Juma PA1000

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Juma PA1000

Postby VK3FFB » 12 Feb 2019 00:14

Hi

I am a new owner of a PA1000 HF linear amplifier. I did not see a dedicated PA1000 topic here, so I created this one.

I am quite happy with the PA1000. So far I used it on 20m and 40m in SSB and CW. I find it easy to use and it performs very well. My rig is an ICOM 756 Pro III. Given that the PA1000 must not be over-driven, I put a caution label at the RF power control of my transceiver. For proper drive level, I needed to set the RF power control to about 9 o'clock. I find the adjustment of PA output power level a bit problematic, so I am considering using an external power attenuator. Perhaps 3dB attenuation will increase the PA output power adjustment comfort. It would of course be better, if the transceiver had an extra output at drive level of 5 to 10 Watts. I wonder whether there are any other known solutions for this problem.

tnx & 73

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Re: Juma PA1000

Postby W1CQ » 27 Feb 2019 04:31

Hi Dee,

Seems you are looking for finer control of output for lower power settings since the transceiver level may not give such control in that range. (I'm driving the PA1000 with just 5-10W using a KX3 so there is more adjustable range).

You likely know alot on RF power overshoot with certain transceiver models, so the conservative approach seems to be to keep the MAX EXCITER PWR setting at 100W until you are certain about transceiver characteristics, using a peak reading wattmeter.

You can see the PA1000 User Manual (Block Diagram) shows built-in attenuation of 3 dB fixed plus 0 to 7 dB adjustable.
AD5X describes this In-Line Attenuator http://www.ad5x.com/images/Articles/HiPwrPad.pdf
If you do add external attenuation be sure it is robust and that it cannot be accidentally switched out - to avoid risk of overdrive.

Anyway just wanted to say hi to another PA1000 user,

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Re: Juma PA1000

Postby VK3FFB » 08 May 2019 23:46

Hello Ryan
apparently, I did not get an e-mail when you replied to my post. Thanks for your response & the link.

Meanwhile, I got used to the 9 o'clock position of my RF output power control knob. I only touch it when I switch between SSB and CW because on CW I usually stick to 200W.

It's a different ham life with the PA1000. Getting good reports and faster response when calling CQ. Glad I chose the PA1000 over other options I was considering. On CW I can happily run full power (200W) at SWR = 2.0 without power reduction by SWR detector circuit. I don't use any tuner.

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