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Click in the RF switch box?

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At the risk of destroying a mystery i've enjoyed since childhood---and has probably been answered here 1000s of times---could anyone explain (to a lay person) what that "click" sound is that comes from (i presume) the RF switch when you turn on the Atari 5200?

 

I cant think of a single other system i own that make a physical sound of that type when powering it up--like a physical piece moving/clicking into place.  

 

 

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It's literally a physical relay that connects the RF signal from the Atari when power is applied, and otherwise allows the RF passthrough from whatever else is connected to the switchbox. 

 

 

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im a dolt--where in the picture is the actual thing that clicks?

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38 minutes ago, unoclay said:

im a dolt--where in the picture is the actual thing that clicks?

The relay is the clear box in the center of the board.

 

In fact if you have the system already connected up but not the power plug, you will heart a faint click when you first plug it in without even powering on the system. I believe that is the standby power kicking in waiting for the power switch to be pressed and kick in the video and power officially into the system.

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me too.  The closest equivalent is the sound the famicom disc drive makes when it moves* the tray pieces to load the disc. 

 

*When its working.

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