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    VTA hour meter

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    Dale Stevens

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    VTA hour meter

    Post by Dale Stevens on Thu May 21, 2015 4:26 pm

    Here's what I did to track tube hours; I simply note readings on the tube box end, start-stop.
    The meter is from ProPower (ProG713) and under $20. It's 120vac powered and is triggered from a SWITCHED outlet on the preamp. Meter is analog. Rect ~1 1/4" x 2" and has a neat little
    mounting bracket that slides on from the rear. Mounted mine between VU 's. D9ale

    (photo refused to host, oh well; ya'll get it)

    j4570

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    Re: VTA hour meter

    Post by j4570 on Thu May 21, 2015 9:34 pm

    Oddly your link shows a meter that works 6-80VDC, no mention of AC. Is that the correct link?

    Jason

    j4570

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    Re: VTA hour meter

    Post by j4570 on Thu May 21, 2015 9:35 pm

    Ah,

    Maybe this one?

    http://www.amazon.com/Hour-Meter-120-AC-Volts/dp/B0027NLO8K/ref=aag_m_pw_dp?ie=UTF8&m=A2WKIE7LC6QP0S

    Dallas

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    Re: VTA hour meter

    Post by Dallas on Fri May 22, 2015 11:26 am

    Great... another meter I have just convinced myself I need. (I really dig metering.) Although, an outlet type job might be a much easier solution.
    Outlet Power Meter


    sKiZo

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    Re: VTA hour meter

    Post by sKiZo on Fri May 22, 2015 2:47 pm

    Got one ... plugged it in ...

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    (no thanx)

    Also got one of these ...



    Actually works quite nicely. LCD display and digital. Also a recessed install, which I haven't got to yet. It WILL store time powered off, and bonus, you can zero it as well if you've a mind to by shorting a pin in the back.

    (That IS a 6-80vdc meter, so you'd have to get creative on hooking it up.)

    peterh

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    Re: VTA hour meter

    Post by peterh on Fri May 22, 2015 3:07 pm

    sKiZo wrote:Got one ... plugged it in ...

    tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick ...

    (no thanx)

    Also got one of these ...



    Actually works quite nicely. LCD display and digital. Also a recessed install, which I haven't got to yet. It WILL store time powered off, and bonus, you can zero it as well if you've a mind to by shorting a pin in the back.

    (That IS a 6-80vdc meter, so you'd have to get creative on hooking it up.)

    I second this. I also bought the silent one.
    Controlling was really easy for me as i use +12V from preamp to control an ssr in the vta-70, same signal powers the hourmeter.

    sKiZo

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    Re: VTA hour meter

    Post by sKiZo on Fri May 22, 2015 10:57 pm

    Here's mine ...



    Plugged it in and ran it a while to see if it worked. Here's the fun part ... forgot what the thing was rated at and plugged it into ... 120VAC. Couple hundred hours later, it's still doing fine.

    I suppose one concern (other than it melting down and taking a city block with it) is accuracy, but it's already built to run over a fairly wide range. Just plugged it in again and noted the time and I'll see what the readout is in a couple hours.

    PS ... doesn't heat up or anything. Also, just checked the unit and the box and there's no voltage rating, or identification of ANY kind for that matter. And, it was sitting in the box for a couple months, so the memory seems to hold.

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