No subject hudlerb1 at NETZERO.COM
Thu Aug 16 09:13:17 EDT 2007

Hi All,
I've been slowly restoring my Johnson Valiant over the past few months, it's almost done, just need to finish painting the cabinet, then load it up to the Dipole. 
All the talk about the 866 rectifier tubes brings me to add in my two cents.......
I took out the solid state rectifiers and added the original mercury vapor tubes. Why?
I just like the fact that it is now completely original, the way Johnson designed it, and it's just plain COOL!  Or maybe HOT if you look at it from another perspective!
21 or so tubes glowing like that is not something you see hardly anymore, I had no trouble finding tubes for this 1950's marvel of engineering. My friends here on the site sent me stuff for FREE to get it repaired and ready for some nostalgic QSO's
I've also got 50's Jukebox with scads of tubes, man, what great sound. This stuff just blows the doors off anything made today. 
Just for kicks, I put it on the AC variable supply, it shows almost 2 amps just sitting there powered up - I figure upwards of 200 watts. So?  I don't care about that.
I've had more fun messing with these old boat anchors, I've got my eye on the spider web covered SP600 over in the corner of the shack. It's next for the resto bench.
73's Bruce

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