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Check that Tube #153088
04/20/06 07:26 AM
04/20/06 07:26 AM
electure  Offline
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,265
Fullerton, CA USA
I am sorry I have not been around here for a bit... Been doing the trade school thing the past few weeks!
Anyway I was in my granparents basement and I found this old vacuum tube checker that ithought was kind of interesting as well i found this piece of conduit with some old fittings that have been on this earth for some time... Just thought I would share the pictures!

Adam Derus (Rewired}

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Re: Check that Tube #153089
04/20/06 07:55 AM
04/20/06 07:55 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
The fundamental circuitry in tube testers such as this is pretty straightforward, yet the equipment always manages to look very impressive due to sheer number of switches and sockets needed to cater for every configuration. smile

Some of the old Avo valve (as we call tubes over here) testers now sell on eBay for a small fortune!

Re: Check that Tube #153090
04/20/06 12:18 PM
04/20/06 12:18 PM
mamills  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
Great finds! Vintage items like this are always so much fun to look at and discuss.

Hope you hang onto them for a long time. Thanks for the pix.

Mike (mamills)

Re: Check that Tube #153091
04/20/06 06:05 PM
04/20/06 06:05 PM
steve ancient apprentice  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 169
west springfield,mass
Used a tube checker similar to that one in the navy on the gun mount to which i was the mount captain. The ship was built in the late 1950s and was still in service in the late 70s &80s. Neat find. Thanks for the memories.

Re: Check that Tube #153092
04/20/06 06:26 PM
04/20/06 06:26 PM
feather  Offline
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 25
Santa Maria CA USA
Heathkit made neet stuff radio gear including 2 meter ham sets, VTVM's o-scopes even a dyi airplane.

Re: Check that Tube #153093
04/20/06 08:21 PM
04/20/06 08:21 PM
LarryC  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 783
Winchester, NH, US
even a dyi airplane

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Re: Check that Tube #153094
04/20/06 09:51 PM
04/20/06 09:51 PM
NJwirenut  Offline
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 806
Bergen County, NJ
That's exactly what Heathkit's founder , Ed Heath, did. Killed in a homebrew aircraft crash. frown

The tube tester I usually use is a Hickok "Cardmatic" (branded for Western Electric), which is programmed for each tube type by inserting a punched card into a reader slot. Just plug the tube into the right socket (one for each base type), then plug in the card. Let warm up, and test...

Here is a good picture of the unit, and the suitcase full of cards:

Re: Check that Tube #153095
04/21/06 01:57 AM
04/21/06 01:57 AM
Rewired  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 558
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Come to think of it I DO have an old heathkit O-scope in the basement tucked away that I will get out this weekend if i have time and take pictures of it.. There is still a heathkit guitar amplifier and a bass guitar amplifier over at my grandparents place as well that I will get out and take a shot or 2 of.. Probably more stuff down there too as my grandfather was a heathkit junkie...


Re: Check that Tube #153096
04/21/06 08:38 AM
04/21/06 08:38 AM
RODALCO  Offline
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 856
Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Great to see that well made equipment.
Hang on to it Adam, Its great to keep that as a good memory from granddads work or hobby.
Thanks for sharing the photo's with us.
Raymond ( RODALCO )

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Re: Check that Tube #153097
04/23/06 01:20 PM
04/23/06 01:20 PM
SvenNYC  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,691
New York City
I have an old Heathkit VTVM (Vacuum Tube Volt Meter) that comes in handy when aligning an old radio. You hook it across the speaker terminal wires.

Someone gave it to me when I bought an RF generator from them. It's in perfect shape. smile

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