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Re: [Amps] L4B biasing

To: "Jim W7RY" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] L4B biasing
From: "Carl" <>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:28:54 -0500
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If you are planning to use it as an AM linear at times running about 7-8V bias will be more efficient and not hurt SSB IMD. Ive been using my LK-500ZC that way for years and confirmed on a spectrum analyzer.

The same procedure works on other amps and tubes.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Jim W7RY" <>
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Sent: Thursday, December 25, 2014 1:14 AM
Subject: Re: [Amps] L4B biasing

11 diodes (7 volts) is way too much bias voltage.

Better to have about 3 diodes (1N5408). That is what I have found while designing my QSK circuit board for the Drake. The L4 and L4B was designed with Amperex 8802 tubes. They did not require bias because the idled at a much lower current than Eimac 3-500 tubes. And the old L4 was designed around the 3-400 (8163) which did not require bias either.

Sure, if you have 3800 volts of plate voltage then 7 volts of bias is fine. The SB220 used a 5.1 volt zenner and the SB220 plate voltage was around 3200 volts.

Jim W7RY

-----Original Message----- From: Paul Baldock
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 1:23 PM
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Subject: Re: [Amps] L4B biasing

Yes you should add bias. I added 11 diodes in the center tap of the
filament trany. So that would be about 7 volts.

- Paul

.At 12:52 PM 12/24/2014, you wrote:
I just finished me Drake power supply. I used a Drake transformer and a doubler board with 8 caps. I have 2600 volts showing on the high voltage meter. I have eliminated all the bias circuit in the power supply that Drake used. At idle I show 200 mills of plate current. My question is should I add a bias circuit? I purchased a W4ZT board but wonder if I need it. Thanks and Happy Holidays to all.
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