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Re: [Amps] Interested in re-purposing a Dentron Clipperton-V - question

Subject: Re: [Amps] Interested in re-purposing a Dentron Clipperton-V - question about possible power power transformer ICAS KVA (Steve Harrison)
From: wb0gaz via Amps <>
Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2024 01:43:59 +0000 (UTC)
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 Thanks, Steve - yes, inter-city distances are large in this part of the 
country (after a few years in so cal long ago!)

My posting was mostly to assess merits of re-purposing the thing, just because 
it's a nice cabinet and I had hopes for the power supply just eyeballing the 

I've put the covers back on and it's restored to it's "hangar queen" status at 
this point. If you find yourself on I-70 westward (I don't know your home QTH) 
drop me a line! As far as I can tell, barring power transformer failure (no 
signs of that), it's probably a decent candidate for returning to service.

As far as 2M PA design using lumped plate tank at similar power levels, YU1AW 
published a couple of designs (see 
The subtitle of the page is "144MHz PAs designed using HF techniques". I'm not 
aware of anyone that's reproduced the designs (for a single or dual GI7 tube) 
so I don't know if they were considered successful.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who commented on reflector or by e-mail, taken 
together I've decided to let sleeping amplifier lie...

73 Dave WB0GAZ


I would leave that Clipperton V alone, and preserve what's left of it.
It's a pretty rare bird these days. If I didn't live so far from you
(only 800 miles or so), I'd buy it from you just to restore it, as
poorly as it may have operated when new.

Back in the olden days around WWII-vintage or so, iron transformer
windows were generally considered good for roughly 100 VA CCS per square
inch of window area. My dad had a Xerox copy of a NBS circular
describing transformer design; I still have my copy somewhere. Through
the years, I've found that to still be a reasonable way to guess at an
unknown transformer's possible capability, based upon transformer iron
formulations of that time period. Remember: that's CCS, not ICAS.

I've run Heathkit HP24 power supplies at 600W CW output over weekend
contests, keeping the transformer cool simply by placing a small muffin
fan over the top of the cage. Otherwise, they run hot enough during a
contest that you can't touch them.

Steve, K0XP

On 3/7/2024 3:06 PM, wb0gaz via Amps wrote:
> Had a few helpful off-list replies - in a nutshell, the KVA of the 
> transformer remains unknown.
> The HV secondary of the "V"'s transformer is probably about 800V (so through 
> a doubler gets you to the 2200-2250V plate voltage.
> I had initially thought of a GI7B russian tube (have some, and sockets) on 
> 6M, however, the 2200-2250V plate supply would starve the tube (2500V seems 
> like a better fit) and augmenting the HV transformer (either by boosting the 
> 220V primary up by 10% or so, or adding 100V or so to the secondary winding) 
> might (or might not) work based on whatever is in my walk-in junkbox.
> So, I much appreciate the off-list replies, however, the HV supply voltage 
> would be a problem and the current capability of the transformer in the 
> envisioned application is unknown.
> 73 Dave
> On Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 02:45:05 PM MST,<> wrote:
> Follow-up to my original post (trying to assess the utility of the Clipperton 
> V's power transformer) ---
> I found an internal photo of a Dentron Clipperton L amplifier in a youtube 
> video (URL below.)
> While the transformer appears to be the same overall size (at least comparing 
> picture of transformer vs. cabinet with with my amplifier's transformer vs. 
> cabinet width), the schematic of the Clipperton L shows a low- and 
> high-voltage tap on it's power transformer (and the rectifier/doubler board 
> has eight electrolytics populated; this amplifier's rectifier/filter board 
> appears to be the same PCB but only six electrolytics populated.) Also, the 
> "L" has filament and control voltage windings, but lacks the bias and screen 
> supply windings of the Clipperton V's transformer.
> On Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 01:35:11 PM MST,<> wrote:
> I've got a Dentron Clipperton V (2M 500W single 4CX250) amplifier, purchased 
> used some years back (when shipping was cheaper!).
> It looks like it's in clean but not pristine condition.
> I've never used it, and my fixed-station circumstances somewhat discourage 
> tube QRO on VHF.
> From everything I've read (and just looking inside at the "RF Deck" design), 
> I'm inclined to agree with commentary that it's not a very effective RF 
> design for 2M (lumped output tank elements, open frame T/R relay, etc., as if 
> it was designed by someone that hadn't looked at VHF amplifier designs of the 
> same era.)
> So, I'm interested in whether the amplifier (cabinet, metering, power supply, 
> cooling path, etc.) could be re-purposed, by cleaning up the power supply 
> (replace components in the HV rectifier/voltage doubler circuit) and 
> replacing the "RF Deck" (but with what, not decided.)
> About the power transformer - what is done with this in terms of a project is 
> dependent on the power transformer (assuming it's not dead, which I'd verify) 
> capability as much as anything else.
> In the spirit of "look before leap", I'm eyeballing the power transformer 
> (which in the manual is just "power transformer" with no other spec.) It has 
> two primary windings (so 115/230V primary), a HV secondary winding that uses 
> a voltage doubler to generate the (claimed) 2250V plate voltage, and several 
> auxiliary windings (filament, 12V control, negative V for grid bias, positive 
> V for screen voltage.)
> The transformer's core dimensions (excluding the windings) are 3-1/2" x 
> 5-1/4" x 4-1/4".
> By comparison, my Dentron GLA-1000B's power transformer (same, excluding the 
> windings) are 3" x 3-1/4" x 4".
> Comparing the cubic inch volume of the two transformer cores yields that the 
> Clipperton-V is about 1.8 times that of the GLA-1000B's power transformer 
> (whose only duty other than HV appears to be four sweep tube 6.3V filaments, 
> so it has a bit more work to do there.)
> Given that a GLA-1000B can deliver 500-600 watts (including whatever drive 
> power passes through, maybe 75-100 watts), would comparing core volume 
> (above) be a reasonable way to estimate the power transformer power thru 
> capability?
> Thanks for any comments, observations, or (if you're in Colorado) a plea to 
> rescue the amplifier!
> 73 Dave
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