> Hi All, is there no possibility of having the input
> matching network
> resonate with the FC30 filament choke to allow 160m
There is a possibility but a 4-1000A would be one of the
worse possible cases for using that choke.
> With the low impedances present it seems that the loaded Q
> would still be
> fairly low. Seems that the rf related currents would be
> much lower than the
> filament currents in the choke.
Filament currents, assuming the choke is wired and wound
correctly, do NOT magnetize the core. The net flux density
from filament current should be zero or very close to zero.
Common mode currents which are those caused by RF cathode
voltage do magnetize the core. The flux density at any
given frequency relates only to cathode RF voltage swing and
If you have 100 volts across the winding and 500 ohms
inductive reactance RF current is 0.2 amperes.
The resistive portion of the impedance dissipates power in
the core and creates core heating. Saturation is where the
core can't handle any more magnetic flux and so any
additional flux cause by increased current has to travel in
a path outside the core, and so there is a change in
permeability so far as additional current beyond a certain
value. This is why a core **usually** overheats long before
flux saturation and severe waveform distortion occurs.
Amateurs almost always call heat "saturation" when it isn't.
We can have a core that distorts the waveform and does not
get hot, or we can (and usually do) have a core that gets
hot without waveform distortion (saturation).
> What parameter actually establishes the lower frequency
> rating of choke like
Heating, flux density, impedance (can we still match the
input efficiently?), and distortion of waveform from
The fact it "tunes" or "matches" and doesn't heat or
outright explode doesn't mean it is a good core or a good
choice. The fact it carries 100 amperes of filament current
doesn't mean it can carry even 100mA of RF current.
Eddy's case is particularly bad because:
1.) The B&W choke, while handling filament AC ok, was
already a marginal RF package
2.) He would have to parallel two chokes in one case. That
makes things worse
3.) The 4-1000A in cathode driven service has pretty high
filament RF voltage. The cathode impedance is fairly high
and the drive power requirements are high.
With the very easy access to good rod materials, good toroid
cores, or complete chokes (like an Ameritron filament choke)
it really doesn't make much sense to use a B&W stack of
1960's Japanese transistor radio loopstick antenna cores or
a TV deflection yoke core designed for 15.75 kHz use.
The 4-1000A is already power gain marginal, has fairly high
IMD levels, and is notoriously unstable. Why risk making
something so marginal worse?
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