A quick review/reminder on OLD resistors

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A quick review/reminder on OLD resistors

Post by Dr. Radio on Wed Jan 22, 2014 5:57 pm

As a review for some, or some new info for others, I thought I'd review the coding scheme for the really old "dog bone" style resistors you may come across--typically in your 1930s era sets.


Just remember this little saying of mine:  "Chances are you've been working on that radio too long, it's probably time for BED".

B.E.D.  Body  End  Dot   The trick to the secret code  Smile 

Here's the first example:



Sorry for the lack of color clarity, but you have a majority of the body colored brown, and end painted black and an Orange dot

So, using the trick of BED;  body= brown  end= black  dot= orange.

Remember your resistor color codes?

Brown =  1
Black =   0
Orange= 3


1 0  3

10000

10,000 or 10k ohm resistor is what we have here.




Next one;




We have a red painted body, a yellow blob in the middle and the end that has been dipped in black....


Okay, so what do we have here?  (Besides an old resistor lol! )

(Quiz time).... Razz 
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Post by Bill Cahill on Wed Jan 22, 2014 11:35 pm

20K???

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Post by jtauser on Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:42 am

I believe that would be 200K

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Post by Wildcat445 on Thu Jan 23, 2014 1:02 am

I can never remember how to read those things. I always have to ask. Now I know WHO to ask. Thanks, Doc.

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Post by Bill Cahill on Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:06 am

Dang. I was half asleep. Thanks.

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Post by 75X11 on Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:18 am

Thanks for sharing that! At least I won't be caught off base when I need to evaluate one of those types.
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Re: A quick review/reminder on OLD resistors

Post by Dr. Radio on Thu Jan 23, 2014 6:43 pm

Now for the answer to our quiz:

"We have a red painted body, a yellow blob in the middle and the end that has been dipped in black..."

Body = Red which = 2

End = Black which = 0

Dot= Yellow which = 4

So....

204


200000

If you said 200,000 OR 200K You would be correct Surprised 


PART II


Another thing that throws many for a loop is the use of "M" on old schematics. "M" is the Roman Numeral for 1000. It was not until later "k" was adopted meaning "kilo" or 1000. Today we take for granted M means million. Here lies the problem....

Many times those old "un-updated" '30s era schematics show resistance such as 10M or 100M. This almost always spells confusion for the newbies. Embarassed  100 million ohms is pretty darn high for a radio circuit??!!!  affraid  100 thousand (100k) is not. M=1000 in these cases.

It's another thing you pick-up as you learn.

Just an FYI or review. Arrow 




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