Ameritron 811 and 811H Upgrade Kits

Link to Instructions:


AL811 and AL811H Upgrade Kit Manual (Rev1A)


These kits include all the parts to bring your Ameritron AL811 and AL811H amplifier up to date. We also sell quality 572B, 811A, and 3-500 tubes  and almost any other RF parts you might need.

The following is a list of critical production problems:

Inadequate Cooling

Warning: All AL811 and 811H amplifiers sold with the pictured Cooltron fan have far too little airflow. Measured airflow is about 1/2 to 1/3 of required safe airflow for four 811 tubes in normal SSB and CW operation. With this fan, internal temperatures will have two to three times the safe thermal rise.

We offer a drop-in 12Vdc fan kit that flows adequate air for normal amplifier use.

This is the bad fan:

Bad Ameritron/MFJ Fan

This fan must be replaced!

Fan Kit AL811 and AL811H Fan Kit page

AL811H AL811 Ameritron Parasitic Suppressor System

The original tuned suppressor is supposed to be 5-turns wound on a .375″ rod, spread to hole distances. There is also supposed to be a thick washer under the board to prevent shorting the 100pF resistor resonating capacitors near the choke. The resistor is supposed to be a known internal inductance, not non-inductive.

This suppressor was developed when non-inductive resistors were in a shortage, but it does have superior performance when built correctly.

See this link for operation of suppressors:
https://www.w8ji.com/vhf_stability.htm

The CTR Engineering TPS4 for 811H and TPS3 for AL811 are vastly improved layouts that reduced chances of shorts from incorrect hardware. These boards provide more reliable parasitic suppression and are less critical for mounting.

This system measures to be vastly superior to hairpins and a much better layout than the OEM Ameritron parasitic board. The TPS3/TPS4 system has faster resistance slope with increasing frequency, and more suppressor series equivalent resistance at 811 problem frequencies of just below the FM broadcast band and 225MHz.

TPS4N full board without anode connectors $34.95
TPS4AC full with anode connectors $41.95
TPS3N full board without anode connector $28.50
TPS3AC full board with anode connector $34.50

Ameritron Parasitic Suppressor 811 Amplifier

Comparison to stock board, bottom view OEM on left, CTR right

Note how easy it is in the MFJ factor board on the left to accidentally short some of the 100pF capacitors when a proper choke top stacking spacer is left out. The TPS3/4 AL811 amplifier parasitic suppressor boards have a matching common-potential area at the choke top. This greatly reduces chances of accidental shorts, which will almost quadruple resistor heat on ten and fifteen meters.

AL811H Parasitic Suppressor Board replacement

Improved AL811 Ameritron Parasitic Suppressor Top View OEM left, CTR right

This is the correct inductor and resistor. The resistors, which are the correct resistors, also have heat spreaders on the circuit board. This board has more than enough suppression series resistance on critical frequencies but less resistance on ten meters, where we do not want any resistance.

811KS Power Supply kit $49 plus shipping Order now

(Power Supply rebuild kit)

1.) four better sized higher-voltage much longer-life 5000 hours 105c rated electrolytics
2.) four improved bleeder/equalizer resistors
3.) one large 6A grid meter protection diode
4.) two or four meter multiplier resistors. These resistors also correct a slight meter error, depending on parts supply chain issues, you may get two 1M 1kv rated resistor or four 499.9k 1kV rated resistors

811 amplifier power supply

Ameritron AL811 Power Supply Upgrade Kit

811KP $29.95 plus shipping Order now

(Protection Kit) 811KP
1.) three application tested GDT tubes
2.) one large 6A meter protection diode
3.) one 100k 2 watt resistor
4.) two 3.9V 5 watt Zener diodes
5.) 10-ohm 9-watt CCS 10kV rated fault resistor

AL811 protection GDT kit

Amplifier GDT Protection Kit

Add on:
811R200K $18 plus shipping Order now

200-ohm 25-watt non-inductive load resistor, ceramic capacitor, with all necessary stainless hardware for Ameritron AL811 amplifier. This more closely matches AL811 drive power to 100W rigs like the ICOM IC7300, reducing overshoot issues, improving IMD, and increasing stability. All AL811 amplifiers were supposed to have this resistor from the factory. If you have a rig with overshoot issues, like the ICOMM 7300, it is a good idea even in the AL811H.

AL811 200 Ohm resistor kit