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Old 27th Jan 2010, 10:22 am   #101
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Default Re: The "Sussex" Homebrew Valve Tester.

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Asia Engineer on Ebay have them in stock, I ordered a set today.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=370325100729
Thanks for reading my post Mike, and for pointing me to that link.

On the strength of that, I've just ordered one.

I'm not building the Sussex (excellent though it is!), as I already have a Taylor 45A, but I needed a meter for a zener diode tester that I'm building. The backlit voltmeter I've just ordered was $9.99 US dollars (6.99 GBP), post free from China!

The last one I bought was a 500V voltmeter for the Bygones capacitor reformer project.
(I actually bought two - I squirted more than 500V into the first one - they don't like it up 'em! 500V Max meant just that:-(

Best of luck to those who are building the Sussex!

I did say to Mike Rowe at the outset that it would attract a huge response which would gather pace. Perhaps the most encouraging aspect is the collaboration and team effort of so many people on the forum who are willing to help source components (Ed Dinning with the custom built transformer for example).

Also, those who've suggested modifications, shared ideas, drawn up the list of components, and are to actually build what is quite a challenging project, even though Mike has done all the research and development work.

I'm a bit of a test gear nut - often building little bits and bobs - home built scope, two frequency counters, (one from 1976 Radcom which used nixie tubes and still works fine up to 200MHz), waveform generators, transistor testers, ESR meter, signal injector/tracer, on with the RF Haigh Wobbulator....

At present, I'm trying to hold myself back from building yet another ESR meter just because it looks an appealing circuit, and a High Impedance Mosfet Voltmeter that I don't need,
(c 1986 PW design, 11 MOhm input impedance) just because I have a nice large 100uA analogue meter.

(It will all end up as "grandad's junk" of course!)

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Old 27th Jan 2010, 1:25 pm   #102
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I totally agree with you Dave , these group projects are absolutely "gold dust", I look forward to the future developments that will occur as people build and use them. This will be a very long life project and so it should be.

Just to let you know the Asia Engineer crew shipped straight away with confirmation, they look a very good Company.

Mike

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Old 27th Jan 2010, 2:37 pm   #103
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BOM Updated with information from Mike.

Also added Valve Bases.

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?k...pfMlE&hl=en_GB

BoM now posted in post #974
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 12:01 am   #104
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I looked at Asia Engineering 's Ebay shop to order up the 3 meters. The description for the only blue LCD meters I found, says that they require 9-12V DC or AC. Have I got the right meters and will the 6.3 V windings up to the job, even if rectified to DC?

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Old 29th Jan 2010, 12:21 am   #105
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Default Re: The "Sussex" Homebrew Valve Tester.

Yes.

The Bygones/BVWS Bull capacitor reformer project by Stef Niewiadomski did just that.

It rectified the 6.3V with a 1N4007 diode which lifts it up to about 9V. A 470uF is put across the output of the diode to deck. I'd guess that these meters probably have a voltage regulator below 9V on board anyway.

If they're similar to the ones I've had, they don't come with any instructions - just four thin wires dangling off a 4-in plug on the meter. But the red wire was supply + black was supply 0, blue was the measured voltage + and green was measured voltage 0.

I'll await arrival of the one I've ordered to see if it is any more descriptive!

Have fun.

It will be interesting to see when the Sussex testers are built and put to good use, just how many cherished valves actually turn out to be duff, and won't need to be nicely boxed or catalogued after all


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Old 29th Jan 2010, 12:48 am   #106
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Ooh, perish the thought.

I think there will be alot of 'reforming' going on if that's the case.
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 2:10 am   #107
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Default Re: The "Sussex" Homebrew Valve Tester.

The DVM modules have a full wave rectifier built into them, and work OK on 6v.
They have a regulator on board.
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 9:24 am   #108
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Thanks for the clarifications, I'll get the meters ordered today.
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 9:51 am   #109
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Jeffrey,

I mailed the seller and got all three meters for $28.47US

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Old 29th Jan 2010, 11:10 am   #110
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Doh!
Well done and I should have thought of that. I bought mine a seperate sales from the seller

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Old 29th Jan 2010, 11:24 am   #111
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$30.97USD thorugh the website with Free postage

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Old 29th Jan 2010, 4:11 pm   #112
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The price I got included postage too.

I did and 'email the seller' on ebay.
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 5:23 pm   #113
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Is anyone else thinking of replacing the meter modules with HCPL7800s or similar, and interfacing the whole shebang to a PC?
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 5:43 pm   #114
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No, at this stage I would just like to build as is
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Old 29th Jan 2010, 7:42 pm   #115
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Further updated BOM.

Nearly there.....

http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?k...pfMlE&hl=en_GB
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Old 30th Jan 2010, 8:18 am   #116
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Hi Gents, here are some pics of the prototype transformer ready to go to Mike. It's not impregnated or over taped as it may need mods.
Few of us on the our side of the pond are here also...(USA) ED I would like a Transformer 115v-125v and please put me down for a PCB too.
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Old 30th Jan 2010, 3:51 pm   #117
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Hi All
I'm currently ordering parts.
Can anyone point me in the direction of sourcing a 120k 2 watt carbon film resistor please?

Perhaps we should have agreed to bulk by resistors from Rapid online? I refuse to pay Maplins 17p each for metal film resistors!

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Old 30th Jan 2010, 8:17 pm   #118
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Martin
Are you taking orders for the PCB. If so, could you add me to the lost?
Thanks
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Old 30th Jan 2010, 9:11 pm   #119
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Jeff,
I'm going to wait until I have received and inspected the PCBs.
Should be in a couple of weeks, but I haven't had the final invoice promised this week yet...
If they're OK, I'll post pictures, price, etc.
Sorry to be so vague at the moment.
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Old 30th Jan 2010, 9:50 pm   #120
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Hi Gents, I've had several orders for transformers and will be ordering the lams and bobbins next week, anyone else please PM me soonest.

Darrell, I can certainly do a 115/125v version for the US enthusiasts. It would possibly be best if you could get me a group order together and I can ship to one person, not sure if there would be import charges. Single items posted to the US of this weight can cost up to 30. PM me if you need more info.

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