Single Printed Circuit Board 178 x 128mm including:
Variable Crystal Oscillator
Low Pass Filter
Tx / Rx switching relays
'Optically coupled' over-current protection
The circuit is based around a high efficiency class D amplifier which uses two STW34NB20 power MOSFETS. Rated at 200V and 34 Amps these FETs combined with protection circuits that can respond to fault conditions in a few tens of microseconds make for an extremely robust design.
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The efficiency of the transformer design has been improved by Jim Moritz. This new design reduces leakage inductance and increases power and improves the drain waveforms as a result. Jim has removed the decoupling capacitor on the transformer DC feed point and has added a Zobel network to each drain. Although not tried here as yet, I suspect Jim's new transformer can be wound on the 3C90 toroid supplied with the kit.
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The prototype transmitter pictured above uses an ETD44 core and is designed to produce 400W output from a 45V supply. Although the ETD44 transformer works well, it is difficult to reproduce. Consequently, a 42mm toroid is recommended as it's easier to construct and can still handle over 300 Watts
Note from 2017: A kit of parts was available from 2003-2007. Now this circuit can be constructed on the 630m PCB HOME