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Re: [TenTec] Low output on Centruion after lightning

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Low output on Centruion after lightning
From: Ken Brown <ken.d.brown@hawaiiantel.net>
Reply-to: ken.d.brown@hawaiiantel.net,Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 15:45:54 -1000
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Hi Jim,

The fact that the amplifier still works at all suggests that the 
amplifier did not get zapped bad enough to kill a tube. I would first 
suspect something more sensitive such as a semiconductor in the bias 
control circuitry has been damaged. Yes maybe a tube has been damaged, 
however before putting in new ones I would be sure that the bias control 
circuitry is functioning properly. You don't want to ruin a brand new 
tube, and without the right bias you could do just that. How do the grid 
and plate currents at zero drive power and full drive power compare to 
what they were when the amplifier worked correctly? What about the 
exciter? Is it still putting out full power? How about interconnecting 
coax cables? Are you sure one of them has not partially failed? Or even 
your power indicating device (external RF watt meter or built-in power 
indicating function on the amplifier multimeter?) Maybe the amp is still 
putting out full power and your watt meter is not reading correctly 
after the lightning strike. More details should be ascertained before 
dollars expended on new tubes.


Jim Miller WB5OXQ wrote:
> 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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