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 Post subject: Weston Model 785 Industrial Circuit Tester
PostPosted: May Fri 04, 2007 2:03 am 
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Hello! Haven't been on in a while but glad to be back. :)

Many years ago I had a Weston Model 610 Industrial Circuit Tester. It needed repair when I got it for next to nothing at a yard sale, but I got it working and used it for many years. It was a very good meter.

A couple things I didn't like too much about it was it's weight and the fact that the lid was missing. Often I wished it had a lighter wood cabinet or one that I could stand up (the leather handle prevented this in it's existent case). Still, it was a very good meter and it served me well for many years. Later, when the family got older and my free time diminished, I wound up trading the old meter away, but I have always missed it.

A few weeks ago I saw virtually the same meter, a Weston Model 785, on eBay, but in a metal cabinet instead of wood! The 785 looks identical to the 610 on the front panel, but was obviously an updated model. I bought it the instant I saw it.

I have it now and need some help. It appears to be in good shape, but there is a mysterious bracket inside at the bottom. Does anybody know what goes there?

The 785 only takes 1 D cell, so I assume the mystery bracket holds some type of special battery for the RX10K range - the 610 solve it by using 9 (or was it 10?) D cells.

I would be very appreciative of any info, or if anyone had a scan of an old manual or something. :)


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Looking back I see others have asked this question, and also received no reply. Not to worry, I have taken it upon myself to solve the riddle of the 785! :)

I acquired yet another 785, this one with the instruction booklet and even the original RX10K battery.

The original battery was an Eveready No. 411, 15 volt 'B-C' Photoflash battery. I will probably construct a battery pack consisting of 10 AAA cells to furnish the needed 15 volts.

From the back, the battery holder/standoff on the left is the positive pole.

Enjoy! :)


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PostPosted: Jun Tue 12, 2007 3:13 am 
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I'm one of those folks who posted in vain :lol:

Could you perhaps scan the booklet and make it avaiable to me and others?


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Unfortunately, I don't have ready access to a scanner. :(

Actually, the only thing of importance is probably the schematic, the rest of the book is detailed instructions for taking measurements, which is pretty self explanatory for anyone who knows how to work a meter. I could probably xerox a copy and either send it to someone who can scan it or send copies of just the schematic to those interested.

The book is only for the Type 6, not Type 6A or Type 6B.


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Hi Sol--
I also have a 785 and I would like to have a copy of the manual too. Would $10 plus the shipping cost be OK? You can make a copy for MinnesotaHam at the same time (maybe even more copies; BAMA might like the info).


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PostPosted: Jun Tue 12, 2007 1:11 pm 
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Sol:

I'll happily make additional copies for other folks and see to it that BAMA gets a copy uploaded as well. I'll pay your costs.

You have at least two willing partners :D


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Wow! That was quick.

Well, it looks like there is a need for an uploaded manual.

If you could scan/upload it for everyone, I would happily xerox the whole manual and snail mail it to you. It's short at only 21 pages.

My email is papa_k3n@yahoo.com :)


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Me or Johnnysan?


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I'm sorry, I was replying to you as you had offered to scan it and upload it.

I have already made a complete photocopy. Just email me an address to send it to. :)

PS - don't forget the underscore between 'papa' and 'k3n' - that confuses a lot of people.


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PostPosted: Jun Wed 13, 2007 12:10 am 
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Email sent.
Thanks,

I'll make it available as soon as I have it in my hands.

Johnnysan:
I've sent you PM.


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Package sent priority mail.

You should have it in a couple of days MinnesotaHam.

Johhnysan, you should be able to download it soon after. :)


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Thank you.
I promised Johnnysan a copy asap.


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I love it when a plan comes together. ;)


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Thanks guys. I will pay for Dale's copying and mailing expenses. I'm not sure if BAMA is accepting any more uploads though.


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Holy cr@p! I just checked and it's true, BAMA has decided to accept ONLY tube type HAM gear for further upload. No more test gear or non HAM related gear.

This deserves a thread of it's own.


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I received the copy on Thursday.
Thanks, I will copy and forward on to Johnnysan as well as scan for upload.

Edit:
Scanned it as jpegs, 21, totalling about 42 megs.

offered it to BAMA and to http://www.one-electron.com/index.html
Waiting for a response.

PM send to Johnnysan


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Offer to upload declined by BAMA. No longer even *accepting* non ham radio stuff.
Email address at NA bounced.
No reply to offer to upload to 3rd site.

I'm trying and striking out!


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Thanks for the update Dale.

I had looked around earlier for an alternative and Nostalgia Air has an upload category for Weston equipment. Is that the 'NA' you are referring to?

You can check it out here:
http://www.nostalgiaair.org/Resources/

Hope this email works:
Help@NostalgiaAir.org

Good luck - let us know!


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Yes, NA I refer to is Nostalgia Air.

I'll try that email address again.


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I have found a source for the #411 battery that goes into the meter:

http://www.batterycentralmall.com/Batte ... ready.html

A bit pricey, but not much more than some modern batteries. :p


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