From: Manfred Mornhinweg<firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Since the output impedance is about 50 ohms, I'm wondering if a 1:1
>broadband antenna balun might serve for the output toroid? Just a thought.
>Might not be a good idea.
Antenna baluns usually don't have galvanic insulation between input and
output, so you can't use them in an amplifier powered directly off-line.
But using the core of such a balun, and rewinding it properly, should
I am at exactly the newbie stage Manfred advocates: building a 50W
amplifier using a pair of one dollar switching FETs, in my case IRF640,
and a cheap 48V laptop PSU. I have a prototype more or less working for
use on CW on 60M.
I'm interested to know why a common mode choke type of balun is such a
bad idea, seeing as I am using one to couple the drains of my amplifier
to the harmonic filter. I have 5 turns of RG316 on a core with OD about
18mm, giving a choking inductance of around 17uH. Balance seems fine and
this configuration seems much less beset by problems with leakage
inductance compared to my attempts at making multi-winding conventional
transformers with bits of brass tube and so on.
For "galvanic isolation" (I call it DC blocking) I am using physically
moderately large 100nF multilayer ceramic capacitors rated 100V. Of
course it's the current rating that matters and I have no idea what it
is for my capacitors except it must be enough because they do not get hot.
OK, so the blocking capacitors in my baby amplifier don't have to handle
the 5 or so amps of RF in a 1KW+ amplifier, but such capacitors do seems
to be available, particularly if you use several in parallel.
Or do really bad things happen at the higher voltages and currents in
serious amplifiers that I have overlooked?
73, Alan G3XAQ
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