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Re: [Amps] SB-200 DATA

Subject: Re: [Amps] SB-200 DATA
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 04:49:16 EDT
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In a message dated 7/18/2007 9:45:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

Even an  AL-82 will run quite a bit more from what I've seen.

.  I had been  thinking about an SB-200, but now I'm 
given to understand that they have a  fishy odor?  I don't want THAT!

Kevin -   KC8GIA

Kevin, If you would consider buying an Al-82, then I would go one step  
further and get an Al-1500.  They look exactly alike, but that is where the  
similarity ends.  An Al-82 will give you a maximum of 1500-1600 watts out  with 
normal 100 watts drive.  The Al-1500 with the same 100 watts drive  will give 
you 2300 - 2500 watts output.  That is nearly 1 KW more power  from the same 
size real estate.  They are great amps, I have 5 of  them.
As far as the Sb-200, well the story on them is simple.  Let's get one  thing 
straight, THEY DON'T STINK, I have smelled worst at radio Hamfests on a  hot 
day (even on cold ones too).  All kidding aside, they may not be the  best 
"choice" as everyone refers, but they DO work.  They give you an  honest 
watts out and they are rather reliable.  You can re tube  them for less than a 
$100.00.  Used on SSB, the tubes will last quite a  while.  In other modes 
you have to back them way off.  There are tons  and tons of them out there and 
they are still working like they were new. For  $300.00 they are hard to beat.  
But for $2000.00 for a used AL-1500, that's  a better choice.
When I was a young ham back in the late 60's, I was pumping gas for about  
$1.50/hour so I wasn't making a lot of money.  And when you are 16 or 17  and 
making only a little money the price of an SB-200 looked Pretty  good.   I 
bought one way back then and used it for quite a while and  it served me well.  
That was close to 40 years ago!  I have bought  close to 50 of them in the last 
few years to covert to 6 meters.  Every one  of them still worked fine.  The 
worst case was needing some new tubes or  grid resistors.  Hey lets face it, 
many other amps have a 40 year  history with tons of them still in use and 
available to buy at just about any  Hamfest?  Lou

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