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Subject: [Amps] Alpha 77 troubleshooting
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 19:59:57 +0000 (UTC)
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Good Afternoon, 
I am working on an ETO Alpha PA-77. The original model, not a DX or SX.   The 
previous owner had bypassed the warmup relay in an attempt to circumvent a 
failure of the warmup and/or grid overcurrent circuitry, which work in concert 
with each other.  
I isolated the problem to a bad device at Q2 in the grid overload circuit, 
which is a 2N5184.   Web searches of the usual places (Mouser, DigiKey, Allied, 
etc.) all come up empty.  The NTE154 is listed as a replacement, but I've 
always avoided the NTE parts if at all possible, for various reasons.   Anyone 
familiar with or experienced working on this amp know of a suitable and 
currently available replacement for the 2N5184 device? 
While I am at it, anyone know of a suitable replacement for the 40841 fet 
device used on this board?  Or the 2N5321 device? While they both check good, I 
wouldn't mind have a few on hand just in case, especially if I need to order 
the other devices. 
The next issue is that it appears the amp has a very soft 8877.   No matter how 
hard I drive it, the tubes seems to top off at about 600w carrier, even in the 
4KV SSB position. However, after tuning it for maximum carrier output, in this 
case 600w, if I switch the exciter to SSB, I can see peaks of 1000-1100w on a 
peak reading LP-100A meter.  I do notice the on carrier keydown, the high 
voltage drops from 4.0kv to almost 3.5kv under load.   Is this amount of plate 
voltage drop normal for this amp?   Even at 3500v under load, I would still 
expect to see more out of the tube. Is it normal to see an 8877 do more 
PEP than carrier power, as per the description above, when going soft? 
Finally, the owner is asking me to install a fan at the rear of the amp for 
added cooling.  Has anyone done this?  Since the power cord is only wired for 
2-wire 240v plus ground, there is no neutral.  A quick look at the schematic, 
it appears I could parallel a 120vac fan to one of the two primary windings of 
the transformer?  Further looking at the schematic, it looks like the blower 
motor is 110vac, so I can I just parallel to that (before the blower's speed 
adjustment wire-wound resistor, obviously!)? 
Thanks for any and all input regarding this classic amp. 
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