Re: A Vacuum Tube Curve Tracer for all Tek Semiconductor Curve Trace


stuff that disappears does so for a reason. Maybe you just simply
don't get tubes with that base that are any interesting at all. No
point trying to accumulate stuff that's boring other than it has a
specific pinout.

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 6:56 AM, 'Dennis Tillman'
[TekScopes] <> wrote:
Hi Cheater,
In a pinch I did make a 9 pin plug using 0.040" bus bar pushed into an existing 9 pin socket, with a piece of PVC tubing around it, and I potted the entire thing. What you get is crude, and it takes a fair amount of time to do this. So this is hardly a reasonable solution except in a pinch. I was hoping for something that was much more professional and took far less time. I don't mind paying $10 for a plug that I can order from somewhere.

Some of the tube stuff seems to have disappeared, and other stuff seems to be doing just fine. I haven't figured out which stuff is rare that I should jump at them whenever they show up versus the stuff that is still very common and still being produced. I'm new to the whole tube world. Last time I touched a vacuum tube was 40+ years ago until very recently.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 9:29 PM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Re: A Vacuum Tube Curve Tracer for all Tek Semiconductor Curve Trace

Am I missing something... why not just take a bare FR board and drill some holes in it.. use two boards for rigidity... and pot the whole job?

On Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 5:42 AM, Doxemf [TekScopes] <> wrote:
They have the 9 pin Socket Savers. I did not see any 7 pin. Quite awhile ago there were some cheap car stereo players, maybe eve 8 tracks, I forget, I serviced them once. Anyway, they used a 9 pin male/female connector. I think that the old Calrad or similar brand offered the cable sets. Fair Radio used to have some as well. Someone with a 3D printer could probably spit a bunch out that way. Just have to provide the pins.
Bill, KB3DKS

-----Original Message-----
From: 'Dennis Tillman' [TekScopes]
Sent: Sun, Mar 26, 2017 10:46 pm

Hi Bill,
In my case I needed tube PLUGS that would plug into a tube SOCKET.
That is my problem.

I am well aware of Tubesandmore. They certainly have a nice selection
of 4 pin, 5 pin, 7 pin, 8 pin , and 9 pin tube SOCKETS. Unfortunately
other than
8 pin tube PLUGS they, or anyone else for that matter, do not sell 7
pin miniature tube PLUGS or 9 pin miniature PLUGS. Since 7 pin
miniature tubes and 9 pin miniature tubes have their pins coming right
out of the glass envelope this will make it very hard to get what I
need by smashing spent tubes to try and get an intact set of pins around the base of the tube.

As John Gord pointed out one way to find some of these is by searching
for socket savers. They, too, are scarce these days. Not many people
are designing things with tubes. There was a 9 pin and a 7 pin socket
saver auction on Ebay and I bid $28 for them but someone outbid me. I
have no way to know how high that person's ultimate bid might have been.

Dennis Tillman, W7PF

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2017 5:08 PM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Re: A Vacuum Tube Curve Tracer for all Tek
Semiconductor Curve Trace

Dennis and all,
Has everyone been overlooking the best source for tubes and related
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