[CQ-Contest] Ameritron AL-811 for Contesting, OK or not?

Mark Steven Williams k9gx at n4gn.com
Tue May 30 21:57:21 EDT 2006


SB-220. Clean it up, do the mods, invest in a good, new pair of 3-500s. 
Stiffen up the power supply as best you can. I have one here that's my radio 
number two standby...still crankin' out the Qs after 20 years.

GL es 73, Mark, K9GX

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Paul Roche" <rochep at comcast.net>
To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2006 12:07 AM
Subject: [CQ-Contest] Ameritron AL-811 for Contesting, OK or not?

>I am exploring options for a cheap amp for CW contesting, choices are new
> AL-811 with 572 tubes (about 700 watts out) or an old SB-220 that I have 
> to
> re-tube and provide the "standard mods" to (about 1 KW out).
> Can an AL-811 handle contesting, say for 6 hour stretches at a time? 
> (Family
> reasons prevent more than this). I must stay CHEAP, and the AL-81 DOES 
> cover
> 160, but I want a reliable amp for my first one.
> Ideas?
> Paul K3STX
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