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[TenTec] Hercules low output / groan

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Subject: [TenTec] Hercules low output / groan
From: ve7asr@telus.net (Rick Williams)
Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 17:43:35 -0800
Well it's my turn for an amplifier problem.  It looks like the Hercules II
and/or 9420 power supply have decided to act up.  The power supply is stable
on TX and the current is indicative of the power out.  It's showing about 30
or 40 amps and the output is about 250 to 300 watts.  The tell tale
indicator is a "groan" (sort of a high pitched buzz) from the amplifier in
transmit as soon as the Herc relays engage. This happens on all bands into
an antenna or dummy load with or without any drive.

If the groan occurred under load I'd think it might be the power supply but
with essentially no load I'm baffled and unsure where to begin.  (I'm
dreading the thought of a failed final - argh!)

If anyone has a suggestion on the troubleshooting please get in touch.  Why
do problems always occur after the factory is closed?

Thanks for listening!


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