I would not be too hasty on diagnosing it as a drive problem.
Further, the meter may or may not be properly set.
The manual covers this on page 3-28, second paragraph.
Find (good luck) the 2.5 Ohm 100 watt load resister and use an external
meter to measure the actual current draw under load. I found a 5 Ohm
50 watt variable in my junk box so I was lucky to be able to do this.
Set the meter first when drawing 6 A. Then adjust the SCR to trip when
I saw the other reply-could be that -not likely; however, it would
the jumping 30-15 watt situation. So would failure of the drive
Remember this unit shuts down when the load exceeds 6 A and that's
by the SCR circuit.
The 2N3055 should not get "really hot"-
Le Claire, Iowa
> I have a Century 21 with a drive problem. It is hard to get the full 60
> watts input without drawing to much current from the power supply. I get the
> hum in the side tone whenever this occurs. Also when it seems to be behaving
> itself, the power output will flucuate between 30 and 15 watts, never a
> steady output/input, but not a large current pull on the power supply. I
> checked antenna, coax, etc to be sure I wasn't getting a mismatch. Am using
> a MFJ Tuner. I think it might be associated with the power supply. The
> switching transistor on the rear panel, I believe it is a 2N3055, gets really
> hot. Could this transistor be the problem? Looking at the power supply
> diagram, I think this is what regulates the voltage for the drive operation.
> Am I on the right track? Any suggestions most helpful. 73's John KB4UTV
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