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 Post subject: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Wed 14, 2018 5:17 am 
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I didn't know if I should put this here or March Fins& Losses ... I chose here.

Last Saturday I went to the Mike & Key swap meet in Puyallup. WA.
It is mostly a Ham event but there is plenty of stuff for guys like me.

I picked up a really clean RCA WV-98C VTVM ... for only $15. :D :D :D
I got it home and checked out and found nothing unexpected.

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It came with a WG-301A crystal diode RF probe but I did not see an AC/DC probe.

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So I made one!!!
It came out real nice - just like the original except thinner and sexier.
It has a BNC cxonnector so I ordered a Switchcraft to BNC adapter for it ... which cost more than the meter (you know how these things work :oops: ).

I got to looking closer at the crystal diode probe and realized it was an over probe that slid onto the original AC/DC probe.
I slipped it off and there was the original probe!!!

So now I have two AC/DC probes.
And that is tha story of my Cerebral Malfunction.


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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Wed 14, 2018 11:48 am 
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...slid onto the original AC/DC probe...
Nice surprise. Better "looking" next time. :wink: :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Wed 14, 2018 4:21 pm 
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Are we twins separated at birth? Because that sounds like something I would do! You made a nice probe and you can have the fun of seeing how yours does against the original. Thanks for sharing a chuckle!


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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Wed 14, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Thanks for assuring me that I'm not alone.

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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 16, 2018 12:57 am 
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The crystal diode probe is not an easy find so you did well. A good condition original probe isnt an easy find either. I have paid 50 bucks easy for those two items.

I do have half a dozen crystal diode probes in NOS condition that came without boxes. I had to buy them as a group just to have one.


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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
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Hi bcascisa,

+1 to comments above by fordtech. The crystal diode probe adapter alone is worth far more than what you paid for the entire VoltOhmyst. Actually an original AC/DC/Ohms probe, even without the crystal diode probe adapter, is worth far more than the $15 which you paid. So you definitely got a good deal here. Your WV-98C looks like a nice clean one and will hopefully give you many years of good service.

Nothing wrong with converting connectors on these to BNC if this is more convenient for you. Personally, since I have a good supply of original Amphenol MIC connectors (both male and female), all my RCA test equipment still uses their original MIC connectors.

You can also buy (or fabricate) a female MIC-to male BNC adapter which will allow you to use your choice of cables, without having to change the original male MIC panel jack.

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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Fri 16, 2018 2:27 am 
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Thanks for the comments - I am feeling human again.

I will leave the MIC connector on the meter.
I don't want to break into the original probe.
I got the BNC to MIC adapter - it will work fine for my homemade probe.

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 Post subject: Re: I got a RCA WV-98C and had a Cerebral Malfunction.
PostPosted: Mar Sat 17, 2018 2:15 am 
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Glad to hear that you found the WV-98! I have several as well... I think the last two cost me $5 & $10 each, but they aren't anywhere as nice as yours is!
I missed Puyallup for the first time in years, hope to make it there next year.


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