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Author Topic: Ranger Resuscitated  (Read 1383 times)
KG9SF
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« on: February 05, 2008, 06:51:00 PM »

My Viking Ranger has a new lease on life with the replacement of the VFO's Chernobyl resistor and a brand new 6AU6.  It had been drifting and chirping so badly as to be unuseable.  Got help from a local, younger, smarter ham who did the work.  Ranger VFO's are harder to open up than Fort Knox.

The VFO sounds like a crystal now.
=)
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ONAIR
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 11:27:54 PM »

   Congrats!  Just goes to show how a little determination can get an old rig to work almost like new.  It's often a huge surprise to find out how great those old tube rigs actually perform!
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2008, 02:00:51 PM »

I just resuscitated my Ranger II...Tis a joy indeed.

The only thing that's not stock is that silly 9 pin amphenol "octal" plug on the back.  Had to just use bare pins.  Can't find that plug ANYWHERE!


eric
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KG9SF
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2008, 09:37:47 AM »

Eric, try this site for your 9-pin plug:

http://store.triodestore.com/9pinampl86.html
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KL7AJ
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008, 01:49:51 PM »

SF:

  I tried Triode, and they were out.   alas.  Smiley

Eric
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W9GB
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2008, 07:15:15 AM »

The only thing that's not stock is that silly 9 pin Amphenol/WPI Series 86 "octal" plug on the back.
Can't find that plug ANYWHERE!
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First, get the right Amphenol/WPI part number -- so that you can talk to "old school" parts distributors/dealers.

ALSO, be aware some suppliers categorize the part under tube scokets, rather than connectors.

Give a call to these suppliers:

Leeds Radio (NY), since 1923!
http://www.leedsradio.com/parts-connectors.html
Amphenol 86-CP9, 9 pin, same pin circle as the octal.
This is used as the chassis mount power connector (male) on the Collins 51-S1 receiver.  $9.00

Leeds also has the female (cable) side listed under tubes sockets. The female socket is Amphenol 78S9

Just across the northern Illinois border, along Lake Michigan is my favorite place for parts to restore the boatanchors:

Chester Electroncis Supply
(E.M. Cheek)
7709 Sheridan Rd
Kenosha, WI 53143
(262) 658-4616
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« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2008, 09:11:54 AM »

GB:

   Thanks mucho for the lead!  I will definitely pursue those.

73,

eric
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« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2008, 09:22:23 AM »

Greg:
 
   I notice that Leeds gives a free part to anyone who shows up on a bicycle.   It's a long bike ride from Fairbanks....I'm weighing the pros and cons. Smiley

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