> Can anyone answer off the top of his or her head? Which series of
> amplifiers came first at Ameritron -- the AL-1200/1500/82 or the
The original Ameritron inventory was taken over by the owner of
Prime Instruments, W8IOB as a "loan adjustment". Prime already
owned all the parts and tooling, but had nothing to do with the
The original parts included the AL80, AL82, RCS-8 and ATR-8. The
original AL82 (never produce) was deemed "unbuildable" and
unsafe by Prime Instruments.
The original AL82 specific to the AL82 was scrapped, and the other
products Prime inherited were totally reworked as soon as
possible. All old AL80's were rebuilt at Prime Instruments expense,
because the design was so poor. Prime spent over $30,000
rebuilding units that we received no money for, and scrapped
thousands of parts that were bought surplus or used.
The AL80A was a replacement for the AL80, and was the first total
re-design priority. The AL1200 was next, and the AL1500 followed.
A pair of 3-500's was never released, because the 3CX1200 ran
more power and was less expensive to build. The 3-500Z's were
eventually released under the model AL82, although it was a totally
different animal than the scrapped AL82 that used the 1200/1500
The AL80B was a total revision of the AL80A developed around
1990. That platform was expanded into the AL-800 series and
eventually the AL-572.
73, Tom W8JI
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