Ten biggest amplifier mistakes

Ten biggest amplifier mistakes

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1.) Power line operated components, including filament or control
transformers, blowers, and pilot lamps,
returned to chassis ground.

Power lines should never use the chassis as a neutral or ground return
for mains voltages. It is against code because it is unsafe. If a ground
becomes disconnected, the chassis can float to line voltage

2.) Lack of an RF safety choke on the output of a tube amplifier pi-network.

The blocking capacitor, even when working normally, requires a charging
and discharging dc path. Without that path, the tank capacitors are charged
with dc bias. This increases chances of switch and tank arcs. Also, if the
blocking capacitor ever gets leaky or shorts, there should be some dc path
to prevent antenna terminal voltage from rising.   

3.) Unsafe HV connectors

4.) Lack of a fault limiting resistor in HV leads where filter capacitor ESR
and other components will not adequately limit fault current.

5.) Failure to directly ground grids with short direct chassis connections in
grounded grid amplifiers.

6.) Lack of tuned input providing low harmonic impedance to tube cathodes in
cathode driven class AB through C amplifiers.

7.) Lack of negative rail fault clamp

8.) Carbon resistors in high voltage equalizing or high temperature locations

9.) Failure to install plate tuning capacitor with shortest possible path
between anode and tube chassis.

10. Incorrect type and value components in critical locations