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Old 13th Nov 2007, 6:13 pm   #14
Brian R Pateman
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Default Re: Test equipment for valve radio repair

It all depends what you want to do and how far you want to go!

If Richard has been bitten by the electronics bug I'd recommend a good multimeter, I'd go for the AVO 8 but that is my bias. The majority of valve receiver manuals will have the voltages measured on a sample set using an AVO so you can expect to get reasonably close using one. They are also excellent for the beginner as they are fairly robust and have the trip button for the times when you forget to change range.

I would advise building your own test gear too. A simple signal injector (valve or transistor) is a simple project and building test gear is a good way to learn how circuits work.

There are lots of constructional articles in the old magazines like Radio Constructor or Practical Wireless. PM me and I'll send you some suitable articles.

You can certainly have a great deal of fun and learn a lot with simple equipment.


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