SmartSDR v3.4.21 and the SmartSDR v3.4.21 Release Notes | SmartSDR v2.8.1 and the SmartSDR v2.8.1 Release Notes
SmartSDR v1.12.1 and the SmartSDR v1.12.1 Release Notes
Power Genius XL Utility v3.7.28 and the Power Genius XL Release Notes v3.7.28
Tuner Genius XL Utility v1.1.16 and the Tuner Genius XL Release Notes v1.1.16
Need technical support from FlexRadio? It's as simple as Creating a HelpDesk ticket.
Electrical requirement in the shack to support an amplifier
Can someone please tell me what's the optimal circuit in the shack to support max power limit of an amplifier 1500 Watt? Is it 220V 10amps?
Alan Member ✭✭✭✭
The breaker is sized to protect the wire.....not the amplifier current draw.
The wire is sized to not cause an excessive voltage drop, when supplying the amplifier power, over a reasonable distance.
can use #10 wire with a 30 amp breaker
can use #12 wire with a 20 amp breaker.
220 V 10 A circuit is not adequate for a modern solid-state amplifier. Most are on the order of 50% efficient, which means 3,000 watts input for 1,500 watts output. Figure an efficiency of 80% for the power supply, and it takes 3,750 watts from the AC mains. At 220 V, that is about 17 amperes.
My shack circuit is 220 V 20 A and it runs my KPA1500 just fine.
73, Craig KØCF0
Hi Angelo, you should look at the specs for your amplifier to be sure what it requires. If it is the PGXL, it takes a 15 amp dedicated circuit. Generally, you want a dedicated circuit for this kind of gear.0
So if I read this correctly the PGXL needs to be a 15 amp dedicated 220 outlet? Any recommendations on the type of outlet to use? Twist lock?
Hi Ken, I think the outlet type is at least partially dependent on the electrical codes in your area.0
I'm going to have to try to look that up. I'm in CT and as far as I've seen with the limited amount I know it seems to be pretty "standard" and they follow a national standard. Knowing that Google is my friend I've not been to lucky with looking this up.
Voltage at my house is closer to 240 VAC. I just measured it at 241 VAC. 120 and 240 are closer to today's standards. For my PGXL I use a 20 AMP 2 pole breaker and #12 romex. I use a 20 Amp 250-Volt NEMA 6-20P 3-Prong plug and a separate chassis ground wire PGXL ground lug to the common shack ground bus.0
Oops just went to the cellar to check my panel. Previous post by Ken 15 AMP breaker is correct for PGXL not 20. Sorry for my mistake. I use 15 Amp 250-Volt NEMA 6-15P 3-Prong plug and 14/2 romex.0
Decades ago the nominal line voltage was 110/220. As power demand increased the nominal line voltage was increased to 115/230. Now its 120/240. I guess good for the power companies, maybe not so good for us if the trend continues.0
Leave a Comment
- 19.8K All Categories
- 176 Community Topics
- 2K New Ideas
- 362 The Flea Market
- 6.6K Software
- 5.6K SmartSDR for Windows
- 107 SmartSDR for Maestro and M models
- 268 SmartSDR for Mac
- 210 SmartSDR for iOS
- 200 SmartSDR CAT
- 136 DAX
- 329 SmartSDR API
- 8.1K Radios and Accessories
- 6.6K FLEX-6000 Signature Series
- 672 Maestro
- 35 FlexControl
- 802 FLEX Series (Legacy) Radios
- 545 Genius Products
- 311 Power Genius XL Amplifier
- 197 Tuner Genius XL
- 37 Antenna Genius
- 158 Shack Infrastructure
- 104 Networking
- 275 Remote Operation (SmartLink)
- 107 Contesting
- 417 Peripherals & Station Integration
- 103 Amateur Radio Interests
- 694 Third-Party Software