[Amps] 500 uh plate choke

Rob Atkinson ranchorobbo at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 07:46:16 EST 2013

That's a pi wound choke (I'd like to know why it is called that).  I
usually see them in older ham AM rigs where the B+ is 1.5 KV or less
and the Ip is no more than a few hundred ma.

I am not saying it won't work in a modern RF power amp but all of the
ones on the market today seem to use some sort of solenoidal wound
choke.  Maybe that design is no longer manufactured in quantity?   I
think they can't handle much more than 200 or 300 ma.

I'd count the number of pi sections and look for a similar one at
hamfests.  If you want something like 800 ma Ip and 3 KV Ep you are
probably going to have to go with a solenoidal choke but I think you
can achieve 500 uH with one.  Actually that RFC-4L choke is lower than
I'd expect.  Most pi wound chokes I've seen are up over 1 mH, maybe
even 2 1/2 mH.


On Sat, Jan 19, 2013 at 1:44 PM, Vic, K2VCO <k2vco.vic at gmail.com> wrote:
> This site
> http://www.granta.g4axx.com/Linear_design_notes.php3
> mentions a 500 uh plate choke specified as RF Parts no. RFC-4L. They tested
> it and report that it has no series resonances between 1 and 100 mHz! RF
> parts doesn't list this choke anymore. I would like to obtain such a choke
> -- does anyone know if it is manufactured and if so who sells it?
> Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but the site is very authoritative. They
> mounted the choke in a box and used a vna to check it.
> --
> Vic, K2VCO
> Fresno CA
> http://www.qsl.net/k2vco/
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