> Therefore, a parasitic oscillation must be repeatable - even if for a
> brief collection of oscillations. This definition would seem to
> preclude random, non repeatable events - since they could not be
> oscillations. And, if they are not oscillations, they could not be
> parasitic oscillations.
> Colin K7FM
There are two forms of damage Colin.
One is caused by voltage breakdown, the other is heating.
If the parasitic oscillation was a one time event that caused an arc,
it could ionize an air path and trigger a sustained arc. That would
only happen if there was something to ionize.
The real flaw in all this parasitic nonsense is much or most of the
damage is said to be heat related damage. That requires time, not
just a sudden short burst of energy.
The amazing thing is the "power" to damage grids is supposed to
appear with any grid current indicated on the meter! How we have
thermal damage without grid current is not easily explained unless
some very very poor science is thrown in.
The problem with the arc is in the impedances and voltage
breakdowns. Having measured the impedances in some amplifiers
Rich claims arc bandswitches from VHF parasitics, I can tell you it
is impossible to develop the voltages necessary within the current
sinking limits of the output device.
Any amplifier that developes such voltages would be a TVI
nightmare, because the tank would not "short" or bypass the VHF
harmonics to ground.
Now I admit, for Pete's sake, that it isn't "impossible" to design a
PA that would produce high tank voltages at VHF. But the dead
giveaway that was happening would be a look at the spectral purity
of the PA in the normal testing procedures. If I saw an excessively
high harmonic somewhere in VHF, I likely could find just such a
As Peter says, it isn't impossible for his wife to win the lotto. But
what we are asked to believe, by Rich, is virtually every failure in
every PA is a parasitic....and some amps have that problem on a
It is very easy to prove that "theory" wrong.
73, Tom W8JI
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