[Amps] Question about separate power supply/RF section

Ian White GM3SEK gm3sek at ifwtech.co.uk
Tue Jan 22 17:00:40 EST 2013

Jim Garland wrote:
>No, the B- is only grounded at the RF deck, at the same spot that the 
>cathodes are grounded. To steer the cathode current properly, it is 
>important that the B- lead NOT be grounded at the power supply. If it 
>were grounded, then you are correct that it would merely be a parallel 
>connection with the other ground wires. However, a single point ground 
>is what is required.
>There will be a negligible voltage difference between the power 
>supply/rf deck chassis and the B- lead, because of the single point. If 
>the power supply should become completely disconnected from the RF 
>deck, then the 220 ohm resistor, mentioned in my earlier email, will 
>keep the B- at the same potential as the power supply ground, within a 
>volt or two.

Agree with all that. I just put some links on my home page to a 3-part 
article and a Powerpoint presentation giving more background.

Click on "High Voltage Power Supplies - Safety by Design".

My personal standard for connecting separate HV and RF chassis is the 
5-pin XLR connector, This allows completely duplicated B-minus 
conductors, duplicated ground (plus the metal shell and the cable 
shield) and also a switched control voltage to the contactor in the 
transformer primary. Use of one multi-way connector ensures that HV 
cannot be turned on unless the ground and B-minus return are also 

Chassis ground bonding is an area where it's good to have backups for 
the backups, so there are further ground connections through the coaxial 
HV cable and also through the lower-power mains supply to the amp 
chassis (heater and blower).

For the HV side it's SHV connectors - and no other.


73 from Ian GM3SEK

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