----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Bitterlich" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Carl" <email@example.com>; "Jim Thomson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2013 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] Source of Mica Caps?
>> ** I suspect most on this forum prefer simple and legal power, not some
>> freak show ego trip.
> I'm not so sure honestly.
> If a 3CX10000B7 amp happened to turn up wired up and ready to go, they would
> turn it away and instead run a pair of 3-500's in a SB-220 (with grids
> floating of course) ???
> Personally, I'd fire that baby up and melt the feedline just to see the
> needles peg, but hey I know I have a screw loose so please excuse me. Just
> FYI, I'm one of those that always wants to try what others tell me is
> impossible or that I'm "not allowed" to do.
> Not stirring the pot (much), but Carl I think most hams that are interested
> in learning about building amplifiers have at one time or another
> contemplated having one that requires 220 VAC at 100 amps. :-)
> I enjoy your postings.
Ive been thru those stages Mark and even built a few in the 70-80's to earn
side money but didnt get past a pair of 4-1000A's and a single 3CX3000A7. That
was when AM and FM BC stations had their own engineer and replaced tubes on
schedule. The 4X1's still had plenty of life and a FM 3X3 was like new on HF
and there were plenty of both within a 15 mile radius of here free for the
Tubes with 5 digit dissipations just are way overboard IMO but I know a lot of
them have been on ham bands for decades.
To get a real full 3dB above 1500W even a pair of 8877's wont do it and survive
long. The 3CX3000A7 is still an excellent tube (even the Chinese one) and
YC-156's are drying up as SS takes over the ISM market.
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