR. Especially when using a the next available close bandswitch position. Besides its a far from optimum way of doing things from
the perspective of your transceiver and maintaining optimum drive to the tube.
This amp probably uses a Radioswitch bandswitch. If you call them and check the prices, you will find that there is no price difference when buying a 6 position switch versus a 9 position bandswitch. Why not also put in an auxiliary
band position say for 5mhz. Sometime in the future the power limit might be increased. This would make the amp more valuable. Another possible way is to make the amp general coverage with multiple bandswitch positions
that give complete 1.8 to 30mhz coverage. Alpha produced such a amp.
It might be nitpicking, but if you going to release a new amplifier you might as well do the job properly. I am not surprised at the success of amplifiers like OMPOWER and Acom. They seem to do everything right.
I just dont like their tube choices! I really wish that Acom would produce a 8877 all band amplifier, that would be some amp.
It looks like the amp is released so the this discussion will accomplish nothing. Enjoy your new QRO amplifiers the 8877 is a very good tube. Maybe QRO will bring out a 2 x 8877 amplifier like the old Alpha 77SX.
Some of you need to get new glasses, if you look at the rear panel shot there looks to me as there is a tuned input for every band, the caps for the PS can be seen on the side veiw pic as well, underneath the diode strings. Boy you guys gotta look closer at those pics, your all kinda ruff on this guy. His amp are very well designed and not some noise boxes like the comanders were, he seems to use well designed blowers with smooth bering race in his amp's. BTW the Dentron DTR2000 used an 8877 and had no tuned input, just a small toroid if I rememeber right and the 77DX/SX had a swiths by the tube that would let you go directly into the tube which was around 54 ohms that would bypass the tuned input for use on other parts of the spectrum removed a little away from the ham bands for MARS. As far as the band switch I bet my bottom dollar that its the kind that snaps into position not some girly band switch that feels week and as far as the warc bands go you cant runn more than 200W on 30mtrs and 17&12 are close enought to use 20&15 mtr taps, my call would be to give tha ham op's a REAL BANDSWITCH and that one in the pic doesnt look girly to me. I would like to know how many of you guys that are throwing stones and being BB on this new amp even ever built a home brew 8877 plus Alpha has been using toriods in there tanks for a looonnnggg time.