How to Use Meters (1954) -- Contents and Intro



1 Principle and Construction of D-C Moving-Coil Meters

2 Principle and Construction of A-C Meter Movements

3 Adapting Meter Movements for Current and Voltage Measurements

4 Adapting Meter Movement for Resistance Measurement

5 Power Measurement and Wattmeters

6 Adapting Meters for Audio and Power Frequencies

7 Adapting Simple Meters for R-F Measurements

8 Multi-Range Instruments and Volt-Ohm Milliammeter

9 Vacuum-Tube Voltmeters and Volt-ohm-meters

10 Applications of Meters

11 Applications in Radio Transmitters

This guide is based on the above 1954 book.


How To Use Meters is a practical guide. The theoretical aspects of current and voltage measuring devices are held to a minimum in these pages. Here and there some reference is made to theory, but by and large the main theme is expressed by the title of this guide. It's purpose is to serve the needs of the electronic maintenance technician, the technician in industrial and electronic laboratories, the radio amateur, the experimenter in electronics, and the men and women who are studying electronics in commercial, academic and military schools -- in general all those who have a practical interest in the application of a-c and d-c voltage and current measuring devices.

The physical construction of electrical meters receives only such attention as is necessary to give the user of the device some idea of what is inside the instrument that he is working with. The major portion of the space between the covers is devoted to the application of meters to home electronic devices such as radio and television receivers, amplifiers of various kinds, transmitters that might be used by radio amateurs and basic measurements in electricity and electronics.

Measurements in the power distribution field and special design engineering applications are omitted, although it is recognized that engineers have occasion to make measurements similar to those performed by maintenance technicians, students and experimenters. It is difficult to set boundaries on the application of meters or to set apart the possible applications of panel meters, volt-ohm-milliammeter or vacuum tube voltmeters. These are selected and used as dictated by the needs of their users, and the guide attempts to cover the details which make such selection and application easiest.

How To Use Meters is not a revision of any previous book on meters written by the author. It is an original writing with full recognition of the breadth of the electronic art as seen by the practical worker.

The author wishes to acknowledge the cooperation of the manufacturers who contributed illustrations of their products for these pages.

Such manufacturers are mentioned either in the figure caption or in the credit line which appears along with the illustrations involved.

February, 1954. John F. Rider

Also see:

Modern Opto Device Projects (1987)

How to use signal and sweep generators (1953)

The Professional Technician's Guide to Solid-State Servicing (1972)

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