The AA8V Wingfoot 813 Amplifier
High Technology Of The 1950's In The 2000's
by Greg Latta, AA8V

Tank Coil Information

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tank coil

Tank Coil Information

At the request of several people, I have provided information on the tank coil used in the Wingfoot 813 Amplifier..

As can be seen in the photo, the coil is wound on a ceramic form with a diameter of 2 1/10 inches and consists of 5 2/3 turns of #8 copper wire spaced out over 1 1/4 inches followed by 14 turns of #12 copper wire spaced out over 2 5/16 inches.

The two coil sections are soldered directly to each other to make one continuous coil.

The #8 section of the coil is the plate end and the #12 section of the coil is the antenna end.

Taps are made at 2T, 3T, 5T, 8T,10T, and 20T from #8 or plate end of the coil. (T=Turns) The 20T tap is really just the whole coil. The taps at 2T, 3T, and 5T are on the #8 wire, and the other taps are on the #12 wire. (The taps can't be seen in the photo above since they are on the other side of the coil.)

The proper tap to use for each band is best determined by experiment. The taps given here just provide a wide variety, and the number of taps was chosen to match the number of positions on the band switch. I suggest that you initially make the taps movable/temporary and find the correct taps by experimentation. A large alligator clip could be used as a temporary tap. (BE SURE TO TURN THE POWER OFF AND LET THE PLATE VOLTAGE DRAIN OFF COMPLETELY BEFORE TRYING TO CHANGE A TAP!!!) Once the proper taps are found, they can then be soldered and made permanent.

When first built, the amplifier only operated on the 40m, 30m, and 20m bands. The original tank coil lacked sufficient inductance to tune the 80m band. 80m capability was added to the amplifier some years later by adding a toroidal inductor (L1) in series with the original tank coil. The inductor was made by winding 30 turns of #18 insulated wire on a T-184-6 (yellow) form. The inductor was then mounted on the back of the front panel using a piece of plastic sheet and a couple of cable ties, as can be seen in the photo below:

80 Meter Toroid
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Note that the toroidal inductor alone does not tune 80m. It is the combination of the original coil and the toroidal inductor in series that tunes 80m.

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