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 Faded valve identification numbers: Some tech tips for reading them
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 1:57:00 PM on 1 October 2020.
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 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 12:18:04 PM on 2 October 2020.
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I'd never heard of a blacklight being used before but it looks like it works. I've usually resorted to breathing on a valve to make the stamp readable, though that doesn't work in the summer months and relies on not all of the original 'ink' being rubbed off the glass.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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Handy tip, must get a black light.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 12:20:01 PM on 9 October 2020.
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I’ve ordered one, hopefully to make sense out of an A4 box full of unknown valves.
JJ


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 3:56:59 PM on 9 October 2020.
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Looks like an interesting concept. I had a number of unknown valves, but was able to work them all out by what they looked like, or by checking the internal connections.

I've had a black light incandescent bulb for many years but I had no idea it could read valve numbers.


 
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I did put that into an article in the Radio Club mag last month. No feedback yet.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 9:24:14 AM on 10 October 2020.
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I have actually downloaded the phone app for this and will let you know how it goes.


 
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