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Questions tagged [power-supply]

Questions regarding devices for supplying power to electronics.

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Practical differences between switching and linear power supplies?

Power supplies for ham radio equipment (and other equipment of course) seem to come in two flavours: switching and linear. The switching gear tends to be cheaper and smaller as well as more ...
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Powering transceiver and SWR/power meter from same supply?

I'm mostly sure this will be ok, but I'd like to confirm. I have a switching power supply (can't remember the model right now, but it's for ham use, 13.8V/30A) and I'd like to power both the FT-857D ...
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Parallel tube amplifier power supply using 6DE4 tubes [closed]

I’m looking to build a vacuum-tube based linear amplifier. I’d like to do it all tube based, including the power supply. The original ARRL design I’m looking at (from the 60s) has two paralleled 807s ...
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How can I sound-proof my generator?

Looking for advice to semi-soundproof my extremely noisy gas generator, which kept everybody edgy on Field Day. It's a real powerhouse, but the cost of that power is my hearing. I'm looking to buy or ...
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How to diagnose DRAKE TR7 power problem

My son was recently gifted a vintage DRAKE TR7 ham radio. It's been "in the attic" for 20+ years. When we try to power it up, the (separate) power supply turns on and we have checked with a multi-...
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Power supply for small radio board

I need a powersupply for a radio board (I will shield it), and have experienced bad interference from step-down converters. I have been told to use linear regulators (LM317 or LM350) with caps to trim ...
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Regulated Power Supply vs Class 2 AC/DC Adapters

I'm wondering if it would be more efficient for me to replace several AC/DC adapters (linear, non-switching) with a regulated power supply? Two of the adapters get very warm and are rated 9 watts ...
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Is using a generic DC 3V adapter dangerous to a radio?

I have the mini Eton radio and it has a DC 3V port but I haven't been able to find the official plug. Is using a generic one safe? How do i know if I found the correct AC adapter? It goes through 2 ...
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Ham Variable Lab Power Supply

I'm looking into purchasing a mobile radio (TYT TH-9800) for my Jeep Wrangler. I am hoping to be able to use it in my apartment as well. Since I'm going to need a power supply for this, I think it ...
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Stacked shell inductor — what's its function/use?

I have a device of copper and iron (about 8 kg) which looks like two shell inductors joined so that there is some coupling but high leakage. The windings seem to be identical. Each is a single ...
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Does the varactor bias supply have to be independent of Vcc?

A quick follow-up to How can I tell the frequency without an oscilloscope, or frequency counter? My supply is a transformer plucked from a dead power adapter rated for 1.5A. This is rectified cap-...
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What sources of power are useful in emergency situations?

Situations that call for emergency operating usually have some hams working in field conditions. Relying on the mains grid could be problematic. A lead-acid battery would probably be heavy to lug ...
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Does using a computer SMPS to supply a transceiver bleed hum into the signal?

A dedicated/custom power-supply for an HF rig may, on occasion, be unavailable. The internet lists any number of articles on the subject of modifying a computer power-supply. E.g. http://www.wikihow....