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Re: Older Than Dirt Quiz

Post by skier » Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:24 pm



FM-USA wrote:
Overdog wrote: Anyone remember taking vacuum tubes to the hardware store to test them?
YES.
My dad had his own Tube Tester at home. So many early electronic toys we had, we had to have one.
Was in a med-size suitcase, little smaller than a roller skate case. Room for test wires, adapters and extra tubes.
I remember the larger ones warming up. Faint, deep orange glow turning to near bright yellow all the while that ultra high, almost imperceptible squeal. Kinda like what I'm hearing now, called tinnitus, that now never seems to go away. :evil:
I have a couple of tube testers, and several other vintage pieces of radio test equipment that I use regularly. My retirement hobby is tube radio repair/restoration. Recently sold a tube to a farmer in northern Minnesota, for his PCL (pilot controlled lighting) radio. Guess he had a grass strip behind the barn. I'm 65 now, remember most of what was mentioned in earlier posts.



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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 2:50 pm

FM-USA wrote:
Overdog wrote: Anyone remember taking vacuum tubes to the hardware store to test them?
YES.
My dad had his own Tube Tester at home. So many early electronic toys we had, we had to have one.
Was in a med-size suitcase, little smaller than a roller skate case. Room for test wires, adapters and extra tubes.
I remember the larger ones warming up. Faint, deep orange glow turning to near bright yellow all the while that ultra high, almost imperceptible squeal. Kinda like what I'm hearing now, called tinnitus, that now never seems to go away. :evil:

you mean like this one?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Nationa ... SwQYZWuArr
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Post by FM-USA » Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:15 pm

More like this (I'm old and forgetful now) but I seem to remember having had double the plug holes.
I do remember really small tubes, 1/2" diameter-ish to that huge one with the power lead on the top.
ALWAYS WARNED to never-ever touch it. :o
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:15 pm

if you go onto eBay and type in vacuum radio tube tester, it will bring up an entire page of them. who knows, you might find the exact one you had.

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Post by Jim1 » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:33 pm

It's quite the advancement that the transistor replaced the vacuum tube to the point thousands of them fit into powerful lap top computers.
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Post by FM-USA » Sun Feb 14, 2016 7:44 pm

Jim1 wrote:It's quite the advancement that the transistor replaced the vacuum to the point thousands of them fit into powerful lap top computers.
YUP, they're ever shrinking (and because of that) we're growing bigger. :oops:
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Post by redial » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:44 pm

I can remember the mercury vapour valves, that you had to allow to warm up before applying the high tension voltage - they had a pleasant blue glow to them. We used them in 500 watt transmitters in the Australian Army, mounted in the back of trucks, and when you arrived at your destination, you had to start the towed 25KVA, then turn on the low voltage power to warm the mercury vapour valves to warm up and turn the splattered mercury into a single mass. This gave you time to erect the antenna. The valves were about 150mm (about 6 inches) high, and would not fit the test equipment displayed. But these were WW2 surplus from aircraft that were adapted for field use in the army.
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Post by Blackngold » Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:21 pm

i can remember as far back as when gas was 19 9/10 a gallon and gas stations were giving away table flatware and drinking glasses and other "promotional" things. Exxon, (Esso as it used to be called) as i recall was giving away little tiger tails that you could strap to your gas cap and have hanging out of your fuel filler door, "put a tiger in your tank" was their "sales pitch", and Sinclair,(which turned into City Service), was giving away little dinosaur stuffed animals with every fill up.

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Post by roadwanderer2 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:23 pm

don't forget about the Hess gas trucks and car carriers that all the Hess stations were selling. not sure if they still do that anymore.

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Post by RFW&LMW » Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:55 am

I would see them at Christmas time at the Hess station just off I95 exit 1 Kingsland GA.

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Post by Blackngold » Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:07 am

Speaking of x-mas, I'm sure everyone remembers tin foil x-mas trees. But how about the 3 color cellophane wheel that rotated in front of a spot light that changed the colors on your tree. Now that was HIGH-TECH!! :lol:

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Post by FM-USA » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:01 am

Blackngold wrote:Speaking of x-mas, I'm sure everyone remembers tin foil x-mas trees. But how about the 3 color cellophane wheel that rotated in front of a spot light that changed the colors on your tree. Now that was HIGH-TECH!! :lol:
LOOOooOOOoooong before Google's colors, we had the 4 color wheel.
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Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 9:42 am

i remember those color wheels, our next door neighbor had one for their xmas tree.

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Post by RFW&LMW » Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:52 am

roadwanderer2 wrote:i remember those color wheels, our next door neighbor had one for their xmas tree.

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How about the large magnifying lens you used to able to buy & put in front of your TV screen to make the picture look larger?


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Post by roadwanderer2 » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:19 pm

i remember those, i actually had one on my computer monitor way back in the early 80's when monitors were the old CRT type lol.

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Post by FM-USA » Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:05 pm

My 13" Monochrome Monitor.
Light orange Font, not the usual green.
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Post by FM-USA » Sat Mar 05, 2016 6:55 am

Remember STOMPING on one of these?


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Post by roadwanderer2 » Sat Mar 05, 2016 7:26 am

yup, sure do. had a few of them go bad and had to replace them.

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Post by dacolee » Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:47 pm

themainviking wrote:
Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:02 pm

Guilty as charged and damned proud of it. I feel I am lucky to even be above the dirt with where I have been and what I have seen.
I'm right there with you, Brother! I do wonder, some days, how I managed to live 64 years with some of the stupid stuff I've done, and some of the other things I've been exposed to or involved with. Just hope I've got a few more lives left to put down more miles with.....

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Post by seelyark1 » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:56 pm

I just happened to stumble back onto this post. I can remember my Dad building his own Heathkit tube tester in the 1950s. He got really interested in television and made his own antenna too. Lost that to hurricane Hazel in the 50s too. I still have two of the oscilloscopes that he made too. I find it hard to part with some of the old family heirlooms. Have my GGGrandfathers guns too. Will pass them to the next generation so they have to get rid of them. LOL
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Post by bentleyss » Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:34 pm

Just came across this post..Wow ....flashback...remember every single item. I en
Evev have two packs of Black Jack gum sitting in an old wood box. 😬a

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Post by larryc » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:44 pm

Everything except having milk delivered in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers. Never lived anywhere that had milk delivered. Didn't happen on Navy bases, and on the farm, we did our own milking. All the rest I remember experiencing myself.

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Post by redial » Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:30 pm

Before bottles, that was a new-fangled idea,we would put out a billy (a enameled small bucket with a lid), and when the horse drawn milk cart came around, at about 6am, he would fill the billy. The horse knew where to stop. This was in the WWii years, so fuel could have been in short supply.

Also, the garbage man would have his horse and cart to take the twice a week garbage away.
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Post by Ravyn » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:54 am

Well, I must be older then water cuz I remember all of those and some you didn't mention.
I know some of you remember the coke dispensers that looked like a big ice chest that opened from the top and all the coke bottles were hanging on a rack. You would put a nickel in and slide the bottle to the opening that would allow you pull the bottle up and out.
Well, we used take a bottle opener and a straw and pop open a bottle and stick the straw into the bottle and suck up as much coke as we could before the store owner came out and chased us away. hahahahaha, smarter then the average bear, we were....:-)

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Post by gipsy42 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:50 pm

At 75 I passed the quiz test with tripple "AAAs"; some things didn't exist in my place, and some I saw while living in CA in the late '60s .
And just came up to my memory (not the nicest) ; as a teenager walking behind a horse drawn Funeral Carriage.
I'm glad to think of all those times... :lol:


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