[AMRadio] transformer rattle - kill or cure?

Mel Farrer farrerfolks at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 23 12:51:48 EST 2009

Hi, I used to rebuild motors and transformers and the older ones never seemed to keep the laminations tight or bonded.  We used to take older ones and put them in an oven for a couple of hours at 150 or so degrees.  Then put them submerged in a tank of thinned varnish for about 10 minutes.  Pull them out and wipe off the excess varnish and cool overnight.  Heating the core seems to invite the thinned varnish to penetrate deeper into the laminations.  This always kept the cores quiet.  Its a little messy, but works.  Good Luck.


--- On Wed, 12/23/09, rbethman <rbethman at comcast.net> wrote:

From: rbethman <rbethman at comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] transformer rattle - kill or cure?
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009, 9:23 AM

Max - Is this your BC-610E?

If it is, I believe they use open frame transformers.  They are also 
difficult to get to.

In that instance, I'd try to look at the "wedges" between the bobbin and 
the laminations.  Try to tighten them a hair.

Bob - N0DGN

>> On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 10:39 AM, AirRadio <AirRadio at dsl.pipex.com> 
>> wrote:
>>> I have a mains transformer in my latest boatanchor, it is rattling 
>>> like mad, eventually goes away after an hour or so, I thought about 
>>> dropping it in a can of varnish, anyone cured one before, any luck or 
>>> waste of time?

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