The RF Parts choke is purchased from Ameritron.
The 10X rule goes back to the 30's when everything was series fed plug in
coils with link coupling.
When shunt feed started gaining popularity in the 40's the choke inductance
dropped dramatically because now series resonances could not be tolerated.
The old 1 to 2.5 mH chokes werent good beyond 40M if that. Shunt feed was
used on the old plug in coils and then to the pi network which started
gaining acceptance in the 50's.
The famous National R-175 choke of the 40's was only 225uh as was the
modified R-175A that removed a 15M resonance.
Heath used 90uh down to 80M as did the B&W 800. The B&W 801 and 802 were
only 110uH and advertised for 160-10M. The Alpha 77 used the 801 and later
the 802 when WARC bands came along.
With such low impedances the choke bypass cap became critical to keep 160M
in particular RF out of the PS electrolytics. Most companies use(d) an
inadequate 1000pf and Dentron only 500pf. Its no wonder there was and still
is premature filter cap failures.
With .01 @ 6KV caps only costing $2-3 new these days there is no excuse to
not add them to your amp.
----- Original Message -----
From: "DF3KV" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 9:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Amps] Checking Plate Choke resonance
I have never seen such high impedances at amplifier chokes.
Most of the chokes in ham radio amps are not even twice the plate load.
The famous Rfparts 225µH transmitting choke is just 2,5k ohms on 160m.
Much smaller chokes are used in commercial amplifiers.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On
As a general rule the impedance
of the choke should be about ten times the plate load impedance or more.
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