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Offline radiogaga

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Zener diode testing?
« on: October 13, 2017, 2359 UTC »
Working on GLA 1000 amplifier, has no idle current.
Tested bias Zener with dmm. on ohms scale.
5.6 Meg ohms one way, infinite w/ leads reversed.
Good or bad...?

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rgg

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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 0022 UTC »
Sounds normal.  Best way is with an adjustable bench supply and a suitable dropping resistor, maybe 10K.  Ramp up the supply while monitoring the voltage across the diode.  It should keep rising until you reach its breakdown voltage, then stay there as input voltage is increased.

Keep in mind if the diode is backwards, it will function as an ordinary diode with a 0.5~0.7V forward drop.  You can verify this with your DMM on diode check.

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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 0113 UTC »
Thanks redhat,
I will reinstall zener and key amp and measure voltage drop, changeover relay is an obvious replacement and probably burned  contacts.

rgg

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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 0119 UTC »
Sounds like the classic black-hole diode-

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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 0108 UTC »
Well the diode has bias voltage but the meter mult-switch only works on plate voltage.other contacts are toast, is this a suitable eBay replacement for voltage current and relative power out?
https://m.ebay.com/itm/2-Pcs-20mm-Shaft-Length-2P3T-2-Pole-3-Position-Band-Rotary-Switch-/122687082022?epid=1139450437&hash=item1c90b84e26%3Ag%3AinUAAOSwFqVZriZG&_trkparms=pageci%253A5c0234ba-b532-11e7-be9f-74dbd180728c%257Cparentrq%253A374da1af15f0abc3208b47fafffff368%257Ciid%253A9
Here is snip of schematic :
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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 0114 UTC »
It looks like the switch does more than those three metering position.  Front panel shows off-standby-volts-current-relative output.....that's 5 positions and judging from the schematic at least a three deck switch.

More research needed.

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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 0201 UTC »
Those two spst contacts were separate mounted on rear of wafer, shot  and abandoned.
On off is now toggle switch and stand-by is not needed.
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Re: Zener diode testing?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 0457 UTC »
In that case, those wafer switches should be fine.  Mouser and digikey should have other options as well.

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