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June 1945 Radio-Craft

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Wafer / stacked / rotary switches are not found very often in new equipment thanks to the amount of digitization being used. However, prior to around the 1980s they were present in just about everything that had selectable functions. Stereo controls for choosing AM, FM, Phonograph, Auxiliary, Tape, and other types of inputs used wafer switches. Oscilloscope and other test equipment switches for time base, trigger source, amplitude scale, frequency band, and x/y and channel input options used them. Tape recorders, televisions and cameras, washing machines, and many other household items contained one or more wafer switches. Military, aviation, nautical, and industrial equipment of all sorts were full of them. Interconnections typically went between layers / tiers / wafers as part of very complex switching schemes. Here are fairly simple examples of rotary switch implemented in a vacuum tube voltmeter (VTVM) and a transistor tester. Much more complicated wiring schemes can be found on the WWW. Rotary switches are still used, and can be purchased from many sources, including on Amazon.

Centralab Wafer Selector Switches Ad

Centralab Selector Wafer Switches, June 1945 Radio-Craft - RF CafeCentralab Selector Switches are available to servicemen and experimenters in kit form ... or standard, completely assembled and individually cartoned.

Insulation ... either steatite or bakelite.

All switches have double-wipe contact terminals for long life and have a consistently low contact resistance of less than 2 1/2 milliohms and are completely self-cleaning. Index is positive with 30° between each rotating position. Switches are also available for transmitter use.

Send for illustrated Catalog No. 24.

Centralab CRL

Division of Glove-Union Inc., Milwaukee

Producers of Variable Resistors - Selector Switches - Ceramic Capacitors, Fixed and Variable - Steatite Insulators - and Button-Type Silver Mica Capacitors.



Posted November 15, 2021


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