On 16 Nov 2020, at 17:08, Eric <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I am working on some 577’s D1 storage curve tracers. I am trying to get a 178 working. So I need the storage tubes up and running. I do not have much experience with storage tubes hence the noob question. I think one of these units has been miss adjusted pretty badly, my problem Is I do not know which one. When I do the 6 minute startup as called for in the manual both units will get some glow bloom on the tubes. One is far dimmer then the other but both tubes have really good brightness so I do not believe that it is a tired tube. If I hit erase on both tubes they will blank as expected but the bright one will again go to full glow. At the full brightness the tube will not actually store anything as it looks like the glow is too bright. On the dimmer tube after the initial power up the tube will not bloom any more in storage mod and it will store a waveform however the “brightness control” must be all the way up. At minimum storage brightness it will store but it will only store at the edges.I have a 577 D1 which is rather similar to your dimmer tube. It originally had an obviously failing CRT — dim to barely visible in non-store mode and double-peaking — but storage mode worked surprisingly well despite the dim trace.
I replaced the CRT with a used spare that came with the curve tracer. Now it’s bright and sharp in non-store mode but despite multiple attempts at tuning the storage settings per the service manual, it will only store if the intensity is turned up to be uncomfortably bright and the brightness control doesn’t appear to affect storage sensitivity, only the brightness of a stored trace.
I suspect either the replacement CRT has worn-out storage gubbins or is in some manner mismatched to the drive circuitry, or I’ve somehow repeatedly failed to correctly follow the service manual instructions.
Sorry, that’s obviously no help at all, but I’m hoping someone will chime in with knowledge that will help both of us.