|[AMRadio] Old X-Ray Gear K4KYV|
k4kyv at charter.net
Sun Dec 24 18:33:53 EST 2006
> There are several other high voltage Quackery machines in pieces in the
> basement that also look good for radio related components. One appears to
> be a diathermy machine from at least the 20's with a marble top and
> strange large coils and transformers. There is , of course, one of the
> buzzer high voltage wart removing devices that outputs a nice 1/4 inch
> arc. I have one of those in a cylindrical form that accepts various shaped
> argon filled tubes or metal electrodes.
The antique diathermy machine might be of interest to some of the Antique
Wireless Assn types, since this was basically a transmitter somewhere in the
20-30 mHz range, and many of the old diathermy machines use identical
components to antique transmitters. Some could be easily modified into a
"vintage" transmitter that could be actually used on the air. Some of the
lighter weight stuff like the buzzer wart machine might fetch a good price
over e-Pay. There are specialised hobbyists who collect antique electrical
medical quackery, so I suspect there would be a ready-made market for some
of that stuff.
That wart machine may not be quackery and may not be antique. Not too many
years ago I had some growths removed from my face and that's exactly what
the dermatologist used. His may have been more state-of-the-art, but it was
the same technology - basically a "Tesla" coil that burnt away the flesh
with a controlled spark.
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