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Reviews Categories | Amplifiers: RF Power - HF & HF+6M | ACOM 1010 Help

Reviews Summary for ACOM 1010
ACOM 1010 Reviews: 72 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $2340 USD
Description: KW 160 - 10 m PA, 700 W PEP

Jan 2007 Note - Vine Antennas, UK agents for ACOM, have advised that their ACOM 1010 amplifiers now have a fan- noise reduction modification that reduces fan noise considerably whilst maintaing sufficient cooling of the amplifier tube

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KD8M Rating: 5/5 May 7, 2019 15:58 Send this review to a friend
Easy, solid, reliable Amp  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought my ACOM 1010 used, since I wasn't sure I really wanted one . . .

Extraordinarily easy to set up - it requires only to "Run a shielded cable from the “ground on transmit” socket or terminal on your transceiver
to the amplifier rear panel KEY-IN socket." and the rest are standard.

That ground on transmit - transceivers are a royal pain in the neck! The Flex 6600M has a TX1 . . hard to find that in the manual, I had to search all kinds of forums. A simple RCA connector from it to the "Key-In" of the ACOM 1010.

The Flex did not tune well with the LDG-1000, though. Have to hit the "tune" and then press the tune on the LDG.

So, I went back to my IC-7000. Unfortunately, its "ground on transmit" is the number 3 pin on the 13-pin Accy port! I am running a Tektronics SignalLink on that port - so now I have to find a way to pull that signal.

Really - can't you transceiver makers get it together?

So - back to the ACOM 1010 - great protective circuitry, two "mains" fuses that are easy to get to, and my only tiny bit of frustration is in the tuning the knobs and it takes only micrometers.

I created a table of the settings for each of my favorite frequencies so it speeds the progress.

Lastly, the tuner also works fine with the MARS and CAPS frequencies. No special work needed. I found this out by emailing the ACOM guys - I was answered immediately during the next business day.
NI0C Rating: 5/5 Nov 30, 2018 03:01 Send this review to a friend
Easy to tune and use; reliable workhorse  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've used this amplifier nearly every day for two years now. The ACOM "TRI" indicator lights allow me to touch up the tuning "on the fly" while sending the zero in my call sign on CW, with the aid of the ACOM "TRI" indicator lights-- very nice! A couple of my vertical antennas shift resonance during wet or icy weather, and I've been able to operate with SWR as high as 2.5 or even 3 to 1.

The amplifier does require a couple of minutes of warmup time, and like a previous reviewer, I wish that it would default to the standby mode after warmup, so that I could operate safely in "barefoot" mode while waiting.

The fan is pretty quiet, and I'm able to push the power output to 600-700 watts on CW. There is a RTTY mode that allows the amplifier to be driven to 500 watts in data modes.

A couple of weeks ago, after a period of heavy use, a bypass capacitor blew and popped the primary fuses. DX Engineering fixed it for me since it was still within warranty. Repair service was very prompt, and I got it back in time to give it a good workout during the CQ WW CW contest.
WA2ZQX Rating: 5/5 Nov 6, 2018 12:22 Send this review to a friend
Quality Company/Product  Time owned: more than 12 months
Contacted ACOM-Bulgaria via internet, asking for info on tube replacement adjustments, because I had another GU47B final amplifier tube I wanted to check. Received an "immediate response" detailing procedure with current-idling adjustments. Also, received detailed pictures for this procedure plus many more showing complete disassembly, various boards and components...In detail. Amplifier has been in service over two years. Easy and quick tune-up. Close to being idiot proof...Great protection circuits, great amp, great company, great looks...Solid like a tank!
G7JZD Rating: 5/5 Jun 3, 2018 10:24 Send this review to a friend
Great little Amp  Time owned: more than 12 months
Just had this Amplifier for 1 Year now, and all i can say is it is a Great Amplifier, it does all it should do, and if you make a mistake it shuts down. It is very easy to use and just strolls along very easy at 400 watts our UK limit. Does send out 700 watt easily into my dummy load, very quiet in use. Would i buy one again, i sure would, but don't think i will need too, it is a solid build job.

KY6R Rating: 5/5 May 11, 2018 03:15 Send this review to a friend
Super Amp  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I previously had an ACOM 1500 and loved it. After making all my DXCC goals - I wanted less power, smaller form factor, but still a tube amp. Solid State amps with auto tuners spook me if and when something goes wrong at the antenna. Tube amps still seem more forgiving to me.

ACOM's TRI tuning is easily my favorite. I like to know firsthand if the antenna and power amp have any issues - so I prefer having my hands on the dials. With the TRI tuning, and the fact you do not need a tuner if your SWR is 3:1 or less, I can tune in seconds and know with confidence that I'm ready for the pileups.
AB7OY Rating: 5/5 Mar 6, 2018 06:51 Send this review to a friend
Looks great, works great!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is the 1st amplifier I have ever used. I downloaded the manual before I received the amp and read it through. When I got the amp I hooked everything up and was operating within minutes. It operates smoothly and quietly at all power settings with no strain, but a satisfying amount of gain as is reported on the other end. I have keyed the amp a few times when things were not set right and it simply goes into standby mode. The tri tune feature is exceptionally easy to tune. Highly recommended!
ON5HB Rating: 5/5 Dec 16, 2017 04:17 Send this review to a friend
Solid performer  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I drive this amp with a TS-590S and it easily outputs 800W.
Nothing bad to say about this amp apart that it takes long to warm up.
I would buy another Acom any day.
AD0GW Rating: 5/5 Dec 8, 2017 10:00 Send this review to a friend
Wonderful amp  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
After using for one week I can say that it meets all of my expectations. Tuning is way easy.

I originally wired it for 120V, but after a couple of days I switched it back to 230V. Switching operating voltage requires soldering jumpers. There are many options for voltage settings, which could lead to confusion, but the documentation was sufficient to figure it out.
G7JZD Rating: 5/5 Jun 23, 2017 09:28 Send this review to a friend
Great Amplifier  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Just had the Acom 1010 Amplifier for three days now. Simple to set up, and simple to use.Most of the recommended settings are very close, just made a crib sheet of the exact settings so i can go back to them quickly.
Will write another review in a few weeks, but a very happy Man with this purchase.
KB6HRT Rating: 5/5 Apr 27, 2017 21:31 Send this review to a friend
SWEET!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Only been using it since tuesday, been many years since I used a tube amp, guess i didn't forget as much as I thought I did. 750w most bands, It will do more but want it to last, am using it on 160m and 75m most of the time the guys I talk to on
160m say its not as load as the ALS 1300 700 vers 1200 watts, but it 2 S units up on my Kenwood TS990 at full output, so its doing what it should be doing. I run it through a tuner, the ACOM is seeing a 1 to 1 match, the amp is very quite an heat that comes out of it is just slightly worm, going to give it a 5 right off the batt. The extra tuning is not a big deal when using a Palstar Auto- tuner, this AMP is backup for me till I get the ALS1300 back from the factory...................73s.............kb6hrt
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