- Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) Community

Call Search

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Friends Remembered
Survey Question

DX Cluster Spots

Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement

Reviews Categories | Amplifiers: RF Power - 6M/VHF/UHF+ | TPL PA3-1FE Help

Reviews Summary for TPL PA3-1FE
TPL PA3-1FE Reviews: 2 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$650USD
Description: Solid state commercial VHF amplifier for 136-174MHz. FM only, uses three 40W Motorola transistors to achieve a maximum of 120W output. Works great on 2m ham band.
Product is in production.
More info:
Email Subscription
You are not subscribed to this review.

My Subscriptions
Subscriptions Help

You can write your own review of the TPL PA3-1FE.

WA0ZZG Rating: 5/5 Oct 3, 2011 12:38 Send this review to a friend
Brick  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I picked up one of these very inexpensively at a local hamfest. The manual is available on line. This same model has been made since the late 1970's. Current models use Motorola transistors, mine has three TRW's with a code date of 1980. The label shows a type acceptance number. This was not intended for Amateur Radio use. Still, it puts out 140W on 146.52 with no retuning. Don't expect a pretty case. This was designed to be mounted in an out of the way location and forgotten. Needs about 15A at 13.8V. No switches or lights, just a bunch of RF.
KD0NFF Rating: 5/5 Jan 14, 2011 10:32 Send this review to a friend
Great, uber-rugged amplifier.  Time owned: more than 12 months
Love it! Mine was bought for $100 from an ebay seller, no regrets. Works perfectly, nice clean output. Extremely rugged design, will hold up in the most demanding environments. I've had several TPL amps, and while they lack a receive preamp and SSB capability, they are some of the very best FM amplifiers around. Highly recommended.

If you have any questions, problems, or suggestions about Reviews, please email your Reviews Manager.