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Steve's RCA Test Equipment

This site contains photos, manuals, and information about antique and vintage test equipment in my collection manufactured by RCA.
Please note:
Any files contained here are items I have collected from vintage sources. There is no guarantee of the accuracy of any information contained on this page. It is solely up to the end user to decide that the information and files contained here are accurate and fit for use with their equipment. I am not responsible for any loss or damages that may be incurred from the use of this information.
This is a private collection. This site is not affiliated in any way with the RCA Corporation past or present.

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Rider Chanalyst RCA Rider Chanalyst
The Rider Chanalyst is probably the best known and most unique piece of test equipment manufactured by RCA. The Chanalyst was designed by John F. Rider to allow the serviceman to listen to and measure the signal as it passes through each of the components in a receiver. The Chanalyst uses four tuning eye tubes as indicators. Early Chanalyst models were manufactured by Service Instruments Inc. RCA manufactured and distrubited the later models of the Chanalyst.
Front Panel     Eye Tubes (in operation)
Rider Chanalyst Manuals, Schematics, and Advertisements
Chanalyst Specifications
Service Instruments Sales Flyer (PDF)
Development - by John F. Rider 1938 (PDF)
Advertisment (from 1940 RCA Catalog)
RCA Chanalyst Sales Flyer (PDF)
RCA - Why Eye Tubes? (PDF)
Service Inst. model 11 Schematic (PDF)
RCA 162-162A Schematic (PDF)
RCA 162C Schematic (PDF)
Service Inst. 11/11A Manual (PDF 11+ Mb)
RCA 162C Manual (PDF 10+ Mb)
Gain Data Instructions RCA 1941 #3 (PDF)
RCA Application Information #1 (PDF)

RCA 151 Oscilloscope

RCA 150 Signal Generator

Combination of RCA radio bench test gear from 1936.

Model 151 1" "Cathode Ray Oscillograph" (oscilloscope)
Model 151 Oscilloscope Photo
Advertisment (from 1938 RCA Service Notes)
Advertisment (from May 1939 Service Digest)


Model 150 "Electronic Sweep Test Oscillator" (Signal Generator) 90 kcs-32,000 kcs.
Model 150 Signal Generator Photo
Advertisment (from 1938 RCA Service Notes)
Advertisment (from May 1939 Service Digest)

RCA 153 Test Oscillator

RCA 154 Audio Oscillator

A 1938 combination of RCA radio bench test gear.

Model 153 "A-C Operated Test Oscillator" (RF Signal Generator)
100-30,000 kc.
Model 153 Test Oscillator Photo
Advertisment (from 1938 RCA Service Notes)
Advertisment (from May 1939 Service Digest)


Model 154 "Beat Frequency Audio Oscillator" 30-15,000 cycles.
Model 154 Audio Oscillator Photo
Advertisment (from 1938 RCA Service Notes)
Advertisment (from May 1939 Service Digest)
Service Manual PDF (from 1938 RCA Service Notes)

RCA Senior VoltOhmyst RCA WV-98C Senior VoltOhmyst 1964
This RCA Senior VoltOhmyst VTVM (Vacuum Tube Volt Meter) is one of my favorite pieces of test equipment on my workbench. The analog meter along with it's high input resistance is invaluable for aligning old radios. The probe is switchable between DC and AC-Ohms. The WV-98C has an input impedance of 11 megohms to prevent loading of circuits under measurement.
WV-98C Front Panel
WV-98C Specifications

RCA Test Equipment Catalog 1940 RCA Test Equipment Catalog

This is the RCA Test Equipment catalog #105 from 1940 showing drawings and descriptions with prices of RCA's test equipment, including the Rider Chanalyst, the RCA Dynamic Demonstrator, tube testers, tubes, record changers, pick up arms, and parts.
27 pages

1940 RCA Test Equipment Catalog

RCA Tube Catalog Cover 1942 RCA Tube Catalog

RCA was one of the largest vacuum tube manufacturers.
At left is the cover of one of their military receiving tube catalogs published during World War II.
Larger Cover Photo


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