Antique Electronics and Vintage Solid State

I collect and restore antique vacuum tube electronics (i.e. "boatanchors") and vintage solid-state gear.


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RCA WV-97A Senior VoltOhmyst code 850 serial 8799 restoration

I promised ARFer John Stouffer a VTVM from my stash. I had also promised ARFer Hylaphone that I'd find good homes for a batch of three RCA WV-97A Senior VoltOhmysts that he had given to me, so one will be on its way to John. …

Precision E-200-C Signal Generator Restoration

The styling of the Precision Apparatus Company E-200-C signal generator has always appealed to me.

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For an economical service-grade instrument, it’s also well designed and crafted.

Hand Calibrated Reference Frequencies

Precision supplied a hand-calibrated reference frequency chart with each instrument as part of their “Servicing by Signal Substitution” instruction booklet. …

History of Precision's Signal Generators

I did a little research into the history of Precision’s signal generators via the scans of “Service” magazine hosted by David Gleason’s

The E-100

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Precision’s earliest signal general was the E-100.

1958 Transitron Catalog

Thanks to Shawn Fox (sfox7076 on the Antique Radio Forum) for allowing me to host his scans of the 1958 Transitron Catalog.

Condensed Catalog Cover

This is the cover from the selection guide, the other scans include full data on the parts.

RCA WV-98C(K) Assembly Instructions

Thanks to Jim (rja2907 on the Antique Radio Forum) for allowing me to scan and host his copy of the Assembly Instructions for the kit version of the WV-98C.


The manual includes calibration instructions not found elsewhere, and the wiring diagrams should be quite helpful when restoring a WV-98C.

Hickok 277X Signal Generator restoration

The Hickok 277X is identical to the 288X, except that it omits the output meter (what Hickok calls the decibel meter).

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The Boatanchor Manual Archive (BAMA) has a good scan of the manual.

Hickok calls it a “Universal Crystal Controlled Signal Generator”. …

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Park Metalware (Xcelite) Nut Drivers

These were my father’s tools, from back before Xcelite was even Xcelite.  

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It started as Park Metalware Co, Inc. How long ago was that?

Clough-Brengle Model OM-A Frequency Modulated Oscillator

The final member of my former Clough-Brengle collection: a Model OM-A Frequency Modulated Oscillator, aka a wobbulator.

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Here’s a view of the motor-driven wobbulator. The grill is the intake for the motor cooling fan.

Clough-Brengle Model OC Signal Generator

Here’s another member of my former Clough-Brengle collection: the Model OC Signal Generator.

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Clough-Brengle Model OC Signal Generator front panel. This one is serial number 1013. Ron Lawrence has serial number 455.

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