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Re: noticed: Tek 836 Programmable Comm tester on eBay

Dave Seiter
 

I got one of those in a pallet lot years ago- it seemed to work perfectly, but I had to practically give it away.  
-Dave

From: garp66 <@green>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 2:27 PM
Subject: [TekScopes] noticed: Tek 836 Programmable Comm tester on eBay

Perhaps of use to someone ?

Tek 836 Prog. Comm. tester.
~$58  Or  Make an Offer

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-Programmable-Communications-Tester-Model-836-Tested-OTT/263743613926?hash=item3d68582be6:g:tucAAOSw90xaulKj


noticed: Tek 836 Programmable Comm tester on eBay

garp66
 


Re: let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

RustySparks
 

Yes, my 453A also has vacuum tube rectifiers, and a non-potted HV transformer. I really went through the whole HV supply until there simply was nothing else to blame except the transformer, before finally giving up to the very unwelcome realization that the HV transformer was bad in the scope I had used since it was new. Very sad indeed.

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io <TekScopes@groups.io> On Behalf Of william_b_noble
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 2:55 PM
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

The reason I don't think that the transformer epoxy is going bad is because the transformer is not potted at all. I can see the windings. My understanding is that later transformers were potted. I have the early style supply with the vacuum tubes for the 12kV high voltage doubler.


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Dave Seiter
 

When I first started selling, just about anything listed was sold in the first or second attempt.  I stopped selling for a long time because they dinged you for everything, and the huge volume of items meant that some things just wouldn't sell- I was losing money.  It wasn't until you could list for free that I went back to selling.
-Dave

From: Daniel Koller via Groups.Io <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: "TekScopes@groups.io" <TekScopes@groups.io>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 11:35 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] OT: Old ICs for sale

Ditto here.  I haven't had a serious bidding war on any item I've sold in years either.  I financed my hobby budget in grad school by selling old junk vacuum equipment and old Tek stuff and it used to be worthwhile to sell it.  As e-bay popularity increased, I suppose more competition grew, and also large surplus sellers came on-board, which is great for buyers, not so much for individual sellers.  Fees also increased, and for that matter, shipping is through the roof now.    
But I also don't "bid" now.  I always "snipe" (with auctionsniper).   That lets me think about the price I think the item is "worth" and what I am willing to pay for it in a calm, rational environment.  I set the desired price and walk away.  If I get it for a low bid, great, and if I go to the maximum, at least I don't end up regretting it immediately.
  Dan

    On Monday, June 11, 2018, 2:14:00 PM EDT, Dave Seiter <d.seiter@...> wrote:

A bidding war hasn't happened to any of my listings for years, but yeah, it's so much fun to watch!  These days, it's usually only rare items that end up in bidding wars, but certain categories see more activity than others.  Another fun event is having two or more people snipe with "silly" bids at the last second.
-Dave

      From: Dennis Tillman W7PF <@Dennis_Tillman_W7pF>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] OT: Old ICs for sale
 
Hi Tom, and everyone who bids on Ebay,

There is some misunderstanding about prices on Ebay: Newbies and or sellers with stores frequently list their items with arbitrarily high prices. Sometimes they simply look at current listings and price accordingly.

BUT what really matters is what these items SOLD for. To find that out you have to look carefully through the completed listings for the auctions that were successfully concluded.

That will tell you the true price the market thinks this is worth.

If there is an outlier in the completed auctions that sold for a truly outrageous price you have to look at the bidding that took place. It was probably between two newbies that didn't understand how Ebay works and they kept outbidding each other by a few dollars each time. If you are a seller you always hope your item will be bid up by newbies to absurd prices. It is lots of fun to watch one of these bidding wars take place and wonder where it will end.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gardner Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:43 AM

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering
even if some of the chips are dead.  I do have to chuckle since I have
some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the
boxes I've inherited from others.  Never really considered the
possibility that any of it had value.  "There's gold in them there
drawers!!!!"

Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be
unused. Look at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and
"germanium transistor"



--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Re: let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

Phillip Potter
 

Wow, then I will guess that my manual isn’t appropriate, sorry!

Phil, N6OMM

On Jun 11, 2018, at 12:55 PM, william_b_noble <william_b_noble@...> wrote:

I have the early style supply with the vacuum tubes for the 12kV high voltage doubler.


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Dave Seiter
 

I can't count the number of times I've boxed up something and then ended up stuffing the whole thing into a flat rate padded envelope to save 50% or more on shipping.  Keeping shipping down is the biggest challenges these days.
-Dave

From: John Griessen <@jgriessen>
Lots of things can go in flat rate USPS envelopes stuffed to resemble a football.  -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


Re: let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

Dave Wise
 

A winding can impregnated with epoxy without being potted in it. I restored my early 453 by rewinding, and it wasn't potted. See topic and photo album titled "453 HV Transformer Rewind".

Dave Wise
________________________________________
From: TekScopes@groups.io <TekScopes@groups.io> on behalf of william_b_noble <william_b_noble@...>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 11:55 AM
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

The reason I don't think that the transformer epoxy is going bad is because the transformer is not potted at all. I can see the windings. My understanding is that later transformers were potted. I have the early style supply with the vacuum tubes for the 12kV high voltage doubler.


Re: let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

william_b_noble
 

The reason I don't think that the transformer epoxy is going bad is because the transformer is not potted at all. I can see the windings. My understanding is that later transformers were potted. I have the early style supply with the vacuum tubes for the 12kV high voltage doubler.


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Daniel Koller
 

Ditto here.  I haven't had a serious bidding war on any item I've sold in years either.  I financed my hobby budget in grad school by selling old junk vacuum equipment and old Tek stuff and it used to be worthwhile to sell it.  As e-bay popularity increased, I suppose more competition grew, and also large surplus sellers came on-board, which is great for buyers, not so much for individual sellers.  Fees also increased, and for that matter, shipping is through the roof now.    
But I also don't "bid" now.  I always "snipe" (with auctionsniper).   That lets me think about the price I think the item is "worth" and what I am willing to pay for it in a calm, rational environment.  I set the desired price and walk away.  If I get it for a low bid, great, and if I go to the maximum, at least I don't end up regretting it immediately.
  Dan

On Monday, June 11, 2018, 2:14:00 PM EDT, Dave Seiter <d.seiter@...> wrote:

A bidding war hasn't happened to any of my listings for years, but yeah, it's so much fun to watch!  These days, it's usually only rare items that end up in bidding wars, but certain categories see more activity than others.  Another fun event is having two or more people snipe with "silly" bids at the last second.
-Dave

      From: Dennis Tillman W7PF <@Dennis_Tillman_W7pF>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] OT: Old ICs for sale
 
Hi Tom, and everyone who bids on Ebay,

There is some misunderstanding about prices on Ebay: Newbies and or sellers with stores frequently list their items with arbitrarily high prices. Sometimes they simply look at current listings and price accordingly.

BUT what really matters is what these items SOLD for. To find that out you have to look carefully through the completed listings for the auctions that were successfully concluded.

That will tell you the true price the market thinks this is worth.

If there is an outlier in the completed auctions that sold for a truly outrageous price you have to look at the bidding that took place. It was probably between two newbies that didn't understand how Ebay works and they kept outbidding each other by a few dollars each time. If you are a seller you always hope your item will be bid up by newbies to absurd prices. It is lots of fun to watch one of these bidding wars take place and wonder where it will end.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gardner Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:43 AM

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering
even if some of the chips are dead.  I do have to chuckle since I have
some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the
boxes I've inherited from others.  Never really considered the
possibility that any of it had value.  "There's gold in them there
drawers!!!!"

Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be
unused. Look at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and
"germanium transistor"



--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

John Griessen
 

On 06/11/2018 12:28 PM, Dave Seiter wrote:
Selling items is better than watching TV, and if they get used, it's better than dumping them in landfill
Yes, I have a scale that goes to 5kg and a squirt bottle of diluted wood glue for putting laser printed labels on
packages. Lots of things can go in flat rate USPS envelopes stuffed to resemble a football. First class package rate for a padded bubble mailer under a pound is a good way.
It helps to be near a source of cardboard boxes. When I gather boxes from local
retailers 130 feet from my door, I often get good packing material too. I use an old Canon S30 for photos because it gets good exposures and focuses well, and makes photos about 2400 pixels across -- not too large so they quickly can be fixed up in GIMP photo editing tool. Instead of cables to the camera, I remove and replace its compact flash card, (about 3 x 4 cm), and use that with a dedicated compact flash card reader. That all makes for a fairly quick round trip of photo shooting to serving up on a web site (craigslist or ebay).


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

JJ
 

Good info - wasn't aware of those links.
Thx Tom
Best,
John Justin

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 2:17 PM, Tom Gardner <tggzzz@...> wrote:

On 11/06/18 18:50, Dennis Tillman W7PF wrote:

Hi Tom, and everyone who bids on Ebay,

There is some misunderstanding about prices on Ebay: Newbies and or
sellers with stores frequently list their items with arbitrarily high
prices. Sometimes they simply look at current listings and price
accordingly.

BUT what really matters is what these items SOLD for. To find that out
you have to look carefully through the completed listings for the auctions
that were successfully concluded.
Indeed, but care isn't needed: just select "sold listings" :)

There are a couple of other useful tools for buyers:

- to find out what an "or best offer" actually sold for, use
http://www.watchcount.com/ and paste in the item's number (as found
buried in the URL)

- to find out what offers a seller has accepted/rejected, use
https://www.goofbid.com/ebay_best_offers_tool.html# with the seller's name

That will tell you the true price the market thinks this is worth.

If there is an outlier in the completed auctions that sold for a truly
outrageous price you have to look at the bidding that took place. It was
probably between two newbies that didn't understand how Ebay works and they
kept outbidding each other by a few dollars each time. If you are a seller
you always hope your item will be bid up by newbies to absurd prices. It is
lots of fun to watch one of these bidding wars take place and wonder where
it will end.
Try watching the live online auctions!

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gardner Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:43 AM

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:

I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering
even if some of the chips are dead. I do have to chuckle since I have
some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the
boxes I've inherited from others. Never really considered the
possibility that any of it had value. "There's gold in them there
drawers!!!!"

Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be
unused. Look at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and
"germanium transistor"





Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Tom Gardner
 

On 11/06/18 18:50, Dennis Tillman W7PF wrote:
Hi Tom, and everyone who bids on Ebay,

There is some misunderstanding about prices on Ebay: Newbies and or sellers with stores frequently list their items with arbitrarily high prices. Sometimes they simply look at current listings and price accordingly.

BUT what really matters is what these items SOLD for. To find that out you have to look carefully through the completed listings for the auctions that were successfully concluded.
Indeed, but care isn't needed: just select "sold listings" :)

There are a couple of other useful tools for buyers:

  - to find out what an "or best offer" actually sold for, use http://www.watchcount.com/ and paste in the item's number (as found buried in the URL)

  - to find out what offers a seller has accepted/rejected, use https://www.goofbid.com/ebay_best_offers_tool.html# with the seller's name

That will tell you the true price the market thinks this is worth.

If there is an outlier in the completed auctions that sold for a truly outrageous price you have to look at the bidding that took place. It was probably between two newbies that didn't understand how Ebay works and they kept outbidding each other by a few dollars each time. If you are a seller you always hope your item will be bid up by newbies to absurd prices. It is lots of fun to watch one of these bidding wars take place and wonder where it will end.
Try watching the live online auctions!

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gardner Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:43 AM

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering
even if some of the chips are dead. I do have to chuckle since I have
some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the
boxes I've inherited from others. Never really considered the
possibility that any of it had value. "There's gold in them there
drawers!!!!"

Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be
unused. Look at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and
"germanium transistor"


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Dave Seiter
 

A bidding war hasn't happened to any of my listings for years, but yeah, it's so much fun to watch!  These days, it's usually only rare items that end up in bidding wars, but certain categories see more activity than others.  Another fun event is having two or more people snipe with "silly" bids at the last second.
-Dave

From: Dennis Tillman W7PF <@Dennis_Tillman_W7pF>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:50 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] OT: Old ICs for sale

Hi Tom, and everyone who bids on Ebay,

There is some misunderstanding about prices on Ebay: Newbies and or sellers with stores frequently list their items with arbitrarily high prices. Sometimes they simply look at current listings and price accordingly.

BUT what really matters is what these items SOLD for. To find that out you have to look carefully through the completed listings for the auctions that were successfully concluded.

That will tell you the true price the market thinks this is worth.

If there is an outlier in the completed auctions that sold for a truly outrageous price you have to look at the bidding that took place. It was probably between two newbies that didn't understand how Ebay works and they kept outbidding each other by a few dollars each time. If you are a seller you always hope your item will be bid up by newbies to absurd prices. It is lots of fun to watch one of these bidding wars take place and wonder where it will end.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gardner Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:43 AM

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering
even if some of the chips are dead.  I do have to chuckle since I have
some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the
boxes I've inherited from others.  Never really considered the
possibility that any of it had value.  "There's gold in them there
drawers!!!!"

Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be
unused. Look at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and
"germanium transistor"



--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

 

Hi Tom, and everyone who bids on Ebay,

There is some misunderstanding about prices on Ebay: Newbies and or sellers with stores frequently list their items with arbitrarily high prices. Sometimes they simply look at current listings and price accordingly.

BUT what really matters is what these items SOLD for. To find that out you have to look carefully through the completed listings for the auctions that were successfully concluded.

That will tell you the true price the market thinks this is worth.

If there is an outlier in the completed auctions that sold for a truly outrageous price you have to look at the bidding that took place. It was probably between two newbies that didn't understand how Ebay works and they kept outbidding each other by a few dollars each time. If you are a seller you always hope your item will be bid up by newbies to absurd prices. It is lots of fun to watch one of these bidding wars take place and wonder where it will end.

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Gardner Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:43 AM

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering
even if some of the chips are dead. I do have to chuckle since I have
some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the
boxes I've inherited from others. Never really considered the
possibility that any of it had value. "There's gold in them there
drawers!!!!"

Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be
unused. Look at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and
"germanium transistor"



--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Re: let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

Phillip Potter
 

Awesome attention to detail, Toby! You rock! Thanks for the link, as I was able to download it to my iPad for safe keeping. I hope this helps William, too!

Phil, N6OMM

On Jun 11, 2018, at 11:09 AM, toby@... wrote:

Phil's 453 manual has been digitised here:
http://chiclassiccomp.org/docs/index.php?dir=%2Ftesteq/Tektronix

I hope this helps.

--Toby


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Daniel Koller
 

That I agree with.   Not dumping into landfill "adds value".  Hey, I saved an RM504 from a list member here and finally found a home for it, so I understand that point!
Dan

On Monday, June 11, 2018, 1:28:24 PM EDT, Dave Seiter <d.seiter@...> wrote:

Selling items is better than watching TV, and if they get used, it's better than dumping them in landfill (or at least putting that off for a while longer).
-Dave

      From: Daniel Koller via Groups.Io <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] OT: Old ICs for sale
 
Questionable how much value there really is in those chips.  I have a similar-ish collection.  But I get paid by the hour at work, so I have to subtract the time it would take me to sort them, photograph them, package them, process the e-bay posting and receipt of change, and then mail them.  It takes much more time than any of us really account for.   Take off the 15% you lose to ebay/paypal fees and it's almost not worth selling them, which is basically why I don't even bother with ebay anymore.    And those of you who are retired.... don't say "I've got the time" because then you are under-valuing your hard-earned retirement.  Occasionally I find something that might fetch me over $100 on ebay and then I consider selling it - high value items.
Dan

    On Monday, June 11, 2018, 3:43:23 AM EDT, Tom Gardner <tggzzz@...> wrote:

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering even if some of the chips are dead.  I do have to chuckle since I have some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the boxes I've inherited from others.  Never really considered the possibility that any of it had value.  "There's gold in them there drawers!!!!"
Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be unused. Look
at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and "germanium transistor"


Re: OT: Old ICs for sale

Dave Seiter
 

Selling items is better than watching TV, and if they get used, it's better than dumping them in landfill (or at least putting that off for a while longer).
-Dave

From: Daniel Koller via Groups.Io <kaboomdk=yahoo.com@groups.io>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 9:24 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] OT: Old ICs for sale

Questionable how much value there really is in those chips.  I have a similar-ish collection.  But I get paid by the hour at work, so I have to subtract the time it would take me to sort them, photograph them, package them, process the e-bay posting and receipt of change, and then mail them.  It takes much more time than any of us really account for.   Take off the 15% you lose to ebay/paypal fees and it's almost not worth selling them, which is basically why I don't even bother with ebay anymore.    And those of you who are retired.... don't say "I've got the time" because then you are under-valuing your hard-earned retirement.  Occasionally I find something that might fetch me over $100 on ebay and then I consider selling it - high value items.
Dan

    On Monday, June 11, 2018, 3:43:23 AM EDT, Tom Gardner <tggzzz@...> wrote:

On 11/06/18 05:19, G Hopper wrote:
I suppose that for $55 there probably is some value in that offering even if some of the chips are dead.  I do have to chuckle since I have some of the same stuff as NOS in my parts drawers and amongst the boxes I've inherited from others.  Never really considered the possibility that any of it had value.  "There's gold in them there drawers!!!!"
Perhaps more than you might think - and they don't even have to be unused. Look
at the fleabay prices for "mustard capacitors" and "germanium transistor"


Re: Help needed with no trace no beamfinder on 465 (not b)

 

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 04:47 am, Raymond Domp Frank wrote:




Is it easy to replace Q1418 with another 2N3055?
AFAIR, at least the vertical board must be disconnected (several peltola
connectors and the like) and removed. In order to do that, the front BNC's for
CH1 and CH2 have to be removed as well as several knobs. No, that's not a
quick job.
After Keith's report that he had already exchanged Q1418, I had a look into a 465 in my possession.
As it turns out, possibly Q1418 can be removed without removing the vertical board, maybe sideways since there is some room between the end of that board and the 'scope's rear plate. Just not obvious how to clear Q1418 on its heat sink across the screw ends fixed to the backplate, either up or sideways. OTOH, Tek's design engineers may have done a clever job here.

Raymond

P.S. Keith, I know those days. I always tell myself they must be good for something...


Re: let's bring this back to life Re: Tektronix 453 high voltage problem

toby@...
 

On 2018-06-11 12:21 PM, Phillip Potter wrote:
I have a late serial number 453, that seems to have a combination of boards, seemingly like yours. To your advantage, I submitted my manual for scanning, so you might want to get ahold of Toby, a member, to see where that scan is parked and then download it. It might just be the ticket for your scope...
I'm so glad to hear about your rescue, William! I also obtained a 453
rescued from a potentially terrible fate.

Phil's 453 manual has been digitised here:
http://chiclassiccomp.org/docs/index.php?dir=%2Ftesteq/Tektronix

I hope this helps.

--Toby

Phil

Phil, N6OMM

On Jun 10, 2018, at 11:50 PM, william_b_noble <william_b_noble@...> wrote:

I decided to dig into an early 453. Interestingly it does not match the schematics for the 453 or the 453A - some boards seem closer to the A, some to the earlier one - for example the Z axis board is clearly dated (C) 1965, but its layout matches the board found in the A manual (unless I'm just loosing my mind).




Re: Help needed with no trace no beamfinder on 465 (not b)

 

Thanks Phil!

At least I found how I blew F1419... when I remounted Q1418 its collecter screw lug was bent at an angle such that it contacted the case...