Tube testers

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by N4KDF, May 25, 2021.

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  1. KN4SMF

    KN4SMF Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well put it this way. If a tube works, I save my spare as long as possible. A weak tube in an AA5 radio for instance that otherwise plays fine, can do no harm.
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  2. WA2CWA

    WA2CWA Ham Member QRZ Page

    In one of my active Heathkit SB-200's, I have two original 572B's which still perform quite well. One of the tubes has a date code of 1966. Out in the real world, there are probably hundreds of thousands of tubes stashed away by probably thousands of people.

    Several years ago, a local radio/TV service shop was shutting down (owner retiring). I wanted to buy all his new sweep tubes but in order to get them, I had to buy all his tubes. I brought them home in two large TV cartons that held 27 inch wood console floor standing TV's. One of these days I probably should go through those boxes to really see what "treasures" I have. At least all the sweep tubes were put into a separate box. :)
  3. K4KYV

    K4KYV Premium Subscriber Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Sometimes a tube tester will tell you something that isn't obvious with in-circuit performance. I recently refurbished the PTO in one of my 75A-4s. I fired it up for a bench test, checking the output with a frequency counter. It seemed stable with little warm-up drift, but the frequency would shift noticeably, several hundred Hz, with even a slight change in nominal 117 v.a.c. line voltage, like only a volt or two. I checked the tubes, and one tested marginal in the TV-7 tube tester. After I replaced the marginal tube with a good one with plenty of reserve, there was was much less drift. I tried putting the bench supply on a variac to see what would happen, and varying the input voltage from around 90 all way up to 130 volts produced only a few Hz drift.

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