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[Amps] RE : copper or silver in tank circuit?

To: "'Steve Thompson'" <>, <>
Subject: [Amps] RE : copper or silver in tank circuit?
From: "hermans" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2005 23:14:05 +0100
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hoy All,

Silver plated wire, we only used it in applications where very high Q
was necessary. It helped stability in oscillator coils, since silver
oxide has the same resistance as silver. So it is also OK for contacts,
when Current passing through is not very low. ( less then few tenths of
micro Amps).
Gold used for the same raisons, its good looking, but
Silver plating can easily be done with silver cyanide, but be aware it
is a very very dangerous procedure when done at home without good
knowledge and precaution. SO DON?T DO IT AT HOME.

Jos on4kj

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Objet?: Re: [Amps] copper or silver in tank circuit?

Larry Carman wrote:
> I was told by a pro amp builder to leave out the silver and use copper
> in the tank circuit. Reason: because it helps prevent parasitic on the
> higher frequencies. I'm speaking of HF amps working to 30 MHz. Any
Merits to
> this???

Not to mince words, it sounds nonsense to me. If that's the 
difference between a amp that's stable and unstable, them 
there's something much more fundamental needs fixing.

I recall an article in RF Design (but not in fine detail) 
where the writer argued that oxidised copper wasn't as much 
of a problem as people sometimes think, as the current will 
tend to head for lower resistance paths, driving it deeper 
into the wire/tube/stripline.

Will mentioned tin plating - I've seen harmonic filters 
(VHF, 200Wish) burn up pcbs and unsolder chip capacitors 
from the heat when enamelled wire was replaced with tinned 
to save on preparation time. Where the loaded Q is low, it 
will probably matter less.

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