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 Post subject: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 2:17 am 
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I picked up what appears to be a pretty nice condition Cardmatic 121. Have never used one of these before and could really use some advice on if it's worth investing in restoration or if I should be looking to pass it on?

I appears to have a large number of cards, but I cannot figure out how to remove them as they have a line going through them to hold them in the case and I don't see anywhere to release the line to pull the cards out.

Are these testers any good when properly calibrated? Are they geared for a specific type of tube or can they handle most of the tubes from the 30's and 40's?

Thanks for any information you can share on it!


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 2:21 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Mon 04, 2017 3:26 pm 
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Your Cardmatic is in beautiful condition! Bought one a number of years
ago just because I admire the unique concept of 'programming'.
Mine is very worn....it 'paid the rent' for certain but still works fine.
As far as performance goes and how it compares to other Hickoks
it appears to use the same circuit so it should be as good as any other.
Restoring it or not is your call. I'd just calibrate it and use it for a while
then decide. Having a good stack of cards is a big deal with these.
Mine came with some blank cards so when new tubes came out you
could program them and keep it up to date.

There is a trick to getting those rods loose but its been so long
since I've used mine don't recall what it is.
Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 1:19 am 
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outbid me at the Estes auction, did you? Fix it I cannot but the force is your ally! These are nice little testers. I do not know how to get the cards loose but for sure I would not force anything. I've got the great granddaddy Hickok cardmatic, the mil version. Weighs a lot more :)

Good luck with yours


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:01 am 
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It is a weighty sonofagun. I've got the WE version and the separate card case. Love it.

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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:10 am 
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
outbid me at the Estes auction, did you? Fix it I cannot but the force is your ally! These are nice little testers. I do not know how to get the cards loose but for sure I would not force anything. I've got the great granddaddy Hickok cardmatic, the mil version. Weighs a lot more :)

Good luck with yours

Yes, picked it up at Estes, sorry for outbidding you. I didn't have one of these yet and saw it with the cards and in decent condition and thought I'd give it a shot as it's an interesting concept if it actually works well.


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:11 am 
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Avery wrote:
It is a weighty sonofagun. I've got the WE version and the separate card case. Love it.

Would love to find a full card case. Are the cards interchangeable between the models?


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:13 am 
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no, unfortunately the cards are not interchangeable between most of the models. There are a few people that can still punch them, and you can buy a punch and blanks


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:27 am 
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
no, unfortunately the cards are not interchangeable between most of the models. There are a few people that can still punch them, and you can buy a punch and blanks

Do you know anyone that is selling them or making them?


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 2:29 am 
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My impression, which would take some research to confirm, is that the 121 cards are unique to that tester, but cards for the 123, 1234, USM-118 and KS-15784 are interchangeable.

You might take a look at this page: http://www.videokarma.org/archive/index.php/t-254659.html

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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Avery wrote:
My impression, which would take some research to confirm, is that the 121 cards are unique to that tester, but cards for the 123, 1234, USM-118 and KS-15784 are interchangeable.

You might take a look at this page: http://www.videokarma.org/archive/index.php/t-254659.html


That's almost true. The 121 cards are unique. The 123 cards can be used in the 1234, USB-118, and KS-15874, but not the other way around.
-Phil


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Tue 05, 2017 8:28 pm 
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Do you know anyone that is selling them or making them?

Unfortunately I can no longer find the reference for this. I read it somewhere, I thought on this forum and I can no longer find it. I do know pre punched and blank cards can be found all over fleabay, i'd start my search there. Some of them even offer complete sets.

happy hunting


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 Post subject: Re: Hickok Cardmatic 121
PostPosted: Dec Wed 06, 2017 3:09 pm 
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if you remove the 4 screws around the card tray the whole assembly will lift out .


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