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Broadband HF transformer winding

Discussion in 'Radio and Communications' started by Mosaic, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. Mosaic

    Mosaic Well-Known Member

    Jun 3, 2010
    I built the EBAY special 45w RF amp ($14) ....but signal purity is very poor under around 20 meters.
    I've played around modding the amp and gotten some improvements based on front biasing and feedback and a bit of output transformer tuning with small primary capacitors.

    But although the inductance of each of the final centre tapped push pull output windings is 1 uH or about 18Ω XL at 3Mhz, the purity is terrible unless the frequency is raised to around 14Mhz. It becomes kinda sine wave like at 7 Mhz. At 14 Mhz (passable sinewave) the push pull windings are over 80Ω each, XL, yet this seems to work better, IRF530 NFET finals Rdson is less than 0.5 Ω, but I suppose some parasitics can be messing with their actual HF output impedance . The secondary of the final BALUN transformer is 6.5 uH.

    You can find all the relevant files and details here:

    Note the LTSpice mod#2 file for the latest tweaks. They improve purity but cost amplitude past 10Mhz or so.

    So my question is why does the performance seem better at >10Mhz?

    I found this interesting viz the transformers:

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