Jackson Electrical Instrument Co,
Model 665-J-2


Jackson Model 665-J-2 Volt Ohm Milliammeter which has a 600uA meter movement manufactured by Westinghouse is housed in a black crackle finished steel case with Bakelite front panel. The instrument is housed in a leatherette covered two part wooden box and is equipped with two probes and has an instruction sheet in the lid. Made by The Jackson Electrical Instrument Company, Dayton,Ohio,USA.

The 600uA meter movement which has an internal resistance of 100Ω is shunted by the 400Ω series of resistors comprising the universal shunt used for the current ranges. The instrument therfore consumes 1mA at FSD or 1000Ω per volt on the DC ranges. The sensitivity is reduced on the AC ranges as the meter is shunted by 200Ω.

Denise Taylor gave me this meter as she was reluctant to throw it out. It belonged to her father who was in the airforce in WW2, in bombers, and she guesses that is where it came from. She says "goodness knows why he kept it, as with most veterans he never talked about the war, and only on his passing did she find his flight log and realise how many missions he flew, they ditched  and were rescued of Bishop Rock the Sciliy Isles, all but one of them survived."

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Two views of the interior

Note the labelled parallel combination of carbon resistors on the right hand tag strip

The case was fairly grubby when I received it and the leather carrying strap was broken but the meter itself was quite clean. I soon found out that it would not work on any of the ranges and the battery which had been in place for many years had unsurprisingly not leaked and corroded the interior. I have never seen this type of battery before and although it fits nicely in the battery holder it is not the type specified for the instrument which must have had terminals because the leads had been soldered to the brass springs on this one. You will note the price of the battery was sixpence farthing. Farthings ceased to be minted in 1956 and ceased to be legal tender in 1961.


Suspecting the cause of the meter not work on any of the voltage ranges lay in the meter movement I disconnected it and and found it to be open circuit. My heart sank thinking that at some point in the past it had been irreparably damaged by someone inadvertently applying a high voltage on one of the lower ranges. However, nothing venture nothing gain as they say, I removed the meter took out the four tiny screws that held it together and found that the coiled swamp resistor had come adrift from the rear connection to the moving coil. After a couple of attempts I managed to solder it back in position and found that it was then perfectly fine. I have tried it on the DC current and voltage ranges and found it to be within the accuracy stated on the instruction insert.

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Batteries one 3 Volt battery (Burgess 422 or equivalent)  Two "AA" cells soldered together  have now been used as a replacement for the former.

How old is it? The back of the meter casing has been stamped with what appears to be 6-42 so I guess it was manufactured in 1942.