Let me start with an introduction as I feel I have finally found home here at WorldwideDX.
My name is August Cassiato Jr. My handle is Astro, call sign KYY1525 based in Gainesville Florida, U.S.A.
My father's was a Signal Corps. 2nd Lieutenant enlisted in the early 40's and was so efficient working with any electronics & with fixing equipment that he didn't even think about it he just looked at something and said there it is and fixed. His call sigh was WA4TSV. I hope some may recall him although; he went to be with our Lord in 1983.
I tell you truly, his shoes where too big for me to fit into.
After a brief stint in the U.S. Army 101st AB, 4th Battalion, Battery E, Fort Sill OK; I came back home to Gainesville with a back injury.
Father was very mad and called a lot of people that eventually lead to my case for a claim of partial disability was denied, shut, and locked.
A few weeks ago a friend knowing the love I have for HF
radio electronics & for repairing things (as best I can) gifted me with a Varmint Linear Base Amplifier XL-600.
Its tubes & skit missing (of course, & main point of this thread) I have no idea which tubes it takes but I suspect that two are driver & four are finals since there are six sockets. Two are 9 pin & the other four are 12 pin (even forgot the names of the sockets and tubes tetrode is all that keeps coming to mind and I KNOW that is a four pin tube / socket.)
As I am
sure, it is apparent at this point I am
lost without a skit or father.
So bad knee & back problems or not I went fishing in a 10 X 30 warehouse for the old test equipment.
Praying the whole time, I dug out the Hitchcock tube tester, tubes, meters.
No sign of the old O scope and signal generator but there as old as this Varmint (the old Techtronicís scope is still missing. I only have one slide out case that has one input and there where others but I think father gave them away.
I would like to find some used equipment to buy after I fix this so let me know of anything people may not want anymore, I can cover shipping.)
So were to turn and do next is the problem dead ends.
As hard as it is to climb (I be having a TKA of my right knee in 10 weeks so this is more then busy work, (Lord Jesus please be with me.))
I got the tube tester out and have been digging for my tube stash, which I thought I had a bunch of the old TV H.V. fly-back, & sweep tubes but only found signal and small amp tubes.
not sure but as they astronomically expensive, I will never get this thing to work short of a miracle although I can dream.
I'm flat lost and not too proud to say it.
I believe that 8950's or 6LQ6's are suspect.
What I am
sure of is there are two different kinds of tubes required for the Varmint to breathe again!
When I looked up the tubes I thought they were, I had sticker shock!
These are way out of my price range as I am
sure everybody not just the disabled people struggle as it is.
Well, they are missing as is the base plate (where I suspect the skit was is at large) it also has two components half way connected. See link to photos at the bottom of this page.
I can clearly see where there are three Electrolytic caps are with one connection broken and a regular cap with one connection in place. Where the other goes is?
Does anybody known where I can find its schematic and what tubes the Varmint Linear Base Amplifier XL-600 can be found or obtained?
Thank you kindly for reading my life's story. LOL
Please see photos at: Welcome to Windows Live
Thanks to everyone & 73's