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Re: [Amps] HLA-150? Nevermind.

Subject: Re: [Amps] HLA-150? Nevermind.
From: Joe Isabella <>
Reply-to: Joe Isabella <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 18:01:59 -0700 (PDT)
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I have the 30 in/160 out (FM) and it is just below half power in SSB.  The 
manual clearly states to not drive it with more than 10-12W PEP in SSB.  It's 
one of the old brown-face Mirages with the slide switches, not the newer ones 
people seem to not like.  I've nad no trouble from it, except for the idiotic 
wide-open relay.  Since I run it mobile, I frequently have to clean it.

Joe, N3JI

----- Original Message ----
From: Steve Thompson <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 4:37:13 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] HLA-150? Nevermind.

Steve Katz wrote:
> Along the same line, different amp:
> Tom, have you tested any of the Mirage VHF amps?
> I have a few which don't seem to do well.  Never tried to specifically
> measure IMD, but they're not anything close to linear once operated at maybe
> 50% of rated output power.  1 dB compression occurs at maybe just over 50%
> rated output, and at 100% rated output they're in heavy compression (CW
> signal, 14Vdc power).  Not just one, but a few different models....
The transistors used in these sorts of amps are usually designed for VHF 
mobile radio use - class C, heavily into saturation for high efficiency 
at the rated power, inherent current limiting for high VSWR tolerance. 
These are things that kill linear operation, the 50% output you see at 
1dB compression is about the best they can do. Moving to 28 or 50V makes 
a world of difference.

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