Information on Crystal units and -sockets
On this pages I show some information, gathered on crystal units and sockets, things I noticed and picked up.
It is a guessing matter. But as the Paraset was made in England, they will have
used British xtal units at first.
The British used 3,2 mm (= 1/8") pins. As they did on tubes and many connectors.
But later in the war they must have started, using USA xtals with 4 mm pins.
USA dominated xtal manufacturing and USA had a monopoly on almost all the supplies in xtal rock, dug up in south America (Brazil I think it was).
It was far easier for the British to change the sockets than the Americans have to produce to sizes in pins.
Funny thing is: it happened: there were USA-made xtals with 1/8" pins.
Some photos can be enlarged.
|Two British looking xtals. The left one marked "Signal Corps". Both have 1/8" pins.|
|Same units, top view.|
|Very popular round model. Like the one Bliley made.|
|with the 1/8" pins.|
|Here is an FT171-alike xtal housing that uses 4 mm pins. These fit in the sockets I call "Socket B". They also fit in the brown Phenolic xtal sockets, marked "Amphenol 33-3".|
|A mix of 4 mm and 3,2 mm (1/8") pins and sockets.|
|The wooden box Paraset had the 4 mm sockets.|
|These look similar to the Amphenol sockets. But they are made by McMurdo and fit for 1/8" pins. Compare them to the Amphenol socket, above. The 0,8 mm difference is hardly noticeable.|
|British xtal in a British xtal socket. Perfect fit.|
|These sockets, for 1/8" pins, were taken from an old rectifier circuit, using old tubes.|
|Finally, some other
appearances of crystals.
Left: octal tube with xtal in it