[Top] [All Lists]

Re: [Amps] SB-200 DATA

To: <>, <>, <>,<>
Subject: Re: [Amps] SB-200 DATA
From: "Robert Bonner" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 09:57:36 -0500
List-post: <>
Boy I hope I never get stuck on that island.  I absolutely do not eat
seafood...  AT all.  Don't touch the stuff.  I'd gladly eat them bananas...
If there was no bananas I'd be in tough shape.  That's when I'd have to die
or scrap my value system for the sake of survival.

That's the same way I look at SB-200's.  It's a shriveled up dried out

On my scale of 6 meter conversions an SB-220 would be a 6 and an SB-200
would be a minus 1.  Because it can be done doesn't make it right.

Bob DD

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2007 4:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Amps] SB-200 DATA

In a message dated 7/17/2007 10:12:08 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Using a  tube right at the upper limit frequency isn't the 
best idea, unless you  just have no other choice or are 
trying to prove a point.

73  Tom

Tom, Carl has been converting SB-200's to 6 meters for 40 years, he makes  
them work right.  Their continued performance "in use" proves they will
No doubt the "tube" is not the "best" choice but in the world of ham  radio
have to have a different outlook on things.  
Lets say you were stranded on a tropical island and the only thing to eat  
were bananas.  You would eat bananas and you would eat a lot of  bananas!!
perhaps coconuts, so you would eat a lot of coconuts.   It may not be your 
first choice of foods, but you would get to like them real  fast.
In the world of ham radio we have lots of hams unable to build there own  
equipment, lets face it, not everybody is like you and some of the others on

here.  For many, if you can't plug it in and go, it just ain't  happin'.  I
we refer to them as appliance operators. Oh, and don't  forget, hams rank 
about the highest on the list for being as cheap as one can  get!  SO that
us to what does one do about a 6 meter amp?
Well, if one can get 700 watts on 6 meters that is reliable and affordable,

and good heavens there are ALOT of SB-200's out there.  I see multiple
at hamfests STILL at reasonable prices.  Even a brick doesn't come  near the

cost of a converted Sb-200 in price and power.  A Command Tech VHF  1200
would set you back a pretty penny.  So for a buck a watt the  Sb-200 stands
to the job very nicely.  I don't think it is a matter of  proving a point, 
because if that was the case Carl, and the like would have  built one unit
prove the point, but not do it for 40 years and do 100's of  them for the
out there that think it's a good buy in a 6 meter amp.   And I think THAT is
Better choices in tubes YES.  and in the same light, One can buy an  Alpha 
amp or one can buy an Ameritron amp.  Is the Alpha a better  choice?  well,
have 5 Ameritron amps at the present time.   Lou

************************************** Get a sneak peek of the all-new AOL
Amps mailing list

Amps mailing list

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>