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Re: [Amps] Alpha 76a

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Subject: Re: [Amps] Alpha 76a
From: "Jeff Blaine" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2011 01:57:19 -0500
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I just replaced my caps in a 76pa.  HV slid down over the last month and I was 
busy on other things and had not noticed it till it 
was time to rock and roll.

Upon visual, the caps "looked" fine as well.

On the meter, 4 showed roughly 210 uF.  1 showed 50 uF and 1 showed no 
indication on the meter.  I did not test further.

Replaced the caps and it's back in fine action.

73, Jeff ACØC

-----Original Message----- 
Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 6:20 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] Alpha 76a


I didn't check the caps in my 76, I didn't see any evidence of swelling or 
leaking when I visually inspected them
but since they were original I thought it would be prudent to replace them.
HV electrolytics have a life span of between 15-20yrs.  They quit producing the 
Alpha 76 series in 1985 so the original
76 series HV filter caps are at least 26 years old.
They probably would have lasted longer before failing but I felt it was good 
preventive maintenance.
Replacing the cap bank is pretty easy.  RF Parts has the original replacements.

Another PM item worth doing is lubing the fan.  The 76 fan has a sleeve bearing 
and a little lube will extend the life
and prevent the fan from getting noisy and needing replacement down the road.  
(The original fans are no longer available.)
Remove the motor end cover and do several repeated applications of fine machine 
oil like 3 in one oil.  The shaft bearing is
a porous bronze alloy and will soak up a substantial amount of oil.  The motor 
end cover has an o-ring seal to prevent any oil from
leaking out.


On Sep 12, 2011, at 1:43 PM, Colin Lamb wrote:

> "One thing you might consider if you haven't already is replacing the power 
> supply HV filter caps.  They are more than ready One 
> thing you might consider if you haven't already is replacing the power supply 
> HV filter caps."
> Two weeks ago, I had my Alpha 76A apart and decided to check out the 
> electrolytics and bleeder resistors.  I removed each 
> capacitor and checked them with a capacitance meter and and ESR meter.  I 
> also measured the leakage current under load.  The amp 
> had not been used for years, but after forming for a few minutes, the leakage 
> current dropped to almost nothing.  Measured 
> capacitance was within a couple percent.
> These caps are high quality original caps and did not need replacement.  
> Although I have found other amps that needed replacement 
> caps, the Alphas have held up well.  Worthwhile to try them before 
> replacement.
> 73,  Colin  K7FM
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