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Sb 220 on 75 meters




 
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« on: December 03, 2018, 08:59:57 PM »

My SB220 is my SSB amp. It is giving me a run for my money. I hadn't been using it for a couple of years so I took the home brew 4-1000 out of line. With plans of running the SB220. Unfortunately it wouldn't tune up on 75. I immediately suspected the band switch. So I pulled it out of the case and started checking. I discovered the bypass caps on the grid had exploded. The chokes where still intact at least no HV arcs. So I decided to take the grids straight  to ground with copper strap. So I  fired it up and it wouldn't tune right on 75. I got full power on every other band, but only 300 on 75. It was obviously out of resonance. I decided to check it out with a dip meter. I got a nice indication of resonance on all bands except 75. So I started digging I pulled it apart, I took the band switch out nothing looked amiss the 500pf pader checked out. The tank coil assembly is original. I put an extra 500 pf in parallel with the pader for laughs no change. The plate block is the stock 1000pf door knob. It checks ok with my fluke so I stuck it on my old Cornell Dubilier bridge. It said it is ok. I'm like WTF the tank coil didn't change. So I'm all ears anybody got any ideas.

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2018, 09:37:28 PM »

Possible one side of C load has come unsoldered?

Some people unsolder one section to give easier / broader tuning on the higher bands.

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2018, 11:48:09 PM »

Shane

Some one had changed the plate tune cap. It is a 180 pf cap instead of 250.  It only has enough capacitance to tune top end of band. I clipped a 50 pf silver mica in parallel with plate tune bingo dip. Now I have to get a new plate tune cap. Or just go back to the 4-1000. I could just pad it but that would make useless  for 10 and 20.

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2018, 09:15:22 AM »

Dang, I just sold one.

K2lgo has a sb220 he's been putting up on qrz.  I bought a fan and filament xformer from him.  As well as a few other things over the years.  He might have the cap, and he's always been more than fair.

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2018, 02:55:00 PM »

If you can't locate one from a fellow amateur, MFJ has variable caps part numbers:

282-2008-1 and 282-2112-1 Page 85 of the current catalog.

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