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What amp is everyone running?

Post by Kaos » Saturday, 21 December 2013, 15:06 PM

I'm curious as to what size and make of amp everyone is running. I'm in the market and I hear some of y'all on the radio so it makes me curious. If you would tell me what amp you're using and how you like (as in how well it reaches out). TIA.
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Post by PA629 » Saturday, 21 December 2013, 16:56 PM

SB-220 on the base. 4x2879 in the mobile, not able to post what make on this forum. Both work well.
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by AshtonFord » Saturday, 21 December 2013, 18:23 PM

texas star 250hd does great

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texas star 250hd does great

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by North Texas Mudduck » Saturday, 21 December 2013, 19:45 PM

Well where do i start
its not the amp that will get your name called
its the Antenna Antenna Antenna
then is the mount
then its the coax
if neither of these are done right then a amp wont matter unless you will be using it as a door stop

ok radio goes into a Modified Varmint xl250 with an extra tube
deadkeys 25 to 50 watts and swings to 350 to 450 in that area
then that drives the next amplifier sb-220 with 3 tubes which deadkeys around 400 to 500 watts and swings to 1200 to 1500
then that drives the next amplifier sb-220 with 5 tubes
that makes the amp key the watt meter into the right hand corner

but back to what it takes to get the name called
its not the radio or amp
its starts with the Antenna system
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Post by The DB » Saturday, 21 December 2013, 20:47 PM

North Texas Mudduck wrote:Well where do i start
its not the amp that will get your name called
its the Antenna Antenna Antenna
then is the mount
then its the coax
if neither of these are done right then a amp wont matter unless you will be using it as a door stop
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North Texas Mudduck wrote:but back to what it takes to get the name called
its not the radio or amp
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start there first
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I agree!!!

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by 222DBFL » Sunday, 22 December 2013, 0:56 AM

Agreed, all too often the antenna system is overlooked, remember that your antenna system is the heart of your system so don't skimp in this area. As far as what amp to run, it all depends on what you are using it for. Is this for aibike install or base? I run a magnaforce 350hd in the mobile with either a magnum 257hp or a uniden pc122xl. Here are a couple of photos ImageImage
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Post by KP68 » Sunday, 22 December 2013, 9:24 AM

I absolutely love building amplifiers so any amps that I use are homebrew. In the mobile I run a class C 1X2 into a Wilson 5000 antenna. I adjust the variable for current draw instead of output power. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I looked at a watt meter. At my base station, I run a 1X4 class C on AM, and a 2 pill class AB on sideband. All of which are run into a Maco 3 element beam. Hate to sound like a broken record here but, antenna system is the most critical part of a station indeed.

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by 743 » Sunday, 22 December 2013, 9:46 AM

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Presently running an AL 811, also a Texas Star DX667V (an awesome solid state linear), have two KL 500s, a KLV 1000, a Palomar LD 450FET, a KL 503, a Palomar 300A. Hope this helps. :icon_e_geek:

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Kaos » Monday, 23 December 2013, 7:38 AM

Thanks for the responses so far. I started this thread to help me understand what brand(s) of amps were popular and what range of wattages people were using. It's hard to tell what is considered a little wattage and what's considered a lot. Many years ago I had a 300 or 400 watt amp and it was the biggest that I knew of and definitely the biggest of any of my friends. Now I'm seeing 1000 watt plus amps everywhere. I know it's not all about wattage but IME it does help to consistently get out there. Plus I've done about all I can antenna wise. I have a 102" whip that is mounted in the best location I can get it on the vehicle and it's grounded to the chassis w/ the shortest possible wire. My SWR adjustments will be finalized once I get the amp set up.
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Post by silvereagle1 » Monday, 23 December 2013, 8:36 AM

I had a silver streak 150 back in the 80's and 90's. then last year I bought a kl200p but it clipped on sideband a bit so I boxed it back up. After getting advise from forum members about the clipping problem. I then bought the kl503 which seems to do just fine. Knock on wood! It appears that the 200p doesn't work very well with sideband because it's class c if I understand it correctly. Atleast that is what I've been told. the kl503 isn't a class c amp and works very well on sideband. it must be true because I've not had any issues yet. so currently I am using the KL503 and just installed a new sirio turbo 5000 yesterday to replace my k40. I made one dx contact yesterday and several local radio checks from truck drivers. Everything working so far. As far as dx contacts using the kl503 goes. I can talk skip almost anytime it's rolling in without any problems but I think it's a combo of having the galaxy and amp together not just the amp. The 980 I was running never had as many dx contacts as the galaxy. I'm curious to see if there is an improvement since I added the sirio 5000 to the setup.
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by 222DBFL » Monday, 23 December 2013, 9:47 AM

I guarantee you will make more dx contacts with the sirio antenna over the k40, it's a longer antenna, I have talked right at 70 miles locally on my magnum 257hp and the sirio pl5000 mag mount. To me that's pretty far local, and I have talked to austral a couple times with the amp on and being down at the intercostal waterway. Salt water is a great ground plane lol. But yes the sirio should have better rx and tx than your k40 did and depending on the radio, you may pick p some RFI from power lens and such. This is just my experience, and mostly with my magnum 257hp, the rx is very sensitive.
My uniden pc122xl doesn't do the watts the magnum does, but is a crystal clear transmitting radio. And it's right on freq.
You have a good antenna now, the only other recommendation I will make is if you plan on running power, switch the coax out to some rg8x or similar. This is not necessary and may be a bit overboard to some, but when power is applied to systems, the smaller stock coax starts to have an affect IMO. Anyway have fun making some contacts and get the log book out and start writing down all the contacts you make. God bless.

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Post by Sporty Mike » Monday, 23 December 2013, 11:01 AM

I run a D&A Phantom Triple Stage 10 tuber on the base, a Palomar 300 over at my cabin, and a Brute Force 2x2879 in the mobile.
The Phantom is doing 500 on the Bird and I REALLY need to upgrade the antenna in the spring.
The Palomar at the cabin does about 200 PEP and the 2 pill in the truck does about 150-175 with a cobra 29 keying 2 swinging about 16.

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Post by Circuit Breaker » Tuesday, 24 December 2013, 20:53 PM

Kaos wrote:I'm curious as to what size and make of amp everyone is running. I'm in the market and I hear some of y'all on the radio so it makes me curious. If you would tell me what amp you're using and how you like (as in how well it reaches out). TIA.
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by rich33 » Wednesday, 01 January 2014, 16:22 PM

In the mobile I run a General Lee into a TNT 350. The antenna is a Wilson 1000 mag mount.
For the base I use a Cobra 2000 GTL into a Worldwide WW-880B which is a 2x8 base amp. The antenna is a Maco 5 element beam up 90 ft.

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Kaos » Wednesday, 01 January 2014, 16:38 PM

rich33 wrote:In the mobile I run a General Lee into a TNT 350. The antenna is a Wilson 1000 mag mount.
For the base I use a Cobra 2000 GTL into a Worldwide WW-880B which is a 2x8 base amp. The antenna is a Maco 5 element beam up 90 ft.
I have a General Lee and considered the TNT 350. What kind of output are you getting w/ that setup? Also, what is the output of the General Lee by itself?
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Post by bluemeanie » Wednesday, 01 January 2014, 16:56 PM

Hey Have a Golden Eagle 750 and a Yaesu FL2000B and the one I use the most is an Alan Jumbo has a pair of EL509 tubes and almost every time the radio come on it does too. Gives me about 250 or so on SSB and that's plenty. No complaints at all.
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Ricky » Thursday, 02 January 2014, 10:44 AM

got the XForce 4 pill in the car and barefoot base station for now, i could bring in the 4pill if i wanted :icon_e_geek:
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Post by mike495 » Thursday, 02 January 2014, 10:50 AM

texas ranger tr696f-ssb into a palomar skipper 300 into a drake l-4b when needed ;)

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by rich33 » Monday, 06 January 2014, 15:44 PM

Kaos wrote:
rich33 wrote:In the mobile I run a General Lee into a TNT 350. The antenna is a Wilson 1000 mag mount.
For the base I use a Cobra 2000 GTL into a Worldwide WW-880B which is a 2x8 base amp. The antenna is a Maco 5 element beam up 90 ft.
I have a General Lee and considered the TNT 350. What kind of output are you getting w/ that setup? Also, what is the output of the General Lee by itself?

General Lee has a conservative tune on it and it'll swing 30-35 watts peak. When I drive the 350 with it, I'll see about 300-350 watts pep. I did drive it with a 1 pill Fatboy and it peaked at 450 watts and sounded excellent. With the cost of 2879s I prefer to be easy on my amps.

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Kaos » Monday, 06 January 2014, 16:09 PM

rich33 wrote:
Kaos wrote:
rich33 wrote:In the mobile I run a General Lee into a TNT 350. The antenna is a Wilson 1000 mag mount.
For the base I use a Cobra 2000 GTL into a Worldwide WW-880B which is a 2x8 base amp. The antenna is a Maco 5 element beam up 90 ft.
I have a General Lee and considered the TNT 350. What kind of output are you getting w/ that setup? Also, what is the output of the General Lee by itself?

General Lee has a conservative tune on it and it'll swing 30-35 watts peak. When I drive the 350 with it, I'll see about 300-350 watts pep. I did drive it with a 1 pill Fatboy and it peaked at 450 watts and sounded excellent. With the cost of 2879s I prefer to be easy on my amps.
Cool. That's how my General Lee is tuned. I told the tech I was more interested in longevity than meter pegging. When it comes to something like this I don't like overdriving. That's fine if you have the money and/or resources to fix or buy more equipment. I prefer to buy, install, and not mess w/ it (well, unless it's an upgrade). Plus, I don't understand this stuff enough right now to fix or tweak.
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by peterwo2e » Wednesday, 08 January 2014, 5:44 AM

the same double duty amp i had for many years same tubes the alpha 86. i call it the tank you can't hurt it..

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Post by Z-MAN » Wednesday, 08 January 2014, 7:03 AM

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Z-MAN wrote:does about 300w pep
:shock: Really?
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but back to what it takes to get the name called
its not the radio or amp
its starts with the Antenna system
start there first
I agree too... so from amp to antenna I have little RG142 to wilson 5k. with some day maybe will get some better antenna, but for now, I have to use this "flexible" whip due to low overhead door i pull in and out couple times a day :(
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Foliant wrote:
Z-MAN wrote:does about 300w pep
:shock: Really?
Out of two... 2SC2290 ?! :icon_e_surprised:
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Buzzweiser » Monday, 10 February 2014, 18:29 PM

I normally don't run an amp in the mobile because the radio does more than enough but I recently built a small one for the wife's car to run with a 2950. It uses 2-7290's and does about a 25dk and swings 250 with the PC68 and 35dk and 275 with the 2950. My hybrid 2970N2 does well over 400 in my mobile. It's not the original amplifier board. Now that we recently purchased a home I am planning on getting out some of my older toys and going through them and got to figure out what I can run here without making the neighbors hate us. I'll start with something smaller and relatively clean and work my way up. probably be a year or so before I can invite Henry over to play. He really needs a beam to work as there aren't too many copystick's that can handle him. I try and stick with class AB1 or at least B so as to not get to much RFI from some of the older sweep tube style amps. Those wouldn't do well in my neighborhood. As a few poster's pointed out it's more about antenna than anything. Antenna's and good coax and even better grounds. My TS-440 and TL-922 are probably my future set-up for the time being coupled with a home brew ZedZed J-pole and a Moxon on the horizontal for DX.
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

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I'll be running one of my latest builds. Just another clone, but I absolutely love building these dang things and I do it for my own personal enjoyment. Almost done. Still have to back through, tidy some things up, get er tuned and all the other fun stuff.
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Post by MDYoungblood » Saturday, 01 March 2014, 18:18 PM

Nothing on the base and a 40 year old Gray 300 (recapped 5 yrs ago, original finals) in the pickup.

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MDYoungblood wrote:Nothing on the base and a 40 year old Gray 300 (recapped 5 yrs ago, original finals) in the pickup.

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Gray 600 or Shooting Star 225

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1x2x16 2879's in the mobile and a 250b on the base....really getting excited about putting these gs35b's into use. :bounce:

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Post by Yuenger » Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 20:24 PM

In the mobile I've got a Texas Star 400v on Wilson 5000 and on the Base I have a Cobra 2000GTL hooked up to 100watt Super Modulator which goes out of Patriot Antenna. Gotta keep it hidden in a tree barley sticking out because of the darn Home Owners Association, so it's not very high up there.

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Fisherman100 » Friday, 13 June 2014, 9:55 AM

Some of them,

KL-203P in the mobile.

In the shack:

Ameritron Al-811X
RM Italy KL-501
Texas Star HD350

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by silvereagle1 » Monday, 16 June 2014, 15:04 PM

Fisherman100 wrote:Some of them,

KL-203P in the mobile.

In the shack:

Ameritron Al-811X
RM Italy KL-501
Texas Star HD350

;-)
What is a kl501? Is it similar to the kl503?
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Foliant » Tuesday, 17 June 2014, 13:51 PM

silvereagle1 wrote:What is a kl501? Is it similar to the kl503?
Nope. Its a Bipo. Expect four SD1446
So as you can expect MS1051 in a KL405
or SD1446 in a KL506
And maybe MRF455 from a new vendor in a KL505

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Turk182 » Sunday, 27 July 2014, 14:11 PM

KP68 wrote:I absolutely love building amplifiers so any amps that I use are homebrew. In the mobile I run a class C 1X2 into a Wilson 5000 antenna. I adjust the variable for current draw instead of output power. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I looked at a watt meter. At my base station, I run a 1X4 class C on AM, and a 2 pill class AB on sideband. All of which are run into a Maco 3 element beam. Hate to sound like a broken record here but, antenna system is the most critical part of a station indeed.
Agree 100%-I don't even run an amp, just a barefoot Midland 13-863B with a D-104 and got a "good signal" to the Blue Ridge Mtns. of NC. (OK, so I'm running RG-213 coax going to a Cushcraft A3S 10m beam up about 35'-of course, with a tuner in between). SWRs are barely noticeable. Can't wait to see what happens if I decide to throw a few extra "mice in the wheel". 73s

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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Rabbit Ears » Sunday, 27 July 2014, 18:23 PM

I run a A/B modded KL300P amplifier that runs real sweet. Lost a little wattage during the mod.... nice two-pill.

Ehhh??..... do I hear a Dremel whirring out there?? :clown: :clown:
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Sporty Mike » Sunday, 27 July 2014, 18:33 PM

Still running the D&A Phantom Triple Stage:grin::grin:


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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by BobCB » Monday, 28 July 2014, 1:53 AM

Sporty Mike wrote:Still running the D&A Phantom Triple Stage:grin::grin:


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What are you seeing out of your Phantom? I was just given one along with a few other amps. It seems to be all original. 10 tubes.

I tried it out with my Cobra 25 which deadkeys 2 and swings to 10 and was getting a little over 100 deadkey swinging up to around 500 from the Phantom. I think there were a few different production runs of them with varying parts/power outputs so I'm not really sure where mine falls.

Mine looks fairly similar to this one:
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Rabbit Ears » Monday, 28 July 2014, 6:08 AM

Killer!! :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Bet those tubes kick you in the ****s when they die.... Nice chassis. Did you replace the "cans" and the coupling caps yet??

Better had.... :oops: :oops: It would be quite embarrassing and tragic, to say the least to the wallet. Better check into that stuff, if you had not already.

I'm a "Bottlehead" myself, and fuss with vintage amps (audio). HH Scott, Fisher, Harman Kardon, Fender, Grommes, and ect.... :twisted: and make them really go!!
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Re: What amp is everyone running?

Post by Turk182 » Friday, 22 April 2016, 18:40 PM

Update: Now the beam is 50'+, still running no amp but got Seattle, WA the other night on 38 LSB, furthest shout yet. ;-}
Turk182 wrote:
KP68 wrote:I absolutely love building amplifiers so any amps that I use are homebrew. In the mobile I run a class C 1X2 into a Wilson 5000 antenna. I adjust the variable for current draw instead of output power. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I looked at a watt meter. At my base station, I run a 1X4 class C on AM, and a 2 pill class AB on sideband. All of which are run into a Maco 3 element beam. Hate to sound like a broken record here but, antenna system is the most critical part of a station indeed.
Agree 100%-I don't even run an amp, just a barefoot Midland 13-863B with a D-104 and got a "good signal" to the Blue Ridge Mtns. of NC. (OK, so I'm running RG-213 coax going to a Cushcraft A3S 10m beam up about 35'-of course, with a tuner in between). SWRs are barely noticeable. Can't wait to see what happens if I decide to throw a few extra "mice in the wheel". 73s


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