Artifact Details

Title

Whirlwind vacuum tube module rack

Catalog Number

102733202

Type

Physical object

Date

1951

Identifying Numbers

Other number 01818 Stamped in blue ink on a sticker stuck near BNC connector J1-3 on the lower channel of the rack.
Other number 01988 Stamped in blue ink on a sticker stuck near BNC connector J7-3 on the lower channel of the rack.
Other number 02484 Stamped in blue ink on a sticker stuck near BNC connector J10-2 on the upper channel of the rack.
Other number 02487 Stamped in blue ink on a sticker stuck near BNC connector J5-3 on the lower channel of the rack.
Other number E15-2 Written in ball point pen on a sticker stuck to the left end of back of the upper channel of the rack.
Serial number 241 Stamped in white ink on the left end of the upper channel of the rack.

Dimensions

overall: 7 3/8 in x 26 in x 12 1/2 in

Description

The rack is built around two identical frame members consisting of a piece of heavy metal that is bent up along one side and down along the other, resulting in an 'N'-shaped channel with a 1.75" bend up, a 2.25" horizontal surface, and a 0.625" bend down. Two of these, oriented in opposite directions, are held together with ten 24-contact edge connectors into which one- and two-tube modules are inserted. Two 11-position screw terminal strips also span the two channels on the right side of the front. Twenty round holes to accommodate BNC connectors are drilled along the front of both channels; however, not all the holes are populated. On the back of the rack, phenolic board with several rows of solder terminals are mounted to the horizontal sections of each channel, and another phenolic board with two rows of solder terminals is mounted perpendicular to bottom one. Two 5-position screw terminal strips are mounted on the left side of the back of the rack, and one 4-position screw terminal strip is mounted to the bottom of the left end of the bottom channel.

About 7 long bus wires are connected to pins of the module sockets to supply common signals and voltages. The two horizontal boards are also wired with two busses each. The vertical board attached to the bottom horizontal board hold the passive components of the rack. Wiring is point-to-point between the solder posts of the boards and the terminals of the module sockets. Some of the wiring terminates at the screw terminal strips. Many of the external wires connected to the screw terminal strips have been cut.

BNC connectors populate 4 of the 20 holes along the top of the rack; the connectors have a BNC cable that has been cut off attached. Ten of the holes along the bottom of the rack are populated with BNC connectors. Eight of the connectors have a BNC cable that has been cut off attached, two of these have a BNC tee, a terminator, and a cut-off BNC cable attached, one has a BNC tee and two cut-off cables attached, and one has a terminator attached.

Eight module locations are occupied by 2-tube plug-in modules, and one is occupied by a double-wide module holding a single 8E29 vacuum tube; all modules have a tag attached with handwriting in pencil. The module model, serial number, and tag inscription are, from left to right: BA BA# 58, "E15-2-1"; BA BA# 311, "E15-2-2"; PRD 57, "E15-2-3"; BA BA# 220, "E15-2-5"; BA BA# 153, "E15-2-6"; PRD 53, "E15-2-7"; BA BA# 237, "E15-2-9"; and BA BA# 81, "E15-2-10". Two of the modules are missing one tube.

Category

Component/module

Credit

Gift of Compaq Computer Corporation

Lot Number

X7422.2015