Wow, many knew about them as well. Chris do you still have the Ramsey CT-600? Put up a pic! Thanks for the link Pete.. haha, whats funny is that I also found my receipt from them for my DVM model 2000 and its dated 8/1/1977 and costing $63.45 with shipping. The radiomuseum listing shows them starting in 1978 not in 77 when I bought it. I never did see those other models above the 8100 or any function generator!
I know tho that I may have been one of the very few that got the 2000 in 1977.. I remember getting my parts 1st and waiting a few more months for the blue case. I think they were having problems making the case at 1st. The version I got was very crude. Look at my pic at the top on my 1st post and you can see a light blue and somewhat crooked at the edges. I could not put the stickers on the side because it was off. No problem tho, It fit OK and the design was great and very accurate, like radiotechnician says "they did do it right". The counter later had a good case fit.
Also..Yes Dean.. so correct, I found the DVM in a Popular Electronics Review during the summer of 77. (PE was my fav back then as it seems for you as well!) God I loved that pub and many of you, also, and Radio Electronics as well. I think I have so many going back to the 60's most all of them PE. I even started to collect back issues and visited used book stores for them as well. I even have one from 1955.
I was so exited after I built it, (and lost my girlfriend as well at that time.. so I had a bit more cash now.)
so....I saved a few more bucks and bought the counter model 8100 almost immediately.
(My date mode fizzled up as you now know... aarrggg, it was tuff going to electronics school at that time.) It also was, I think $70 or $80 bucks and also worked great. It was nice to read signals over 100Mhz like I needed that... Seeing a 455Khz was just fine..hehe! I did not get the pre-scaler chip though, which was an option to kick it up to 600Mhz... Back then I was so broke I had to mess with my rent just to get either of them. After just replacing caps once, they both to this day still WORK GREAT!! Hmm I guess that is what you get when you bought from a Texas outfit... in the United States of America
For 3-1/2 digits, it was my 1st DMM I ever had (tho I had a few analogs) and one I still use to this day. I have a half dozen others DVM's now (seems electronics has been good to me) including Tektronix and a fluke, but it cost me $59 for the model 2000, back in the disco era, and I could see 1.539 volts or amps and measure resistance so precise.
Here is a Popular Electronics reprint that Sabtronics gave me when I ordered other stuff them below. I still have all the paper work for both of these machines as well. I will also put the link in for a better picture of this reprint.
(those that know Flickr, just click on the image for a fullscreen and it can be downloaded.)
Yes Steve, to the left is a Heathkit IT-121 and my 1st meter, a VTVM no less, above that. My mom got me shack's Micronta VTVM model 22-025 back in 1969 for Christmas. (the year before that it was Eico's 710 GDO) Most kids were playing baseball at that time, me, at 14 years old in 69, I was trying to plan my future by understanding why electrons move. It took many years to finally figure out how, but by then, I did have most of the good tools to start and got into electronics school in 75. It was not until 1982 that I was able to get a good oscilloscope for my bench, from another company in the USA....and...lost another girlfriend... They just dont seem to mix. girls and electronics
That scope cost me much..much..more... than 60 bucks tho. Then again...this is another story.
Thank you all for posting.. It brings back great memories and many for you as well I hope.