WHY HAM RADIO - WHY NOT CB?
YOUR FIRST RIG
HF AMPLIFIER BASICS
GROUNDED GRID BASICS
POWER SUPPLY BASICS
WHAT NOT TO DO AROUND HV!
Selecting the Right Tube
(or checking out the monster in your junkbox)
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The WB0NNI Law of Supply and Demand:
Commercial broadcast stations across the country eat 4-400Cs and tubes of that ilk for breakfast. They are routinely changed out when their output level drops around 10 percent - these are called pulls and most often find their way to the amateur market at a small fraction of their original cost. In order to accomodate routine change out, boadcast stations often maintain a small stock. What do you suppose happens when they update equipment? Answer - the unused stock again finds its way onto the market, consumed by both other broadcast stations and amateurs alike, at a portion of their original cost. Finally, consider which would be more difficult to produce, a triode or a tetrode with its additional grid? Yet, go to any site that offers both and you will find that tubes such as the 3-500Z sell for more than heavily consumed tetrodes such as the 4-250 or 4-400C.
The great point, of course, is that you don't have to spend a fortune to obtain tubes that will perform remarkably well. Shop around a little - if you do, you will be able to put more money into other portions of your amplifier, rather that sinking it all into tubes that will provide you with absolutely no advantage.
And, just a thought - if you do have buckets of money and aren't sure what to do with it, drop me an email and I'll make a few suggestions!!!
SELECTING A TUBE
RF INPUT CIRCUIT
RF TANK CIRCUIT
TRANSFORMER POWER CAPABILITIES
PARTS IS PARTS
ROLLING YOUR OWN - TRANSFORMERS AND CHOKES
POWER SUPPLY PROJECTS
LEGAL LIMIT AMP PROJECT