Electrical knowledge, was Another ~1960 computer kit

From: Computer Room Internet Cafe <netcafe_at_pirie.mtx.net.au>
Date: Sat Dec 19 21:46:33 1998

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From: Tony Duell <ard_at_p850ug1.demon.co.uk>
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Date: Sunday, 20 December 1998 14:56
Subject: Re: Electrical knowledge, was Another ~1960 computer kit

>Incidentally, in the days of valves, you could light a neon mains tester
>by holding it near (not touching) the line output valve (sweep tube?). A
>very quick test for EHT problems.

A screwdriver (insulated handle!) blade touched to the top cap of the
1S2 would produce a healthy arc when held somewhere near chassis
if the line/eht stage was running. This practice did not survive the
to solid state devices that disliked the spikes etc it could cause!

>> Another example, it surprises me how many "electrical" people do not
>> understand, for example, what happens when one wires speakers in series
>> parallel.

Several non-electrically minded customers of mine now have 1st hand
of the effects of this. 1 particular Guy had no less than 8 speakers wired
in a series/parallel MESS
(whether a speaker was series or parallel was determined by it's physical
location in relation
to the audio leads he had running all over the house) Actual impedance was
around 1 ohm on
the left channel and about 2 on the right. Result: 1 very dead STK chip
output amp.
Amazingly, it actually worked for about an hour before expiring.
Seems he had done something similar in the past (old fella) with valve based
stuff, and aside
from a little(?) distortion it worked. I guess that proves that valves
have their advantages.
I suspect the Speaker Transformer on the valve amp could have been used to
boil water though.


Geoff Roberts
Computer Room Internet Cafe
Port Pirie
South Australia.
Received on Sat Dec 19 1998 - 21:46:33 GMT

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