In a message dated 7/18/2007 9:45:47 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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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