I-177 I-177-A I-177-B Tube Tester Data
Updated July 5, 2002
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Email me if you run into any problems with this version that you didn't have with the earlier versions or find any typos or other things that shouldn't be. I'm still looking for additional source material for the data. Please check my list below or on the cover page of the settings file and see if you have something that wasn't included.
I also would like some input on my chart example at the bottom of this page. The only Hickok design tube testers of this vintage that I own are I-177's. I have an I-177, a pair of I-177B's and a three of the MX-949A adapter boxes. If some of you guys that own models of the older Hickok models listed below would contact me, we can determine the socket mapping of those testers abd how they cross ref to the I-177 type and I'd generate a chart and add it to the data file.
I have the following I-177 series publications that I've drawn data from for this project:
TM 11-2627 (August 3, 1944)
Hickok Tube Data Book for AC-51-AC51X-T53-510X-530 (11-1943)
In addition to the ballast tube data, shorts section, some of the tube information came from:
Hickok Manual for the 510X , circa 1938
An interesting thing that may come in handy to certain people, is that the settings data between the I-177 series military tube tester and the Hickok commercial models AC-51 , 51X , T53 , 510X , 530 , 531 , 540 , 550X , 560 , 560SPL , and KS9237 appear to be interchangeable within the socket differences of the testers. I don't have access to any of these models so I'm not 100% sure that the data will freely interchange between these and/or other models but it looks like it should come close. Verify it for yourself before you try it though by comparing the socket numbers used and settings between this data and any existing data that you have. You're totally on your own as far as this is concerned, so if you blow a 45 or your tester or put an eye out or something, don't come bitching to me that I owe you an eye, a tube, tester, etc.
You'll need to figure out a little chart like the one below if you're going to use the data with testers other than the I-177 series. The chart below is an example of a concept only. I have no idea of it's accuracy other than the I-177 column, which is correct. You will need to make your own chart for which ever sockets your tester uses. Don't ask me for help, I don't own any testers of this vintage except for my I-177B's. I do know that some testers won't have all of the sockets that the I-177 series uses so that any data that calls for a socket letter that you don't have won't work on your tester.