SPE Expert 2K-FA – Full Coverage

SPE Expert 2K-FA – Full Coverage

Price: $10,985.00

Model: SPE-2K-FA-FC
Manufacturer: SPE, Italy
Availability: JULY 2024
Warranty: 2 years

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2 KW Solid State Fully Automatic Linear Amplifier – for commercial and Government use

RF SOLUTIONS is the authorised dealer for Australia/New Zealand

The smallest in its class

Built-in power supply and automatic antenna tuner.
Dimensions: L 38cm, H 18.3cm, D 43cm (connectors included).
Weight: Approximately 25kg

The most technologically advanced in the world

Two powerful CPUs are used.
Over 35,000 lines of software for performance that cannot be found in any other amplifier.

Fully automatic

Easy connection with all models “ICOM, YAESU, KENWOOD, TEN-TEC, FlexRadio, ELECRAFT” for immediate management of the bands, tuner and antennas.
Same performance with all makes or homemade rigs.
The operator only has to turn the “Frequency tuning knob” on the transceiver.

Full frequency coverage

1.8 MHz to 30 MHz.

Full solid state

Up to 2 KW pep SSB, CW.
MAX/MID(1KW)/LOW(500W) power selected according to the operator SSB/CW power requirement, for digital modes and for linear protection (automatic).
No heating time, immediately ready!
Virtually limitless life of the amplification devices (6 MOSFETs MRF151G).

Automatic antenna tuner built-in

Capable of matching 3:1 SWR on HF.
Capable of programmable switching of 6 antennas (SO239 connectors).
Up to three antennas for the same band.
Management of the SteppIR/Ultrabeam antennas (tuneable).
Measures also the SWR of the antenna/cable system.
Bands, antennas, tuning conditions are changed in 10 msec.
Bands, antennas and tuning conditions are managed also in “STBY” to support the exciter only.
Max. attenuation 0.8 dB.
Bypass capability.
Remotable (option).

SO2R

Two radio inputs available

SO239 connectors.

High power gain (14.5 dB)

In “OPERATE” the required drive power is automatically set with an ALC connection and in “STANDBY”. The exciter is then automatically reset to full power.

Very clean and low distortion output

Spurious emissions less than -60 dB.
3rd order distortion (two tone test) 36 dB typically.

Input 50 ohm always perfectly matched

SWR less than 1.2:1.

Fully protected

Temperature, over voltage, over current, SWR, reflected power, max RF tuner voltage, over-drive, Amp.
The correct parameters are continuously monitored.
The same protections are realised in two different ways:

  • Via hardware circuits (HW) to ensure great speed.
  • Via the software (SW) to ensure great accuracy.

Thanks to the SW, transmit relay changeover is carried out with zero current at the contacts.

Full break-in operation (QSK)

Quiet operation

Linear management of the spped of the cooling fans of the heatsink.
In the power supply, fans speed is reduced during the reception.
Due to the high power developed, a significant amount of heat must be removed. Every precaution has been taken to keep the noise of the fans at the lowest possible level.

Continuous use

“MAX” mode: SSB/CW unlimited.
Automatically switches to “MID” for a while if, in “MAX”, a continuous signal (RTTY) is transmitted.
“MID” “LOW” modes, RTTY unlimited.

Switching power supply

Continuous input between 190 – 255 Vac, 47-63 Hz.
PFC (Power Factor Correction).

The linear can be switched ON / OFF automatically when switching ON / OFF the exciter

Fully remotable

A large LCD screen displays a wide range of information

W pep out, V pa, I pa, W, power gain, temperatures, SWR (after and before the ATU), input setting, CAT setting, band and other indicators including an alarms log.

Easy to operate

Powerful SW gives you a user-friendly unit.

USB port

For remote control.
For new SW releases download.

Easy transportation

A sturdy carry-bag is supplied.

Certifications: RCM (C-Tick), CE

Specifications are subject to change without notice

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Front view

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier front view

Rear view

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier rear view

Bottom view with screen cover

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier bottom view with screen cover

Bottom view without screen cover

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier bottom view without screen cover

Top view of CPU1

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier top view of CPU1

Top view with screen cover

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier top view with screen cover

Top view without screen cover

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier top view without screen cover

ATU and band filter

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier ATU and band filters

Two tone test 15m 1.6KW pep

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier two tone test 15m 1.6KW pep

Two tone test 40m 1.75KW pep

SPE Expert 2K-FA amplifier two tone test 40m 1.75KW pep

Software Updates

Warranty Terms

RF SOLUTIONS supports the manufacturer’s warranty as stated below:

For a period of two (2) years from the invoice date, SPE / Distributor warrants in the EU, at authorized laboratories, the free repair of manufacturing defects and the free replacement of defective components.

Each power LDMOS/MOSFET is guaranteed for the first 3 months and for a single replacement.

The warranty is not applicable in the cases specified below.

The Purchaser only has to pay all the shipping expenses in both directions.

Customers should address requests for warranty service work to the Distributor/Dealer where they made their purchase.

As part of their reseller agreement with SPE, they are fully responsible for service support.

If the Distributor/Dealer has closed down and if he is not replaced, SPE will be directly responsible for warranty service at their factory in Rome. The shipping expenses to and from SPE will then be paid by the customer. Any repair requests to other dealers will be subject to specific direct negotiations between the customer and the dealer.

In order to not invalidate the warranty service, the original Purchaser must complete the warranty registration card, and send it to SPE within 30 days from the date of purchase.

Unless otherwise agreed, the products will be delivered ex-works from the factory of the seller.

The delivery, even in the event of a return for repair, is understood done with the delivery of the goods to the carrier specified by the purchaser or, failing that, to the carrier chosen by SPE or the Distributor/Dealer.

The products will travel at the risk of the purchaser even if, at the request of the same one or for other causes, SPE should carry out transport or choose the carrier.

If the original Purchaser finds some defects after having received the equipment, he must immediately notify the Distributor/Dealer of the defects found by sending the completed REPAIR FORM. Replacement of the amplifier may be offered by SPE in exceptional circumstances only and at SPE’s complete discretion. However, no replacement will be offered after 21 days of original purchase. 

In case of a purchase of a used amplifier, in order to retain the warranty’s validity, it is necessary to notify SPE of the following data:

  • Document for the second purchase (used)
  • Invoice for the original purchase
  • Serial number (s/n) of equipment

Replacement of equipment in these circumstances is not an option.

In any case the warranty period shall be as specified from the date of original purchase, and not from any subsequent purchase. However, the limitation for the power LDMOS/MOSFET remains as outlined above, i.e. the warranty period for the power LDMOS/MOSFET device/s is limited to three months only. If the power LDMOS/MOSFET has been damaged due to incorrect usage, it is not covered under warranty.

Whenever the date of the first sale is not well specified, the date of shipping from SPE to the Distributor/Dealer will be considered the start of the warranty period.

The warranty does not apply either if the certificate of the first purchase (invoice) is missing, the s/n is undecipherable / falsified or to any defect that SPE determines is due to the following:

  1. Improper maintenance or repair by persons not authorised by SPE to carry out such work, including the installation of parts or accessories that do not conform to the quality and specifications of the original parts.
  2. Acts of nature such as lightning, storm & tempest, moisture or water intrusion, fire.
  3. Misuse, abuse, neglect or improper installation, user’s manual non-observance.
  4. Carelessness, accidental or intentional damage.
  5. In the manual of the transceiver used it is clearly written that  it cannot be  used with a solid state amplifier.

In addition, and more specifically possible damage caused by incorrect usage such as:

  • Exceeding power ratings of antennas, insufficient impedance transformers and insufficient baluns.
  • RFI in the shack.
  • Low gate isolation due to the initial spike of the transceiver.
  • Repeated input overdriving alarms.
  • Repeated high SWR alarms.

SPE warrants only manufacturing defects and defects in the materials used, NOT inherent and consequent damages.

It is mandatory, when sending SPE equipment to be repaired, to enclose:

  • Invoice of the original purchase.
  • Document of the second purchase (if any).

Particular agreements between retailer and Purchaser or particular obligations imposed in other countries are matters for the local retailer and not for SPE.

In the event of dispute Rome’s court of competent jurisdiction will apply.

The Purchaser declares his acceptance of the above Warranty Terms.