I read in another forum that SPE AMPS USA is no longer in business (not answering phones or taking orders) but there is an excellent alternative for sales and repairs for those of us that own or want to own Expert AMPS.
Their PR was that they were carrying on this enterprise as a legacy for one of the deceased owner's teenaged grandsons, who probably wasn't a Ham either?
The guy that was handling their in-warranty repairs went out on his own as a new USA distributor of SPE products, offering a lower price point. He is a very knowledgeable guy and answers emails quickly with actual facts.
I have an order with Bob for a 1.3K-FA for the end of this month (hopefully), and before I took in the entirety of the above message I thought something had happened to SPE or or Expert Linears America LLC.
I think Expert USA folding was inevitable (but I have no proof that it has, personally). I am glad that we have Expert Linears America LLC.
I wasn't sure where to turn and ended up buying a used 1K that is working fine but you know how it goes with used gear... Always nice to know where to get it repaired.
Just received my Expert 2K-FA, I bought it from Bob and he let me know when I would receive the Amp through out the whole process, also Bob gave me an extra 2 year warranty, so I have a 4 year warranty. Bob is the best, I would buy again!
It's a shame that there are so few Hams spending the bucks to maintain more than these "mom and pop" 1-2 guy operations, and when they "shuffle off this mortal coil" and MFJ doesn't gobble them up (and drops the quality control)...
I guess that's life (and death too).
You just have to remember... it's just a hobby!
I have had a 2K-FA for almost 4 years now. I bought the floor model at Visalia in 2014 and flew it home with me in Rob WA3IHV's Cesna,
While it has plenty of headroom (2350W) for SSB it is definitely only a 1250W Amp for FT8
If you try to run FT8 at 1500W, it drops back to 1250W after about 10 seconds.
Frankly this is disappointing as it is advertised as a 1,500W Amp but clearly it is NOT.
By contrast, Ria N2RJ is reporting that she runs her PG-XL on FT8 at 1,500 watts with plenty of headroom.
I hear a lot of very weak stations on FT8 that do not hear me (likely because they are NOT using Flex) unless I really bump my power to the maximum (12KW ERP Beam +AMP) So I am starting to rethink my amplifier as even 1dB more might just make it thru to those very weak ones that I hear.