[time-nuts] Inside of FT1200-100

J. L. Trantham jltran at att.net
Sun Nov 20 07:29:13 EST 2016


Enjoyed the pictures.

You might want to look at these items on theBay.



I've had the same issue and broke down and bought a set of these small nut drivers.

Good luck.


-----Original Message-----
From: time-nuts [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Christopher Hoover
Sent: Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:45 PM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Inside of FT1200-100

tl;dr: I've made some progress and have the1200  oscillator core out of the


I got some 5 thou brass stock and worked it between the rubber sheet and the dewar.

That seemed to help but it was insufficient free things up -- I busted off the unused solder lug trying to pull the core out with it.

Having not a lot to lose, I took a chance that the screws going into the
TO-23 went into threaded holes (rather than being clearance holes with nuts inside).  This was indeed the case.

With two 6-32 threaded rods into the TO-23 threaded holes and and an appropriately machined piece of mild steel bar stock suspended across the case <https://goo.gl/photos/1pfiN2GX3WxYCSbg8>, I was able to easily get the oscillator core out of the dewar by evenly tightening the the nuts on
the bar.    Really easily -- I might have been able to pull it out by just
pulling on the bar stock.  I don't know if the shim stock shenanigans were even needed.

Despite running out the three sloted screws on the "top" around the
circumference,  I'm not into the inside yet.   I don't have the  right
thin-walled socket to remove the nuts at the opposite end.

I found an epoxy covered hole on the top.   It is/was under the green blob
midway between 1 and 2 o'clock in this picture here <https://goo.gl/photos/iHbSbqwBiKD7NRfJ6>..  There was something blue and
at this point crumbly underneath it.   Not sure yet what, if anything, is
beyond all of that.  I'm hoping for a trimmer cap.  :-)

-- Christopher.
73 de AI6KG

On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 9:24 PM, Chuck Harris <cfharris at erols.com> wrote:

> Back when I was going to work on mine, I was thinking of prying the 
> rubber away from the aluminum oven with something like a feeler gauge, 
> but also using some naptha (lighter fluid) to help release any 
> adhesive...  I didn't get around to doing it, but that was the way I 
> was going to progress.
> -Chuck Harris
> Ed Palmer wrote:
> >
> >
> > On 2016-09-26 10:00 AM, Christopher Hoover <ch at murgatroid.com> wrote:
> >>> >
> >>> >You might be able to slide something like a feeler guage down 
> >>> >between
> the
> >>> >oven and the rubber blanket to break the oscillator free.  The 
> >>> >oven
> on mine
> >>> >is a plain metal cylinder.  This way, the rubber sheet should 
> >>> >protect
> the
> >>> >Dewar from your feeler guage.  On mine, the mounting bolts for 
> >>> >the
> 2N3792
> >>> >transistor both have ground lugs.  I think I see them on yours.  
> >>> >You
> could
> >>> >hook something through the ground lugs and use that to pull the
> oscillator
> >>> >out of the rubber sheet and then remove the sheet later.
> >>> >
> >> Thanks Ed,
> >>
> >> I think the rubber sheet on mine is against metal.  I haven't yet 
> >> seen
> the
> >> glass dewar.
> >>
> >> The adhesion is huge.
> >>
> >> Do you know if the holes opposite the 2N3792 are threaded?   If they
> are, I
> >> might try running the screws out and using those holes with longer
> screws
> >> as my pull points.    I can't pull on the lugs hard enough -- I've
> tried.
> >>
> >> -christopher.
> >> 73 de AI6KG
> >
> > Yes, you have seen the Dewar.  The silvery ring that's outside the
> rubber is the top
> > of the Dewar.  What you have to do is unstick and unfold the rubber
> starting from the
> > open area in the center.  Work your way outward.  The rubber is only 
> > 2
> or 3 mm
> > thick.  Once you completely clear the rubber out of the way, you'll 
> > see
> the edge of
> > the oven.  The TO-3 transistor is mounted on top of the oven assembly.
> Once you can
> > see the edge, you have to slide something like a long feeler gauge 
> > down
> along the
> > edge of the oven to break it free from the rubber.  Work your way 
> > all
> around the
> > oven.  It's about 85 mm long.  It'll still be stuck on the bottom, 
> > but
> you might be
> > able to pull it free.
> >
> > When I took mine apart, I ended up tearing off all the rubber at the 
> > top
> and then
> > cutting out that ring of hard foam to get at the Dewar so I could 
> > smash
> it more.  I'm
> > guessing you'd rather not do that! :)  But sacrificing the rubber on 
> > the
> top might be
> > okay, if you have to.
> >
> > Sorry, but I don't know if the mounting holes for the transistor are
> threaded or
> > not.  In any case, since the oven and Dewar are bonded to the 
> > rubber,
> you're pulling
> > on the Dewar when you pull on the oven.  Not a good plan until you 
> > break
> the oven
> > free from the rubber.  Those Dewars are built in a rather fragile
> manner.  Your
> > typical home Thermos is much more robust.
> >
> > Ed
> >
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