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Heathkit Tube Tester

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Mike Jobe, Sep 14, 2017.

  1. Mike Jobe

    Mike Jobe New Member

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    I am replacing the meter rectifier in a TC-2....The schematic shows a reversed polarity,..Is this right??
     
  2. N11778

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    I looked at the manual, at first glance it looks backwards but......
    Heath Did not make many mistakes in their manuals.
    Did you get it to work?
     
  3. Mike Jobe

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  5. Nigel Goodwin

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    Have you tried a diode, and if it didn't work turn it round :D
     
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    cowboybob Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    This site has a pretty good discussion about your issue with the TC-2.
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    In essence, CR-1 (not ID'ed above) can be replaced with a 1N4007 without any issues, except that the 1.2k resistor (shown as "1200Ω" in the schematic) may have to be adjusted so the meter can be accurately zeroed.
     
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  7. N11778

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    Looks like the diode is only used for setting the line voltage.
    Is this the diagram you have.
     

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  8. Mike Jobe

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    yes, but the diode polarity is reversed with respect to meter polarity
     
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  9. cowboybob

    cowboybob Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Yes, it is.

    Have you tried putting the new (or old, for that matter) diode into the circuit in reverse of the schematic (as Nigel offered in post#4)? That action certainly won't hurt the diode.

    The site I referenced had a post stating that HK screwed this one up (hard as that may be to believe :banghead:). Even suggested that the Knight(Kit) 600 schematic had it right... (and you'll note that it is, indeed, reversed from the HK schematic).
     
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    Is the diode there to clamp the max voltage the meter will see?
     
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    cowboybob Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Only to the extent that it's internal resistance influences the circuit (which isn't much).

    Its primary purpose is to rectify the AC to provide a "rough" DC (no filtering) for the DC mA meter,
     
  12. Mike Jobe

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    Yes, I also have a KK 600 schematic that is nearly identical, showing diode installed the opposite of the Heathkit....I will try reversing the polarity, should fix the problem.
     

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