[AMRadio] Request for Most Common Capacitor Values to be Reproduced


Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Mon May 3 20:17:07 EDT 2010


Well, as I mentioned Larry, we're looking to get them *produced* by a
capacitor company, not to sell them. This means another source for Tom
or anyone else to possibly use now or in the future. The way I look at
it, the more sources we can have producing these discreet components
in a surface-mount world, the better.

Aside from Tom, the only other source I'm aware of for decent
Electrolytics like Twist-Loks is AES, and the values they offer are
limited. I'd hate to see that happen with polyester and other caps
too. Orange Drops are great caps but the axial leads are a pita to
deal with at times. Sure, there are manufacturers cranking some values
out now, but who knows how long they will be around? This is mainly an
insurance/safety in numbers issue more than anything, based on the
fact that we have an opening presented to us.

To answer your question Barry, the hope is that they will be something
close to tubular with axial leads. It really depends on the size and
equipment they use to manufacture them. No idea yet on price but
they'd be crazy not to be competitive with other manufacturers. Since
they are an established company, I'm guessing it will be okay. No
audiophool approach here.

I appreciate the input, guys. I'll distill the values and send them
along. No guarantees at this point that it will happen, but you need
to start somewhere.

~ Todd (surprised you remembered the old nickname, Tom!),  KA1KAQ/4

On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 7:58 PM, Larry WA9VRH <wa9vrh at dishmail.net> wrote:
> Hi Todd and All,
>
> Instead of re-inventing the wheel why don't we use one of our own who is
> already in the business?
>
> I refer to Tom N0JMY at Hayseed Hamfest.  The name does NOT reflect the
> quality of his products. He is building custom electrolytics but certainly
> could come up with a list of common caps.
>
> Tom's a good guy with many satisified customers.  I believe we should try to
> keep this kind of products from within if possible.
>
> 73 Lary WA9VRH
>
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>
>> Sorry for the multiple list posting, but time is short and max input is
>> desired.
>>
>> Got a call from a friend this afternoon who is talking with a
>> capacitor manufacturer about producing some caps for the radio, guitar
>> amp, and audio crowd. We've talked about this in the past but never
>> got to it. Now it looks like it will happen.
>>
>> The question is, what values would be the most handy to have supplied
>> into the future for restoring old gear? Obviously we can't do a lot of
>> oddball values as we're mainly looking for values that will sell well
>> and be attractive from a production prospective. The few that popped
>> to mind for me were:
>>
>> .1, .01, and .47 mfd at both 400 and 600 vdc. I also specified axial
>> lead instead of the radial leads found on Orange drops since axial
>> leads are better suited to our needs. I'm looking for other values
>> that are likely to be encountered often enough to warrant production.
>> Maybe 6-12 different values to choose from. These would be caps used
>> for bypassing and such, not filtering. I suspect we could get them
>> 'banded' for the foil side as well if folks feel that is important
>> enough.
>>
>> The meeting is set for tomorrow, so timely input is critical. We're
>> *not* looking for a list of manufacturers who already make caps as we
>> believe more is better in this case. Some values are already getting
>> difficult to find.
>>
>> TNX -
>>
>> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4
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