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Re: [Amps] Ameritron ALS 500M

To: Mike Feher <>,
Subject: Re: [Amps] Ameritron ALS 500M
From: "Ray, W4BYG" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 15:08:26 -0500
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I have had my ALS-500 mobile for about 3.5 years, driving it with an FT-100D at about 50 watts drive SSB and CW. Basically it has served me well and has never shown a heat problem.

I have never tried it on AM, but I would suspect you would have to keep the output power somewhat below about 25% of what it is rated for (about 125 watts or so), if you were going to try it on AM. That would likely require input drive around 12 watts from your exciter.

If you try it, initially be real sensitive of the heat build up while operating, especially if you are anticipating keying it for 10 minutes at at time. Even then, I tend to think that amount of key down might stress the finals, so I would test it thoroughly (into a dummy load), with lower drive and shorter key down periods, working toward your goal, with low heat build up on the heatsink, before any significant operating. If it gets to hot to hold and keep your hand on it, it's to hot.

Once you find a comfortable output power level and if you do not have a way to look at the waveform output for distortion. I would ask for a number of quality checks when initially going on the air.

Be sure your antenna system either has a low SWR, or you have a good antenna tuner to provide a good match to your amplifier. It won't like anything above a 2:1 SWR.
Ray, W4BYG

On 11/21/2015 10:55 AM, Mike Feher wrote:
I probably should have asked these questions prior to buying one, but, one
just arrived yesterday and it will still be helpful to get some user input.

So, I just bought the subject amp and the matching Ameritron power supply. I
would have preferred a tube amp, but, I am just no longer able to maneuver
heavy items like I used to.

So, this amp is about 3 dB less than a full KW, but should be adequate for
my needs. I would like some observations from users regarding actual
performance, duty cycle heat handling. For example can I use it on AM for
about a 10 minute transmission? Would be nice but not necessary as I see
myself using it mostly on SSB and CW.

All feedback appreciated. Thanks & 73 - Mike

Mike B. Feher, N4FS

89 Arnold Blvd.

Howell, NJ, 07731


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