[TenTec] Ig drift on amps

Ron Castro ronc at sonic.net
Sat Feb 7 15:37:11 EST 2009

It's possible that the fixed capacitors in the tuning network, C15 - C20, 
are heating on the low bands, much like the problem that has been discussed 
on this list regarding the fixed caps in the 238 tuner.  Another possibility 
is heating in the L5, the core-wound coil which could get fairly hot under 
long use which would change its inductance.

         Ron N6IE

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Roy" <royanjoy at ncn.net>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec at contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2009 8:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Ig drift on amps

> "I seem to have a bit of Ig drift on the low bands, not so much if at
> all on the upper bands.
> I recently heard there can be an issue with one of the caps in the
> tank causing this but didn't get any specifics on which one or what
> to replace it with.
> A google for Ig drift & the titan came up nil. Anyone have info to
> help me out?"
> Thanks.
> Gary
> KA1J
> Gary,
> Ig drift, and Ip drift for that matter on the low bands is, as noted by
> others, usually due to changes in capacity of tank padder caps from heat.
> Often times cheap, non-temp-compensated ceramic caps are used as tank
> padders. I have replaced mine with quality, compensated 'transmitting
> ceramics' or better yet with transmitting micas. Excessive drift
> disappeared.
> 73,   Roy,   K6XK
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