Hello, season's greetings to all.
I little while ago I was after a DC current clamp. I obviously didn't want to pay a load of money, but I wanted a good one.
I found a Fluke i410 on ebay for a very reasonable price. The clamp works perfectly well, happy days.
My happy days continued however as the auction had another bonus in that it included a Fluke 40KV probe (dunno what I'd meant to do with one of those), one of them temperature adapter thingies (for older meters without a temperature range) and a Fluke 89 IV (why you'd need a temperature adapter with this particular meter is anybody's guess).
The meter fired up fine, but some of the ranges produced erratic readings. I took the back off of it and discovered the problem pretty soon.
Some clever oake at some point before me had the back off of the meter and lost one of the range switch contacts and damaged another. They have attempted repairs by fashioning a contact out of second hand resistor lead trimmings. This is obviously not as reliable as the original and sums up the difficulties that this meter is having. At least the had the sense not melt or glue any of their lash-ups in place.
Does anybody know where I might be able to buy replacement contacts? Preferably in the UK.
If not, it may be a case of waiting for a smashed up 87/89 IV or 187/189 to appear on ebay. Perhaps someone knows of any other models that utilise these contacts in the range switch? I'd like to think that Fluke used the same arrangement in quite a few models around this vintage.