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7 years 4 months ago #1311 by Stuckey
Raytheon Charactron CK1414f1010







Certification Sheet from 40 years ago:
www.tubeclockdb.com/forum/Raytheon-CK1414F1010.pdf

HUGE Argus VFD tube





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7 years 4 months ago #1312 by Accutron
How much for the Charactron?

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7 years 4 months ago #1314 by Accutron
By the way, unless that Argus display is constructed differently from the Argus displays I have, it's a pure plasma display, not a VFD. It's more in the Panaplex family. My Argus displays are built into touch screen modules - the tube is mounted behind a bezel, with several layers of driver boards stacked behind it. Inside the bezel, an array of metal can phototransistors encircles the screen, forming a matrix of electric eyes that provide the touch sense function.

I think that charactron is making your iPod nervous...it doesn't want to catch death foam disease.

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7 years 4 months ago #1317 by Stuckey
@accutron - thanks for the info. I probably should have read the clear label on the back "Plasma Display." I took a quick look at it and assumed it was VFD. I'm not really sure with what to do with it - it has nearly 300 connectors on the back and I'm not really inclined to figure out the pinout :)

Regarding the Charactron - I'm not ignoring your post; I'm trying to figure out what a fair value is.

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7 years 4 months ago - 7 years 4 months ago #1320 by Stuckey
Here is a data sheet for the Raytheon:

Data Sheet Raytheon CK 1414

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7 years 4 months ago #1333 by AnubisTTP
Here is a picture of an Argus industrial display module that I have, which I think uses a nearly identical display tube.



This thing is ridiculous, there are five stacked PCB's and two of them are covered with vast seas of TO92 package transistors. You can see the gold cans of the touch sense array around the edge... you could practically browse the Internet on this thing if only it were possible to decode the communication protocol. The display has 12x40 characters, each consisting of a 5x7 matrix plus a five pixel cursor line. That's 19,200 segments to keep track of and multiplex, an obscene amount. I think the Argus plasma panels are a tube that falls in the same realm as the Soviet 32x32 plasma arrays... sure it is 'technically' possible to build a controller for one, but the act of routing and soldering thousands of transistors will drive the user into a murderous rage.

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7 years 4 months ago #1340 by Beast Lee
That Charactron is sure an unusual looking beast...
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7 years 2 months ago #1520 by Stuckey
These two tubes are still for sale :)

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7 years 3 weeks ago #2048 by Stuckey
Just a quick bump - these tubes are both for sale.

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7 years 1 week ago #2156 by michail1
Looks like they are going to ebay to find a bigger audience.

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