[Amps] SB220 step start blows fuses

gudguyham at aol.com gudguyham at aol.com
Fri Jul 7 14:58:00 EDT 2017

I know I sound like a broken record but yes, a Variac is the way to go.  Especially with amps that can have power supply problems and gassy tubes.  You will hear the plate transformer groan and won't see HV climbing on the meter if there is a problem in the PS long before the smoke Genie appears.  My Variac gets used daily several times after doing ANY work on an amp.  It's saved me loads of time fixing blown parts that would normally occur if I had just turned an amp on with problems.  Best investment I ever made.  0-250 volts at 20 amps.  

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From: Bill Turner <dezrat at outlook.com>
To: Amps group <amps at contesting.com>
Sent: Fri, Jul 7, 2017 12:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Amps] SB220 step start blows fuses

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On Fri, 7 Jul 2017 10:21:36 -0400, Mark B. wrote:

>A variac varies voltage.   It is not designed to limit current. 


At the very low end of its range, a Variac limits current just fine. I
worked as a calibration technician at Tektronix for years, taking
brand new scopes off the assembly line and powering them up for the
first time. Believe me, a Variac is the only way to go with a unit
which could have any number of problems at first. Over the years I
powered up literally thousands of scopes this way and never a problem
with current limiting. 

73, Bill W6WRT
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