This voltage and current is maintained with a charging voltage of 14 volts from the alternator.
The transformers shown are surplus. There are many similar ones available from the surplus dealers who advertise in 73.
A small replacement transformer rated at 350 volts each side of center at 50 ma, 6-3 v at 4 amp and with a 1)5 v primary is used to furnish bias and screen voltages, The 6,3 volt winding becomes the primary and is connected to phase A at the center tap point of this transformer. The 115 voll winding becomes the bias source.
The diodes are standard TV replacement types. The capacitors in the voltage doubler
This amplifier is a little unusual. It is a grounded grid tetrode amplifier. The 1CX250B tube is not suitable for regular grounded grid operation (that is? with the control and screen grids both grounded), for screen and grid currents will run too high and ruin the tube, But they work fine as tetrodes with drive applied to the cathode, the grid grounded and the screen at about 350 volts. As in true grounded grid, about 8035 of the drive shows up in the output. Drive required is higher than class AH, but less than grounded grid. An exciter with 65 watts output will drive the pants off this linear on all bands—even ten.
You've probably noticed from the schematic that I didn't include eighty meters in the linear. If you want to, you'll have to use larger pi network capacitors or switch in some extra capacitance on this band.
I didn't use on L network in the cathode circuit of the linear. An RF choke worked fine. II your exciter output is less than 65 watts PEP, you probably will need a tuned input.
The amplifier was neutralized to improve its stability, but this turned out to be unneces-
are surplus. You probably could use 100 \xf electrolytics with slightly poorer regulation. Each of the 750 volt outputs is shunted by a 50 k, 20 watt resistor that acts as a voltage equalizer and bleeder.
1 he high voltage supply is switched into action by energizing two six volt auto started solenoids connected in series. They complete the circuit of phase B-C to the transformer. Phase A leg will not supply any voltage without one of the other legs connected. I used six volt solenoids since they were cheaper than twelve.
The filaments and blower are designed to be switched on at least three minutes before the plate supply is energized,
Amplifier sur\, fhe neutralizing capacitor is a piece of brass Hat stock V by 7" mounted away from the plates of the final tubes. It is supported by three steatite stand-offs one inch long.
The screen and cathode currents are read with the flip of the meter switch. When the amplifier is properly loaded, cathode current
The 4CX250B linear. Operation is very simple, The only controls are tune, load, bandswitch, meter and bias set.
is about 550 ma at 2000 volts. The screen current is 50 to 60 ma at 350 volts. This current should not be exceeded; if it is too high, increase loading. If the current is too low or negative reduce loading. These readings are with full carrier.
Bias should be set for about 100 to 150 ma resting current with 2000 volts on the plates, Once set, this current does not need adjustment
The 40 cfm squirrel-cage blower is probably a little husky for this job, but the extra air helps to keep the tubes real cool. Incidentally, the amplifier helps heat the car on cold mornings with its 200 watt dissipation!
Checks with a Collins watt meter and the old fashioned RF ammeter and voltmeter shows that the amplifier gives excellent efficiency, One kilowatt DC in gives about 650 watts RF out.
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