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Re: [Amps] MOSFET amp for 80 m

Subject: Re: [Amps] MOSFET amp for 80 m
From: Manfred Mornhinweg <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:49:26 +0000
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you are forgetting that this is a push-pull amplifier.

If the MOSFETs were perfect (zero saturation voltage), then the available voltage swing would be ±13.8V for each, which equals 9.76V RMS. Between the two drains that's twice as much, so 19.5V RMS. This voltage applied to 50 ohm gives 7.6 watts.

Real MOSFETs do not swing fully to ground, but an IRF510 on 80 meters, at such low power and current, gets pretty close. So the maximum unsaturated output might be 7W. The author's spec of 5-6W seems conservative compared to that.

In saturation that amplifier should produce significantly more power, but of course it's no longer linear when driven that hard.


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