Adjusting Hallicrafters SX-85 Main Dial and Band Spread Position

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by KD2NOM, Feb 3, 2018.

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  1. KP4SX

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    You might search for 33uf which is the 'standard' nowadays.
    Look for the skinny Nichicon caps about the thickness of a pencil. They are great for restuffing. Typical part number at Mouser 647-UCS2W390MND9.
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  2. SM0AOM

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    I believe it would be extremely difficult to locate a can type 30+10+10 µF electrolytic today.

    There is nothing "sacred" about the values of filtering capacitors, so for simplicity, use 3 pieces of 33 µF 450V
    electrolytics and re-stuff the can with them if they fit mechanically. The end result would be the same.

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  3. KD2NOM

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    Excellent! I have a bunch of E-caps on their way already.
  4. W2WDX

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    One other point on resistors. If you do find some that need to be replaced its is important to replace them with non-inductive types, especially in RF circuits. Some resistors, like wire-wound can add inductance to a circuit causing unpredictable results like oscillations. Just to be sure I always use carbon composition; however, other non-inductive types work fine.

    On filtering capacitors, to say there is nothing sacred about values is sort of true, but should carry a caveat. Voltage ratings should be nearly twice the working voltage of the circuit, or as close to that as practical. Also, significantly increasing capacitance will not improve filtering, but may increase in-rush currents at levels that can stress the power transformers (or chokes if used) when power is applied.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
  5. KD2NOM

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    Great info - next step is to start testing resistors.
  6. W2WDX

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    I added something more with an edit.
  7. KD2NOM

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    Understood and thanks for the additional information.

    All the paper caps have been replaced with 630v caps with the exception of the 250VAC safety cap I put in at the AC input.

    The electrolytics are getting replaced with the three identical (but new) rating e-caps
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  8. KD2NOM

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    - Replaced all the paper wax caps
    - Replaced the Electrolytic caps under the chassis
    - Upgraded the main power cap with a safety AC cap
    - Replaced the power cord with a 3 wire, inserted a 3 Amp fuse and ran a ground to chassis
    - Have a 30/10/10 Electrolytic Can Cap coming from Hayseed Hamfest ( - they actually have a re-cap kit - oh well, I figured out how to source all my caps and have spares now.

    Once the Can Cap is replaced i'll test the tubes and then fire her back up. I spot checked several resistors and they were all still within spec - so we'll see how she receives. I'll align her after all that.

    Thanks for all the input!

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  9. KP4SX

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    Bravo! Sounds like you are doing everything right. I might quibble about a 3A fuse though :)
  10. KD2NOM

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    Ahhh - I see your point - I was advised to put in a 2A fuse - I will replace that.

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