The Tektronix 420 is a high-voltage power supply used in the Type 507 and Type 517 scope. It contains transformers, rectifier tubes and filter capacitors in a separate, oil-filled enclosure with ceramic output feed-through posts.
|Outputs||+20 kV @ 200 μA / –4 kV @ 700 μA, or +10 kV @ 400 μA / –4 kV @ 1.4 mA. Later models add +13.3 kV and +6.6 kV output taps (6.6 kV/3.3 kV in reduced output mode).|
The HV rectifiers are five 1X2 tubes, one for the negative and four in a Cockroft-Walton quadrupler circuit for the positive outputs. To accommodate the switchable output voltage, rectifier heaters are supplied from a second transformer inside the 420.
In the 517, the HV oscillator runs off an unregulated supply through its own DC series regulator with no feedback path from the HV side, only the oscillator input voltage is regulated. The 507 HV oscillator, supplied from the regulated +225 V rail, takes feedback from the negative HV output..
Entry in 1950 Catalog
later model 420 (with 13 and 6 kV outputs) in a 517
Schematic of 420 (to the right of and including the transformers) in the Type 517
Schematic of 420 (between the dashed lines) in the Type 507
Five 1X2 high voltage rectifier tubes inside a 420A
HV multiplier, "black beauty" capacitors inside a 420A
Some Parts Used in the 420
|Part||Part Number(s)||Class||Description||Used in|
|1X2||154-0005-00||Vacuum Tube (Diode)||high-voltage rectifier||420 • 507 • 565|