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Antique Electronics Autopsy: 1953 RCA VoltOhmyst
3/26/2014

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The top two dials are fine adjustment, while the bottom two switch modes.
The top two dials are fine adjustment, while the bottom two switch modes.

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MeasurementBlues
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Old test equipment and a future engineer
MeasurementBlues   4/1/2014 9:50:18 AM
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See Vintage test equipment: Not just for old engineers where I give a firsthand look at a high-school student's collection of vintage test equipment.

MeasurementBlues
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The beauty of old test equipment
MeasurementBlues   4/1/2014 9:47:52 AM
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Dedicated knobs, no menus, easier to fix. No software. OK you don't get PC connectivity. Life is a tradeoff.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Senior citizen?
Caleb Kraft   3/30/2014 5:38:19 PM
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I believe there is a Jr. Version that is not as fancy.

Susan Rambo
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Senior citizen?
Susan Rambo   3/29/2014 2:51:46 PM
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Caleb, why do they call it "senior"?

Rocket_G
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Re: similar to Heathkit V7-A
Rocket_G   3/28/2014 9:12:39 PM
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Cool! As a teenager I built a Heathkit IM-11 back in the 1960's, learned a lot about vacuum tube circuits from the build, and got lots of use out of it.  The RCA VoltOhmyst looked familiar to me as well.  Sometime in my undergrad years (B.S.E.E.) I gave it away to an aspiring young EE.

herbissimus
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Re: Waxed paper parts
herbissimus   3/27/2014 7:22:44 PM
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those of us, for most if not all measurements lived in a world of plus or minus ten percent. mirror not necessary. as to only $15.oo : minimum wage was less than 1 dollar. i couldn't afford a new one. today any autoparts store's got one for $10-$30 that can measure to 1% and has a pretty good repeatability and runs on batteries which vtvm's did not, usually.

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Re: Waxed paper parts
Wnderer   3/27/2014 1:53:20 PM
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More memories from high school.

I recall they used to make precision values of resistors by filing them. They may be using the wax to protect the ground sections after setting the value. I'm not sure about this, though.

cookiejar
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similar to Heathkit V7-A
cookiejar   3/27/2014 12:15:37 PM
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I still have my Heathkit V7-A VTVM which I built in 1957 working.  It's a close cousin to the RCA who had all the standard tube circuits in their tube manuals.  The Heathkit has a db scale and no separate scale for the 1.5V range.  In the 60s I replaced the 1.5V D cell for the ohms function with a power supply kit sold for that function and the zero and ohms pots with the vernier (planetary ball) pots availble from Heath which made setting zero and ohms far less touchy.

Those wax covered paper tubes are hiding the reistor values underneath them.  Who knows what purpose they serve. If you look at the schematic, there are very few caps in the circuit. 

I'm impressed that all my Heathkit tube equipment from the 50s and 60s still functions very well indeed. The only repair I've had to do is replace a resistor in the AG-9A audio generator which had too low a wattage rating causing value shift and 4% harmonic distortion.  After that fix the distortion went down to under 0.02%.

I still mourn the death of Heathkit, like a long lost friend.  They got me into electronics after all.

 

Caleb Kraft
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Re: No Mirror?
Caleb Kraft   3/27/2014 11:05:46 AM
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Oh I see! Thanks for the link.

Wnderer
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Re: No Mirror?
Wnderer   3/27/2014 10:58:18 AM
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Here's a link.

http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/t_and_m/analogue-multimeter-voa-vom/how-to-use-using-analog-meter.php

 

I was taught in high school to use these meters. You line up the needle with the one in the mirror to get an accurate reading.

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