[Boatanchors] [Glowbugs] Noelle and cigar box rigs
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Mon Oct 3 14:49:36 EDT 2011
From: Maynard Wright [mailto:m-wright at eskimo.com]
> I think I mentioned that the first electronic device I ever built was an
> amplifier (using a 26) in a cigar box for a school science fair.
I do believe you did. I have several cigar boxes earmarked for projects
built with the tubes etc on top of the boxes which I picked more for the
finish than the size. These will become 1930s pieces of some order - kind
of "improved" breadboard units.
> I made connections to the pins by using homemade clips (I think
> probably from a tin can). I had screw terminals on the top of the box for
> access to the tube elements. Typed labels rubber cemented to the box
> completed the project.
All filed for future reference. :-D
> Looking back, I think that the wood box with nice grain with a tube
> vertically looked pretty good. I didn't have to make room in the box for
> tube. One might envision something akin to an Ameco AC-1 in wood.
Agreed with no hesitation. While a breadboard can be finished very nicely,
there are many cigar boxes that already are finished and more than a few
that are only steps away from having a lovely finish. Several breadboards
live here for larger rigs but several "picked" cigar boxes do as well for
smaller or "sectioned" rigs with each box holding one stage of a Tx. Among
the latter are several black ones that will get special treatment although I
don't know how special. :-)
The larger boxes give me a way of playing with more or less portable
equipment that has the tubes inside rather than exposed simply because I
It would be nice to see a pic or two of your amplifier should you think of
Michael, WH7HG ex-K3MXO, ex-KN3MXO, WPE3ARS, BL01xh ex-Mensa A&P PP BGI
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