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Re: [Amps] AL-82 VS Acom 1000

Subject: Re: [Amps] AL-82 VS Acom 1000
From: Jim Brown <>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 10:55:19 -0700
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I had an ACOM 1010 for a while that I bought used to use for CQP county expeditions. It was fine to use, but IMD was a bit higher than my Titan 425 and my KPA500, so I eventually sold it. I was also put off by the fact that ACOM will not provide a schematic. Not a bad amp though, very user friendly, easy to tune. The original owner sold it to buy a KPA500 to get 6M (the 1010 is 160-10, 500-600W).

The ACOM 1000 is essentially the same amp, same tube, but bigger power supply so can run more power. It also covers 6M, which is a big plus if you operate that band.

73, Jim K9YC

 On Mon,8/15/2016 9:34 AM, Morgan Bailey, II wrote:
Hello everyone

I have a dilemma on my hands.  I currently have the opportunity to purchase
a pre-mfj AL-82 with a Dahl transformer in pristine condition for a very
low price.  I also have been looking at the ACOM line and I like the 1000.
Other than the fact that there is an output difference between the amps, is
the extra money for the Acom worth it?  The majority of my operating is cw
contesting, and I will be driving the amp with a K3.  I like the fact that
the Acom is QSK capable and is very quiet, but that alone isn't enough
justification for me to spend $1200+ over the cost of the AL-82.  One of
the attractive things about the AL-82 is that it is simple enough that I
know I can repair almost anything that were to happen to it, and the tubes
are cheap.  This is not the case with the Acom.  Overall I really like Acom
better, but there is such a large price difference between the two amps
that I'm having trouble deciding whether the extra money is worth it for
the Acom.


73, Morgan, NS0R.
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