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About the Book
An electrical shock, as the name implies, involves the use of electricity in some fashion, but in what manner? An electrical motor connected to the power lines, perhaps? How about an electromagnet reacting with a permanent magnet to utilize the forces of attraction and repulsion to provide the driving force? And what of the use of a solenoid or electromagnet to lift a weight or to wind a spring? All of these are, unquestionably, descriptions of the uses of electricity to provide motive power for clock operation. A need then exists, to eliminate confusion and further define the function of electricity as applied to clocks.
The objectives of this publication are to offer an overview of the early research and developments which formed the foundation for practical electrical horology. Also included is a section covering technical information and repair with an emphasis on early battery operated clocks. The final segment contains needed references and a bibliography for sources of additional detail.
This publication has a unique combination of 'theory of operations' related to the different clock makers as well as 'real life service tips' from an expert in electronics.
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About the Author
In 1952 Martin Swetsky started his career by achieving membership in the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). From 1950 through 1970 he owned and operated a facility for hi-fidelity equipment as he became authorized by more than 60 of the top manufacturers.
He was a part owner responsible for System design and process controls in a CRT manufacturer from 1970 until 1974. By then he enjoyed an advanced electronic foundation and continued to further his knowledge. He became interested in clock collecting as well as restoration and in 1977 he joined the National Association fo Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC).
He was a part of the growing electronics industry as he owned and operated a Wholesale Electronics Component Distributing business. he was intrigued like most people as he watched and learned while the semiconductor industry revolutionized the world.
In 1983 he was elected president of The Electrical Horology Society, Chapter #78 of the NAWCC. He helped people in the NAWCC as often as possible and lectured at meetings across the USA on several occasions. His desire to share his enjoyment of was noticed by his peers of the NAWCC and he was elected President of the Brooklyn, NY Chapter #114 in 1986.
Marty was appointed a Fellow of the NAWCC (their highest honor) in 1987. His love for his hobby drove him as he created innovative electronic tools for use in electronic and mechanical adjustment, diagnosis and repairs. He supplied them or made customized units on request. He was enjoying the role as a guide and continued to work at spreading the knowledge and enthusiasm about the history and workings of antique electrical horology and was elected President of the New York Chapter #2 in 1989.
He enjoyed studying the ingenuity used to create these electrical clocks and was knowledgeable about different voltages and their impact on contact types, but he also fully understood the gears and springs that made up the electro-mechanical relationships.
During his collecting and refinishing he had to fabricate new parts of all types from wooden mouldings to electrical contacts and even made new gears at times.
For many years Martin Swetsky answered many letters to the NAWCC magazine asking for historical information, direction to references and tips on repairs of these electrical wonders. In 1997 he retired to enjoy the association with his fellow clock experts and collectors as well as to complete this publication which he hoped would continue his efforts.Review:
Praise for A Guide to Electrical Horology
Over the past few years there has been a growing interest in electro-mechanical and battery clocks. Many repair and how to books have been written about weight and spring clocks, but until now there has been nothing of a similar nature in the field of electrical horology. Martin Swetsky, a noted authority in the field, has written a complete, step by step description of the operation and repair of some of the currently available electrical clocks. He takes you from electrical theory to the repairs necessary to transform your mess of wires and contacts into a functional, interesting clock. By the time you have finished the clear instructions, you will not only have made your clock work, but understand why it does so. As the first book of its kind, this book fills a sorely needed place in the science of horology.
Enjoy this book for what it is--a valuable asset in this field, and as a memoriam to one of the finest minds of our generation. --Harvey Schmidt FNAWCC
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