> At higher frequencies, where given a typical tube the plate C
> represents a significant part of the plate tune cap, the effect is to
> significantly raise the plate impedance (as seen by the PiNet input)
> and the balance of the pinet would need to be adjusted to maintain
> the desired Q & impedance ratio.
Not true. It sounds "nice", but it is not factual. In truth, the
impedance barely changes.
Let's assume the blocking cap, at the lowest frequency, would be
set a reasonable value of 10% of the impedance looking into the
tank, or approximately equal to the value of the tuning cap with a Q
of ten (using the simple but not absolutely correct value of Rp/Xc.
Using an Xc equal to 10% of the plate operating impedance, and
assuming a choke somewhat larger than the plate impedance, the
change in impedance looking into the tank is:
300pF blocking (~300ohms 1.8 MHz) 2878ohms
1200pF blocking (~75 ohms 1.8MHz) 2964ohms
The tank input impedance, with no other changes except a
readjustment of the tuning cap by 2 pF to compensate for the
reactance change, changes less than 100 ohms out of 3000
ohms....a totally insignificant change.
As I said, I learned my lesson many years ago when I laughed at
someone for reading a blocking cap wrong by a factor of ten in a
160 meter amp. After poking fun at him, I was amazed when we
changed the capacitor to a "traditional" value of 1000pF and
nothing we could see changed.
People waste far too much time worrying about enough blocking
capacitance, and spend far too little time considering current
ratings of the capacitors and the plate choke design.....which has a
MUCH larger effect than the blocking capacitor on system Q and
other problems.
And the small effect above is on 160 meters, where the problem is
at its worse point. On higher bands, the effect would be less
because Xc would decrease with increasing frequency.
73, Tom W8JI
W8JI@contesting.com

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