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Re: [Amps] question about SPE 1.3K FA amp

Subject: Re: [Amps] question about SPE 1.3K FA amp
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:18:37 +0000 (UTC)
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Quadras aren't bullet-proof; the RF deck seems to be rather solid but the 
control circuitry is another topic entirely. I don't have the schematic at 
hand, but the Quadra has an unregulated DC "sub-supply" ahead of the main logic 
board to provide Yaesu transceiver-controlled power switching. This supply uses 
"fuse resistors" to provide protection and drop the voltage to the logic board, 
and there is a tendency for these to open in the presence of relatively mild 
transients. This requires opening the amp up to the core and replacing devices 
that are rapidly becoming obsolete. It takes a rather substantial line 
conditioner ahead of an amp to help prevent this from happening on a routine 
basis. The Quadra tuners, which I realize are not the primary reason for buying 
the amp, struggles to make matches within the advertised impedance range. 

They're great amps, but hardly perfect and that's why I'm one of the people 
that replaced them with Experts. 


Mike - N8MSA 

----- Original Message -----

From: "Doug Renwick" <> 
To: "Richard Solomon" <>, 
Sent: Thursday, November 12, 2015 10:29:44 AM 
Subject: Re: [Amps] question about SPE 1.3K FA amp 

Why in the world would you replace a bullet proof Quadra with a SPE 1.3K-FA? 
Power output is essentially the same for all bands. 


I wasn't born in Saskatchewan, but I got here as soon as I could. 

-----Original Message----- 

The SPE 1.3K-FA comes with a 2 Year Warranty. 
Warranty work (for the most part) is done here in 
the States. 

With that kind of Warranty SPE must be very 
confident in the Amps survival. 

Mine should be here this week !! It will replace a 
YAESU Quadra. 

73, Dick, W1KSZ 

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