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Polarized capacitor type identification

I need to know what is the type of this capacitor. Never seen these before. It is polarized (red side is +) and rated 4MFD (4uF I would guess) 25v. I also would like to know what would be an ...
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What is this chip enable circuit doing? (old TTL, with diode, with pull-up?)

I'm trying to understand a small portion of a (vintage, TTL) circuit design and I'm a little unsure of what's going on in this section*, which determines whether the Chip Enable signal on a particular ...
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Why is this Zener across the collector and emitter of this transistor driving a solenoid coil?

I am trying to understand a vintage (1970s) impact printer circuit. Each of the pins in the printer are driven by a small individual coil driver circuit, that was originally specified to look like ...
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Info/substitution for National Semi's obsolete S-1122 transistor?

I am debugging a mid-1970s piece of printer equipment and have traced a failure to what looks like a bad transistor. But I can't find a data sheet for it (or a useful substitution). It's a metal can ...
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Why is this zener in series at the base of transistor, and has something failed?

I am debugging an ancient little impact printer and in my probing have found an unexpected voltage level. I'd like to understand this part of the circuit, why it's constructed as it is, and whether ...
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What's this vintage diode(?) from the 1970s?

This is the PCB from an Elmo Sound Monitor 912, marketed sometime back in the 1970/1980's. The circled component seems to be a diode of some sort. Or, at least the diode mode on a multimeter measures ...
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What is the purpose of these mercury switches?

I'm looking at a vintage wire recorder that won't even turn on. Examining it, the power leads (both of them) go through separate mercury switches and on to the main transformer, etc. The switch vials ...
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Replace One Centre-Tapped Resistor with Two Resistors

I have just started research and design on a small tube guitar amp and have hit the first of what is probably many uncertainties. The idea is to reuse the transformers, 7C5 power tube and 7Y4 ...
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Trying to find or match an Old Allen Bradley R450 J-Type potentiometer [closed]

I'm looking for any information on how to replace or repair this potentiometer. It's an AB R450 J-type potentiometer on a Brent ceramic wheel from the early 70's, I believe. I cannot find anything ...
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Identifying different connector symbols in French circuit diagrams from the 80s

I'm trying to troubleshoot an old analog oscilloscope (Metrix ITT instruments OX 725), which seems to come from the late 1980s in France. There is (part of?) a service manual with circuits diagrams ...
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Why Intel 4004 published schematics uses NMOS, if the 4004 was produced only with PMOS?

According to Wikipedia[0]: The 4004 employs an 10 μm process silicon-gate enhancement-load pMOS technology on a 12 mm2 die[36] In 2006 Intel released original schematics of 4004 CPU [1]. Seemingly ...
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What type of circuit these vintage 1VNP tantalum caps were used in?

In my junk box I have several capacitors that are marked 1VNP, which I assume means a voltage rating of 1VDC Non Polarized. Looking around online it would appear these are solid tantalum capacitors, ...
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Does measuring voltage drops between the EBC terminals guarantee the functionality or non-functionality of a BJT?

Do voltage drops across the terminals of a bipolar transistor, which fall within the catalog data, guarantee that such a transistor is working properly? I am in the process of repairing and restoring ...
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Why does this diode/capacitor combination appear on every board in a vintage computer?

I am working with a 1970s era computer system with multiple functional boards on its bus (similar to S100 but not S100.) Unlike S100, this system distributes power as already-regulated 5V (and 12V and ...
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Need identification of a vintage sound systems outlet

I have wracked my brain and searched across the web only to come up empty handed, I was hoping someone here can finally lay my frustrations to rest. Closest I can find was the NEMA 5-15P to IEC 60320 ...
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Understanding passive TTL termination

I've been working with 1970s devices and an unterminated system bus. I am adding termination to that but want to first understand a circuit that I have seen to make sure I understand what's going on. ...
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Triridge reed relays data sheets/book? (for max current/voltage specs)

I have a 70s vintage circuit that uses a Triridge brand reed relay. It's marked with part number "220-100", and it's four pin, normally open. The operating voltage for the coil as seen in ...
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Disc capacitor ratings for replacement

I'm repairing some vintage electronics, and there are a handful of cracked ceramic disc capacitors that need replacement. They're mostly for decoupling, but I want to make sure I'm replacing with ...
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Why does this Zenith Phonograph schematic separate electrolytic and fixed capacitors

I'm currently in the process of restoring a 1960's phonograph made by Zenith. My plan is to replace all the capacitors among other things. I have the original schematic, purchased from Sam's Technical ...
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Can anyone identify this vintage 42 pin IC and the company logo?

The 42-pin chip is labeled as an LC6064 3090 6m2. I am unable to identify it or the company logo. Anyone recognize this?
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Can anyone help identify this piece of equipment?

My father—in-law was an electrical engineer and had a great collection of audio and electronic equipment. I’m not sure what this is. Can anyone help? It has a cable with 3 connectors on one end that ...
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Identify vintage automotive connectors

These connectors are from a Ford/Philco electronics unit circa early 1970s. White and blue are male and green is female. Pin pitch is 0.2". Any ideas for part numbers of modern equivalents that ...
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Identify old component

I am reverse engineering a circuit board from the early 1970s. Ford FoMoCo/Philco design. It has a metal box with six terminals. Any ideas what this is? It measures 42x30x19mm. The ground terminal is ...
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What is my next step to debugging an old NTSC video generator circuit that doesn't sync?

I know this is somewhat broad but I hope it's appropriate here. I have a 1970s PCB that is designed to output a sort of bitmap video image via a standard NTSC signal. It came to me as a half-built kit ...
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Vintage dual 0.25 inch plug connector - Does this have a name or a typical use case?

I found several of this type of connector in an estate, and just wondering if anyone knows if this type of connector has a particular name, or what they are typically used for. The writing says "...
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Diode AM detector linearity

Most valve radios use a vacuum tube diode as a detector. Over the decades, I have used germanium diodes with good apparent performance. In other words, cheap equipment sounds good when the germanium ...
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Replacing 1960s Motor Capacitor - Vintage Sewing Machine

I'm restoring a 1960s sewing machine (a Necchi Lydia 544, pure italian-made robustness). Inside of the foot pedal a capacitor is completely dead (gets hot and fume). I'm confident into changing it, ...
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Is there a way to "indirectly" measure the position of a variable capacitor?

I am modifying the insides of a vintage radio. I wish to avoid damaging it or changing it as much as practical. Here is the insides of the radio in question: A primary goal is to measure the position ...
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Identifying a vintage capacitor

This is inside an Allen Wales (Model 9E) adding machine. It was manufactured in the late 30s or maybe sometime in the 40s from what I've read. There are notes from a technician scratched on the inside ...
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What is the chemical compound leftover on vintage 80s/90s PCBs with their distinctive characteristic smell?

Most people know the smell of vintage/ancient electronics. There a lot of questions about this smell on forums, but nobody explains what the cause actually is or what the chemical formulation of this ...
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Replacing BJT with MOSFET in a vintage engine ignition circuit

Many moons ago I have recreated the schematic of a vintage Bosch ignition circuit, and confirmed it's working as expected with two prototypes (one can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Voltage output on thyratron gas tube relaxation oscillator VCO?

I know that thyratron gas tubes can be used to make a sawtooth like relaxation oscillator: My question is for a modification of this same circuit that makes it act like a voltage controlled ...
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Is this resistor metal film or carbon film?

I am trying to determine if this resistor is metal or carbon film? Traditionally most of the metal film resistors I've seen have been blue, while most of the carbon film I've seen have been light ...
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Identify Vintage Power Cord for Sears Electric Tray

I found this vintage Sears electric warming tray but it's missing a power cord. I tried a 2 prong figure 8 cord but the holes were too close together or too small to fit. Here are pictures of the tray,...
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Frequency marking on 1960s radio crystal

I found several of these old radio crystals, but they do not seem to have the frequency clearly marked, which I found unusual. Most other ones I have seen have a model number (e.g. CR-18/U) and the ...
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Is there a name for this vintage 3-pin connector configuration?

I am trying to find a suitable replacement for this connector for a vintage radio, but I'm not sure how to search for it or if they even sell them anymore. Simply "3 pin male connector" isn'...
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Feedthrough capacitor measured with an ohmmeter

I'm trying to fix a Motorola 8 track player model Quadraline TM912, and I came across this component which was new to me, the so called feedthrough capacitor. On the image above, if the fuse E6 is not ...
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Identify this type of diode from the 1970s (1.3V forward)?

I am currently reverse engineering the electronics of a Pentax Electro Spotmatic camera from the early 1970s. I have the circuit mostly figured out but now I want to find out more about the particular ...
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Is there a name for this 24-pin vintage Howard Jones connector?

Is there a name for this pin layout or style of 24-pin connector? This is a Howard Jones-style connector, circa 1950s I believe? I know similar ones are used for vintage radios, but the layout and how ...
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What is the name for this connector socket pin configuration?

Does anyone recognize this female socket pin layout as a standard design of any kind? I was looking at 5-pin CB Radio Microphone sockets, and they are similar, but not the same layout. Also, the ones ...
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How do I clean a badly corroded, jammed rotary switch with 12 position and 4 decks?

The 12-position 4-decked rotary switch on this Roland Re-201 dating back to the '70s or the '80s is completely stuck and won't move at all due to corrosion. The wafers on it's decks seem phenolic. The ...
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Restoring and operating a temperature gauge from the Soviet space shuttle Buran

After the Soviet Buran (БУРАН) program was suspended in the late 1980s, the Buran space shuttle was housed in a hangar at Baikonur. That hanger unfortunately collapsed due to structural failure in ...
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Replacing vintage 3 leg capacitor

So I have this old capacitor from a Sunbeam Mixmaster (model 9B). It has three legs, and no markings that I can use to determine its value. On the case is Ducon capacitor Pat. No pn441 250v AC MX197c ...
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Flaxseed oil as insulating oil for wires

I've bought clothed wires which look like vintage wires found in old audio equipment. I was expecting they are 'oiled' or waxed but they visually didn't. Now I got flaxseed oil and olive oil available ...
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Where to buy fancy/cool looking toggle switches [closed]

I wanted to know if anyone knows where to buy old, vintage style toggle switches like in the example photos. I have searched for toggle switches, and I have never found anything that looks remotely ...
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Can you help me identify this manufacturer's logo on this component

Stylized S logo that I cannot find any information on. The model of this stud mount diode is 240E10RTC. It measures 45 mm in width has 20 mm threaded end
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Macintosh Classic video input

I want to modify or rebuild the video amplifier circuit of the Macintosh Classic so that it accepts 8 bit grayscale input. Original circuit accepts 1 bit 5V P-P video signal. First idea was just to ...
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Identify vintage capacitor

What is this component? Words on it say something like: DUIULER 0.1 ? +- 23% 250V 50~ WKG TL Where the "?" is a literal blob of ink that could be ...
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Why do old ICs especially CPUs have golden caps and bottom lids?

What was the advantage of having a golden heat spreader and bottom lid ? Contacts make sense because of the electrical properties. This is still done today. But what were the effects of using gold ...
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Help me identify this connector please!

this is the only connection on a vintage turntable I came across. what is it?
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