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Author Topic: Alignment tools  (Read 17399 times)
KD4SBY
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« on: October 11, 2010, 05:12:37 PM »

HELP! Anybody knows where to obtain the alignment tools used to adjust RF coils in tube radios? They were made from plastic and came in different length's and shapes. I need to adjust an HW-100 and can not find mine anymore.
Any leads are welcome.
Bernie KD4SBY
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AC5UP
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2010, 06:16:21 PM »

Any electronics parts store, even this one...

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062757
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2010, 07:13:47 PM »

Man, for less-than-a-buck that's gotta be one of the bargains of the century!
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AC5UP
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2010, 07:18:21 PM »

Man, for less-than-a-buck that's gotta be one of the bargains of the century!

Yeah, I know. Traditionally if Radio Shack sold dollar bills they'd be $4.95

Makes me think it's gone disco so the next time you drive past The Shack you might want to drop in and...
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WW3QB
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2010, 06:25:24 AM »

Mouser has part # 801-TK-AT5, a more complete set at $7.00.
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KE4JOY
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2010, 09:12:02 AM »

In a pinch you can use an allen wrench. Its time comsuming but can be done.

Turn the rig off, make a slight adjustment, turn the rig on, check the results, rinse - repeat.

You can probably even do it with the rig on but odd things may happen not to mention the shock hazard.
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WB6RXG
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010, 10:58:37 AM »

Never ever use an allen wrench in a ferrite slug!  Doing so would likely crack the slug.

73,
Stuart
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N4NYY
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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2010, 11:05:15 AM »

I have these, and there are not cheap. But they have everything.

http://www.amazon.com/Waldom-Radio-Television-Alignment-Tool-Kit/dp/B000ODODUQ

Don't use metal for coils/transformers for 2 reasons:

1. They break the slugs!

2. Even if you don't break the slugs, metal will change the inductance and reading when you are aligning.
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KE4JOY
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« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 11:10:55 AM »

Never ever use an allen wrench in a ferrite slug!  Doing so would likely crack the slug.

73,
Stuart
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Havent broke one yet you just have to make sure that A: You have the right size and B: Dont 'force' anything.

Biggest problem is that the allen wrench will give you alot more leverage so 'forcing' things becomes easy. That and the wrench will become part of the tuned circuit altering its rersonance so you cant actually tune with the rig on.

But honestly I rarely do this and try to use the correct tool when available.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2010, 02:16:03 PM »

Never ever use an allen wrench in a ferrite slug!  Doing so would likely crack the slug.

73,
Stuart
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+++++++++++++++++++ on this comment!!

Hard metal on a soft iron slug is a disaster waiting to happen.
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K7AAT
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« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2010, 03:22:57 PM »


  Despite the numerous suggestions already posted here,  I believe your best bet for alignment tool source is:  http://www.gcelectronics.com/      On the Left click on Tools,  then select  Alignment Tools.

  Ed    K7AAT

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KD4SBY
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2010, 11:15:23 AM »

Thanks fellows for the info. I did some checking, the Radio Shack tools are indeed a bargain, if you can still get it! None of the stores around me had it and I was informed that it was discontinued, and thus no longer available.
I checked CG Electronics, and they still make many of the alignment tools, but at a premium price. The best price is at Mouser, at around $7.00 for a set I could use (Half the price from CG), I think gonna order it from them.
Bernie.
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W0FM
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« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2010, 01:10:56 PM »

This is a nice looking collection, but they apparently only work on CB Radios!   Grin

http://www.amazon.com/GC-Electronics-18-530-Alignment-Pieces/dp/B000B61CSM/ref=pd_cp_hi_0

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KG4QPQ
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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2010, 04:16:45 PM »

This is a nice looking collection, but they apparently only work on CB Radios!   Grin

http://www.amazon.com/GC-Electronics-18-530-Alignment-Pieces/dp/B000B61CSM/ref=pd_cp_hi_0



Oh that is a hoot!

I have a D-STAR certified dual band as well.

 Grin

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