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[TenTec] Low output on Centruion after lightning

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Subject: [TenTec] Low output on Centruion after lightning
From: "Jim Miller WB5OXQ" <wb5oxq@grandecom.net>
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Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 22:20:16 -0500
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I have a Centurion about 6 years old that has always made around 1200-1300 
watts on all hf bands except about 1000 on 10 meters.  I recently had a 
lightning strike to my fiberglass dual band vhf uhf antenna on a different 
tower from my hf antennas and neither of my hf transceivers were damaged.  I 
now find that I can only get about 700 watts on any band driving the amp with 
either transceiver.  Could this have damaged the tubes?  I don't mind a new 
pair of 3-500's if that will fix the problem.  Should I buy the regular 3-500z 
tubes or the zg graphite models.  Will I gain anything by using the graphite 
plate tubes?  Any mods anyone can recommend that will improve the amp 
performance while I am in there?  Suggestions please!

      Jim & Ella Miller 
     Abby & Sparky
Dalmatian Furbabies
        Waco, TX
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