[AMRadio] The Solution

Bill Ramsey ka8wtk at raex.com
Sun Jan 2 13:01:38 EST 2005

Hi David,
  This was a great thread and I am glad you found the problem.
  I don't remember seeing a 20V when I was over there about a year ago. Did
you get it recently, or is my memory just faulty? I remember the Western
Electric BC transmitter.

Tallmadge, Ohio

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Knepper" <cra at floodcity.net>
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Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 11:42 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] The Solution

> Today I found an open 20K/150 watt resistor (one of two screen dropping
> resistors) that was open.
> Since the 4-400A's did not have screen voltage the high voltage soared
> may have caused the plate current meter to show negative current - too
> voltage floating around inside the meter.
> I did install the same meter in the 30K-1 and it reads perfectly, which
> proves this theory that the excess voltage is causing some kind of corona
> charge inside the meter or something to that effect.
> The P.A. amplifier (4-400A's) had no screeen voltage, thus, no R.F.
> No wonder the R.F. current meter was not showing any R.F. current!
> I will install a new 20K screen dropping resistor and see what happens.  I
> just bet that this will solve my problem.
> Anyone with a dunce cap, please send it to me.
> Thanks for all the suggestions that I received.  You guys are super-smart
> and were on the right track.
> More later  on this matter once I install the new resistor.  Let's hope
> this solves this vexing problem.
> Dave, W3ST
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