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Re: [Amps] MLA2500 issue

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Subject: Re: [Amps] MLA2500 issue
From: "Mike & Becca Krzystyniak" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:48:48 -0600
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   Back in the day I had a MLA-2500 with a similar problem.  I recall
tracing it back to the filament on one of the tubes.
   What I don't recall was if it was a flakey solder joint on the socket, or
the socket itself.

   I do know of another case where the winding in the power transformer
developed shorted turns or something similar causing the filament voltage to
drop when it made contact (in that case when hot).


73's  Mike K9MK

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From: Amps [] On Behalf Of Jim Thomson
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:35 AM
Subject: [Amps] MLA2500 issue

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:07:15 -0400
From: "Mike Smith VE9AA" <>
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Subject: [Amps] MLA2500 issue

Hi All,
I'm no amp expert, but have owned an MLA2500 for close to 3 decades.  I've
repaired it a few times (all new caps, timer tube replaced, PS board
replaced one time). Might have put in a new tube once.

I use it for contesting. I've used it on DXpeditions back in the day, so
it's sees LOTS of use.
When I am on CW, I always operate it in the lower plate voltage mode.
Recently in a contest I started experiencing sudden/rapid power output loss,
from its usual 750w CW to perhaps 300w for some minutes, then briefly 100w,
then within several minutes, no output at all. If I shut it off and restart
it 20-30 minutes later from cold(warm?) I usually sees perhaps 300-400w out
for a couple minutes, dropping to 100w within a minute,then 0 (or
essentially 0) watts out.
It's just getting worse.
When I took the cover off, it appears one of the 8874's is much darker than
the other. This might be nothing, as I have had various 8874's from
different sources over the years, but thought I'd mention it in case it
means something

Looked around and measured continuity with the ohmmeter here and there. Not
seeing anything obvious.Is it a bad tube? Where would I start




Mike VE9AA

## Can u run the amp with one tube removed ?   Its probably one or both
Run it with one tube at a time.  You can also swap positions in case its a
socket issue.
Do you have any spare tubes ?   Does it do this on all bands or just one
band ?

Jim   VE7RF


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