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Re: [Amps] Alpha 91b problem

To: K9FD <>, <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Alpha 91b problem
From: gudguyham--- via Amps <>
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Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2022 18:26:40 +0000 (UTC)
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I thought I heard that Acom might have replacement transformers for the 91b/99 
amps. After all Acom built them.  It’s very possible that the new Acom 2000a 
transformer can be retrofitted into the 91b or they might even have direct 
replacements.  It’s worth an email to Val.  The 200a is basically an updated 
91b it uses the same tubes so all the voltages are there in that transformer.  
I’m pretty sure it’s $1000 but less.  Worth a look see.

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On Sunday, November 20, 2022, 11:34 AM, K9FD <> wrote:

I have a 91B that has the exact same symptoms,  and it appears its the 
So you can add another to the list.   Also have a 99 and it has just 
went south,
hoping its a shorted tube and not the tranny on that one.
I would sure be in the market for a transformer if any one has one.  Not 
sure I will
spend 1000 for a new one to keep the 91 on the air.
73 Merv K9FD
> I have a defective Alpha 91 transformer in my junk pile.  WD8CCC’s amp 
> started blowing primary fuses probably 8 to 10 years ago now.  The problem 
> was an internal winding to winding short.  The transformer would make full AC 
> voltage on the HV secondary, until the HV rectifier board was connected.  I 
> forget now, it has been so long ago, which winding was shorted internally to 
> the HV winding.
> I had Ben order one from Alpha.  They were kind of condescending about it; 
> they did not believe it could be the problem.  Finally they sold him one 
> (they had a used one), while stressing they would accept a return when it 
> didn’t fix the problem.  I had the amp running already using an external HV 
> winding.  Apparently at the time it was not a commonly known issue.  It was a 
> new problem to me, but I only occasionally repair amps for friends so don’t 
> see as many cases as folks who do this all the time.
> Sorry to hear 91B transformer failures are becoming more common.  Ben’s amp 
> is still going strong.
> 73 Charlie N8RR
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> From: Alek Petkovic<>
> Sent: Sunday, November 20, 2022 1:59 AM
> To:<>
> Subject: Re: [Amps] Alpha 91b problem
> Yes. I have a shot transformer from a 91B here. Similar problems to yours.
> The owner bit the bullet several years ago and bought the Hammond
> replacement transformer and the hv/screen supply board. The amp has been
> sold to another friend and it is in daily use. In other words, well
> worth the cost.
> 73, Alek, VK6APK
> On 20/11/2022 8:38 am, Terry Baxter wrote:
>>        All,
>>        Recently I wrote about a problem I had with my Alpha 91b. It popped
>> the rear panel fuse F3 (2 amp). The problem turned out to be a bad
>> power transformer. In my case the secondary winding for the 105V power
>> across pins 1&2 on connector J2. This should read approx 3 ohms. My
>> transformer read 10K ohms. In addition it also read 4.5K ohms to the
>> HV secondary winding pins 1&2 on J1. A good transformer should read 3
>> ohms across pins 1&2 on J2. It should read 10 ohms across pins 4&5 on
>> J2 and less than 1 ohm across pins 6&7 and 7&8 on J2. I measured 500
>> ohms across the high voltage secondary. Do this quickly as it can get
>> interesting if you leave the ohmmeter on the primary. There should be
>> a wide open reading between any pin on J2 to J1. There should be no
>> resistance between any pin on J1 or J2 to the transformer body. All
>> resistance readings are with all primary and secondary connections
>> removed from the Power Supply board (in other words all connectors
>> related to the power transformer). This quick check should confirm
>> whether your transformer is good or bad.
>>        I had several responses asking for my findings on this issue. From
>> what I learned a lot of the transformers in the 91b are failing. A new
>> transformer from Hammond is currently selling for $1000 plus tax and
>> shipping. I was fortunate to find a replacement transformer at a very
>> affordable price.
>>        Sorry for the length of this note. I hope it will help answer any
>> questions on this failure.
>>        Terry/N6CW
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