Yes, it is. There is great value in being able to adjust your bias to
allow more efficient operation while running non-linear modes such as
CW, RTTY, and the various WSJT modes.
Class B or even soft Class C is much easier on your tubes than the
"linear" classes. Of course it requires that the operator have some idea
of whats going on inside the amp in order to properly adjust for the
various requirements of each class.
Larry - W7IUV
Steve Flood wrote:
> I was looking at an amp design from a 1959 issue of GE Ham News. Two 813s
> grounded-grid linear. What makes this design different from the others I've
> looked at is the addition of an adjustable grid bias supply. What
> functionality does this feature add? From what I could glean from the text,
> it is used to set the zero-signal plate current to 40 mA for SSB tuneup, and
> for "almost zero" plate current for CW tuneup. Is this amp trying to operate
> in two different classes?
> Steve KK7UV
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