Re: KPA 1500 ATU Issue
The first thing that occurs to me is that something is going wrong with the antennas or feedlines at high power. Does the SWR go high in the OPER position at 100 W, or only at higher power? Does he have another amplifier he can try with those antennas?
Another possibility is that the ATU is actually failing, but that seem unlikely if the SWR goes back down at low power. I've been running my KPA1500 into antennas with over a 2:1 SWR for a couple years with no problems.
On 7/2/2020 14:23, Jeff Clarke wrote:
A friend of mine has a KPA1500 that's having strange issues with the ATU. The SWR on his Hygain TH6 tri-bander is kind of high in the CW band because it's tuned for SSB. When he goes down to CW on 20 meters it's maybe a 2.4 :1 SWR. When you switch in the ATU with the amp in the standby position it gets the SWR down to an acceptable level. When you put the amp into the OPER position the SWR jumps up and causes the amp to fault. It also does this also for his 80 meter and 40 meter dipoles when you get away from the resonate frequency on those bands. Same issue with the TH6 on both 15 and 10 meters where it's not near the resonant frequency. This makes the amp pretty much unusable on frequencies where the SWR is around the 2:0 range or a little above that without putting an external antenna tuner is line after the output. He doesn't want to use it this way and risk blowing the final transistors again.
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