bernbrue

[BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« on: July 25, 2018, 02:03:28 PM »
PCB available now !!!!!

https://groupdiy.com/index.php?topic=53011.msg676707#msg676707
ERRATA:
1) pcb version 1.0 had a minor error in powering the relays, which has been corrected on all boards.  The silkscreen numbering for two resistors was the other way round. This has been corrected as well.

2) The heater wiring of the 12AT7 tube as indicated in the schematic and on the pcb is wrong.  I’ll describe an easy fix later.
 
You don’t need to do anything at all. These minor errors have been corrected already.




Update 15.12.2018: prototype works fine.. PCBs will be released!! Limited first run!!

https://youtu.be/iFMu9LjsDOM

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Boards arrived!! Time to order some Parts


Mainboard and control pcb

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12rNmf9cf7eQ6FiIfqCI5pxBC-OZ4AlS7xxHpd1B_OcY/edit?usp=sharing

PSU

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hXxtk70U6ZL8MWpZI4rOfSMPqCykkMMgWcT4OKrs5u4/edit?usp=sharing


« Last Edit: August 03, 2019, 12:44:37 PM by bernbrue »


bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2018, 02:05:42 PM »
NU Varimu Full schematic
« Last Edit: January 21, 2019, 12:37:24 PM by bernbrue »

bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2018, 02:06:26 PM »
universal frontpanel design.  Don´t change the drilling holes, adapt meter cutout to your choice of amperemeter (1mA)
« Last Edit: January 21, 2019, 12:43:57 PM by bernbrue »

bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2018, 02:07:13 PM »
Here are some voltages from my prototype. My power transformer has the following specs:
Sec 1: 250 VAC, 0,1 A
Sec 2: 24 VAC, 0,5 A
Sec 3:    9 VAC, 2,5 A

B+ is 269 VDC
F+ is 6,3 VDC

Test points:
B= 248V
C= 250V
D= 212V
E= 213V
F= 3,81V
G= 1,15V
H= 1,15V
I= 250V
J= 250V

Measurement were done with DMM minus to star ground, 1mA meter (fsd) and output tx connected (mandatory). Use VR104  for D/ E and VR103 for G/H to get almost identical values. Measure and recalibrate a few times, since almost all values will change when trimming the pots and meter.

Final calibration will be done with a test tone. A detailed description will follow.
Bernd
« Last Edit: May 30, 2019, 11:57:21 AM by bernbrue »

dbonin

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2018, 09:17:31 PM »
Oh yes!
Stand off to the side of the unit, out of the line of fire.  Flip the ON switch...  "Watch for flames and sniff for smoke."

weiss

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2018, 03:41:07 PM »
exciting  :o :o :o

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2018, 03:22:13 PM »
this should be good!

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2018, 06:16:46 AM »
is this a DIY vari-mu to sold in kits soon?
 ???

bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2018, 09:29:51 AM »
No kits, just the pcb, bom and frontpanel design. So yes, it’s diy.

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2018, 10:39:58 AM »
Okay, now you caught my attention!  :D

Can you give us a little more insight already?
Is this reminiscent of anything (clone, replica) or your complete own design?
And lastly: WHEN will this be available? I want it  ;D


bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2018, 01:09:56 PM »
You could start reading about the Altec 436 and the mods.
First batch of pcbs has been ordered. Should arrive in about two weeks.
Bernd
« Last Edit: August 05, 2018, 01:30:40 AM by bernbrue »

KrIVIUM2323

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2018, 09:32:36 PM »
Oh!
Looks like 10 years have passed since the first time something like that apeared around here.
I hope it won t end up like last time!
Thanks Bernbrue.
This will be interesting to see how it differ from the one i reverse engineered.

RO4350

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2018, 01:32:18 PM »
Count me in !  ;D

Unit-8

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2018, 11:31:50 AM »
Hi Bernd,

I’m up for it! Nice project :)

bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2018, 10:51:28 AM »
Boards arrived. They are so blue!

mysticmerlin

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2018, 01:58:13 PM »
Looking great. Where can we order these pcb's?

bernbrue

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2018, 02:38:43 PM »
Give me some time to build and test it. I’ll keep you up to date.
Bernd

TwentyTrees

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2018, 01:13:59 PM »
In my excitement about this project, I've been tinkering with Inkscape and have mocked up a meter insert which more or less reproduces the original Altec design. Fonts aren't perfect, though I'd say it's pretty close. I've sized it to match the Honeywell meters I've got set aside for the project - as far as I can tell, these are the same style & model used on the 436. 

Attached as an SVG - hopefully it will be useful to somebody (you'll need to trim and resize to fit what you're working with).

TwentyTrees

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2018, 01:17:39 PM »
And a PNG preview of the insert against the reference photo I used, so you can see what I'm talking about!

simrfid

Re: [BUILD] NU VARIMU 436 build & help thread
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2018, 11:37:18 AM »
Just beautiful .... no words ... If still possible, you can count me in  ;)  !!


 

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