[AMRadio] Using an old Collins amp for AM

WA5VGO hbrnut at suddenlink.net
Mon Jan 12 19:19:15 EST 2015

Increasing your power from 70 watts to 150 watts will make almost no noticeable difference on the receiving end. Generally a three or four fold increase is worthwhile. Anything less is pretty useless unless conditions are very marginal. If you have never used a linear amplifier for AM you might want to investigate using one. It's brutal on the amplifier and if the amplifier isn't tuned correctly it's brutal on adjacent QSO's. 


> On Jan 12, 2015, at 6:09 PM, FRANK HUGHES hughes <frsahu0003 at embarqmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, 
> I would like to be able to participate in some of the AM nets. 
> My 32V-2 only makes 70 watts of carrier. (low voltage selected) 
> I have a good condition Collins 30S-1 that I normally use for SSB. 
> If the power is kept down to about 150 watts of carrier, could I drive the amp w/ the 32V-2? 
> My first homebrew amp is under construction, but until it is ready, I am hoping to find a temporary 
> solution. 
> 73 
> Frank 

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