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Reviews Categories | Amplifiers: RF Power - HF & HF+6M | Ameritron AL-82 Help

Reviews Summary for Ameritron AL-82
Ameritron AL-82 Reviews: 51 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $2100.00
Description: 1.5 KW Output Linear Amplifier w/ 2 3-500 Tubes on 240V for US
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K3YB Rating: 5/5 Feb 2, 2019 05:16 Send this review to a friend
A hard working amp on a workingman's budget.   Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Cutting edge technology this is not. Reliable, simple to use and powerful? Yes. Emphatically yes in fact.

Open it up and you won't think you accidentally took off the top of a QRO HF-2000. There is nothing about this amp that is overbuilt! But, and this is a big but, it works, and it works well.

If the amp has been shipped to you or is new, I HIGHLY recommend opening the old girl up and taking a good look around. (you'll most likely have to re-install the transformers and fit the tubes anyway.) There are a few cable assemblies that are not exactly tenaciously designed and implemented. Also look around for loose nuts and screws, etc.

An obvious but critical factor in your amplification success is the quality of tubes you can acquire to put in it. I have had good luck with Taylor (Asian) 3-500Zs. Unfortunately, getting a hold of good solid tubes is a pivotal and sometimes challenging part of the success equation these days.

For the price, you can't beat ian AL-82. It is highly recommended.

Life is too short for QRP! Best 73 to you all. Dave, K3YB
KA5ROW Rating: 5/5 Dec 30, 2017 21:21 Send this review to a friend
Great Amp  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I have had my amp for 6 months and it works great. No issues at all, most of itís use is on 160 and some on 20M. The amp is capable of 1700 watts, so running at 1500 is easy and no need to drive it hard to get to legal limit. I do think it could use a heaver duty chasse and heaver cover, ďI would like to set my AL-80B on topĒ other than that itís an all right amp. The AL-80B is issue free also.
N6BIZ Rating: 5/5 Feb 23, 2017 21:30 Send this review to a friend
GREAT  Time owned: more than 12 months
KG5BV Rating: 2/5 Feb 23, 2017 17:38 Send this review to a friend
Great amp but...  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned the AL-82, the AL-1200 and the AL-1500. My favorite? The AL-82. I have had it for 10 years and use it daily. Except for a couple of bad 3-500ZG tubes, no problems, just 1500 watts of power. Then why the bad review? I was happily going alone on a net the other night, and THUMP. Everything went dark. With a handful of fuses, I traced the problem to the plate transformer with a shorted secondary. Bummer. What to do? I have an external HV power supply, so I'll mount it all in a rack and keep on rocking! I wish Peter Dahl was still providing transformers. Sigh...
VE3CNX Rating: 5/5 Feb 13, 2017 17:21 Send this review to a friend
Stable Amplifier  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased this amplifier new in 2013 and used it only on 80M as I had other rigs/amps/antennas for other bands. After 3 years, I thought I should rotate the band selector switch to "exercise" it. Much to my surprise,and disappointment, it would not "lock" into place on the adjoining 40M and 20M positions. Upon taking the cover off, I discovered that the band switch frame rotating portion had one small broken piece, preventing it from locking into place. I called Ameritron, and spoke with their senior Service Tech and he said that they had not encountered this type of problem before, but it was possible it had been a manufacture point weakness that had manifested over time. On the plus side, he said that it would not be necessary to change out the entire band switch, only the frame assembly. Nevertheless, it would involve a considerable amount of time though as the band switch had to be removed entirely in order to do so. He offered to send me the replacement part, even though it was long past warranty, which I accepted. We discussed the logistics of repair, and he said that rather than send it back to them, I could have it repaired by the Ameritron dealer in Toronto, some distance away still. I contacted the local dealer and spoke to the tech and he said that he could repair but that it was a labor intensive job. (Code for big $$). So, I made plans to do so. In the meantime, a good friend and Elmer (Bill- VE3NH), sensing my uneasiness at tackling the job, encouraged (pushed) me to do the job at home and generously offered his help. He is a retired and well-accomplished radio tech, and he would not hear of my sending it out for a costly repair. I graciously accepted his offer (challenge). Upon reviewing the task in more detail, I came to the conclusion that the best way was to disassemble the tuning section entirely by removing the tuning/loading coils, Finals, etc. and disconnecting the band switch from the capacitors, etc. rather than desoldering the connections on the band switch itself. It looked fairly straightforward and I estimated we should be able to do it in about 2.0 hours max. After taking many photos and assembling all the necessary tools, we undertook the job. As it turned out, it was a little more finicky than I initially thought, as the space was tight and many screws/connections. In the end, we only had to desolder one wire from the 40M connection at the loading coil. We also had some difficulty extracting the band switch frame assembly from the wafers themselves. Other than that, it went fairly smooth. But instead of a couple of hours, it took us exactly 4.5 hours, start to finish. (Actually Bill- VE3NH did most of the work, I just held the light). When we finished, we gave it the smoke test into a dummy load, and it performed flawlessly on every band. Thank you Bill (VE3NH) for your tireless and steady hand and iron clad memory for detail.

I rate this amplifier as a 5 because aside from the band switch issue, it has performed flawlessly over the three years since new. Also, because the Service Dept. at Ameritron were so helpful in guiding me to a reasonable solution/repair. I have a number of amplifiers (Alpha/Yaesu/Kenwood/Drake) but this AL-82 is a real workhorse. It tunes easily and operates flawlessly. I would not hesitate to buy another Ameritron amplifer.
K5VSH Rating: 5/5 Feb 4, 2016 10:23 Send this review to a friend
The Best that I've had  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I've had Hallicrafter (Ht-41?), Yaesu (Fl-2100B), Dentron (Clipperton-L), and Ameritron (Al-80A, AL-811H,and Al-800 Amplifiers. This AL-82 is the best of the lot. Keep the load control up or it will arc on you-Hi!!
K2VI Rating: 3/5 Jun 22, 2015 13:38 Send this review to a friend
poor mfj quality control  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have had to send two back and still do not have an al-82. First one had a band switch that was erratic and the knob was misaligned and loose that caused the shaft to slip on the knob...A few washers rattling around inside so it went back to ameritron. The second one was UPS must have tossed the box 10 feet in the air. The rf deck was off it's shipping insert. This left an indentation not only on the outer box but also inside. This caused the blower fan to dislodge from the deck and smashed into the PI-network coil which was damaged.The reason the blower came loose was ameritron uses small plastic bolts to fasten the big blower to the amp. Two of these bolts sheered off. If they used metal bolts the amp would have been fine. So when I get lucky and get a good one I will revise my review. By the way ameritron has young women building these amps. I wonder if they actually went to technical school or learning on the job? One other thing that makes me afraid to own MFJ stuff is that they sent a warranty card that had a different serial number than the box and unit was stamped.It was off by one digit. How can one mess that up Is downright boneheaded....BUT WE ARE TALKING MFJ JUST SAYING.
WB7QXU Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2014 21:46 Send this review to a friend
Sweet Amp  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I own many amps and this amp is really sweet to use, Love it performance true legal limit out. rugged power supply and The Best tube ever the 3-500z. Nice to operate and tunes well. My solid state rigs love it over the other 3-500 amps. It is really one of the best amps out there, I'd say the best since it has 3-500 tubes the only ones I love. But honestly I can only say the best things about it. Mine does 160-10m with 1500w out Nice sweet tuning, and never gets tired, a real work horse.
KA1PM Rating: 5/5 Nov 22, 2013 18:45 Send this review to a friend
A Sweetheart  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I've been a ham for over 50 years and have had all kinds of amps during that time, from a Homebrew with a 3-400Z to a Heath SB-200 & other Heaths to the Alpha 87A as well as 3 Henrys. This AL-82 is a sweetheart. I chase DX and like to "Hunt & Pounce" and don't want to leave the amp running while I search, this one fires up in 5-6 seconds, and that's perfect for my purposes. It's smooth, I QSY to a different band in less that 10 seconds, it puts out at least the legal limit on all bands according to a calibrated watt meter (the built-in is quite generous) and even though I wired the fan for high speed, it's still pretty quiet. I've not had a single problem with it. I've run several amps using the 3-500Z tube and have found the tube to be a very good one, and one that won't break the bank if you need a replacement. I would actually rate one amp that I owned as a -0-, but, for sure, this one is a 5.
W7ZZZ Rating: 5/5 Nov 21, 2013 20:26 Send this review to a friend
OLD SCHOOL BEAST  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Arrived poorly packaged; the deck unit had slid down and was tilted in the box, poking through the side. The transformer had ripped out the bottom of it's box and was painted rattle can black while it was in the shipping box. Overspray on the cardboard interior told the story there. The transformer looked like about twenty stoned high-school students had assembled it during a single short recess period. It truly is an incredibly crude looking piece. Two places in the deck needed re-soldering. The fan is incredibly noisy. Put it all together, fired it up, and it works great. This is old an school amp, with 3300v under full load. Hard to beat that. Scrap the mud off, and if you are lucky, a strong beast lies within. Ameritron needs to figure out how to package products for shipping. Absolutely mind bending pathetic packing. Time will tell if it lasts. So far, so good. The price is reasonable, the tubes are cheap, and it pumps out watts like a maniac. I gave it a five in the end, because after all is said and done, performance is what counts...and this thing performs!
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