[time-nuts] Vintage Frequency Measurement

Mike Naruta AA8K aa8k at comcast.net
Mon Feb 13 16:34:22 EST 2017

On 02/13/2017 10:35 AM, Scott Stobbe wrote:
> Hi Mike,
> First of all, Wow what an interesting read, thanks for sharing
> some of the history and your experiences with the 105. A second
> thanks for uploading the manual, which I found to be a great
> read, as with most old test & measurement product manuals, they
> are far from just marketing fluff.
> Bare with me, I'm not well versed in early radio history, but, I
> also found it neat they choose to crystal calibrate on the 3rd
> harmonic of the VFO to help prevent injection lock and for
> increased sensitivity (but that may be true of all frequency
> meters of the era, don't know).
> Based on the manual, the thermometer is thermally mounted to
> crystal holder, allowing one to temperature compensate the
> crystal calibration point. I didn't see a mention as to what
> crystal cut they used. I would guess it is one with a flat
> tempCo with no turning points for the linear thermometer scale
> to be used effectively.
> Attached is a plot taken from the manual, the VFO stability
> strip-chart

Hi Scott,

I don't know what crystal cut they used.  It took me weeks of 
searching just to find what you read.  It would be interesting 
to learn how Lampkin calibrated the Lampkin 105.

Line voltage is critical.  I was breezing along with 18 Hertz on 
160 meters, then the line voltage here moved around for the 80 
and 40 meters tests.  I heard the drift and knew that my 
calibration chart was not very useful at that point.

I like the portion of the manual that tells about building a box 
out of Celotex with a plastic front to avoid drafts.  Celotex 
was an insulated ceiling tile that used to contain asbestos.  It 
sure looked nice on the ceilings in our house.
We used to spray our rooms with DDT too.  It explains a lot.

Did you see the photos that I uploaded to Mods.DK?  I like that 
variable capacitor used for calibration.  Simple, but effective.

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