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I wonder if anyone (else) remembers the Camsafe?

I don't suppose anyone has one laying around that they no longer need (and would be willing to pass on)? smile

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Re: Historic Test Equipment [Re: Geoff Hannis] #45557
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What is a Camsafe? - the majority of 16000 odd Google hits yields something that protects camcorders/cameras which is hardly historical! wink

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Back in the happy days when England still manufactured medical equipment, Cambridge Instruments made the famous Transrite series of ECG recorders (certainly up as far as the Transrite 5).

They also made the Camsafe. It was a nice looking little thing, in a blue and black box. It featured a 13-Amp socket with a meter alongside. I can't recall what the meter scale read (it may have been uA), but it would have been a milli-volt meter across whatever "measurement model" was "the one" at the time. Across a 1 k resistor in parallel with a 0.15 uF capacitor, I should imagine.

It was used for measuring earth leakage current etc. back in the 1970's. You plugged the equipment into the Camsafe to bring the meter into circuit. There was probably a switch to open the protective earth (but my memory may be open circuit as well). We're talking pre-Rigel 233 here, and probably even pre-Liverpool Safety Tester. Not to mention pre-digital, pre-PC and certainly pre-Google!

I have spotted them hidden away at the back of certain biomed department store rooms, so they are still around, although probably never used these days.

By the way, does anyone know if there was a Rigel 211 and 222? Does anyone have either of them? smile

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I wonder if Jim Gavin has a Camsafe squirreled away? Jim?

And (whilst I'm on) ... does anyone have an Anatest that they no longer use (did they ever use it), and would be happy to give away to a welcoming home? smile

For what it's worth, I "happen to know" an NHS hospital where both of the above mentioned bits of kit lie in graceful repose. Perhaps I need to "name names" (locations)!

@Jonathan: Anatest? Historic? Yes.

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Can I assume that folk haven't yet got around to digging about in the back of the test equipment cupboard? smile

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OK, Naitch has found his Mellotron Ö but Iím still waiting for my Camsafe!

Meanwhile, "we hang our memories on the shape of sound ... whilst scattering our seeds in the fields"!

And if you donít believe me, just ask Mike. smile

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Here's an interesting link (that I came across by accident whilst looking for something else ... you know, the way you sometimes do). smile

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I've used a good few of those.

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Yes ... me too. smile

Still no news about the Camsafe, though.

I have been looking at prices for new biomed test kit recently. Yes, there's some nice stuff about, but what about the horrendous prices! Obviously pitched at government hospitals, I guess.

The other thing is (at such inflated prices) that you literally can't afford to "get it wrong", can you? think

In fact it's looking increasingly like I shall just have to forget about dreaming of new test kit, and simply carry on as best I can with my old stuff! frown

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CamSafe ... Liverpool Tester. smile

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Although that link doesn't deliver the goods for me, Malcolm - I assume you're refering to the latest email from Rigel.

But what I'm wondering is how much longer we need to wait before "Soon to be Seward Medical" becomes ... er, Seward Medical!

Meanwhile, some* may find this more interesting. smile

* Especially those ex-Forces types who had the luck to go on the infamous "Siemens course" led by Herr Kress.


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