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Re: [Amps] SB-221 Power Gain

To: Michael Tope <>, "" <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] SB-221 Power Gain
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Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2020 05:48:23 -0400
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Numbers are in the ball park

You might get up to 1200-1250 with a new pair of tubes . A pair of new 3-500ZG's is going to run you in the neighborhood of $450. The bigger issue on power out is you are power supply limited, no easy fix for that.

Surprisingly you might find that improvements on 10M can be had by tightening every screw in the RF deck . And I mean EVERY screw. tank circuit variable caps, grid grounds , even the ones that hold the RF cage to the chassis, etc.  The issue is conductivity for circulating currents. 40 year old aluminum like the rest of us is not as good as it once was at doing the heavy lifting and the "joints" complain.


On 8/1/2020 2:01 AM, Michael Tope wrote:
I have an old SB-221 donated from the estate of the original builder. I think it was assembled in 1981. With 100 Watts of drive and the HV switch in the SSB position (stiff 240V service), I am getting anywhere between 700 and 1100 watts output depending on the band. Forty meters is the best band (1100 watts). On eighty and twenty I am getting about 1000 watts output. On 10 meters, output is only about 700 Watts. IIRC, the amp is equipped with Eimac brand 3-500Zs (they might be the original tubes). I making measurements with a Bird 43 (2500 watt slug), so the output power numbers should be reasonably accurate (FWIW, the Bird 43 readings are in good agreement with my Diawa CN-720 cross needle meter).

Does these numbers sound about right for an unmodified SB-221 with good tubes? I have someone interested in purchasing the amplifier, but they are kind of hung up on wanting a little more output power capability (their exciter has a maximum output power of 100 watts). IIRC, changing to 3-500ZG graphite anode tubes and directly grounding the grids improves gain and output power slightly. Does anyone have any data on how much this improves the amplifier's performance? If there is an upgrade path that will deliver a little extra output power, I wanted to let the potential buyer know what their options are.

Thanks & 73,

Mike W4EF.....................
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