On Sun, 8 Oct 2000 18:51:03 -0700 "Lamb" <email@example.com> writes:
>Marv suggests using the old computer power supplies to provide regulated
>filament voltages for PA tubes.
>Marv, you really know how to spoil a guy's day.
>I collect old tubes, old transformers, old radios, old meters and power
>supply parts. I have more than I need and I still collect them. In
>I collect junk. But, I have felt good about myself because I do throw
>things out. One of the few things I throw out has been old computer
>switching power supplies - because they were not good for anything.
>Now, however, you have changed even that. If my wife ever asked me "do
>throw anything out?", I had been prepared to answer "old computer power
>supplies". So, if I start collecting old switching power supplies, what
>I going to tell my wife I throw out?
>Despite that, it is a great idea!
>73, Colin K7FM
Well, you only need a couple of them.
Incidently, I wasn't referring to the IBM PC style power supplies.
I've only tried this trick with better built commercial supplies which
have more protection features (including startup ramp & overcurrent) and
adjustable output voltage. It might be doable with a PC supply -- they
do put out about 15-20A @ 5 volts... but, caveat designer.
As far as collecting junk -- I claim the 5th! :-)
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