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  Converting the Henry Radio
C100D10R to C100D30R

By Robert W. Meister WA1MIK
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The Henry Radio C100D10R is a repeater-duty UHF power amplifier that accepts 5-10 watts of input power to create 100 watts of output power. It consists of one driver stage that amplifies the 5-10 watts up to 30 watts to drive two final stages wired in parallel. A massive heat sink and three thermostatically controlled fans keep everything cool.

The Henry Radio C100D30R is identical to the C100D10R except it only needs 30 watts of input power to create 100 watts of output power. It consists of two final stages wired in parallel. A similar model C100D2R adds a preamplifier stage to the C100D10R so it can make 100 watts with only 2 watts of input power.

Conversion to accept higher input power consists of disconnecting the amplifier's input coax cable from the input of the driver stage, disconnecting the two coax cables from the output of the driver stage, and connecting the input coax cable to the two coax cables that feed the two final stages. It is easily reversible and only takes a few minutes to do. Common hand tools, a 30-40 watt soldering iron, and a 100 watt soldering gun are all you need. Just follow the steps below. Click on any photo for a larger view.

Here's the driver stage from the original C100D10R amplifier.

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  1. Remove the amplifier from service.
  2. Remove the six hex-head screws holding the rear cover in place and remove the rear cover.
  3. Unsolder the braid and center conductor of the input coax cable from the input of the driver circuit board. The area marked "A" in the photo above shows what to look for.
  4. Unsolder just the center conductors of the two coax cables at the output of the driver circuit board and bend them upward, away from the solder pad. The area marked "B" in the photo above shows what to look for.
  5. Solder the braid of the input coax cable to the same capacitor or ground foil the two output coax cables are attached. The area marked "D" in the photo below shows how the final connection point should look.
  6. Solder the center conductor of the input coax cable to the center conductors of the two coax cables going to the final stages. This junction must float above the circuit board and NOT touch any solder pads. The area marked "C" in the photo below should have NO coax cable going to it now.
  7. Reinstall the rear cover and the six hex-head screws holding it in place.
  8. Return the amplifier to service and increase the drive power to about 30 watts.

Here's the driver stage from the rewired C100D30R amplifier.

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Schematics of the C100D10R and C10D30R can be found here. You can scroll through the two pages and see the wiring difference.

Before and After Performance:

The following table summarizes the performance of this amplifier. It was driven by a Motorola MaxTrac mobile radio with manual power control on its own Astron RS20 power supply. The amplifier used an Astron RS35M power supply set to 14.0VDC. RF input power was measured with a CDI 81050 wideband wattmeter. RF output power was measured with a Bird 43 and a 100w UHF element.

Parameter >In Pwr In ReflOut PwrAmps
C100D10R "before"5w0.1w 100w18
C100D30R "after"33w1.2w 100w14

The reflected power of the converted amplifier is higher because the two final amplifier stages are running in parallel and do not present a 50 ohm load to the radio.

Contact Information:

The author can be contacted at: his-callsign [ at ] comcast [ dot ] net.

This page created 05-Aug-2017.

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