April 1960 Electronics World
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
Electronics World, published May 1959
- December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.
Until solid state electronics had supplanted the
majority of vacuum tube type televisions and radios, portable tube testers were essential
equipment to successful, efficient troubleshooting and repair in businesses and people's
homes. Yep, believe it or not the stories told about doctors and electronics repairmen
visiting homes are not just fables. I remember as recently as the 1960s having our family
doctor make house calls when I or one of my fours sisters got sick. Both doctors and
TV servicemen ceased the practice at about the same time - probably the result of a Brotherhood
of Electronics Technicians and General Practitioners collective bargaining agreement
;-) Many column inches of editorials, articles, comics, and letters to the editor were
devoted to the trials and tribulations of in-home servicemen and the experiences they
had dealing with customers. Do a search of
television radio service on RF Cafe and you'll find lots of
examples from my collection of vintage electronics magazines.
This advertisement for B&K Manufacturing's line of vacuum tube testers is from
a 1960 issue of Electronics World. I still have a
Model 650 vacuum tube tester (top photo in ad below) given to me in the 1980s by
engineer Jim Wilson when I worked as a technician at Westinghouse Electric Corporation
in Annapolis, Maryland. The $179.95 cost in April 1960 is equivalent to $1,537.13 today
(2018), per the
BLS Inflation Calculator.
B & K Manufacturing Co. Ad
Sell More Tubes
Make More Money
With B& K
dynamic Mutual Conductance
Many thousands of servicemen today insure their professional reputation and make each
job more profitable - with B&K testers. Each model is based on actual servicing experience,
and combines both speed and accuracy. Each is designed to meet individual servicing needs.
Each is a top value, with features that mean more for your money.
Measures true dynamic mutual conductance - not just emission. Makes complete tube
test under the actual dynamic operating conditions of the TV set. Tests complete set
in minutes. Shows your customer the true tube condition. Sells more tubes right-on-the-spot.
Saves costly call-backs. Pays for itself over and over again. It's good business to choose
Model 650. Fastest and most complete portable Tube and Transistor Tester. Checks ever
99% of the tubes most widely used in television receivers. Tests each section of multiple
tubes separately for Gm, Shorts, Grid Emission, Gas, and Life. Includes spore sockets
and filament voltages for future new lube types.
Test. Transistors, too. Net, $179.95
Model 675. Completely reliable, long-service Automatic Tube and Transistor Tester.
Only 60 indexed phenolic Dyno-Cards test over 99% of tubes most widely used in television
receivers. Tests each section of multiple tubes separately for Gm, Shorts, Grid Emission,
Gas, and Life. Easily kept up-to-date with extra cords and punch included.
Tests transistors, too. Net, $169.95
Model 550. Low-cost professional model for limited budgets. Provides 52 tube sockets
to test more tubes faster, easier. Accurately quick-checks most of the television tubes
usually encountered in everyday service work. Tests each section of dual tubes separately
for shorts, grid emission, gas content, and leakage. No multiple switching. Big value.
Net, $119. 95
See Your B&K Distributor or Send for Bulletin ST24 N
B&K Manufacturing Co. 1801 W. Belle Plaine Ave. Chicago 13, Ill.
Canada Atlas Radio Corp, 50 Wingold, Toronto 10, Ont.
Export: Empire Exporters, 277 Broadway, New York 7, U.S A
Posted July 30, 2018