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Old January 18th 16, 05:59 AM posted to
Phil Allison[_3_] Phil Allison[_3_] is offline
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Trevor Wilson wrote:

** The VCM163 ( Valve Characteristic Meter) is oddball among valve
testers, uses only AC voltages for ALL supplies - plates, screens and
grids !!

Expensive too, working examples go on Ebay for up to $3000.

**The transformers inside the thing are amazing things. They would be
very expensive to produce today. Mind-numbing numbers of taps.

** However, the VCM163 is a VERY clever device, which could
be done more cleverly today. That said, it is very convenient and it
operating within specification. Except for the transformer switching, it
is a very simple device at it's core.

** Full article and internal pics he

One of the C-Core transformers is used with a half wave load, which could make it growl a bit and get hot after a while.


Can it be used with valves that have anode caps ?

Like the 6CM5, 6DQ6B, 807, 300B and 6146 types.

..... Phil