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I acquired a lot of vintage electronic components at an estate sale.

The sale included a dozen of what may be variable resistors.

These components are all the same size and have the same plastic mounts.

The code on the bottom varies but the last part of each code is N4A.

Can you tell me what I have?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I was going to say air cored inductors wound on a phenolic former, but then noticed what looks like a ferrite slug in the 'tube'. So they're variable inductors (chokes). Doubtless for RF use. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 10, 2020 at 18:04

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No, they're certainly not variable resistors but coils for tuned circuits of a vintage TV set.

The moulded channel strips, from a vintage colour TV turret tuner, carry channel coils wired to rivet-like contacts.

Picture courtesy: rfcafe.com

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https://www.rfcafe.com/references/popular-electronics/taming-tv-tuner-popular-electronics-march-1967.htm

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, very likely the digits leading the part code indicate the TV channel. \$\endgroup\$
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 10, 2020 at 0:33
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These are variable inductors - vintage TV/radio gear.

Turning the core with a flat-blade screwdriver causes the (linked) inductance to change. These were used to "tune" RF circuits for old "over the air" television.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll just place this here (no affiliation). Lots of vintage radio innards: youtube.com/c/MrCarlsonsLab/featured \$\endgroup\$ Oct 9, 2020 at 14:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Those coils are part of a vintage TV turret tuner. \$\endgroup\$
    – vu2nan
    Oct 9, 2020 at 17:31
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No, definitely not a variable resistor because it has coils of wire. Here's what a variable resistor looks like. There are all sorts of what they look like.

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    – SamGibson
    Oct 10, 2020 at 17:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, I forgot to say I got it from google. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 10, 2020 at 18:44
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