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 Post subject: I have a VTVM addiction....
PostPosted: Sep Sat 03, 2016 11:50 pm 
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I seem to have collected like 10 of these, mostly Heathkit and RCA units in the past couple of years....I find them fun to restore and was wondering if anybody else had a similar addiction?

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I like the Heath IG-102, IT-11 and IT-28. Usually fairly easy to fix unless some bozo has been inside. I don't keep them; just sell on eBay. For equipment that weighs less than 10 pounds, they work well.


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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
PostPosted: Sep Sun 04, 2016 12:20 am 
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I wish your question hadn't caused me to count mine.

If I didn't miss any that may be hiding, there were 20! :shock:

And I've only been back into electronics as a hobby for a little over a year and a half!

It may be time for professional help here - like, maybe, an auctioneer. :D

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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It may be time for professional help here - like, maybe, an auctioneer. :D

What, so you can buy more? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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fifties wrote:
WoodchuckTN wrote:

It may be time for professional help here - like, maybe, an auctioneer. :D

What, so you can buy more? :wink:

I think I may be at the wrong meeting for help with this addiction. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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WoodchuckTN wrote:
fifties wrote:
WoodchuckTN wrote:

It may be time for professional help here - like, maybe, an auctioneer. :D

What, so you can buy more? :wink:

I think I may be at the wrong meeting for help with this addiction. :lol:

The only "help" you're gonna get here is encouragement to buy more, bwahahaha!

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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Oh, no! As I was sitting here contemplating the nature and extent of my addiction (probably not a good idea), I remembered three more VTVM's hidden amongst the boatanchor receiver queue on one of the shelves.

Put me down for 23 and counting. :roll:

I started to tell y'all that doesn't even include more than a dozen VOMs, and at least a half a dozen active DMMs and a stash of never-opened HF "freebies" that would surely incite an intervention were I to share that number. :D

Then I thought, I'd better not reveal that info lest I be banned from buying in the classified forum.

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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I am a vtvm addict too. Think I have collected over 10 in last 6 months. Must have 6 voltohmyst at least 4 are even working...

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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At one point I had around 10, I gave some away last Fall. I still have at least 5. I will always have the EICO I built as a teenager, the one that my ex father-in-law had and that large faced EICO (forgot the model). Over the years I beat the heck out of the EICO, rebuilt it several times. What is fragile is the Uniprobe.
A VTVM is still a useful versatile instrument for tube radio work. They are still around for reasonable money. Probes are important, the correct one(s) and an RF probe is a plus.

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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In my case it's tubes. I like weird and funny looking ones, also eye tubes and any that has a gas inside, such as nixie, thyratron, etc., and radioactive ones.
I also probably have enough CDs to start my own radio station. I don't much buy CDs anymore. There is a lot of music on MP3.

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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Yeah, I'm pretty much hooked as well. I have 2 HP 410c's and 2 Triplett 850's. I've had many more over the years from Heathkit and Eico models to HP 410b's and B&K 177's and RCA Master Volt Ohmist. While I know that a good quality DMM with high impedance input works about as well, nothing beats the swing of an analog meter.

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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Chas wrote:
I will always have the EICO I built as a teenager
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Don't have the qty some of you have (more like 4) but still hang onto the Micronta analog I bought in about 64. Got it, a pair of wire cutters, needle nose pliers, and a soldering iron. All set up to build kits. It is still around but does not get used much. Still have the needle nose also. Feels odd to have bought something that is now over 50 years old.

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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I can relate, though in my case it's old HP counters - a 5245L a few years ago started it and it's been downhill ever since - I'm progressing towards 'collecting the whole set' and have about fifteen of the damned things at this point...

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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I will always have the EICO I built as a teenager
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Don't have the qty some of you have (more like 4) but still hang onto the Micronta analog I bought in about 64. Got it, a pair of wire cutters, needle nose pliers, and a soldering iron. All set up to build kits. It is still around but does not get used much. Still have the needle nose also. Feels odd to have bought something that is now over 50 years old.

Still using my needle nose, dikes, and wire strippers that I bought in 1957, and they feel just fine, thank you! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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Because of this thread I decided to get back to an IG-102 that came a few weeks ago. Didn't work very well--extremely low RF out and no modulation. Turns out it never did work; the builder left out the cathode resistor on the RF amp and also a 100k resistor that delivered 400Hz to a pentode grid. I wonder if they just used it as a paper weight all these years.


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I also like General Radio equipment, so I have various pieces their test equipment. I especially like their strobe units.

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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Counting RCA, H-P, Knight, Eico , Heath, military types, no name, etc.....
I am not even going up to attic.

I frequently bid on classroom sets of stuff.

It is not an addiction, but rather an excess of space...

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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radiotechnician wrote:

It is not an addiction, but rather an excess of space...


Exactly! I LOVE being able to put the blame on something else! :D

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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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At least they're smaller than scopes (at least most scopes). :D


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 Post subject: Re: I have a VTVM addiction....
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Not counting AC VTVMs:
General Radio 1806-A
HP 410B
HP 410C
HP 412A
HP 425A
Heathkit IM-11
Heathkit IM-13
Heathkit IM-28
RCA WV-98B
RCA WV-98C
RCA WV-97
Simpson 312
Triplett 850
McMurdo Silver Vomax
Sylvania Polymeter Type 302
Precision EV-20

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