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Title: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: signal on May 16, 2015, 03:20:08 pm
Today I hit RS, and took advantage of some good sales they were having:

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Post by: JBaughb on May 16, 2015, 03:39:17 pm
Good 'ol mini notebooks. I've got a couple of those around here somewhere.
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Post by: blueskull on May 16, 2015, 03:50:23 pm
Blackfin+ BF706 eval kit, arduino shield compatible 400MHz single 32bit/dual 16bit/quad 8bit SIMD processor with an on board debugger.
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Post by: rs20 on May 16, 2015, 03:50:39 pm
A USB-DALI master (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/USB-DALI-Master-with-integrated-bus-power-supply-EU-power-supply-/291334626394?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43d4e59c5a) for my experiment in using blue light therapy to change timezones before long-haul flights to avoid jet lag.
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Post by: mian2zi3 on May 16, 2015, 07:30:19 pm
I just bought a broken Tektronix 3465A I hope to repair/refurbish.  Should be a fun project!
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Post by: tautech on May 16, 2015, 08:06:50 pm
Reminder to self, stop reading so many posts on the forum it is going to get expensive !
Dave says this is a "free" forum.....yeah right.

You and I are not the first members to notice this either.  :palm:
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on May 16, 2015, 08:32:09 pm
Reminder to self, stop reading so many posts on the forum it is going to get expensive !
Dave says this is a "free" forum.....yeah right.

You and I are not the first members to notice this either.  :palm:

robrenz started a thread about it some time back, sorry I cant link the thread.

guilty as charged....... :palm:

Muttley
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Post by: T3sl4co1l on May 16, 2015, 08:39:02 pm
256GB SSD... ;D
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Post by: onlooker on May 16, 2015, 09:31:07 pm
Got a couple USB power bank cases. Not long after installed batteries, one is already no where to be found.

Got also three more charge doctors. At less than $2 each, I feel every USB charger in use should have one of these on.

And, ya, a Fluke863 for about $100 can be counted as a purchase of recent month. it had a few blank lines and needed to put some pressure on the ribbon connector to fix.
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Post by: DG41WV on May 16, 2015, 10:23:22 pm
two ballpoint pens. O0
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Post by: deephaven on May 16, 2015, 10:37:22 pm
A Pret A Manger salad yum yum  :)
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Post by: VK5RC on May 16, 2015, 10:50:38 pm
An APRS (ham radio data packeting protocol- thanks Bob Bruniga) Modem/Kiss TNC, Mobilinkd TNC2.   http://www.mobilinkd.com (http://www.mobilinkd.com)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 16, 2015, 10:59:29 pm
A Pret A Manger salad yum yum  :)

Spaghetti with marinara and hot Italian sausage, crunchy garlic knots, tiramisu for dessert and a Stella Artois to wash it down, also yum yum.
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Post by: Kibi on May 17, 2015, 07:03:43 am
Three UTP face plates.
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Post by: Howardlong on May 17, 2015, 07:44:19 am
Dinner at Brasserie Chavot. Bloody yummy, these French lot know how to cook, but feel a bit sick now, might need a lie down.
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Post by: sdg on May 17, 2015, 07:09:56 pm
A baguette and two croissants.
And a bouquet of roses.

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Post by: Mechanical Menace on May 17, 2015, 07:24:05 pm
Bloody yummy, these French lot know how to cook, but feel a bit sick now, might need a lie down.

Not as flouty as the French stuff but I've just had a flatcake breakfast from my regular greasy spoon. They're normally a bit overbearing but this one took me an hour to eat and I don't think I'll need anythig else for days lol.

Not a purchase but apparently I'm recieving a box full of 4PDT relays later today...
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Post by: warp_foo on May 18, 2015, 05:29:54 am
(http://www.sglabs.it/public/SgLabs_HP%203456A.jpg)
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Post by: signal on May 18, 2015, 05:58:07 am
How much did you pay for that hp?


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Post by: kolbep on May 18, 2015, 06:34:35 am
On Friday, I received orders for 2 of my Generator Autostart ATS Control Panels.
Spent some time on Saturday, and most of this afternoon completing the board layout.

then this evening I Just spent over ZAR700 (about a tank of petrol) with ITEADSTUDIO
for 10 off 10x10cm Prototype PCB's
Most of the cost was for the DHL shipping.

I just couldn't wait 4 months for the standard shipping.

Now I have my fingers crossed that they will arrive in 2 weeks!

P
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Post by: G7PSK on May 18, 2015, 06:45:11 am
Two 24 volt computer fans for a power supply I am putting together.
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Post by: Fsck on May 18, 2015, 07:18:12 am
2 32GB microsd cards.
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Post by: komet on May 18, 2015, 07:21:13 am
Paid $150 for an HP 34401A. The seller then threw in a bunch of nice cables, then offered me a free PM6303 LCR meter, which of course I accepted.
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Post by: smjcuk on May 18, 2015, 07:31:07 am
1. Some new cutters and pliers from machine mart (these rock and are dirt cheap): https://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/cht196-5-pce-stainless-steel-mini-plier- (https://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/cht196-5-pce-stainless-steel-mini-plier-)
2. A large amount of low ohmage 1W resistors so I don't keep smoking the 1/4W ones.
3. Some new polybox caps as I've run out
4. Some more FR4 padboards
5. Some presets
6. A pile of electrolytic capacitors including some nice looking philips axial ones
7. Some medium power transistors.
8. Cider. Lots of cider.
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Post by: warp_foo on May 18, 2015, 09:30:03 am
How much did you pay for that hp?


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$87.50 and $35 shipping.

ETA: That's a google image search photo. The one I ordered off of that auction website will likely not look quite as nice.
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Post by: Johndi on May 18, 2015, 09:46:54 am
Today I hit RS, and took advantage of some good sales they were having:

Ooohh, I purchased the complete set of those books too, only about 3 weeks ago.
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Post by: niflheimer on May 18, 2015, 04:25:19 pm
2 kilos of decent coffee . Should last me the month ... I hope.
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Post by: 128er on May 19, 2015, 04:56:32 am
Industrial vision sensor with ethernet for pc control (or the little screen, or both over ethernet). And a optical micrometer. Very sensitive. Stick a hair between and see the analog output reliably change.

I love industrial toys. Espacially when it's cheap  ;D
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Post by: signal on May 19, 2015, 05:34:04 am
$57!!! Wow thats a great deal, was there anything wrong with it? Did it come with probes?
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Post by: signal on May 19, 2015, 05:55:20 am
Ok, my bad, the image was called  $_57 (3).JPG (183.17 kB, 1600x813 - viewed 18 times.), so I figured maybe that meant $57 for the 2225 :)
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Post by: tautech on May 19, 2015, 06:54:37 am
Ok, my bad, the image was called  $_57 (3).JPG (183.17 kB, 1600x813 - viewed 18 times.), so I figured maybe that meant $57 for the 2225 :)
No bad at all, $57 is the impression I had too.
I just got this.
OK, we'll play your game........how much?
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Post by: tautech on May 19, 2015, 04:33:47 pm
Ahh, no sorry guys , it's from ebay, and cost me £80 with 2 probes included.
:-+  :-+  :-+
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Post by: signal on May 20, 2015, 11:05:16 am
Today I scored a Fluke 87 V on Craigslist.

It is brand new, was sealed and never used!  Seller was asking $250, I offered $185 and picked it up!

The serial number is older, 11180329 so i guess it may have some of those issues I read about.  Anyone have thoughts on that?
I think this was a good price.  Here is a picture (It came with sealed box, matching serial #, etc, but I opened it):

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Post by: blueskull on May 20, 2015, 01:15:19 pm
There cant be any better deal. Cant imagine a $185 f87v. Congrats.
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Post by: Rupunzell on May 20, 2015, 05:43:23 pm
Guess:

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RkZd5e6oTsY/VVw4Y6MlzJI/AAAAAAAACCM/FRZt5MEOklU/w1900-h530-no/Wiltron%2BAPC3.5_line.JPG)


Bernice
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Post by: smjcuk on May 20, 2015, 07:12:08 pm
Well that has kind of made my day, my scope was only sent yesterday by courier, it says it is out for delivery to me , never had hermes do anything that fast overnight !.

Being Hermes, they might chuck it over your fence yet or end up taking it back to the depot and using it as a football. I was thinking about shipping a data logger with accelerometer with them to see what the max G was...
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Post by: smjcuk on May 20, 2015, 08:00:02 pm
:) just bad experience here. The Hermes tosser (literally) threw my nice new Clarke metal folder over my back wall. I'm taking like a javelin. I was parking the car at the time, bailed out and made him take it away as damaged by courier.

I think performing taxidermy on the delivery driver and standing him outside as an eternal warning to others against being a total git is appropriate.
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Post by: smjcuk on May 20, 2015, 08:36:53 pm
Sounds like someone in HK/China. There are loads of them on eBay pretending to be in the UK. English sounding name from google, they heard about Manchester united etc. Business done!

Still waiting for my pad boards from one after three weeks. It's got so bad I used stripboard the other day. Never again. Ordered some extras from Bitsbox.co.uk and got them next day.

Aliexpress has a better hit rate now.
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Post by: Asmyldof on May 20, 2015, 11:17:30 pm
Most recent purchases:
- 14 new mugs with print, for my "Daily Mug" habit at my part-time job. (I try to have a comedic/sarcastic/angry pre-printed mug with a different print every day I work there for as long a stretch as my budget can reach. Forcing me to shop creatively for bargains and trade mugs with other people, but I'm up to 43 different mugs now.)
- Clevo i7/GTX970 laptop with poop-loads of SSD, because reasons.
- High flexibility silicone/litz wire, which is going to be loaded onto a boat soon in the east, for my Company/Freelance stock.

Otherwise, mainly fruits, vegetables, milk and small amounts of bread and meats.
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Post by: djQUAN on May 20, 2015, 11:51:19 pm
I just bought a very cheap 500W pure sine wave inverter and first thing I did was get the screwdriver out. :-/O
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Post by: smjcuk on May 21, 2015, 12:23:39 am
It came, its in good condition but needs a handle, no burn in on the crt and all switches and pots are clean and work well , nice trace on both channels so I am well happy.  :-+ :-+

Delivery guy had a fit when i told him what it was in the box and he muttered about how it was heavy carrying it to the top of the flats.I offered him a Rich tea Biscuit which he refused with a look of disgust. now to bed for a bit as been up all night.

Congratulations :)
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Post by: kolbep on May 21, 2015, 12:41:36 am
I just bought a very cheap 500W pure sine wave inverter and first thing I did was get the screwdriver out. :-/O

I never knew they came with screwdrivers inside. Must check mine out ....  :-DD
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Post by: nanofrog on May 21, 2015, 12:57:43 am
:) just bad experience here. The Hermes tosser (literally) threw my nice new Clarke metal folder over my back wall. I'm taking like a javelin. I was parking the car at the time, bailed out and made him take it away as damaged by courier.

I think performing taxidermy on the delivery driver and standing him outside as an eternal warning to others against being a total git is appropriate.
Perhaps having the guy drawn, quartered, and head set on a pike along with the damaged item with a "This is what you get when..." plaque on display might be a more effective deterrent.  :o  >:D
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Post by: djQUAN on May 21, 2015, 01:42:06 am
I just bought a very cheap 500W pure sine wave inverter and first thing I did was get the screwdriver out. :-/O

I never knew they came with screwdrivers inside. Must check mine out ....  :-DD

You should ;)
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Post by: 1xrtt on May 21, 2015, 05:50:12 am
Found it on a local bookstore:
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 22, 2015, 11:00:09 am
I just purchased an Arduino Mega 2650 and a starter kit for a microcontroller class that a member of my ham radio club is going to be putting on.  Just kind of dipping my toes in the water to see if I want to learn more.
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Post by: blueskull on May 22, 2015, 05:42:39 pm
DSP book with a BF592 board and a CD included. Totally 70 bucks from a Japan shipping service.
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Post by: jdraughn on May 22, 2015, 08:38:35 pm
I have been planning on eventually building a pick and place machine so I have been buying parts here and there as I come across good deals. I saw this http://www.banggood.com/39MM-Hollow-Shaft-Hybrid-Stepper-Motor-4-Phase-5-Wire-Square-1_8-Degrees-Stepper-Motor-p-978459.html (http://www.banggood.com/39MM-Hollow-Shaft-Hybrid-Stepper-Motor-4-Phase-5-Wire-Square-1_8-Degrees-Stepper-Motor-p-978459.html) yesterday and bought it to use as the stepper motor that rotates the parts. It has a hollow shaft so I can run a vacuum through it.
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Post by: instanoodles on May 22, 2015, 11:45:06 pm
Not electronics related but I bought 24 mason jars, gotta make my pasta sauces for the year.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 23, 2015, 12:25:41 am
Not electronics related but I bought 24 mason jars, gotta make my pasta sauces for the year.

I double bag mine in Zip-Lock freezer bags and freeze it as I only make marinara.   No one else in the house like a good Bolognese or Alfredo.  I just don't understand it  :-// :palm:  Freezing doesn't seem to affect the taste any and besides, once SWMBO's co-workers find out I made sauce, they all want to buy some, so it doesn't last long.
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Post by: instanoodles on May 23, 2015, 12:37:53 am
Not electronics related but I bought 24 mason jars, gotta make my pasta sauces for the year.

I double bag mine in Zip-Lock freezer bags and freeze it as I only make marinara.   No one else in the house like a good Bolognese or Alfredo.  I just don't understand it  :-// :palm:  Freezing doesn't seem to affect the taste any and besides, once SWMBO's co-workers find out I made sauce, they all want to buy some, so it doesn't last long.

End up pulling out the canner for jams, beans, soups and potatoes so I do the pasta sauce at the same time. I love the fact that everything in the can is cooked so when I am feeling lazy I dont have to cook, just dump out the can and heat it up. I do alot of pressure cooked meals in a can with beans, meat, veggies and some nice gravy or sauce.
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Post by: nanofrog on May 23, 2015, 01:43:37 am
Not electronics related but I bought 24 mason jars, gotta make my pasta sauces for the year.

I double bag mine in Zip-Lock freezer bags and freeze it as I only make marinara.   No one else in the house like a good Bolognese or Alfredo.  I just don't understand it  :-// :palm:  Freezing doesn't seem to affect the taste any and besides, once SWMBO's co-workers find out I made sauce, they all want to buy some, so it doesn't last long.
...jams, beans, soups and potatoes so I do the pasta sauce at the same time.
Please knock this stuff off.... You guys are making me hungry!   :P

GreyWoolfe: you're living with people that don't like a good marinara or alfredo?  Sounds like you're on the receiving end of cruel and unusual punishment.  :o  :-DD
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 23, 2015, 02:33:56 am
No, they love the marinara, not the Bolognese or Alfredo.  Yes, it is cruel and unusual punishment.  I am absolutely forbidden to make my dearly departed mother's angel hair pasta with olive oil and anchovy sauce served with fresh grated Romano cheese.  It brings tears to my eyes.  Funny thing, my first wife banned the dish also.  I just don't understand. |O
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Post by: SeanB on May 23, 2015, 03:00:36 am
Must be the anchovies....... I do kind of like fish, especially a nice bit of butterfish, though you really need a second plate for the bone plates ( one nice slice will make 2 plates of bone plate for some reason) and the next morning you know all about it.

Currently I am going through a few cans of ready made sauce, appropriately called "Lord of the Ring", which has a nice mild taste, and it is nice and tasty. some people complain that it is too hot, but I quite like it, it goes down well with some steak or chops, or I stuff bell peppers with it and grill them over the coals.
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Post by: nanofrog on May 23, 2015, 03:33:31 am
No, they love the marinara, not the Bolognese or Alfredo.  Yes, it is cruel and unusual punishment.  I am absolutely forbidden to make my dearly departed mother's angel hair pasta with olive oil and anchovy sauce served with fresh grated Romano cheese.  It brings tears to my eyes.  Funny thing, my first wife banned the dish also.  I just don't understand. |O
Strange with the sauces, particularly the Bolognese (who doesn't like meat, onion, and carrots ? and maybe some wine  >:D).  :-// How do you make it if you don't mind sharing?
 

I'm with SeanB on it being the anchovies. Maybe go with a lighter species (and pick it clean of any bones during prep) or shift the meat entirely. Well seasoned chicken perhaps if there's no way they'd touch fish of any kind.
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Post by: Cluc on May 23, 2015, 04:00:47 am
I've just received an oscilloscope. It's a tektronix TBS1104,  founded on ebay.
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Post by: SeanB on May 23, 2015, 04:01:43 am
Try some nice Cape Snoek, nicely smoked and salted, grilled lightly over the coals, with apricot jam as a marinade. Then you can do the interesting thing called Bokkoms, salted dried small fish, best reserved for feeding the cat as a treat. Could never get the taste for pickled herring, it just is not me.

As to buying things, still waiting for them to make their way through the Byzantine maze that is SAPO.
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Post by: Muxr on May 23, 2015, 04:03:13 am
Just bought 5 LCMXO2-640HC-4TG100C. They are a Lattice MachX02 CPLDs with 640 LUTs to, try for a project I am building.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 23, 2015, 10:06:11 am
No, they love the marinara, not the Bolognese or Alfredo.  Yes, it is cruel and unusual punishment.  I am absolutely forbidden to make my dearly departed mother's angel hair pasta with olive oil and anchovy sauce served with fresh grated Romano cheese.  It brings tears to my eyes.  Funny thing, my first wife banned the dish also.  I just don't understand. |O
Strange with the sauces, particularly the Bolognese (who doesn't like meat, onion, and carrots ? and maybe some wine  >:D).  :-// How do you make it if you don't mind sharing?
 

I'm with SeanB on it being the anchovies. Maybe go with a lighter species (and pick it clean of any bones during prep) or shift the meat entirely. Well seasoned chicken perhaps if there's no way they'd touch fish of any kind.

I will saute onions, carrots and bell peppers w/  sea salt, pepper and unsalted butter.  For meat, it is the triumvirate-ground beef, pork and veal, sauteed and drained.  All goes in the pot and I add canned tomato sauce, canned crushed tomatoes, tomato paste and extra virgin olive oil.  I add the typical "Italian" seasonings-parsley, sage, basil, rosemary, thyme, marjoram,sea salt and fresh ground pepper.  I also add about a half a cup of a cheap Burgundy wine.  Nothing I could stand to drink but it works wonders for the flavor of the sauce.  I also add some grated Romano cheese.  I let the sauce simmer, covered, for 2-2.5 hours, no longer.  I can't give measurements, I don't cook like that.  If the house smells like when I was growing up then I know it is correct.  My wife actually tried to get me to produce a real recipe for my marinara.  I spent an exorbitant amount of time measuring, tasting, measuring more, writing everything down, etc, ad nauseum, and it was the worst pot of sauce I ever made, almost inedible. |O  She apologized for that.
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Post by: signal on May 23, 2015, 11:53:41 am
I just bought a Yeti Tundra 45 in limited edition Seafoam.  I love the beach, and plan on putting this to good use!

(http://www.madriveroutfitters.com/images/product/large/10159_1_.jpg)
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Post by: VK5RC on May 23, 2015, 08:36:49 pm
Sorry to go on re food, but a great appetiser is to get a really good dark bread, a small piece, butter it, an anchovy and a shard of lemon; great with a gin and tonic!!!!!
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Post by: GK on May 24, 2015, 01:15:54 am
appropriately called "Lord of the Ring",


I was fortunate enough to grow up having never even heard of J. R. R. Tolkien. When the first film came out I initially thought that everyone was raving about a S&M gay porno or something :-// Sitting through the film admittedly wasn't quite as horrible an experience as I'd imaging sitting through a S&M gay porno would be, but not that far off either.
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Post by: German_EE on May 24, 2015, 08:06:02 pm
Fish and chips from a stall at the fair (one of the things I miss from my time in the UK) followed by a chocolate kebab with marshmellow and chocolate sauce topping. Enough carbs to last the weekend.
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Post by: miguelvp on May 24, 2015, 08:25:17 pm
Fish and chips from a stall at the fair (one of the things I miss from my time in the UK) followed by a chocolate kebab with marshmellow and chocolate sauce topping. Enough carbs to last the weekend.

Funny I have a craving for fish and chips, so I guess that's what I'll get tomorrow from the closest bar from home (5 minutes walk) There is also another place that is a 10 minute walk that has better fish and chips, but I rather go to the bar and have some Unibroue beer, maybe a couple of Maudites will do.

I love Chicago! I have over around 70 restaurants within 20 minutes walking distance from home!

Edit: And no! I don't count fast food places as restaurants :)

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Post by: GK on May 24, 2015, 09:12:46 pm
I love Chicago! I have over around 70 restaurants within 20 minutes walking distance from home!


Down here we get Man vs Food and some other show that I forget the name of (with two aging ugly guys cruising from American restaurant to restaurant in a convertible) screened on TV. The so-called "fine American cuisine" that these guys drool over and enthusiastically celebrate beggars belief. Typical examples not yet erased from my memory are a plate sporting a kilo and a half of deep fried shit served with two or three ladles of "sloppy Joe" poured on top, a burger made with a Krispy Kreme glazed donut as a bun substitute, battered and deep fried chicken wings served on waffles, deep fried shit served with an extra serving of deep fried shit then some some chilli sauce and ketchup ladled over the top followed by half a pound of melted cheese. It's little wonder that Americans are so overtly religious; when premature death by coronary disease is imminent I guess it is comforting to have a backup plan in Jesus.
   


 
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Post by: miguelvp on May 24, 2015, 09:19:07 pm
Chicago is definitely not "fine American cuisine", you can find food from all the corners of the world in one city!

It's the most cosmopolitan city I've encountered in my life.
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Post by: blueskull on May 24, 2015, 10:08:35 pm
I just spent about 18,000 yen on a keyboard...

HHKB Pro 2?
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Post by: GK on May 24, 2015, 10:17:36 pm
OK, I'll post on topic  :P . I just bought:

1x Auschwitz, Laurence Rees
1x The Berlin Diaries, 1940-45, Marie Vassiltchikov
1x Heretic, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
1x Dark Sun, Richard Rhodes
1x Bayou Country [40th Anniversary Edition], compact disc
1x Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits, compact disc
1x The Very Best of the Doors [2007], compact disc
1x The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990, ZZ-top 


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Post by: GreyWoolfe on May 27, 2015, 10:18:58 pm
A new ESD wrist strap because a dog tail pulled the wire apart, one of the cheap Hakko soldering iron temp checkers, a new power and microphone cord for a Yeasu transceiver that I was given so I can sell it for a new soldering iron and the same SMD kit that xrunner bought because it was cheap and looks like fun.
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Post by: GK on May 28, 2015, 12:38:04 pm
Decided that I didn't have enough JC albums:

1x A Love Supreme
1x Ballads   
1x Giant Steps   
1x Afro Blue Impressions
1x Lush Life
1x Soultrane
1x Stardust
1x Kenny Burrell and John Coltrane

Oh, and 25x 150mm*300mm phenolic PCB for the next batch of boards for my computer project.
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Post by: smjcuk on May 28, 2015, 10:27:10 pm
Filco Majestouch Convertible 2 with Cherry MX Brown switches. Japanese layout. It's extravagant but I'm allowed one extravagance every now and then in my miserable life  ;)

Gotta love a good keyboard though - they really make a difference. My wife likes the MX browns; much quieter.

Bought a Lumia 640 yesterday. Due to arrive today but the courier has been stuck "on the way to the 74th customer" for three hours now  :'(
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Post by: niflheimer on May 29, 2015, 01:53:34 am
a 15AH powerpack .
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Post by: signal on May 29, 2015, 05:03:57 am
Took delivery of a HP 3611 in very nice condition, ordered the E3600A-100 Test Lead Kit.

Then, I ordered a NI myDAQ with LabView and MultiSim. 

I was originally looking at taking an older NI ELVIS (version 1) system, and somehow getting it to work with my system, but it doesn't seem worth it, its tied to older drivers, older OS, and not very supported.  A newer ELVIS II is like $3000!  But for ~$200 I couldn't say no to a myDAQ, the specs are really nice on it and the curriculum is online for free at ni.com.  I will likely add in the Circuits book which has been updated to follow along with this device!
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Post by: nanofrog on May 29, 2015, 05:50:33 am
Used CK Tools stand-off cutter (rebranded Schmitz; straight cut @ 1.5mm height). Need a bit of cleaning up is all.

(http://s4.postimg.org/3rrebtm6h/CK_Tools_3797_Small_1.jpg)

(http://s4.postimg.org/w5wtvp9qh/CK_Tools_3797_Small_3.jpg)

And it gives my Belzer's some company (cuts & bends the legs).

(http://s4.postimg.org/7wtkpmm4p/Belzer_2658_E_Small_1.jpg)

(http://s4.postimg.org/cl9kktbbd/Belzer_2658_E_Small_2.jpg)
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Post by: blueskull on May 30, 2015, 07:00:37 am
A jump starter for my 95 Honda. The exact one in photonic's video, cost me 76 bucks from the bay.

Received it yesterday night, and works well. Starts my car easily.
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Post by: Deathwish on June 04, 2015, 09:28:09 pm
Got my Victor freq counter today. oooh new toy to play with when i find something to plug into it.
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Post by: retrolefty on June 05, 2015, 03:20:20 am
These have gotten so cheap that I quit thinking of reasons why I don't need one, so I got one. They have been around for quite some time so there are tons of reviews and help.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111585801512?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/111585801512?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

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Post by: signal on June 05, 2015, 05:50:12 am
These have gotten so cheap that I quit thinking of reasons why I don't need one, so I got one. They have been around for quite some time so there are tons of reviews and help.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111585801512?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/111585801512?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

I am thinking about the BF-F8+ myself:
http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-Two-Way-Radio/dp/B00IQFH1KS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433447306&sr=8-3&keywords=bf-f8 (http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-Two-Way-Radio/dp/B00IQFH1KS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433447306&sr=8-3&keywords=bf-f8)

https://baofengtech.com/CompareChart (https://baofengtech.com/CompareChart)

Amazing what you can buy a good HT for these days
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Post by: lapm on June 05, 2015, 06:17:45 am
Does getting my first analog oscilloscope and The Art Of Electronics 3rd ed count? Just upgrading my home lab a bit this summer..

All ready have 2nd ed. and that has served me well. Funny thing is i have physic book that's just as thick as AoE..
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 05, 2015, 06:35:12 am
These have gotten so cheap that I quit thinking of reasons why I don't need one, so I got one. They have been around for quite some time so there are tons of reviews and help.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111585801512?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/111585801512?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

I am thinking about the BF-F8+ myself:
http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-Two-Way-Radio/dp/B00IQFH1KS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433447306&sr=8-3&keywords=bf-f8 (http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-Two-Way-Radio/dp/B00IQFH1KS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1433447306&sr=8-3&keywords=bf-f8)

https://baofengtech.com/CompareChart (https://baofengtech.com/CompareChart)

Amazing what you can buy a good HT for these days

I just gave away by UV-5R+ to someone.  I am thinking of the BF-F8+ or the GT-5 myself.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on June 05, 2015, 07:17:46 am
Does getting my first analog oscilloscope and The Art Of Electronics 3rd ed count? Just upgrading my home lab a bit this summer..
Pics?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: signal on June 05, 2015, 12:06:15 pm
Laboratory Manual for The Art of Electronics
National Instruments myDAQ complete with LabView and MultiSim licenses

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Post by: signal on June 05, 2015, 12:07:10 pm
And also A few Elenco projects, the Resistor Substitution Box and the XP-720K Power Supply.  I also followed some other members advise and picked up some really nice pots and knobs for the power supply and I will be picking up some low ESR high quality caps to use when I build it.
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Post by: Mr.B on June 05, 2015, 12:35:09 pm
Just ordered today... Recommendation by tautech.
http://www.smarttweezers.com/ (http://www.smarttweezers.com/)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=155195;image)
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Post by: Halcyon on June 05, 2015, 12:36:34 pm
Not so much a purchase, rather a rescue from the garbage believe it or not!

2x 24-port Cisco Catalyst 3750 v2 POE Switches complete with a set of stack cables and 4x 1Gbit multimode fibre GBIC modules. Both work perfectly, just erase the config and off they went.

The copper ports are only 10/100 but still more than adequate for most purposes (including HD video).
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Post by: signal on June 05, 2015, 12:54:09 pm
Wow, I can't believe someone would toss a 3750G with PoE.  Great catch, I would be returning to that dump for sure!
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Post by: Halcyon on June 05, 2015, 01:07:11 pm
Wow, I can't believe someone would toss a 3750G with PoE.  Great catch, I would be returning to that dump for sure!

It's fairly common among big enterprise and Government departments. When they do a network refresh, especially if they've sat inside a protected network, rather than being erased and reused or sold, they just bin or shred them (literally). They don't care. The cost of disposal is factored into their budgets.

It pays to be friendly with IT guys :-)
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Post by: Mr.B on June 05, 2015, 01:34:45 pm
It's fairly common among big enterprise and Government departments. When they do a network refresh, especially if they've sat inside a protected network, rather than being erased and reused or sold, they just bin or shred them (literally). They don't care. The cost of disposal is factored into their budgets.

Not just Big Enterprise and Govt.
We are fairly small by those standards and we simply destroy the equipment and bin it.
It costs too much to erase securely and then go to the trouble of selling, or even giving it away.
Desktops and Laptops are way more hassle than things like switching equipment, but we just do the lot.
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Post by: lapm on June 05, 2015, 04:23:45 pm
Does getting my first analog oscilloscope and The Art Of Electronics 3rd ed count? Just upgrading my home lab a bit this summer..
Pics?

No pictures yet sorry, need to clear out space for my corner for it first. After that i will consider posting in home-lab picture thread.. But its Hitachi V665 60MHz, 2 Ch.. Arrived this morning and had it run throw usual tests, passed all with flying colors. Had to buy probes separately, so had to calibrate those as well.. Not bad priced considering i live in Finland where everything is usually expensive. Old piece of gear, but still fully working.
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Post by: lincoln on June 05, 2015, 06:00:27 pm
A copy of my first o-scope, with out the cart though:
(http://i.imgur.com/vQej1Dj.jpg)
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Post by: smjcuk on June 05, 2015, 10:32:50 pm
Nice! Proper scope. Can we get some teardown photos please - the older Tek stuff is marvelous inside.
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Post by: Circuitous on June 05, 2015, 11:36:50 pm
Just ordered today... Recommendation by tautech.
http://www.smarttweezers.com/ (http://www.smarttweezers.com/)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=155195;image)
Those are great.   I also got the curved tips,  which make it a lot easier to pick up and place SMDs for me.
I did a short video on it,  as part of a series on tweezer LCRs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B00rkL70ccg

One nice feature is being able to change the display to be lefthanded.
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Post by: signal on June 06, 2015, 01:59:43 am
Menda 6oz ESD safe alcohol dispenser.  I use to use these in the military, you basically can just dip your acid brush in them and clean away at your PCB.  Isopropyl Alcohol is what I plan to put in mine.  A bit pricy but good quality:

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: lincoln on June 06, 2015, 03:05:12 am
Nice! Proper scope. Can we get some teardown photos please - the older Tek stuff is marvelous inside.

I will see what I can do, It definitely needs some cleaning inside. 
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Post by: tautech on June 06, 2015, 04:36:57 am
Nice! Proper scope. Can we get some teardown photos please - the older Tek stuff is marvelous inside.

I will see what I can do, It definitely needs some cleaning inside.
Several links to cleaning methods used in this thread:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/vintageclassic-renovation-techniques/msg592523/#msg592523 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/vintageclassic-renovation-techniques/msg592523/#msg592523)

For you OLD Tek fans:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/vintage-tek-restoration-pictures-by-martin/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/vintage-tek-restoration-pictures-by-martin/)
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Post by: nanofrog on June 06, 2015, 05:36:17 am
Menda 6oz ESD safe alcohol dispenser.  I use to use these in the military, you basically can just dip your acid brush in them and clean away at your PCB.  Isopropyl Alcohol is what I plan to put in mine.  A bit pricy but good quality:
FWIW, I found that Kleen Strip's SDX Denatured Alcohol is a cheaper alternative (~50/50 mix of ethanol & methanol; denaturing agent, MIBK, is also a solvent). Locally, it runs $15.98 per gallon in Home Depot.
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Post by: Deathwish on June 06, 2015, 06:05:44 am

Several links to cleaning methods used in this thread:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/vintageclassic-renovation-techniques/msg592523/#msg592523 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/vintageclassic-renovation-techniques/msg592523/#msg592523)

For you OLD Tek fans:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/vintage-tek-restoration-pictures-by-martin/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/vintage-tek-restoration-pictures-by-martin/)

Unless it has been sandblasted inside and out it aint clean...
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Post by: BFX on June 07, 2015, 09:54:28 pm
Something new to lab  8)

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: robrenz on June 07, 2015, 11:13:34 pm
A copy of my first o-scope, with out the cart though:
(http://i.imgur.com/vQej1Dj.jpg)

Nice scope but the Hardinge HLVH in the background is even nicer. Mine has made many video appearances on my channel below :)
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Post by: Mr.B on June 11, 2015, 07:05:48 am
Smart Tweezers arrived yesterday afternoon.
Accurate, fast and very easy to use.
Very pleased with them.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=156147;image)
(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=156149;image)
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Post by: mtdoc on June 11, 2015, 01:09:38 pm
After missing the first round of closures, my local "Shack" got put on the close list a couple of months ago.  I ponied up for one of their component cases but had to wait until it had emptied out before picking it up. They called me yesterday so I stopped by to get it .  That thing is heavy!  Definitely made to last.

While there, with everything 70-80% off, I couldn't help buy some uneeded things, including 2 of their "top of the line" multimeters.  6000 count true RMS and PC interface for $21 each (marked down from $70).  The last thing I need is another multimeter but for the price I couldn't resist.  One will probably end up as a Xmas present for my 9 year old son, but the other? --  I haven't decided yet.
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Post by: signal on June 11, 2015, 01:13:05 pm
So how much did the shack let that thing go for?  Any idea on how to find out which ones are closing, what are the tell-tale signs?
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Post by: mtdoc on June 11, 2015, 01:32:33 pm
So how much did the shack let that thing go for?  Any idea on how to find out which ones are closing, what are the tell-tale signs?

$175 :-[  I hemmed and hawed about the price but I do think it is worth it. It is one of those lasts-a-lifetime pieces of gear - likely passed on to my kids.

Tell-tale signs?  Well, in the case of the store here a large sign appeared outside saying  "Store Closing".

I've been stopping by once a week or so since they announced it. Each week or so new signs show up on the windows -- 30-50% off then 40-60% and so on until now 70-80%.

I've picked up a few things along the way as the stock was whittled away.  The exact close day is top secret but the manager told me that they'll but a sign up that says "last 10 days" when the time comes.

I've got my eye on a few more things if prices drop more, I'd love to pick up a boat load of rechargable NiMH batteries. They've go a ton of them in stock but at 70% off their still a bit pricey.
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Post by: Carl_Smith on June 11, 2015, 02:09:32 pm
I've picked up a few things along the way as the stock was whittled away.  The exact close day is top secret but the manager told me that they'll but a sign up that says "last 10 days" when the time comes.

The manager at my local Radio Shack says they will be open until the end of the month.  There isn't much left but a ton of batteries and headphones (mostly ear buds).  Oh, and HDMI cables.  A wall full of HDMI cables.  He also said that for their last 10 days they plan to have a bag sale.  Buy a bag for $10 and stuff it full of anything that fits.   I'm wondering what will be left and if I should stuff the bag with things for myself or things I can unload on eBay like cell phone cases and phone batteries.  I'm thinking I'll have to be there on the first day of the 10 days to get anything good.

With as many ear bud headphones as I have had go bad, the wire breaking at the plug, I should fill a bag for myself and quit spending time on re-soldering the plugs.

As for my purchases, last time I got a crappy clip on smartphone microscope that doesn't even work.  Shows an image about the size of a dime in the middle of my 5 inch phone screen.   Previous trip I picked up 4 rolls of kynar wire wrap wire and a tube of somewhat conductive ink for less than $10.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: smjcuk on June 12, 2015, 07:33:46 am
I just finished "Calculus For the Practical Man" after a year so to reward myself with more toil, I bought Feynman Lectures on Physics volume 1, some 0.5mm Rotring leads and The Songs of Distant Earth (CD version) by Mike Oldfield.

The most fun you can have for £30 these days.
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Post by: codeboy2k on June 12, 2015, 02:31:27 pm
I was hungry, so I bought these today (random internet image below, not actual victim. I ate mine before I got it to pose for me)

(http://i.imgur.com/QMBorLC.png)
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Post by: nanofrog on June 12, 2015, 03:04:21 pm
I just finished "Calculus For the Practical Man" after a year so to reward myself with more toil, I bought Feynman Lectures on Physics volume 1, some 0.5mm Rotring leads and The Songs of Distant Earth (CD version) by Mike Oldfield.

The most fun you can have for £30 these days.
(http://i.imgur.com/K2rHoHV.jpg)
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Post by: smjcuk on June 12, 2015, 09:48:43 pm
haha :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on June 13, 2015, 08:58:05 pm
All arrived today.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131511209495?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131511209495?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261885912103?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261885912103?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350985994709?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350985994709?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291370919063?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291370919063?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291399023398?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291399023398?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
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Post by: Deathwish on June 13, 2015, 09:29:49 pm
this thread should really come with a warning... Make sure you pay the rent and bills BEFORE you buy shiny new gadgets... I forgot them in the excitement. In fact the forum should have a warning of such and how addictive it is.  |O :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 13, 2015, 11:28:57 pm
Deathwish, I just got the same LA.  I haven't actually used it yet, but I installed the Saleae Logic software, ver 1.1.15 and the software reports it as a Saleae LA and it paired up immediately.  Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit also installed the driver without an issue.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on June 13, 2015, 11:42:55 pm
Deathwish, I just got the same LA.  I haven't actually used it yet, but I installed the Saleae Logic software, ver 1.1.15 and the software reports it as a Saleae LA and it paired up immediately.  Win 7 Ultimate 32 bit also installed the driver without an issue.

I loaded mine up with the new 1.1.34 software and it loaded up and recognised it the same, win 7 ultimate 32 bit as well.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 14, 2015, 02:44:36 am
I loaded mine up with the new 1.1.34 software and it loaded up and recognised it the same, win 7 ultimate 32 bit as well.
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I will try the same, thanks.

Edit:  I tested it with the clone and my Arduino and it all plays well together.  Now for the learning.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on June 16, 2015, 09:42:31 pm
Came this morning, plugged it in, it all lights up.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hot-PICkit3-PIC-KIT3-Debugger-Programmer-Emulator-Chip-Programmer-PIC-Controller-/271799867505?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3f4888d871 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hot-PICkit3-PIC-KIT3-Debugger-Programmer-Emulator-Chip-Programmer-PIC-Controller-/271799867505?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3f4888d871)

For a cheap Chinese import I am well pleased, MPlab even recognises it as a genuine programmer.
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Post by: mtdoc on June 17, 2015, 02:48:10 am
Bought THIS (http://www.ebay.com/itm/291486811041?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649) a few days ago. It's on its way here now. Surprised me when my offer of $100 was accepted!   Can't wait to play with some high voltage (low energy) circuits... >:D

BTW - the same seller has another one - slightly less pristine looking - listed for $149...

(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDgwWDY0MA==/z/JSkAAOSwNSxVdQz-/$_57.JPG)
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Post by: Deathwish on June 17, 2015, 07:44:33 pm
Considering Daves review of the pickit 3, against the pickit2, I figured I better get the 2 as well. So I did. All I need now is some icsp adapters to use them  :-DD

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271901403206?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271901403206?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
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Post by: Deathwish on June 18, 2015, 09:00:52 pm
Cant recall exactly why I got these two, I think it was something to do with a timebase and gps receiver and a dds sig gen output.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291140312483?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291140312483?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300772326198?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300772326198?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
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Post by: TerraHertz on June 21, 2015, 08:50:13 pm
Four 50W LEDs. One each R, G, B & Cool White.
I'm starting on my next 'microscope light' project. This one a bit more powerful than the last. http://everist.org/NobLog/20150510_Olympus_bhm.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20150510_Olympus_bhm.htm) That was 10W, this one will be 200 to 300W max, adjustable for normally lower output.

The aim is to get all the light from these mixed and steered down to a small diffuser aperture about 3mm diameter. Or less, maybe. I think it will be something unwise to look at when lit.
Lens coupling from the small aperture to the microscope.
Maybe I'll be adding 50W UV and IR LEDs too. Still looking for R & G 50W LEDs that are not pathetic in output compared to the Blue/White ones. Seems sad that R & G LEDs lag so much in efficiency.
Anyway, the idea is to have individual current drivers, for an adjustable spectral distribution.

Pics are the bare LEDs, then mounted on heatsinks with fans.

Oh, and I bought 200 ordinary 5mm Red-Green bicolor LEDs, for that 'magic LED ball' experiment. In the post.
See http://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/magic-led-ball/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/magic-led-ball/)

Edit: Correction. I take back that bit about the green having pathetic efficiency. Also that these would be eye hazards once concentrated to a near point. Powered up, the green is completely impossible to look at. I made the mistake of looking at it for a very brief instant just before leaving to drive to pick up a pizza (at night.) Mistake.

These were from ebay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111299756188 (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/111299756188)
50W Color: Cool White    USD$2.99   AU$3.85
50W Color: Red           $3.13   4.03
50W Color: Green         $2.89   3.72
50W Color: Blue          $2.99   3.85

Operating: DC32-36V   1750mA

Red         620-625nm   500-550lm    <---
Green       520-525nm   500-550lm    <--- perhaps these '500 lm' are plain wrong?
Blue        450-460nm   2500-3000lm
Amber       585-590nm   2500-3000lm
Cool White  6000K-6500K 6000-7000lm
Warm White  3000K-3500K 6000-7000lm

It's interesting how much more sensitive eyes are to green than blue. On the same drive power, the green looks *much* brighter than the blue (going by reflections, not directly looking at it.) Yet the simple 'how close can I hold my fingertip' test says the blue is outputting easily twice the radiant energy. 'Ouchy' distance is about 2 cm for the blue, 1cm for the green.

I still find the idea of an LED you can't hold your finger next to amazing.
It's a relief to find these heatsink-fan units are adequate for 50W LEDs.  But only with fans going at full 12V. Dropped to 5V, they warm up fast.

Hmm... I'm starting to wonder if all of these actually have blue LEDs under the phosphor. When I put the Red, Green and White LEDs (unpowered) in the light from the Blue one, their cover materials all fluoresce brilliantly. The Red and Green ones are not just tinted covers over Red and Green LED chips.
Pics below don't capture the effect 



Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: 0xdeadbeef on June 21, 2015, 09:14:30 pm
I recently bought some 320x340 SPI 2.2" LCDs for something below 5€ which I wanted to use as default display for future projects.
Now I found some 2.4" displays with the same controller (ILI9341) and additional touchscreen (also kinda SPI) for slightly below 6€.
Couldn't resist.
http://www.ebay.de/itm/321496984341 (http://www.ebay.de/itm/321496984341)

And yeah well, some ultracheap FT232L with additional pinout and 3.3/5V jumper. Let's see if they are fake
http://www.ebay.de/itm/201332938880 (http://www.ebay.de/itm/201332938880)

ANd while I'm confessing my shopping addiction, this was my latest expensive purchase (Maynuo 9812 300W DC Load):
http://www.maynuo.eu/power-supply/m98-series-dc-led-load/m9812-150v-30a-300w.html (http://www.maynuo.eu/power-supply/m98-series-dc-led-load/m9812-150v-30a-300w.html)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SeanB on June 21, 2015, 09:23:01 pm
New ( to me) computer, Fujitsu Empriso. Was $150, and currently sitting in the corner after doing an overnight run of diagnostics, and busy now doing a new OS install of Linux Mint. About an hour to go till it finished install and reboots.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Muttley Snickers on June 21, 2015, 10:00:04 pm
Just scored a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 Camera from Officeworks for $40, they were clearing these out for $58 and the only one left locally was as new but missing the 240 to 5 volt USB charger so I took one that I had for my phone to the store and asked to test it first, worked a treat, happy as larry I was.

Basic auto focus point and click camera with 3 inch screen, looked bigger in the pictures, next time I will take more notice of the dimensions in the specs. Also it uses a proprietary 8 pin micro type USB connector for charging and data transfer, one manual said no charging through the port and other documentation indicated that USB charging through the supplied cable was fine, didn't risk it so checked before hand.

I despise proprietary connectors and hate conflicting documentation even more so.


Muttley


Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on June 21, 2015, 11:08:10 pm
A new drain pump for our Bosch Nexxt 300 series washer.  Damn washer broke down just before company came to visit.  A new pump was $75 shipped, 4 days to the door and was fairly simple to change out, outside of the traditional bloodletting along my arm from squeezing into a tight place to remove hoses.  After almost all the towels in the house were used up going to the beach, it took 2 full days to catch up on all the laundry.  I should have listened to SWMBO and used the local laundromat and get everything done at once. :palm:

As a side note, the Bosch Nexxt 300 series combo is the worst combo we have ever owned.  The washer has been finicky since day one and the dryer blows the temperature limiter once a year.  Luckily the part is cheap and easy to change after getting the 1/2 ton of screws out of the back.  Any setting other than regular dry results in the clothes smelling like they were burnt.  I wouldn't be surprised if we could smelt metal on the extra dry setting.  All this for only $1600 USD for the set.  When these finally die, we will get anything but Bosch.
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Post by: bingo600 on June 22, 2015, 01:35:31 am
Ooopz  :scared:

Guess i have Opamps for while.

/Bingo
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: signal on June 22, 2015, 02:10:04 am
I dropped a few grand this past week to get back into HF radio

Alpha Antenna   6-80 Meter Alpha EzMilitary rated 500W in a 16" bag   $225.00   http://amateurradiostore.com (http://amateurradiostore.com)
Alpha Antenna   Top of Mast Adapter for Alpha Matches   $15.00   http://amateurradiostore.com (http://amateurradiostore.com)
Alpha Antenna   NVIS Kit   $20.00   http://amateurradiostore.com (http://amateurradiostore.com)
Icom   IC-718   $599.99   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
LDG   IT-100   $159.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
Astron   RS-35M   $199.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
Bencher   BY-1   $79.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
Alpha Delta   DX-EE   $139.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
Alpha Delta   Delta-4B Antenna Switch   $89.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
MFJ   MFJ-260C   $39.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
West Mountain   Rigtalk-CIV 58202-1005   $56.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
Dog Park   MacLoggerDX   $95.00   online
MFJ   MFJ-931   $113.00   http://www.amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com)
West Mountain   RigRunner 4005   $69.95   West Mountain Radio
MFJ   MFJ-4602 Window Feedthrough   $69.95   AES
MFJ   MFJ-112B Clock   $29.95   AES
         
Cables         
ABR Industries   RG8X, 218XATC-PL-50   $37.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
ABR Industries   RG8X, 218XATC-PL-3   $18.95   http://www.hamradio.com (http://www.hamradio.com)
Cable Xperts   CXP08XC-18IN   $79.80   AES
Storm Copper   SCGB-HAM-6SK   $49.95   AES
Cable Xperts   235 12' Copper Braid   $22.08   AES
         
         
Total:      $2,213.22   

I could have bought a used Icom 746Pro for the same price or cheaper than the IC-718 + IT-100 but I have not had good experiences with others used radios.

I plan to mostly work CW, Contest and get some Awards.  I plan to add a few more antennas to it.   One thing that attracted to me to this radio is the portability, so I will likely be operating portable a few times, probably from a beach (Atlantic Ocean) location.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: German_EE on June 22, 2015, 02:27:39 am
Something tells me that you're not into homebrew  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TheAmmoniacal on June 22, 2015, 02:40:50 am
I had been on the lookout for a scopemeter for a couple of weeks now, but couldn't really find much of interest. Ended up bugging TopLoser for one, and he gave me a great deal - I felt so bad when I had to decline! Got an email notification from a local "ebay", someone selling a Philips/Fluke PM97 just down the road (3 minutes walk).  Went down immediately and here it is:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15526481/Permanent/EEVBlog/WP_20150621_18_17_42_Pro.jpg)

Guess what I paid?  :-DMM

$45! :popcorn:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: signal on June 22, 2015, 04:02:28 am
Something tells me that you're not into homebrew  :-DD

Actually I build a lot of stuff!  But After selling my old rigs, I wanted to get back on the air asap.  So this is what I did.  I plan to build some SDR's and QRP rigs, as well as some antennas.  One of the things I am building right now is a Go Box with solar controller, AGM battery, a panel, power buses, etc.

Time is a premium for me though, so I have to be careful about what I decide to take on.

I am also building a workbench for a lot of this stuff to live on, so wood, miter saw, ground bus bars, basic stuff, but takes time.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: signal on June 22, 2015, 04:05:23 am
I had been on the lookout for a scopemeter for a couple of weeks now, but couldn't really find much of interest. Ended up bugging TopLoser for one, and he gave me a great deal - I felt so bad when I had to decline! Got an email notification from a local "ebay", someone selling a Philips/Fluke PM97 just down the road (3 minutes walk).  Went down immediately and here it is:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15526481/Permanent/EEVBlog/WP_20150621_18_17_42_Pro.jpg)

Guess what I paid?  :-DMM

$45! :popcorn:

I am not crazy about those scope meters, but for $45 I don't think anyone could pass that up, rather nice!  I didn't even think you could get one of those for 10x that.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SeanB on June 23, 2015, 04:30:00 am
Well, went to the dentist today for a check up, and asked him if he had any old dental picks he was going to throw away.  So got an assortment of 5 dental picks, a set of tweezers and 2 special tools, plus a bit of mercury amalgam that was hiding inside, which had survived a good few autoclave cycles.

Bonus points if anyone can identify the 2 tools on the right, as I doubt many have seen them before. I don't know if I will use them as is, but they might come in useful.

Was chatting after the polish ( interesting that the burnishing tool is a plain disk of SRBP material used to abrade your tooth, used once and then thrown away) and when he upgrades the Xray he will call me........ now I have to find some scintillator film in the interim, to make up an imager using an old CCD camera or just a camera obscura with the sheet and a sacrificial cheapie camera I have around.
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Post by: robrenz on June 23, 2015, 04:40:02 am
The 2 odd balls are amalgam carriers
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SeanB on June 23, 2015, 05:02:39 am
That was quick Robrenz......... They had the amalgam inside the springs. Took a while to get the one to move freelt, it was so full in the tip area. He rarely uses amalgam these days, as he has gone mostly to composite fillings and UV cure resin. Still has the amalgam equipment, but it is rarely used and only for some places. Next year he wants to replace my amalgam fillings, as they are aging, but still in very good condition.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: robrenz on June 23, 2015, 07:00:49 am
As vast as your experience seems from the content of your posts you must be at least 115 years old. So I would say your amalgam fillings have served you well :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on June 23, 2015, 01:33:00 pm
That was quick Robrenz.

You gave it away mentioning the amalgam inside one.
They could be used as miniature grease guns?

Though, an ordinary syringe and needle works as well.

As vast as your experience seems from the content of your posts you must be at least 115 years old.

Heh, he gives *you* that feeling too?
What's the use of getting older if one is never going to catch up with those guys?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SeanB on June 23, 2015, 02:34:32 pm
As vast as your experience seems from the content of your posts you must be at least 115 years old. So I would say your amalgam fillings have served you well :-DD

If I am 115 then you must be closer to 200 then..........

Close in age to Dave though.......
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on June 24, 2015, 02:06:35 pm
One of those cheap-arse Chinese vacuum hold-down pivoting vices.

I'd never bought one before, due to my workbenches usually being wood-topped. Which are too rough and porous to hold a suction cap seal. But now my soldering desk has a mirror finish ceramic tile top, which works as well as glass with the suction cap.

Recently I looked these up on ebay-from-China, and found prices of Au$31 (free post), or Au$20+$12.50 postage. I'd intended to buy one the next time I ordered some stuff.
Yesterday I happened to be in Jaycar Bankstown, and their price for the exact same model is Au$29.95. Ha ha... I wonder what their import landed price was?

Anyway, it's one of those simple, cheap but never-quite-happened things I've wanted for most of my life.
They are cheap diecast, wouldn't do for any rough work, but are great for holding circuit boards while soldering. The jaws are steel, with V-grooves and rubber clip-on soft-jaws.

By the way, those tiles are 600mm square, hard vitreous stoneware ceramic, and come in 3-packs for about $12 a pack from Bunnings.  I happened to also have a few half width ones in a different color I'd found in a dumpster ages ago. Together they fit the table very well.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Muttley Snickers on June 24, 2015, 02:17:13 pm

Thats the Aldi vise, there is a couple of pages on it floating around the forum somewhere.

Muttley
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on June 24, 2015, 02:20:19 pm
...By the way, those tiles are 600mm square, hard vitreous stoneware ceramic, ...

I had considered doing the same when I built my workbench, however decided against it because I was concerned they might be too cold to be working on (touching).
How do you find them?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on June 24, 2015, 02:30:00 pm
those two syringes only made me think of one thing, a series of auctions in which they sold old syphilis syringes , made my skin crawl, yuk  :scared:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on June 24, 2015, 03:02:08 pm
I had considered doing the same when I built my workbench, however decided against it because I was concerned they might be too cold to be working on (touching).
How do you find them?

They are quite thermally conductive, so feel cold to the touch in cold weather. If that was a bench where I sat writing or using keyboard/mouse for long, it would be uncomfortable. But it's a workspace dedicated to soldering (and using microscopes.) So it doesn't seem to be a problem, since my hands don't rest on the bench much.
Also, the tiles are not fixed down. I could easily take them off temporarily if needed. There's a sheet of 3mm MDF underneath, to protect the table surface. The table is a sentimental heirloom - made by my grandfather.

I did have a coldness problem with a thick aluminum 'computer tray' in a rack. Using the mouse on that was quite unpleasant. But easily solved with a mousemat. When I get the cameras for microscopes sorted out, and have to use the mouse at the soldering desk a bit, I can add a mouse mat here too.

Thats the Aldi vise, there is a couple of pages on it floating around the forum somewhere.

Ah, here it is: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/(uk)-mini-vice-at-aldi-from-5th-feb/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/(uk)-mini-vice-at-aldi-from-5th-feb/)
Re the suction cap leaking - wipe the surface and suction cap with a damp cloth first. On a glass-smooth surface it makes a perfect seal. I test-stuck that vice down yesterday and it's still solidly attached.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: ElektroQuark on June 24, 2015, 04:45:57 pm
Quote from: Muttley Snickers on Today at 04:17:13 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=47932.msg699002#msg699002)

Thats the Aldi vise


Or the LIDL ones.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on June 24, 2015, 06:47:09 pm
...They are quite thermally conductive, so feel cold to the touch in cold weather. If that was a bench where I sat writing or using keyboard/mouse for long, it would be uncomfortable...

Yes, I figured they might be a bit cold... I tend to "elbow rest" in my workspace, except while soldering of course...
Thanks for your feedback TerraHertz.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Shock on June 24, 2015, 09:06:26 pm
The cheap benchtop vice at Aldi are Workzone brand and jave been historically been on sale at $15 (only during Feb) until sold out. I preferred the suction cup version, and while they aren't perfect you can mount it on block of wood (for example) and put it anywhere on the table. It's also heavy enough to do smaller jobs without anchoring.

(http://git.makehackvoid.com/sites/default/files/W07_022_WORKZONE_TABLE_VICE_PD.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: McBryce on June 24, 2015, 09:26:44 pm
Or you can buy the exact same vice for twice the price if you choose the Proxxon labelled version: http://www.axminster.co.uk/proxxon-fms-75-precision-vice (http://www.axminster.co.uk/proxxon-fms-75-precision-vice)

Obviously paint in puke inducing colours costs more :)

McBryce.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Josephine85 on June 24, 2015, 10:36:34 pm
reading posts in this topic :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: kolbep on June 26, 2015, 06:16:46 am
Just won an auction for
50Pcs ULN2003ADR ULN2003A ULN2003 TRANS 7 NPN DARL 50V 500MA
SMD.
 
for $3.32


I only needed about 5 of them. Now I need to figure out what to do with the rest. They are very useful little chips, especially for driving relays with a PIC micro...
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Circuitous on June 26, 2015, 10:47:26 am
I had to work some overtime, and then wait to get paid for it, but...
  this finally arrived!

A Keithley DMM7510... not a loaner, she's all mine.

(https://corgitronics.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/dmm7510_1a.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on June 26, 2015, 10:51:55 am
I had to work some overtime...

Very nice!
I would need to do some serious overtime for that...
USD3k divided by 0.50c per hour, less tax... Hmmm... forget it.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: ElektroQuark on June 26, 2015, 05:48:26 pm
Where are the good quality front panels gone?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on June 26, 2015, 05:57:35 pm
I had to work some overtime, and then wait to get paid for it, but...
  this finally arrived!

A Keithley DMM7510... not a loaner, she's all mine.


Wheres the pic of the back and all the ports
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Circuitous on June 27, 2015, 10:47:30 am
Wheres the pic of the back and all the ports

The ports, in all their glory!

(https://corgitronics.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/dmm7510_back_panel.jpg?w=640&h=484)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on June 27, 2015, 11:39:05 am
Mmmm, can't wait to see it on my workbench , yeah, I know, but a fella can dream  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: jhalar on June 27, 2015, 01:29:34 pm
Bought this week:

An Agilent MSOX-3104A 1GHz fully optioned premium used oscilloscope and an Agilent U1733C LCR meter.
To replace an old Tektronix TDS220.
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Post by: vk6zgo on June 27, 2015, 03:31:14 pm
A Partridge in a pear tree----I'm starting my Christmas shopping early! ;D
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Post by: Deathwish on June 27, 2015, 05:37:16 pm
A Partridge in a pear tree----I'm starting my Christmas shopping early! ;D

I started a list, its not much, but I am nearly out of toilet roll and ink.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on June 27, 2015, 07:50:31 pm
Went away for a few days and thought I'd better turn my PC off at the wall........

Flicked the switch late last night and BOOM.......  :wtf:  :rant:  :scared:
Ripped her apart as we do, and some rotten bug(6 legged type) had crawled into the PSU.  :palm:

Off to the PC parts shop for a new PSU with fingers crossed hopeing thats all that was fried.

New Coolermaster 450W PSU and we're back.  :clap:  :phew:  :popcorn:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: VK5RC on June 27, 2015, 08:26:51 pm
After much cursing at the Moon and electronics (yes I am a lunatic, well, trying to bounce a 1296MHz signal off the moon) I discovered I had fried the front end  low noise amp HEMT !  |O
VLNA amp at 23cm (36dB gain 0.27dB Noise Factor). MGF4919G
Rf electronica to the rescue (many thanks and no connection)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: scatha on June 28, 2015, 04:47:14 pm
EIP 28B microwave frequency counter with the OCXO option.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Muttley Snickers on June 30, 2015, 08:18:29 pm
I rarely get sick but have been suffering with the flu for almost a week now, really bad throbbing headaches, runny nose, watering eyes, sore throat and crook in the guts, probably  all the symptoms associated with scurvy or the plague with my luck.

I squeezed some lemons over the weekend and made some hot lemon drinks just with hot water and a bit of sugar, always worked in the past but just not doing the job on this one.
Went to the chemist and spent a fortune on lozenges, throat spray and medicated tablets but having little effect, I must say that I was tempted as the bottle shop was only a couple of doors down from the chemist and surely a bottle of bourbon couldn't make me feel any worse off, I refrained of course.

Anyway, since nothing else is working I figured the best way to get rid of the flu was to share it.


Muttley..........Sick as a dog...... :-BROKE :palm:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: con-f-use on June 30, 2015, 08:35:50 pm
Without medication, a real flu takes two weeks. With medication, it will take 14 days and be a little more pleasant. I swear on a glass Bourbon right before bedtime.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Muttley Snickers on June 30, 2015, 08:44:07 pm
Without medication, a real flu takes two weeks. With medication, it will take 14 days and be a little more pleasant. I swear on a glass Bourbon right before bedtime.

That reminds me of a funny thing, we were on a big factory job once and hadn't eaten all day so we decided to get a couple of pizza's delivered to the site, It was late at night and when I rang them I asked how long it would take before delivery, the person replied one hour and sixty minutes, I told them not to bother.

Muttley
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on June 30, 2015, 08:51:08 pm
Muttley..........Sick as a dog...... :-BROKE :palm:
Good thing you don't live in my house, she starts polishing a bullet when I'm sick.  :scared:
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Post by: Deathwish on June 30, 2015, 09:17:56 pm
Muttley..........Sick as a dog...... :-BROKE :palm:
Good thing you don't live in my house, she starts polishing a bullet when I'm sick.  :scared:

I wouldn't worry until you see the party invitations being prepared
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Muttley Snickers on June 30, 2015, 09:25:45 pm
Muttley..........Sick as a dog...... :-BROKE :palm:
Good thing you don't live in my house, she starts polishing a bullet when I'm sick.  :scared:
And what ? , The baseball bat when your not........ :-DD


Muttley........On the up, now only crook as a dog....... :-BROKE :palm:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on June 30, 2015, 09:30:35 pm
Muttley..........Sick as a dog...... :-BROKE :palm:
Good thing you don't live in my house, she starts polishing a bullet when I'm sick.  :scared:
And what ? , The baseball bat when your not........ :-DD


Muttley........On the up, now only crook as a dog....... :-BROKE :palm:
Just the thought of a shiny bullet with you name on it made you feel better instantly didn't it.  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on June 30, 2015, 09:33:12 pm
Muttley..........Sick as a dog...... :-BROKE :palm:
Good thing you don't live in my house, she starts polishing a bullet when I'm sick.  :scared:

I wouldn't worry until you see the party invitations being prepared
Great advice, thanks.  :-+
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on June 30, 2015, 09:52:07 pm

I know that we are off topic and we can go back and thin it out if required or asked, but last yesterday was the worst for the runny nose, all day long, two big boxes of tissues gone and dozens of handkerchiefs now contaminated, At one point I even considered going out into the workshop and getting the silicone gun, seems to work for the plumbers.

Years ago someone told me that to stop a runny nose you should snort some black pepper anyway silly me tried it in desperation once, sneezed and almost blew my head off, never again.


Muttley..........still a bit wonky.......... :-BROKE :palm:
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Post by: tautech on June 30, 2015, 10:06:32 pm
 :-DD
You  might feel shit Pete, but you've cheered us up.  :-+
Pepper is the dummest thing I've heard, I'll stick with garlic or whiskey, for medicinal purposes of course.  ;)
Get well soon mate.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: frenky on June 30, 2015, 10:51:47 pm
UT210E: http://www.uni-trend.com/en/product/2014_0717_650.html (http://www.uni-trend.com/en/product/2014_0717_650.html)
I'm been waiting to buy a clamp meter way to long.
This one is cheap (40$) and it has 1mA AC resolution so it will be perferct for my hobby needs. :)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=159035;image)
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Post by: TerraHertz on July 01, 2015, 10:48:35 pm
A few minor odds and ends:
 * 12V 12.5A power supply, for 'some stuff running in a cupboard'. The short leads were just so I could power it up. Still have to try it under full load for a while as a test.

 * A bag or 200 Red/Green LEDs. For that electrostatic 'sparkle ball' experiment.
 * Box of just under 1000 M3 CSK 8mm stainless steel screws. I'm lucky to live very near an industrial manufacturer and stockist of fasteners. Cheap and friendly. Premier Fasteners of Milperra.
 * Bag of 100 ziplock plastic bags, 250x170mm. I use these for storing all those little B5 size booklets and papers that come with so many electronic things. A bag for each item, keeps the manual, CD and my notes together, and the bags fit perfectly in those common small storage cubes, like at left. Now I won't run out again for a while.

Incidentally, about those 50W LEDs I bought recently, see: http://everist.org/NobLog/20150628_LED_lighting_mk3.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20150628_LED_lighting_mk3.htm)

When is a 'red LED' not a red LED? A: when it's one of those. Beware.
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Post by: VK5RC on July 01, 2015, 10:52:54 pm
Arrived today my long service leave payout equivalent.
Keysight AC 6802A Basic AC (and DC) 1000VA PSU, rather unusually it doesn't come with a power cord!
It is quite a flexible beast. Can output AC at variable (40-500Hz) frequencies 1-270 V or  DC 1-380V (bit rough, ripple 0.7V) and with protection CV circuitry etc.
Data sheet http://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5991-4194EN.pdf?id=2445976 (http://literature.cdn.keysight.com/litweb/pdf/5991-4194EN.pdf?id=2445976)

edit; correct VA figure
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Post by: Ribster on July 02, 2015, 06:44:54 am
A Logic analyzer! Yes sir, i like this one!
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Post by: alank2 on July 02, 2015, 07:28:08 am
I received one of these yesterday as a free bonus for buying a Flir E4:

(http://www.tequipment.net/assets/1/26/DimRegular/br80_image_1.jpg)

So far playing around with it, it is pretty cool.  I guess the next time I need to look for a cable in the wall I'll be ready.
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Post by: BravoV on July 02, 2015, 04:56:10 pm
Not actually recent, bought few months ago, NOS Manson SPS-9250 (branded as Teleconcepts  here ??? ), an adjustable 3-15 Volt 25 Amp switching benchtop psu for approx. $75.

Similar to Dave's tear down video at his Jaycar's branded at EEVblog #272 - Manson 9400 40A 3-15V.
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Post by: madalf71 on July 02, 2015, 08:07:55 pm
Not as funky as a new scope, but....new heat gun with all the accessories....take that heat shrink and thermally faulty components. 2 speed and dial up lcd temps.
(http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll111/madalf71/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-06-25%2015.00.04_zpse8zhpbxi.jpg)
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Post by: Deathwish on July 02, 2015, 08:25:10 pm
Do I take it that the two small round nozzles are the dewalt SMD reheat nozzles  :-DD
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 02, 2015, 10:37:54 pm
Do I take it that the two small round nozzles are the dewalt SMD reheat nozzles  :-DD

No, they're for blowing up hot air baloons. :-+
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Post by: xrunner on July 03, 2015, 03:23:20 am
Rigol DG1022  8)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TiP2TBAnc4PzOwYpa8jlC-9emqn-QIPf0mUwekOF4Dw=w1184-h888-no)
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Post by: suicidaleggroll on July 03, 2015, 03:28:49 am
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 3rd gen
8GB RAM, i5-5300U, 512GB PCIe x4 SSD, 2.9 lbs and 11 hour battery life  :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71EYC3NfqwL._SL1500_.jpg)

Now I just have to wait for them to build it...
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Post by: SeanB on July 03, 2015, 04:16:30 am
Got a parcel today from Toploser.......

The items I paid for, the Bourns pots and the peltier cooler units ( bare unsealed devices) plus some eztra packaging material in the carton to stop it rattling.

Cheaper than packing peanuts. so I got a few UV led units ( either UV or really royal blue, can't decide, so I will have to look at them further. Really nice die inside, with a gold top metal layer and gold bond wires as well, must pop one under the microscope), some IGBT devices ( nice!) and enough 0R1 SMD resistors to make a dummy load or hundred with.

Thanks Ian! I like your scrap packing material, a good mystery bonus there.

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Post by: SeanB on July 03, 2015, 04:20:16 am
Well, microscope is right next to me, so a quickie for this then.

Thanks Ian, one of the nicest looking LED dies I have seen for a while.
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Post by: Ribster on July 04, 2015, 12:26:23 am
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 3rd gen
8GB RAM, i5-5300U, 512GB PCIe x4 SSD, 2.9 lbs and 11 hour battery life  :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71EYC3NfqwL._SL1500_.jpg)

Now I just have to wait for them to build it...

I've got a thinkpad at work. Does your trackpad suck as much as mine ?
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Post by: suicidaleggroll on July 04, 2015, 01:25:59 am
I've got a thinkpad at work. Does your trackpad suck as much as mine ?

I have a T420s at home and the trackpad is perfectly fine.  Some coworkers at work have a T430, T530, and first get X1 carbon, all have decent trackpads.  I did get a T440 at work though with the unholy "clickpad" abomination they introduced last year...that thing is the worst pointing device I have ever used on a computer.  Apparently they received so many complaints that for 2015 they reverted the entire product line back to the traditional trackpad, so I don't expect any problems with this one.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on July 04, 2015, 06:55:47 am
Having had no income for 8 weeks now I have been unable to buy anything new, I did get given a intel D915G motherboard in a complete pc though for nothing, it seems the old owner couldnt get it to run, however when i ran it up and shoved spyhunter on it it found some 1018 infected files ... Oh well. I now have an old P4 machine that has a parallel and serial port so that was a bonus for some old hardware I wanted to build. I also now have a spare ATX psu for conversion.
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Post by: Len on July 04, 2015, 07:15:50 am
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 3rd gen
8GB RAM, i5-5300U, 512GB PCIe x4 SSD, 2.9 lbs and 11 hour battery life  :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71EYC3NfqwL._SL1500_.jpg)

Now I just have to wait for them to build it...

I got one of those recently. I like it a lot.

I've got a thinkpad at work. Does your trackpad suck as much as mine ?

Mine works great. Better than the one on my old HP laptop.
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Post by: HighVoltage on July 04, 2015, 07:25:33 am
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 3rd gen
8GB RAM, i5-5300U, 512GB PCIe x4 SSD, 2.9 lbs and 11 hour battery life  :D

Now I just have to wait for them to build it...
I just love Lenovo Notebooks for my engineering stuff.
Some CAD programs run faster on my W520 than on big tower workstations.
They are just amazing.

But I never owned an X1 Carbon
Will you be running it for engineering purposes?
May be you can share your experiences
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Post by: Circlotron on July 05, 2015, 11:35:16 pm
Got a set of six 350 Farad 2.7V ultracapacitors to attach across the car battery to give the 5 litre V8 a bit more of a shove when starting, particularly on cold mornings. You can even start the car without a battery, just using the caps only, but a battery + cap combo is the ideal setup. Even if the battery is so cold, old or sad that the starter solenoid just chatters, one of these fitted will make it crank over like a new battery.
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Post by: suicidaleggroll on July 06, 2015, 07:00:36 am
Will you be running it for engineering purposes?
May be you can share your experiences
It will be used for general purpose everything.

My current "lab machine/server" will be moved to dedicated server-only duty, my current general purpose T420s will move to lab duty, and the X1 Carbon will take the place of the T420s.  It'll mostly be kicad, programming, general on-site equipment testing/debugging, etc.  The first thing I'm going to do when I get it is wipe it and install OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, then I'll probably stick Windows 10 in a VM for the tasks that still require Windows.

Unfortunately Lenovo just pushed the estimated ship date back 10 days to July 17, so who knows when it'll get here.  Hopefully it shows up before my trip to Peru in August, I could use it on that long flight.
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Post by: ketil b on July 06, 2015, 03:49:21 pm
Hi

I got the R6144 two weeks ago, seller said it was noisy and it is, the LT1021-7 is giving up the ghost, waiting for a replacement.

The 199 I got today, apparently powers up but not tested, but it didn't. One of the primary side coils on the main transformer was open, where the PCB pin meets the wire. Fixed that and now it just reads garbage. Probably sumpthing in the ADC.

Bonus the longest boge wire I have seen
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Post by: AudioplatinumService on July 06, 2015, 05:11:46 pm
Hi,

I also get few UV LEDs from Ian. Maybe we can use them for an small PCB UV exposure box?

Cheers,
Damir


Well, microscope is right next to me, so a quickie for this then.

Thanks Ian, one of the nicest looking LED dies I have seen for a while.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Whales on July 06, 2015, 09:10:27 pm
Got a set of six 350 Farad 2.7V ultracapacitors to attach across the car battery to give the 5 litre V8 a bit more of a shove when starting, particularly on cold mornings. You can even start the car without a battery, just using the caps only, but a battery + cap combo is the ideal setup. Even if the battery is so cold, old or sad that the starter solenoid just chatters, one of these fitted will make it crank over like a new battery.

Would these outlast the battery if permanently attached or would you have to keep them separate and only use when necessary?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: HighVoltage on July 06, 2015, 09:19:18 pm
Got a set of six 350 Farad 2.7V ultracapacitors to attach across the car battery to give the 5 litre V8 a bit more of a shove when starting, particularly on cold mornings. You can even start the car without a battery, just using the caps only, but a battery + cap combo is the ideal setup. Even if the battery is so cold, old or sad that the starter solenoid just chatters, one of these fitted will make it crank over like a new battery.
Interesting....
Can you show a picture of the other side with the balancing circuit?
How is the balancing solved for these Maxwell capacitors?
Where did you buy the unit of the PCB?
How did you interface the heavy cables to the PCB?

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Post by: Artlav on July 07, 2015, 07:57:51 am
A box of NOS adjustable 15W power resistors.
1984 vintage, look nice...
And that's all they do, unfortunately.

Specced at 1.5Ohm, +-5% they actually read 5.1 Ohm.
Also, the tweaker does not really work - there is no contact most of the time even after cleaning the resistive wire of corrosion.
They seem to all have about the same wrong resistance, so either i understand the labelling wrong (1.5 Ohm resistor. How can it mean 5.1 Ohm? Did they print the digits in the wrong order?), or they have degraded over time.

Well, back to looking for a tweakable 0.41 Ohm sense resistor in the 5W range...

(http://i.imgur.com/Fe8V9l4.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/GufPoH9.jpg)
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Post by: Circlotron on July 07, 2015, 12:23:33 pm
Got a set of six 350 Farad 2.7V ultracapacitors to attach across the car battery to give the 5 litre V8 a bit more of a shove when starting, particularly on cold mornings. You can even start the car without a battery, just using the caps only, but a battery + cap combo is the ideal setup. Even if the battery is so cold, old or sad that the starter solenoid just chatters, one of these fitted will make it crank over like a new battery.

Would these outlast the battery if permanently attached or would you have to keep them separate and only use when necessary?
I'd expect them to last for many years provided you don't let them get way too hot. Keep them across the battery permanently. Have a search on YouTube.
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Post by: Circlotron on July 07, 2015, 12:26:50 pm
Got a set of six 350 Farad 2.7V ultracapacitors to attach across the car battery to give the 5 litre V8 a bit more of a shove when starting, particularly on cold mornings. You can even start the car without a battery, just using the caps only, but a battery + cap combo is the ideal setup. Even if the battery is so cold, old or sad that the starter solenoid just chatters, one of these fitted will make it crank over like a new battery.
Interesting....
Can you show a picture of the other side with the balancing circuit?
How is the balancing solved for these Maxwell capacitors?
Where did you buy the unit of the PCB?
How did you interface the heavy cables to the PCB?

It's all here -> http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ultracapacitor-Module-Battery-Eliminator-Car-Audio-Starting-Remote-Power-Solar-/111699706891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a01d2440b (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ultracapacitor-Module-Battery-Eliminator-Car-Audio-Starting-Remote-Power-Solar-/111699706891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a01d2440b)
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Post by: HighVoltage on July 07, 2015, 07:02:10 pm
It's all here -> http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ultracapacitor-Module-Battery-Eliminator-Car-Audio-Starting-Remote-Power-Solar-/111699706891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a01d2440b (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ultracapacitor-Module-Battery-Eliminator-Car-Audio-Starting-Remote-Power-Solar-/111699706891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a01d2440b)
Thanks, will be interesting to see, how the balancing was solved on this PCB.
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Post by: Whales on July 07, 2015, 07:29:03 pm
It's all here -> http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ultracapacitor-Module-Battery-Eliminator-Car-Audio-Starting-Remote-Power-Solar-/111699706891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a01d2440b (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ultracapacitor-Module-Battery-Eliminator-Car-Audio-Starting-Remote-Power-Solar-/111699706891?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1a01d2440b)
Thanks, will be interesting to see, how the balancing was solved on this PCB.

If you scroll down there is a full schematic.  It looks like they have used a combination of light emitting and normal diodes to get something a little below the 2.7V max of each cap.
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Post by: free_electron on July 08, 2015, 01:46:25 am
Just scored three 3457  7-1/2 digit meters for 165$ each ...
i also acquired 7 ( yes SEVEN ) U8001 power supplies for a ridiculous price....
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Post by: HighVoltage on July 08, 2015, 02:20:02 am
Just scored three 3457  7-1/2 digit meters for 165$ each ...
i also acquired 7 ( yes SEVEN ) U8001 power supplies for a ridiculous price....
It seems you have been at the right spot at the right time again!
Pictures?
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Post by: ketil b on July 08, 2015, 01:34:11 pm
Some new keycaps for my das and Nextion came today
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Post by: KJDS on July 08, 2015, 05:32:09 pm
I've just bought another incomplete HP8510B 20GHz VNA.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: suicidaleggroll on July 17, 2015, 08:29:11 am
But I never owned an X1 Carbon
Will you be running it for engineering purposes?
May be you can share your experiences

It arrived today.  It feels very well built, small, and incredibly light.  First thing I did when I got it was backup the restore partition and then wipe the drive and install Linux, then install Windows 7 in a VM.  Everything is working out of the box, no hiccups.  The processor is nothing to write home about, Intel hasn't really improved processing power versus the standard notebook processors from 3 years ago, but what they have done is cut the power requirements of the processor in half and improved the graphics capabilities.  So same processing power as a few years ago, but better graphics and significantly lower power.  In addition to the improved battery life this gives, it also means the machine runs cool and quiet regardless of what you're doing on it.  It's spent the last 2 hours with the CPU running 100% (Windows updates) and you can hardly hear the fan and it's barely warm to the touch.

The PCIe x4 drive is SUPER fast  too, I got an average of 1.3 GB/s write and 1.1 GB/s read on a 50 GB dd dump, WHILE simultaneously installing a program on Linux, doing system updates on the Win 7 VM, and installing two programs on the Win 7 VM.

I'm happy with it, it should be a very nice machine for my uses.  I just wish they offered a 16 GB RAM option for it...
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 17, 2015, 08:57:44 am
I bought a Hakko FX-951, some cartridges and cartridge sleeves and an extra brass curl from TEquipment.net.  The order is marked ship complete only.  I have a cartridge arriving tomorrow that shipped on the 14th when I ordered everything.  Supposedly 4 more pieces were to have shipped yesterday.  6 pieces are shipping tomorrow and the final cartridge will be shipped on the 22nd.  Methinks they are losing money here on the shipping.

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on July 17, 2015, 09:41:29 am
I bought a Hakko FX-951, some cartridges and cartridge sleeves and an extra brass curl from TEquipment.net.  The order is marked ship complete only.  I have a cartridge arriving tomorrow that shipped on the 14th when I ordered everything.  Supposedly 4 more pieces were to have shipped yesterday.  6 pieces are shipping tomorrow and the final cartridge will be shipped on the 22nd.  Methinks they are losing money here on the shipping.
They have multiple warehouses, so if the order has to be filled from more than one, your order will show up in multiple packages (and don't always arrive on the same day). Ordering something not in stock can cause this as well.

FWIW, I ran into both situations. 8)
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Post by: alank2 on July 18, 2015, 11:08:46 am
I got me a BK 2120 today for $40!  I've got a couple of Rigol scopes, but I've always wanted an analog one to mess around with.  This one is super clean, I even did the Dave "take it apart" to see if it needed a blow out with compressed air and it looks super clean on the inside too.

(http://home.earthlink.net/~alank2/bk2120.jpg)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 18, 2015, 01:25:49 pm
That takes me back to my ITT Technical Institute days.  We used BK 20 MHz scopes, I don't remember the model number but yours looks just like what I used.  Enjoy your find.
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Post by: Mark on July 19, 2015, 04:55:18 am
My lovely wife just bought me a second DS1054Z!  (I have a birthday coming up ;) )
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Post by: dr.diesel on July 19, 2015, 05:41:31 am
Scored this HP 4328A for $80 bucks shipped a while back.

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Post by: richfiles on July 19, 2015, 06:04:05 am
I bought an FDAI (Flight Director/Attitude Indicator), along with 2 Arduino Mega2560s and 4 Pro Minis (clones from Microcenter). SADLY... the only serial interface for the micros they had in stock was the FTDI version... (I did not like paying any kind of money for an FTDI product). The arduinos are my first foray into microcontrollers. Call me old school... I've had a preference for digital logic for years, but I need to build some new skills. I haven't programed since the Commodore 64 days, and HyperCard and HyperStudio on Mac.

I'll be using the FDAI, along with a variety of meters, displays, indicators, switches, buttons, and other controls to build a "Command Module" styled controller for Kerbal Space Program. The Ratheon chip has a 1974 date code. This puppy is five years older than I am!

(http://richfiles.solarbotics.net/eb/KerbalCM_FDAIdetail.jpg)
(http://richfiles.solarbotics.net/eb/KerbalCM_FDAIgimbal.jpg)
(http://richfiles.solarbotics.net/eb/KerbalCM_FDAIcircuit.jpg)
(http://richfiles.solarbotics.net/eb/KerbalCMMeters.jpg)
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Post by: ruffy91 on July 21, 2015, 05:21:56 am
Keithley 2000 in perfect working condition calibrated 2 years ago, located 10km from me for 200 CHF (~200 USD/280AUD).
Sadly no printed manual, but Keythley manuals are available on their website. Pics when I get it on thursday.
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Post by: tggzzz on July 21, 2015, 07:57:32 am
I received an HP10020A in a case containing:
Price:£40 (plus £20 shipping from Oz, which neither I nor the vendor liked!)

:)
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Post by: Obin on July 21, 2015, 09:05:07 am
I finally got around to buying the Rigol DS1054Z! Can't wait untill it arrives

Also some zener diodes to experiment with (cost me about 400 times less than the Rigol  :P)
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Post by: Deathwish on July 21, 2015, 07:14:39 pm
Like Obin above a DS1054Z a Fluke 175 and other varying bits and bobs.
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Post by: Spekkio on July 21, 2015, 10:07:04 pm
I lost my favorite pincette. I can't understand where I put it. Completly gone. I hate it when things dissapears.

Anyway, I bought 4 new ones

(http://i59.tinypic.com/hx90zp.jpg)

And these minicontainers for SMD's, resistors and capacitors and other chips. I really like them

(http://i59.tinypic.com/91kvgl.jpg)
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Post by: Deathwish on July 21, 2015, 10:22:52 pm
I lost my favorite pincette. I can't understand where I put it. Completly gone. I hate it when things dissapears.

Anyway, I bought 4 new ones

Check SWMBO's handbag if applicable....
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Post by: BravoV on July 21, 2015, 10:37:32 pm
Scored just few days ago a Fluke PM6306 RCL Meter. (posted at other thread too)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/how-much-are-you-willing-to-pay-for-an-used-fluke-pm6306/?action=dlattach;attach=161722;image)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 21, 2015, 10:44:10 pm
I lost my favorite pincette. I can't understand where I put it. Completly gone. I hate it when things dissapears.

Anyway, I bought 4 new ones

Check SWMBO's handbag if applicable....

She knows where the cheap ones in my toolbox are.  I hide the good ESD safe tweezers from prying eyes.  To her credit, she does put them back when she is done.
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Post by: DenzilPenberthy on July 21, 2015, 11:18:51 pm
Well I just bought £250 worth of consumables for my workshop but it's all stuff like screws and flux and crimp terminals which is as dull as dishwater. So instead here's a picture of what my friend bought yesterday which will be in my home workshop for the foreseeable future for a bit of an overhaul. I get bored of coming home from doing electronics at work with clean fingernails so it's good to do a bit of this in the evenings  :D

(http://imgur.com/zXWMu0e.jpg)

Not really anything electrical on it, it's got mechanical fuel and injector pumps. Just an electric starter motor and headlights. All positive-earth fed from a dynamo :)

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Post by: tautech on July 22, 2015, 06:01:17 am
So instead here's a picture of what my friend bought yesterday which will be in my home workshop for the foreseeable future for a bit of an overhaul.
Not really anything electrical on it, it's got mechanical fuel and injector pumps. Just an electric starter motor and headlights. All positive-earth fed from a dynamo :)
Fordson Major or Super Major, ~ 60hp thats the drum brake model and it seems it's been repowered with an aftermarket Ebro engine or similar.
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Post by: vk6zgo on July 22, 2015, 10:34:41 am
Well I just bought £250 worth of consumables for my workshop but it's all stuff like screws and flux and crimp terminals which is as dull as dishwater. So instead here's a picture of what my friend bought yesterday which will be in my home workshop for the foreseeable future for a bit of an overhaul. I get bored of coming home from doing electronics at work with clean fingernails so it's good to do a bit of this in the evenings  :D

(http://imgur.com/zXWMu0e.jpg)

Not really anything electrical on it, it's got mechanical fuel and injector pumps. Just an electric starter motor and headlights. All positive-earth fed from a dynamo :)

You have clean fingernails after doing Electronics work?
Obviously you don't work in TV Broadcasting! ;D
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Post by: Postal666 on July 22, 2015, 11:27:00 am
Not all that exciting, but here goes...
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Post by: Spekkio on July 22, 2015, 05:06:42 pm
Check SWMBO's handbag if applicable....

 :-DD
lol, no. I live alone.
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Post by: Deathwish on July 22, 2015, 05:14:36 pm
Check SWMBO's handbag if applicable....

 :-DD
lol, no. I live alone.

I once lost a couple of Needle Files, it was most annoying when i was wanting to use them to file a case down for a pot, turned up in the ex wifes handbag some days later, she calmly pulled it out as I was driving and didn't turn an eyebrow, her excuse was they were better than her own nail files !.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 22, 2015, 11:01:45 pm
Now I have to hide my files, too? :palm:
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Post by: Deathwish on July 22, 2015, 11:07:51 pm
GreyWolfe, only the half round or flat ones, it seems the other shapes are no good for nails. ~Oh and your side cutters, seems they are better for cutting nails than a nail clipper too.
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Post by: DenzilPenberthy on July 22, 2015, 11:30:10 pm
Fordson Major or Super Major, ~ 60hp thats the drum brake model and it seems it's been repowered with an aftermarket Ebro engine or similar.

Yep, a Fordson E1A New Major. AFAIK it has the original diesel engine (only 35ish hp) but I'm not an expert on these so could be wrong. After some more poking around last night, it turns out the broken/seized gearbox it had was just a stuck handbrake mechanism, happy smiles all round.

I might start on some re-wiring tonight. It's all mostly working but I think some new crimp terminals and some emery paper and switch cleaner will do it the world of good.

Also - yep I use my expensive tiny side cutters to do my nails :)

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Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 22, 2015, 11:47:38 pm
Not a purchase but I've just been given a box full of Amiga 600s and 1200s, 2 Atari STEs and a Falcon.

None of the Amigas were meant to be working but it turns out that all of the PSUs had died* and they work fine with the ones I have apart from 1 having a dodgy keyboard and another needing a floppy drive (already replaced lol). Apart from those two issues all of them are mint, in boxes, and have all the bundled disks, manuals, leads etc plus some extras. I'm going to be tight and swap the Falcon and one A1200 for some consoles and bundle in some games in a charity auction as 1) while the A1200 may be better for gaming than the Falcon neither are as well supported as their 16 bit antecedents for gaming and it's a gaming themed auction the machines are going to and 2) I don't have either but with them I only need a Mega ST to complete my ST/Amiga collection.


*I did inform the person who gave me them of that because they gave me them thinking I may be able to cannibalise them to get a couple of working systems, but seeing as most of them will be auctioned for charity they don't want them back.
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Post by: McBryce on July 22, 2015, 11:59:05 pm
Not a purchase but I've just been given a box full of Amiga 600s and 1200s, 2 Atari STEs and a Falcon.

None of the Amigas were meant to be working but it turns out that all of the PSUs had died* and they work fine with the ones I have apart from 1 having a dodgy keyboard and another needing a floppy drive (already replaced lol). Apart from those two issues all of them are mint, in boxes, and have all the bundled disks, manuals, leads etc plus some extras. I'm going to be tight and swap the Falcon and one A1200 for some consoles and bundle in some games in a charity auction as 1) while the A1200 may be better for gaming than the Falcon neither are as well supported as their 16 bit antecedents for gaming and it's a gaming themed auction the machines are going to and 2) I don't have either but with them I only need a Mega ST to complete my ST/Amiga collection.


*I did inform the person who gave me them of that because they gave me them thinking I may be able to cannibalise them to get a couple of working systems, but seeing as most of them will be auctioned for charity they don't want them back.

If they are being auctioned to non-electronics people, you'd probably be best off replacing the electrolytics in the A600s and A1200s, they are usually leaking by now.

McBryce.
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 23, 2015, 12:01:34 am
Not all that exciting, but here goes...
Nice
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Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 23, 2015, 12:28:42 am
If they are being auctioned to non-electronics people, you'd probably be best off replacing the electrolytics in the A600s and A1200s, they are usually leaking by now.

McBryce.

I've had a cursory look over and everything seems fine, but I will indeed have a proper look over them and replace anything I think needs it before the auction. I wouldn't be surprised if that's all that's wrong with the Amiga PSUs. I'll be swapping out the ST PSUs for already refurbished, tested, and known good units too. But honestly every single one of these machines except for what I'm guessing was the most used A1200* not only looked brand new but smelled it when opened too lol.

*Heavily upgraded, it was also the one with the faulty floppy drive. <--That's the one I'm keeping but may "downgrade" it a bit to make it more standard. That all depends on compatibility though.
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Post by: KJDS on July 23, 2015, 02:17:52 am
Fordson Major or Super Major, ~ 60hp thats the drum brake model and it seems it's been repowered with an aftermarket Ebro engine or similar.

Yep, a Fordson E1A New Major. AFAIK it has the original diesel engine (only 35ish hp) but I'm not an expert on these so could be wrong. After some more poking around last night, it turns out the broken/seized gearbox it had was just a stuck handbrake mechanism, happy smiles all round.

I might start on some re-wiring tonight. It's all mostly working but I think some new crimp terminals and some emery paper and switch cleaner will do it the world of good.

Also - yep I use my expensive tiny side cutters to do my nails :)

I'd enjoy an old tractor or similar as a fun toy, but the garage is too full as it is. I do have a mad acquaintance who either uses his tractor or his Rolls to go shopping.
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Post by: Mechanical Menace on July 23, 2015, 03:09:16 am
*Heavily upgraded

Even more heavily upgraded than I thought. What I thought was just a 68040 accelerator card is a BlizzardPPC  with a socketed 60Mhz full 68060 and (like the base A1200) maxed out on RAM upgrades.

Not sure if I should feel guilty or chuffed. Will have to get in touch with who gave me them again. If they still have no problem will have to swap it out for the 68EC060 I've got laying about that I know for some reason just so happens to have a working MMU and FPU and put the full fat chip into something more suitable.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 23, 2015, 06:04:50 am
GreyWolfe, only the half round or flat ones, it seems the other shapes are no good for nails. ~Oh and your side cutters, seems they are better for cutting nails than a nail clipper too.

She only goes for my tweezers.  They are in a different drawer than the flush cutters.  If she ever grabs it and uses it to cut nails, I will give it to her and go pull out 1 of my 2 identical spares. :-+  The files are also buried in the top section of the toolbox under a bunch of other stuff.  She won't go through the effort of looking (I hope).  It has to be a quick snatch and grab.
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Post by: xrunner on July 23, 2015, 08:14:03 am
Just arrived from Canada - a vintage Kenwood R-2000 communications receiver I got off Ebay. It's in really good condition. Has the typical issues with radios this old - volume and tone pots noisy, and also the selectivity switch. The back-up battery needs to be replaced, and then the typical clean-up. But I'm pretty pleased with what I got.  :)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 23, 2015, 10:55:31 pm
Nice score X.  It wasn't a purchase so doesn't actually qualify for the thread, but I did a radio trade with a fellow club member.  He is very involved with the National Traffic system and was using a Yeasu FT-1000MP for passing digital traffic, though the radio wasn't well suited for it and was always giving him issues.  I traded him a Kenwood TS-850S with the IF-232 interface for the Yeasu ad he threw in a Yeasu SP-8 speaker.  He kept the mike because he knew I was getting the better end of the deal and since I use headset/boom mics anyway, it didn't matter.  Dollar wise, we both spent about the same amount of money, but the Yeasu is a better radio.  It is way nice to have a radio with a second receiver, makes working split much easier.  I am still keeping my Kenwood TS-940SAT, I wouldn't trade that for anything (OK, maybe a Kenwood 990), but it might become my backup radio.
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 24, 2015, 12:35:46 am
I haven't bought anything recently but I did trade my labor for an HP-5245L counter with VHF, and UHF converters. (http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss21/AF6LJ/Stuff/My%20Gear/IMG_0316_zpsxovvto7w.jpg) (http://s558.photobucket.com/user/AF6LJ/media/Stuff/My%20Gear/IMG_0316_zpsxovvto7w.jpg.html)
I like old gear, this is all discreet transistor diode logic, so when a decade counter goes bad you fix it.
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Post by: firewalker on July 24, 2015, 12:40:05 am
I had a big list of things to buy for the summer. But we are under capital control now and can't use my bank accounts for buying something out of the country.  :rant: :rant: :rant: :D :D :D

Alexander.
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Post by: xrunner on July 24, 2015, 08:37:31 am
Nice score X.  It wasn't a purchase so doesn't actually qualify for the thread, but I did a radio trade with a fellow club member.  He is very involved with the National Traffic system and was using a Yeasu FT-1000MP for passing digital traffic, though the radio wasn't well suited for it and was always giving him issues.  I traded him a Kenwood TS-850S with the IF-232 interface for the Yeasu ad he threw in a Yeasu SP-8 speaker.  He kept the mike because he knew I was getting the better end of the deal and since I use headset/boom mics anyway, it didn't matter.  Dollar wise, we both spent about the same amount of money, but the Yeasu is a better radio.  It is way nice to have a radio with a second receiver, makes working split much easier.  I am still keeping my Kenwood TS-940SAT, I wouldn't trade that for anything (OK, maybe a Kenwood 990), but it might become my backup radio.

Cool.  :)

I've been going through the service manual checks and adjustments for the R-2000 today. Most everything is pretty spot-on. It's working good and although it doesn't hold a candle to today's modern DSP receivers, it's still fun to tune the shortwave bands with, for a retro sort of adventure. I need to retrofit it with an LED next. The whole radio had but a single incandescent lamp, and it was for the S-meter. The LED conversion is child's play and will look good.

But if you like that one - wait till I show you what's arriving next off Eaby. Just stay tuned ...  :-/O
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 24, 2015, 09:54:38 am
Nice score X.  It wasn't a purchase so doesn't actually qualify for the thread, but I did a radio trade with a fellow club member.  He is very involved with the National Traffic system and was using a Yeasu FT-1000MP for passing digital traffic, though the radio wasn't well suited for it and was always giving him issues.  I traded him a Kenwood TS-850S with the IF-232 interface for the Yeasu ad he threw in a Yeasu SP-8 speaker.  He kept the mike because he knew I was getting the better end of the deal and since I use headset/boom mics anyway, it didn't matter.  Dollar wise, we both spent about the same amount of money, but the Yeasu is a better radio.  It is way nice to have a radio with a second receiver, makes working split much easier.  I am still keeping my Kenwood TS-940SAT, I wouldn't trade that for anything (OK, maybe a Kenwood 990), but it might become my backup radio.

Cool.  :)

I've been going through the service manual checks and adjustments for the R-2000 today. Most everything is pretty spot-on. It's working good and although it doesn't hold a candle to today's modern DSP receivers, it's still fun to tune the shortwave bands with, for a retro sort of adventure. I need to retrofit it with an LED next. The whole radio had but a single incandescent lamp, and it was for the S-meter. The LED conversion is child's play and will look good.

But if you like that one - wait till I show you what's arriving next off Eaby. Just stay tuned ...  :-/O
Looks like you both ended with some nice gear.
Much Coolness.
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Post by: VE7FM on July 24, 2015, 04:58:19 pm
Agilent N1996A spectrum analyzer. Talk about good times, 100 kHz to 6 GHz with 10 Hz RBW and tracking gen 1 MHz through 6 GHz. Built in return loss bridge, cable fault analysis, modulation analysis, AM/FM demod and spectrograph(waterfall) display. The spectrum analyzer actually goes to < 9 kHz and the tracking gen still works at 100 kHz. So much fun to be had! I now know the length of every piece of coax in the shack, it even measured the jumpers that are under a foot in length. It will be fun to sweep some antennas in the 5 GHz range once I build some decent open/short/loads and get more adapters.
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Post by: ruffy91 on July 24, 2015, 05:34:31 pm
Keithley 2000 in perfect working condition calibrated 2 years ago, located 10km from me for 200 CHF (~200 USD/280AUD).
Sadly no printed manual, but Keythley manuals are available on their website. Pics when I get it on thursday.
Got it for 100 CHF/USD, because the soft keys were a bit hard to press and because the seller knows the university where I study.
Cleaned the key membrane, now the keys are like newa.
The case is a bit yellowish but this can be expected for a 1996 vintage instrument, can this be reverted? (bleach the case in a ultrasonic bath?)
The firmware is A06, I ordered some EPROMs to update (seriously, why are there UV-erasable EPROMs without window? I'm so tempted to just decap them).
Electrolytics look good, instrument was used every 2 years (for calibration) according to the owner. Should I replace them nonetheless?

Edit: I will replace the electrolytics with Panasonic FR and FC, as the nichicon inside are prone to leaking (same series and period as the big leaky mainboard caps epidemic).
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Post by: nfmax on July 24, 2015, 06:07:04 pm
The case is a bit yellowish but this can be expected for a 1996 vintage instrument, can this be reverted? (bleach the case in a ultrasonic bath?)

Google for 'retrobrite'. Supposed to do the biz, though I haven't tried it myself. It seems the yellowing arises from the presence of brominated flame retardants in the plastics of that vintage, and is reversible.
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Post by: Mark on July 24, 2015, 10:39:42 pm
SmartTweezers ST5S!  Never before has a man been so excited about a pair of tweezers, thanks eevblog! :)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 24, 2015, 10:47:12 pm
Looks like you both ended with some nice gear.
Much Coolness.

The Yaesu is definitely a lot of radio.  It has about the fastest autotuner I have ever seen in a radio and it constantly retunes as I scan the bands.  It even has that newfangled DSP stuff in it :-DD.  I am still getting used to the receive audio.  It sounds much different than the Kenwood.  Not better or worse, just different.  I am still of the opinion that no ham radio gear has receive audio as good as the more vintage Kenwoods.  I love the audio out of my TS-940 and also enjoyed the audio out of the TS-850.  What's funny about the whole thing is my friend is a diehard Yaesu guy.  Everything he owns is Yaesu except for the Kenwood because it does what he needs better :-+ :-+
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Post by: Deathwish on July 24, 2015, 11:38:35 pm
Hmm,on top of the DSO, a fluke 75, a set of smd tweezers, a few spares, set of bisely drawers to hold spares, laptop screen, 8 port switch for my network, varying other goodies from aliexpress.

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Post by: AF6LJ on July 25, 2015, 12:53:25 am
The Yaesu is definitely a lot of radio.  It has about the fastest autotuner I have ever seen in a radio and it constantly retunes as I scan the bands.  It even has that newfangled DSP stuff in it :-DD.  I am still getting used to the receive audio.  It sounds much different than the Kenwood.  Not better or worse, just different.  I am still of the opinion that no ham radio gear has receive audio as good as the more vintage Kenwoods.  I love the audio out of my TS-940 and also enjoyed the audio out of the TS-850.  What's funny about the whole thing is my friend is a diehard Yaesu guy.  Everything he owns is Yaesu except for the Kenwood because it does what he needs better :-+ :-+
It is a good radio.
I am not that big of a fan when it comes to DSP, especially early DSP. I have an Icom IC-756 (non pro) and even with the noise reduction shut off when listening on SSB / CW / RTTY the fourth IF is all digital and the sound of the background noise is like someone dragging sand paper through one's ears. I have had the same experience listening to a K-3 it just seems to be something related to the technology. On the other hand I don't have the same problem with my Softrock SDR receiver.

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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 25, 2015, 12:54:12 pm
I am with you on the DSP.  It isn't turned on in the Yaesu and I probably won't.  I have listened to/used more modern DSP radios and I do find the sound somewhat unpleasant, tinny even.  I do have some mid and high range hearing loss in both ears so there are sounds that bother me more than my wife, who tends to look at me funny when I say something about it or I can't hardly hear them in the first place.  That is why I really like the Kenwood 940.  No DSP artifacts, no crap, just good clean audio.  The Yaesu is almost ready for prime time.  My headset adaptor is in, I just have to go to Radio Shack for a phono plug as that is how the PTT is done in the back of the radio.  Once the foot pedal is wired up, I can give the microphone back to my friend.  I have been using headset/boom mics for so long now, using a mic felt weird.
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 25, 2015, 10:57:50 pm
The newer gear does seem to have less of that harsh audio quality.
I have a friend who has an FTDX5000 and the noise reduction seems to work better than on my IC-756. Most likely the difference between a $2300 radio back in the late 90's and a $6000 radio that is still in production.

Next month the plan is to get one of these to improve reception here.
I have noise issues at this location and I think this will help.
 http://www.dxengineering.com/parts/pxl-rf-pro-1b (http://www.dxengineering.com/parts/pxl-rf-pro-1b)
I also have a Timewave ANC-4 which worked great until i moved my main antenna and the sense antenna was rendered useless.
Looking forward to knocking 12-18DB off my man made noise level.
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Post by: xrunner on July 26, 2015, 08:44:27 am
Before I show what I bought today, a follow up on the Kenwood R-2000. The LED retrofit looks great, and the radio works really well. I'm very pleased with this retro find.

Now, what I got today is really nice. It's a Drake SSR-1, which uses a Wadley loop circuit to generate 1 MHz harmonics to cover all the shortwave bands in 1 MHz steps. This radio worked when turned on, and picked up WWV on 10 MHz with no problem with the built-in telescoping antenna. But what amazed me is the condition of this radio. Many radios this old (like the Kenwood) had bulbs that burned out by now - this radio has two bulbs and both are working. They could have been replaced but I'm not sure it's ever been opened.

You know the plastic protective covering that they put on aluminum? Well there was still some unpeeled parts behind a couple of knobs. When I took the cover off it just had that look of never having been mucked with. It has a battery holder too for D cells that is pristine. I wonder where this thing has been sitting all these years? I'm really excited about this find and I'll be taking it apart to do a very clean cosmetic makeover. One problen is that is smells a little of nicotine, but I can take care of that.

I'll post some pics in the ham radio thread.  :)
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 26, 2015, 10:04:16 am
Nice SSR-1 The wadley synthesizer is not a loop there is no feedback.
It is however a very ingenious design. Even Wikipedia gets that wrong, which is no surprise.
I have repaired Drake SSR-1s before and I am a happy owner of a Yaesu FRG-7.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadley_Loop (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadley_Loop)
(http://users.tpg.com.au/users/ldbutler/SuperhetFig12.jpg)
No feedback, just mixing and remixing of the high frequency first local oscillator.

I love my Frog.

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Post by: Deathwish on July 27, 2015, 08:22:48 pm
I got a Fluke 25 coming from Kev, and today I got a set of Bisely drawers that i intend to put spares in, obviously not as good as purpose designed kit but at the price it was a steal.

My local super market may end up losing a trolley as well to put my scope etc on..... but i never said that.
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Post by: VK5RC on July 27, 2015, 08:57:30 pm
A SoftRock Ensemble III Rx Kit, a few toroids to wind and some SMD, nothing too nasty. I am interested to compare it to my HPSDR (Atlas, Mercury, etc).
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Post by: Mark on July 27, 2015, 11:00:37 pm
A couple of x100 high voltage oscilloscope probes (2.5kV) and a x1000 Tek P6015 high voltage oscilloscope probe (20kV)   :D 
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Post by: SeanB on July 28, 2015, 03:38:32 am
IMy local super market may end up losing a trolley as well to put my scope etc on..... but i never said that.

Make sure that the wheels are in good condition, and when you modify it add a small length of chain
( if not present already) on the back non turning wheel so that 2 links can dangle on the ground to avoid static build up.

Depending on the trolley ( 2 basket only or the larger type with a steel mesh basket) you might want to make a top wooden cover, and cut a hole in the mesh for access when it is on.

Small trolleys you want to make the basket frame level, most are sloped and things will slide off.

No, I bought the trolleys I modified, from the local shelving supplier.........

I did make some trolleys for work, but they complained about the cost. They have outlasted the cheap ones though, those cheapies all were scrapped after breaking. The ones I made from angle iron, and which were hot dip galvanised, are all still in daily use.
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 28, 2015, 07:34:40 am
A SoftRock Ensemble III Rx Kit, a few toroids to wind and some SMD, nothing too nasty. I am interested to compare it to my HPSDR (Atlas, Mercury, etc).
It was a fun kit to build, I have the transceiver kit started but have been too busy to get back to it. (all boxed up and the printed manual in the book case). It works okay, the receiver does about a microvolt for 6DB SNNR, It is certainly usable. It wasn't a hard kit to build although, if your eyesight is worse than my eyesight (20/300) you might want to get someone to build it for you. :) A lot different than that Heath SB-301 I built back in 72.
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Post by: bitseeker on July 28, 2015, 09:13:32 am
Recently bought a Rigol 1054Z DSO. Should arrive shortly and is a nice upgrade to my good old Kikusui CRO.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 28, 2015, 10:33:19 am
I got me a Husky 26" 9 drawer tool chest and drawer liners for my office.  I have a little dinky Harbor Freight wooden tool chest-I love wood tool chests but I outgrew mine and a proper sized box is insanely expensive.  Even a grade B box that is smaller was $50 more than what I bought.  Now my tools are organized in my quaint little OCD way  :-DD.  Now I have to add labels to the drawers so I know what is in each.  The best part is the lock-I can keep everyone out.  That was broken on my wooden one which will find usage in the garage.  Next step is to make a rolling platform to move it out of the way when not in use.
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Post by: calexanian on July 28, 2015, 03:09:38 pm
I got 2 datsun Roadsters for practically nothing. I am starting to think the other guy got the better deal!! Lots of night time wrenching in my future I see.
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Post by: SeanB on July 29, 2015, 05:14:06 am
I got 2 datsun Roadsters for practically nothing. I am starting to think the other guy got the better deal!! Lots of night time wrenching in my future I see.

So it is raining Datsun Cogs by you then.........

Those were nice vehicles, and they are coming back into the Nissan naming system too. Finally Datcentre will be selling the vehicles that built it up again.
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Post by: Postal666 on July 29, 2015, 11:07:12 am
Me again, and again....not that exciting, but for $9.99 I couldn't pass it up. Power Designs 5005T
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Post by: BravoV on July 29, 2015, 11:25:18 am
Me again, and again....not that exciting, but for $9.99 I couldn't pass it up. Power Designs 5005T

Damn ... I'm so jealous. Nice score.  :-+
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Post by: Postal666 on July 29, 2015, 11:44:19 am
Damn ... I'm so jealous. Nice score.  :-+

Thanks BravoV! Seller hit me with $18 UPS shipping, but still a good deal imo. Was listed as parts unit, but it works perfect. I picked up a lot of three PD 4005 last year, this 5005T will look good on the shelf next to them.  :-+
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Post by: codeboy2k on July 29, 2015, 05:59:48 pm
Damn ... I'm so jealous. Nice score.  :-+

Thanks BravoV! Seller hit me with $18 UPS shipping, but still a good deal imo. Was listed as parts unit, but it works perfect. I picked up a lot of three PD 4005 last year, this 5005T will look good on the shelf next to them.  :-+

Awesome score !

I wish I was so lucky to have just $18 shipping on anything.  Absolutely everything shipped into Canada or across Canada costs about $45 - $50
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Post by: Deathwish on July 29, 2015, 09:40:41 pm
A Fluke 25 from Kev with hard case, manual and leads, bargain at the price.
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Post by: Deathwish on July 30, 2015, 11:38:05 pm
The proud owner of 100 555 Ic's  :palm:. Don't ask me why I got them, I blame you lot, they were cheap on aliexpress and I figured they would always be handy to have.
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Post by: McBryce on July 31, 2015, 12:05:55 am
Ordered a Peak DCA75Pro Component Tester last night (17:00) and it already arrived today (15:00)! :) After being very happy with their ESR meter and watching lots of review videos (Big thanks to SteveyG for a great video) I decided to get this. Tonight I'll be going through my random parts bin to see what I have and give the device a good testing.

McBryce.
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Post by: AF6LJ on July 31, 2015, 12:33:47 am
Damn ... I'm so jealous. Nice score.  :-+

Thanks BravoV! Seller hit me with $18 UPS shipping, but still a good deal imo. Was listed as parts unit, but it works perfect. I picked up a lot of three PD 4005 last year, this 5005T will look good on the shelf next to them.  :-+
Nice score, those are good power supplies and with a little rehab can last you a lifetime.
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Post by: bitseeker on July 31, 2015, 04:38:29 am
Me again, and again....not that exciting, but for $9.99 I couldn't pass it up. Power Designs 5005T

Wow! Sweet score!
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Post by: bitseeker on July 31, 2015, 04:41:34 am
The proud owner of 100 555 Ic's  :palm:. Don't ask me why I got them, I blame you lot, they were cheap on aliexpress and I figured they would always be handy to have.

I know the feeling. Darn you inexpensive AliExpress bulk ordering! :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on July 31, 2015, 06:22:29 am
The proud owner of 100 555 Ic's  :palm:. Don't ask me why I got them, I blame you lot, they were cheap on aliexpress and I figured they would always be handy to have.
Don't blame us.  :o
You know you're running out of time and you just had to have them thinking they'll help.  :palm:

I'd advise you not to intend mixing them into any health-nut drinks, that might speed up the inevitable.  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: eas on July 31, 2015, 10:56:12 am
Well, I bought it last weekend, and it arrived yesterday.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=163508;image)

That right there is more than 5 pounds of genuine new, used, shiny filthy knobs, folks!

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=163510;image)

After a bit of sorting, I had a sandwich bag of nasty cheap friction-fit knobs, a little pile of loose set screws and this expanse of vintage industrial design.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=163512;image)

A number of them are pretty distinctive and I'm curious about their origin. I think I need to start a thread for help IDing them.

In the long run, I'll probably sell or give away most of them. I'd hoped there were a few silver anodized aluminum knobs in the lot that would be suitable replacements for some missing or sub-par knobs on my power designs PSUs, but no such luck.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on July 31, 2015, 11:01:50 am
 8)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=163514;image)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on July 31, 2015, 11:09:13 am
8)
Review?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on July 31, 2015, 11:11:26 am
8)
Review?

@Howardlong kindly did a teardown here:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/mooshimeter-multi-channel-multimeter-safe-to-use-or-more-a-gadget/msg719356/#msg719356 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/mooshimeter-multi-channel-multimeter-safe-to-use-or-more-a-gadget/msg719356/#msg719356)
The same thread has plenty of comments on it.

I will have a play with it over the weekend...
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on July 31, 2015, 05:07:27 pm
The proud owner of 100 555 Ic's  :palm:. Don't ask me why I got them, I blame you lot, they were cheap on aliexpress and I figured they would always be handy to have.

Do I sense an impending prank on your landlord?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on July 31, 2015, 05:48:05 pm
The proud owner of 100 555 Ic's  :palm:. Don't ask me why I got them, I blame you lot, they were cheap on aliexpress and I figured they would always be handy to have.

Do I sense an impending prank on your landlord?

Not with these no. I do know that the guy next door has told him that he is going to invite the local traveller community round one day for coffee and to see his lovely car park.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SeanB on August 01, 2015, 02:52:12 am
Well, I bought it last weekend, and it arrived yesterday.
That right there is more than 5 pounds of genuine new, used, shiny filthy knobs, folks!
After a bit of sorting, I had a sandwich bag of nasty cheap friction-fit knobs, a little pile of loose set screws and this expanse of vintage industrial design.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=163512;image)

A number of them are pretty distinctive and I'm curious about their origin. I think I need to start a thread for help IDing them.

In the long run, I'll probably sell or give away most of them. I'd hoped there were a few silver anodized aluminum knobs in the lot that would be suitable replacements for some missing or sub-par knobs on my power designs PSUs, but no such luck.

Lot of vintage audio knobs there, I recognise a lot of Technics knobs in the pile.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: mojoe on August 01, 2015, 05:15:10 am
I am not crazy about those scope meters, but for $45 I don't think anyone could pass that up, rather nice!  I didn't even think you could get one of those for 10x that.

How about free? I got a Fluke 123 handed to me a few months ago. I paid $65 for a new keyboard flex and $12 to get the battery pack rebuilt. It works great.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Skyfox on August 01, 2015, 04:17:15 pm
Just made a post about it!
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/not-a-bad-haul-for- (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/not-a-bad-haul-for-)$15-%28tayda-electronics%29/
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on August 04, 2015, 07:04:51 am
It's not a buy but a barter.  I was at the local surplus store and bartered a rather large amount of components and parts, including about a 1000 medium sized NOS rocker switches, that were given me into a Metcal MX500P-11, Talon tweezers and a stand for the tweezers.  Owner made it an even swap.  I am usually the one saying. "Why can't I ever get deals like that."  Now, I finally did.  Just tested it and it works fine business. :-+ :-+
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on August 04, 2015, 09:23:09 am
It's not a buy but a barter.  I was at the local surplus store and bartered a rather large amount of components and parts, including about a 1000 medium sized NOS rocker switches, that were given me into a Metcal MX500P-11, Talon tweezers and a stand for the tweezers.  Owner made it an even swap.  I am usually the one saying. "Why can't I ever get deals like that."  Now, I finally did.  Just tested it and it works fine business. :-+ :-+
Nice score!  :-+

Once you get a regular iron for it, you can do a comparison to your new FX-951.  :o  >:D
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on August 04, 2015, 11:00:37 am
That's the plan.  I am sending SWMBO on vacation next week to see her daughter in Texas, so I will have to save pennies up for awhile before I can get a wand and stand.  It would be fun to do a comparison review.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on August 04, 2015, 12:43:28 pm
That's the plan.  I am sending SWMBO on vacation next week to see her daughter in Texas, so I will have to save pennies up for awhile before I can get a wand and stand.  It would be fun to do a comparison review.
NEW replacement iron: Easybraid Shp-1 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Easybraid-Shp-1-Replaces-Metcal-Mx-Rm3E-Or-Mx-H1-Av-Mx500-Mx5000-/171874967486?hash=item28048bdfbe) (replaces Metcal MX-RM3E; this or MX-RM3E usually run ~$100 on the street). Good deal if you can grab one before the seller runs out.

Stands: MX-WS4 (discontinued), current WS1 (https://www.all-spec.com/products/WS1.html), or Thermaltronics SHH-5 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Thermaltronics-SHH-5-replaces-Metcal-WS-1-Solder-Auto-Sleeper-Workstand-/351348500106?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item51ce00a68a) (new, either runs ~$65). Or if you've something laying around (i.e. metal coil type), you could figure out how to add a pair of magnets to enable the auto-setback/sleep feature.  :-/O I'd even see if the SHP-1/RM3E fits the Hakko 936's stand.   ;D

And then there's ye olde coffee cup...   :wtf:   >:D Hint, hint: $60 & a tip = you're off to the races (time to start a donation fund or crowd fund?).  :popcorn:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on August 04, 2015, 12:59:31 pm
I am going to have to go back to the surplus place.  They had a bunch of stands by the PSU's, but I don't know what kind.  I didn't pay attention as they didn't have any wands.  I feel my arm being twisted up behind my back to visit again. >:D
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on August 04, 2015, 01:15:12 pm
I am going to have to go back to the surplus place.  They had a bunch of stands by the PSU's, but I don't know what kind.  I didn't pay attention as they didn't have any wands.  I feel my arm being twisted up behind my back to visit again. >:D
:-DD

BTW, would this be the particular surplus store on Fairbanks, right off of I-4?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mark on August 04, 2015, 03:22:37 pm
Keysight MSOX3054A.    :D  So it's bread and water for a day or two....
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on August 04, 2015, 03:38:57 pm
Bench meter from Kev, solder from RS. They should rename this EEVbroke.forum ........  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tautech on August 04, 2015, 03:46:18 pm
Bench meter from Kev, .....
Any chance it has a boot cycle counter?  ;)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on August 04, 2015, 04:22:32 pm
Probably
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: wxm145 on August 04, 2015, 05:51:24 pm
i bought a mirror yesterday :scared:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: pickle9000 on August 04, 2015, 05:57:53 pm
i bought a mirror yesterday :scared:

Nice, can it hang?

I got 3 baby jelly doughnuts, milk and a med slurpee.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: wxm145 on August 04, 2015, 06:17:13 pm
i bought a mirror yesterday :scared:

Nice, can it hang?

I got 3 baby jelly doughnuts, milk and a med slurpee.
wow, mine could not be hanged.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on August 04, 2015, 09:44:01 pm
I am going to have to go back to the surplus place.  They had a bunch of stands by the PSU's, but I don't know what kind.  I didn't pay attention as they didn't have any wands.  I feel my arm being twisted up behind my back to visit again. >:D
:-DD

BTW, would this be the particular surplus store on Fairbanks, right off of I-4?

No, actually, this is a new store in New Smyrna Beach, the next town over from me called Planet Surplus.  Definitely reminds one of that particular store. :-DD  Doing some further checking, I found a problem with the second RF connector.  I am going to start a new thread in the repair section.  At least channel 1 works fine.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: WZOLL on August 07, 2015, 12:59:39 pm
Parts for a Music From Outer Space Weird Sound Generator and a 4017 sequencer.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on August 07, 2015, 02:06:03 pm
On its way from Franky...

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=164352;image)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on August 07, 2015, 02:40:29 pm
I have the same thermometer, also bought from Franky. I might have been one of the first to buy one.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: T3sl4co1l on August 07, 2015, 04:00:58 pm
HP 8590A Spectrum Analyzer.  It's drifty, but it's cheap and works!

Tim
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mr.B on August 07, 2015, 04:57:01 pm
I have the same thermometer, also bought from Franky. I might have been one of the first to buy one.

Are you happy with it?
Is it accurate in the solder paste melt range?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: VK5RC on August 07, 2015, 10:29:37 pm
Received a ChipWhisperer Lite, I am going to have to do a lot of reading to get the best out of this puppy!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: retrolefty on August 08, 2015, 12:06:05 am
  After waiting at least a month on backorder, finally able to order one of these. Due Saturday.

 Simply a nice general purpose bluetooth serial link. It's ability to pass on a 'reset' DTR signal (actually it's just a general purpose digital output pin under PC user's COM channel control.

 Used with an arduino type board this output pin can force a reset condition on the micro allowing the bootloader to activate for wireless 'sketch' downloads. Now your mobile robot can have it's brain reloaded wirelessly on the run.

I wonder if Windows 10 upgrade will be compatible with? Hope for the best.


https://www.adafruit.com/products/1588 (https://www.adafruit.com/products/1588)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on August 08, 2015, 08:38:40 am
I have the same thermometer, also bought from Franky. I might have been one of the first to buy one.

Are you happy with it?
Is it accurate in the solder paste melt range?
I haven't tested it for accuracy, but it seems to be pretty consistent between the two thermocouples. If you take them together they are generally less than +/-0.2 counts away from each other, generally about 0.1 count away.
I will post a quick teardown, along with the current consumption when I get home on the weekend.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: hendorog on August 08, 2015, 04:23:42 pm
Not sure if this is of interest, but I got one of these 3d printers:

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Hot-Full-Acrylic-Quality-High-Precision-Reprap-Prusa-i3-LCD-Acquired-DIY-3d-Printer-Kit-with/2026704108.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Hot-Full-Acrylic-Quality-High-Precision-Reprap-Prusa-i3-LCD-Acquired-DIY-3d-Printer-Kit-with/2026704108.html)

Its actually pretty good, I had already built a 3d printer but it was a bit of a DIY nightmare to keep it running.
This one worked out of the box (took about 4 or 5 hours to put it together and will take another few hours to tidy up all of the cabling etc)

Of course as soon as I pushed the buy button I found this one which looks a little better made and is slightly cheaper. doh!

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Black-Factory-High-Quality-Precision-Reprap-Prusa-i3-DIY-3d-Printer-kit-with-2-Rolls-Filament/32357171936.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Black-Factory-High-Quality-Precision-Reprap-Prusa-i3-DIY-3d-Printer-kit-with-2-Rolls-Filament/32357171936.html)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Marc M. on August 08, 2015, 10:10:41 pm
HP 5371A Frequency and Time Interval Analyzer w/ two 54003A from Fleabay for $200.00 + $49.74 Shipping.  I've got some FE5680 Rb Standards, a NTBW50AA GPSTM, and (recently thanks to the forum), a Lucent RFTG-u REF0, REF1 package. When I started, it was easy - the Rb was correct  :). But then I got a second Rb and suddenly I no longer knew what time it was  :-//. So I picked up the NTBW50 to resolve the issue....  well that just made things worse |O.  Probably what I need is another GPSDO to finally clear all this up  :palm:. When the recent thread on precision timing references popped up I scored the Lucent RTFG setup for $100 (Shortly after they jumped up to $200 then a little while later they dropped it to $150.00. Glad I scored it @ $100). I finally concluded that the more precision clocks I have the less certain I am about what the correct time is.  So, now I'm hoping that purchasing the 5371a will provide the ability to finally resolve my personal dilemma of what time is it :phew:.

Special thanks to Ed Palmer for afflicting me with this nonsensical pursuit of determining when it's time to feed the cat aka Timenut  8). You Voltnuts stay the hell away from me  ;D.


Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on August 09, 2015, 12:45:01 am
Nice score Marc. I contemplated a 5371 a few years ago,  but something looking like an o-scope appears suspicious.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on August 09, 2015, 03:03:02 am
Nice score Marc. I contemplated a 5371 a few years ago,  but something looking like an o-scope appears suspicious.
Indeed. very nice score.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: fivefish on August 09, 2015, 01:25:07 pm
HP 8904A

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=164557;image)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: VK5RC on August 09, 2015, 05:06:20 pm
@MarcM open the 5371A for some real electro RF porn, they don't make them like that any more, I  had to replace the battery on mine, a relatively easy job, could get the battery from RS Components.
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/retro-hp-electro-porn/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/retro-hp-electro-porn/)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: suicidaleggroll on August 09, 2015, 10:19:43 pm
Special thanks to Ed Palmer for afflicting me with this nonsensical pursuit of determining when it's time to feed the cat aka Timenut  8). You Voltnuts stay the hell away from me  ;D.
You know what they say...a man with one watch always knows what time it is, a man with two watches can never be sure.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on August 09, 2015, 10:48:23 pm
Special thanks to Ed Palmer for afflicting me with this nonsensical pursuit of determining when it's time to feed the cat aka Timenut  8). You Voltnuts stay the hell away from me  ;D.
You know what they say...a man with one watch always knows what time it is, a man with two watches can never be sure.
That also holds true for voltmeters, frequency counters and wattmeters.
:)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: vk6zgo on August 10, 2015, 12:26:10 am
I went to the Hamfest today-----lots of strange test gear .

I got an audio oscillator,a General Coverage Radio receiver,& an Antenna tuning Unit (more details on "Whatever happened to Ham Radio")

There was a good HP,'scope,a couple of Tek 465's (one had a faulty power supply--the other had a good power supply but unknown condition otherwise),a nice Iwatsu with a faulty power supply,& a couple of 10MHz "cheapies".
All were sold on the day,except the "cheapies".

I also saw a Tektronix "Signal Scout" in unknown condition,lots of old Signal Generators & other test stuff.
Keysight were there,demonstrating a nice MSO & Desk DMM.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: daqq on August 10, 2015, 06:23:10 pm
My new precious LeCroy waveJet 314 as a replacement for the old Rigol DS5022M - a completely different league. The box under it is temporary  ;)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: xrunner on August 11, 2015, 08:25:34 am
Vintage Kenwood R-1000 communications receiver. Very diry but works. Will need a lot of cleaning. And - all bulbs are long gone.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/rAAfGUCkPe22kTNDWg8OTTKy1RPskV6sFCGO6DBM2hc=w1024-h768-no)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on August 11, 2015, 08:28:51 am
Nice and those are good receivers provided someone with a golden screwdriver has not been inside.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: xrunner on August 11, 2015, 08:38:09 am
Nice and those are good receivers provided someone with a golden screwdriver has not been inside.

That's OK - I have the service manual PDF, and will be going through the entire alignment.  8)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: dr.diesel on August 11, 2015, 09:00:51 am
Scored a nice Heath 2718 for $20 bucks.  These are nice linear supplies and work well if you don't need CC, plus ridiculously easy to mod with 10/5/3 turn pots for fine control.

As an added bonus, no fan   :-+

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on August 11, 2015, 09:37:55 am
Nice and those are good receivers provided someone with a golden screwdriver has not been inside.

That's OK - I have the service manual PDF, and will be going through the entire alignment.  8)

Good deal; I saw the picture over on the other thread..
Have fun, having a good general coverage receiver is both fun and quite useful as a piece of gear for sniffing out RF..
Esecpially one that has an accurate frequency readout.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: dr.diesel on August 14, 2015, 01:38:53 am
Another one resurrected.  After watching Shahriar's video while browsing busted stuff on eBay I happened across this Stanfoard Research PS350 dirt cheap.  Unit was not functional and had been modified, plus missing parts.  $10 later from Digikey (a few regulators and a FET), splicing back together about a dozen cut traces it lives again!

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on August 14, 2015, 11:01:31 am
Scored a NOS MX RM3E wand for $72 USD including shipping.  Also picked up a 1.78 mm chisel tip.  Both are coming next week and I will have a fully working Metcal MX-500P II including the Talon tweezers.  It's sitting right next to my new Hakko FX-951.  Next purchase will be a Thermaltronics SHH-1 cradle for the RM3E unless anyone has a WS-1 they are looking to get rid of really cheap. ;)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on August 14, 2015, 12:30:09 pm
Next purchase will be a Thermaltronics SHH-1 cradle for the RM3E unless anyone has a WS-1 they are looking to get rid of really cheap. ;)
FWIW, the WS-4 stand works with that iron as well.  :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on August 14, 2015, 11:35:36 pm
Next purchase will be a Thermaltronics SHH-1 cradle for the RM3E unless anyone has a WS-1 they are looking to get rid of really cheap. ;)
FWIW, the WS-4 stand works with that iron as well.  :)

Something else to check out now.  Oh, the choices  :-//
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on August 15, 2015, 12:10:54 am
Next purchase will be a Thermaltronics SHH-1 cradle for the RM3E unless anyone has a WS-1 they are looking to get rid of really cheap. ;)
FWIW, the WS-4 stand works with that iron as well.  :)

Something else to check out now.  Oh, the choices  :-//
:-DD

Figured it being older, you might luck up and find one cheaper than the other alternatives.  >:D

Also, PM sent.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mechanical Menace on August 15, 2015, 04:26:39 am
I'm guessing the brand isn't too great but for £2 I wasn't going to pass them up.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=165334;image)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: NiHaoMike on August 15, 2015, 12:52:09 pm
Trendnet TEW-811DRU AC1200 router. Was just under $30 on sale and my Asus RT-N12 was getting a little outdated.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: _Andrew_ on August 16, 2015, 01:54:37 am
New Megger UK 13A earth loop test lead for my Fluke multi function installation tester. 

The genuine Fluke test cable supplied with the meter for this are rubbish as there is no cord grip where the cable enters the 4mm banana plug so the wires shear off from the pins with day to day use. This time it was the N phase that broke away and was left sailing around in the breeze with exposed wire at the end. Conveniently much like toast landing butter side down the cables breaking off tends to happen when the test lead is connected to the mains. There not cheap cables and there is no way to easily check them for damage at the connectors. The only way is to check the conductivity of the cable when it is new then periodically check it against this result in the hope of noticing rising continuity as the wire strands starting to break in the connectors.   

So this time I found the Megger equivalent test lead "RS part number 255-623" which I have to say I already prefer. There appears to be a more secure fixing on the banana plugs and although on their web site it showed strait 4mm connectors it was supplied with right angle 4mm connectors which in use I find to be less cumbersome as they don't stick out so far getting caught on things. At £36 + 20% sales tax there still a relatively costly cable but cheeped than the last Fluke cable which was over £50.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: edpalmer42 on August 16, 2015, 04:52:43 am
HP 5371A Frequency and Time Interval Analyzer w/ two 54003A from Fleabay for $200.00 + $49.74 Shipping.  I've got some FE5680 Rb Standards, a NTBW50AA GPSTM, and (recently thanks to the forum), a Lucent RFTG-u REF0, REF1 package. When I started, it was easy - the Rb was correct  :). But then I got a second Rb and suddenly I no longer knew what time it was  :-//. So I picked up the NTBW50 to resolve the issue....  well that just made things worse |O.  Probably what I need is another GPSDO to finally clear all this up  :palm:. When the recent thread on precision timing references popped up I scored the Lucent RTFG setup for $100 (Shortly after they jumped up to $200 then a little while later they dropped it to $150.00. Glad I scored it @ $100). I finally concluded that the more precision clocks I have the less certain I am about what the correct time is.  So, now I'm hoping that purchasing the 5371a will provide the ability to finally resolve my personal dilemma of what time is it :phew:.

Special thanks to Ed Palmer for afflicting me with this nonsensical pursuit of determining when it's time to feed the cat aka Timenut  8). You Voltnuts stay the hell away from me  ;D.

Hi Marc,

I haven't been ignoring you. I haven't been following this thread so it's just plain luck that I saw your message.

You're more than welcome regarding the Time-Nuts infection.  Happy to oblige!   >:D

You really think that the 5371A will satisfy your growing lust for ever more precise measurement of time & frequency?  How quaint.  I remember back when my 5372A was the most sophisticated piece of equipment I had.  I couldn't believe that I would ever need (or be able to afford!) anything better.  Now I rarely turn the thing on.  After all, it has a resolution of only 150 ps!  Hardly worth mentioning.

I'm kidding, but only partially.  Time-Nuts is something of an addiction.  You're always pushing for a better source or better measurement capability.  It's fascinating to realize that you can make measurements at the parts-per-trillion range in your basement, attic, or garage.  Right now I'm doing a data run on a 10 MHz precision oscillator.  It looks like it's daily aging rate will be around 4e-11 per day, i.e. 0.0004 Hz per day.

Regarding your 5371A, you might consider picking up one or two 54002A modules.  They're 50 ohm which makes it an easy connection to most test equipment and oscillators.  Just be patient and don't pay a lot of money for them.  The only thing inside them is one little 5% resistor.  Also, notice that the 54003A modules have an input capacitance of only 10 pf.  Many scope probes can't compensate a value that low.  Finally, open up all your pods and check the soldering between the external contacts and the circuit board.  They tend to fail with age.

Ed

P.S.  I see that you chose an appropriate avatar!
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Post by: Landrew2390 on August 16, 2015, 05:45:09 am
I picked up a working Pentium MMX machine with genuine Windows 3.1 on it last week.  All it cost me was some minor repairs to the gentleman's laptop.

Now I just need to find something to do with it . . .
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on August 16, 2015, 08:56:46 am
I picked up a working Pentium MMX machine with genuine Windows 3.1 on it last week.  All it cost me was some minor repairs to the gentleman's laptop.

Now I just need to find something to do with it . . .

How about this..
www.smoothwall.org
 (http://www.smoothwall.org)
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Post by: eas on August 16, 2015, 05:59:44 pm
A tiny palm-sized Quad-copter for $15.

One of the leads for one of the motors was frayed by a screw during manufacture. Once I fixed it, the thing is amazing. The cats aren't sure what to make of it yet.
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Post by: BFX on August 17, 2015, 02:24:25 am
Litle signal generator  8)
Anritsu MG3681A for a $1400 excellent condition  :-+
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Post by: Landrew2390 on August 17, 2015, 04:41:18 am
Quote
Quote
I picked up a working Pentium MMX machine with genuine Windows 3.1 on it last week.  All it cost me was some minor repairs to the gentleman's laptop.

Now I just need to find something to do with it . . .
How about this..
www.smoothwall.org (http://www.smoothwall.org)

That's a great idea.  I'm not sure it would be worth it though.  The PC only has a 10baseT networking card installed and I don't really want to sink any money into this unit.  I'm probably going to end up parting it out and giving the rest to the local technical college.  Amazingly, it still has the original ATX power supply inside and it's still in regulation.
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Post by: AF6LJ on August 17, 2015, 05:47:36 am
Quote
Quote
I picked up a working Pentium MMX machine with genuine Windows 3.1 on it last week.  All it cost me was some minor repairs to the gentleman's laptop.

Now I just need to find something to do with it . . .
How about this..
www.smoothwall.org (http://www.smoothwall.org)

That's a great idea.  I'm not sure it would be worth it though.  The PC only has a 10baseT networking card installed and I don't really want to sink any money into this unit.  I'm probably going to end up parting it out and giving the rest to the local technical college.  Amazingly, it still has the original ATX power supply inside and it's still in regulation.
I have a castoff from one of my clients doing firewall service. This is great software, the user interface is simple enough that a minimum of technical knowledge is required.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on August 17, 2015, 09:39:24 pm
lots of junk including ten lm317t's . dont ask why
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Post by: Weaver on August 18, 2015, 06:03:41 pm
Scored this 54645d for $50 off my local craigslist
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Post by: Miles Teg on August 18, 2015, 07:02:14 pm
Scored this 54645d for $50 off my local craigslist

Ho well... want to find something like that in my vicinity.
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Post by: Deathwish on August 20, 2015, 12:10:52 am
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panavise-Standard-Vise-301-with-Wide-Base-312-Precision-Work-Holding-Vice-/271953049248?hash=item3f51aa36a0 (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panavise-Standard-Vise-301-with-Wide-Base-312-Precision-Work-Holding-Vice-/271953049248?hash=item3f51aa36a0)

I intend to insert a ratchet type clamp inside the original jaws to make it open wider.
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Post by: McBryce on August 20, 2015, 12:16:43 am
Bought myself the BetaLayout Reflow oven controller (just the controller not the kit) to experiment with the small oven I bought last week for €3 at a Flea Market. The controller is reduced from €129 to €109 at the moment. If all goes well I have a complete Reflow setup for €112 :)

https://www.beta-estore.com/rkde/order_product_details.html?p=242 (https://www.beta-estore.com/rkde/order_product_details.html?p=242)

Dave reviewed it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNNRoXZom30 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNNRoXZom30)

and here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-vi2iQ5vA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-vi2iQ5vA)

McBryce.
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Post by: bingo600 on August 20, 2015, 05:55:16 am
Bought myself the BetaLayout Reflow oven controller (just the controller not the kit) to experiment with the small oven I bought last week for €3 at a Flea Market. The controller is reduced from €129 to €109 at the moment. If all goes well I have a complete Reflow setup for €112 :)

Damm ...

Had to get one of those

/Bingo
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Post by: RobertHolcombe on August 20, 2015, 12:20:44 pm
My companies Hakko 808 motor died last week (we have two 808, both suffered the same fate) - we just received a FR-300 to replace it. I had to adjust my ghetto stand for the slight change in shape, happy it still works cause my bench space is currently limited so I can't have it lying down anywhere.

I also recently bought for myself the JBC DME, T245 and PA120

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Post by: artag on August 21, 2015, 02:04:36 am
Tweezers for my Agilent LCR meter. Not expensive by HP standards (£18) and much, much better than the £3 tweezers I had from ebay.

Note that they're not kelvin clips, but then neither is the meter.

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Post by: AF6LJ on August 21, 2015, 02:08:22 am
Nice find..
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Post by: artag on August 21, 2015, 02:15:44 am
The post gods were kind today .. this nice little programmable DDS sig gen / measurement set arrived too.

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Post by: alexanderbrevig on August 21, 2015, 06:47:48 am
As some of you may know I've just built a workbench and stocked up on tools (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/finally-going-to-build-a-proper-workbench!/msg733770/#msg733770), and with the quest to find the best way to go from no components to a decent stockpile (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/beginners/from-no-parts-to-decent-stockpile-best-approach/msg735311/#msg735311) I've ended up purchasing the following in the last three weeks:

Unboxing in video posted in the workbench thread linked above:


Orders placed today (assortments):

I've actually spent the entire day buying stuff :| eevblog is very expensive for being free!

I'm so exited! My lab is about to be ready for it's first project!
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Post by: Deathwish on August 21, 2015, 07:10:09 am
I've actually spent the entire day buying stuff :| eevblog is very expensive for being free!
I'm so exited! My lab is about to be ready for it's first project!

And what did you buy SWMBO to keep her happy whilst you spent all that and play ?.
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Post by: alexanderbrevig on August 21, 2015, 07:17:13 am
...

And what did you buy SWMBO to keep her happy whilst you spent all that and play ?.

Haha, first off - thanks for teaching me another acronym.

To answer your question; I promised to build her a word clock, when I suggested it she said she wanted to join me so I'm all smiles :) Easiest sell ever.
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Post by: bitseeker on August 21, 2015, 08:17:50 am
Ordered me some nice probes (8018S) from Probe Master along with the screw-on spring clips.  :-DMM
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Post by: rickselectricalprojects on August 21, 2015, 09:28:32 pm
a gme tx3220 uhf cb radio
$30 used of gumtree when they are worth about $150. and it works :-+
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Post by: Deathwish on August 22, 2015, 10:49:29 pm
Got my s/h panavise from Ebay, £20 and it isnt bad, needs new nylon jaws ( ordered from cpc ) and then i need to order the pcb holder for it on friday.
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Post by: firehopper on August 24, 2015, 08:45:21 am
well the only thing I bought yesterday was a new lamp for a epson moviemate 30s video projector/dvd player I got for free, only needs a new lamp. old one is complaining that it needs to be replaced..
the other thing I got is a e-flite rc EDF unit without a rotor, thats also on order.
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Post by: TerraHertz on August 24, 2015, 04:33:06 pm
Bought: bluetooth RGB LED controller.
Given: Huawei Android phone.  (Has cracked glass, but works fine. Is why it was free. More free phones coming.)
Still in post: reel of RGB LED strip.

Objective: see if I can teach myself Android App development, including Bluetooth control. Also a redesign of the RGB board and firmware. First actual code & hardware project for a looooong time.

Why: Partly for my microscope illuminator project. http://everist.org/NobLog/20150628_LED_lighting_mk3.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20150628_LED_lighting_mk3.htm)
Partly because the Bluetooth controller module would be nicer if it was reimplemented for LiPo battery operation as well as plugpacks. This unit is designed for only running off a plugpack, and would run LiPos down to well below their damage threshold. Also the drive outputs assume current limiting resistors on the LEDs and appear to implement color control via mark-space, so an alternate current drive output would be nice. Especially for the higher power microscope lights.

When: No particular schedule. Though I'm guessing it won't be quick.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Miles Teg on August 24, 2015, 09:19:25 pm

I also recently bought for myself the JBC DME, T245 and PA120

Ho I like JBC stuff. Im' currently buying almost same setup for my company, but with separated supplies. CP-2D and CD-2SD.

And got only a 888 at home...
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on August 26, 2015, 11:07:13 pm
I went on a journey with the neighbour and we ended up going to a couple of local recycle centres, at the first one I picked up a Testra T800 corded phone with nice big buttons and a huge lcd display, virtually brand new in the box but when I got it home and after wiping it down with ipa I found that the handset speaker is a bit dodgy so it's in bits until the morning, everything else works fine and I haggled with the staff member but she was adamant and keen to see me part with some cash so I ended up giving her 10 bucks.

At the other centre I found a Teco FM50 VFD not in bad condition and wait for it..........4 bucks, so I will do a quick teardown and take some pictures in the morning and come back and post them here.

At the same place they were clearing out denim jeans, work pants and shorts, name brands such as Lee, Levis, King Gee and others so I loaded up and wait for it .........a dollar each.

Muttley


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Post by: Mr.B on August 28, 2015, 08:42:50 am
Arrived on the courier this morning.
This will keep me busy all weekend...
Nikon Coolpix P900
83x optical zoom  8)
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Compact-Digital-Cameras/COOLPIX-P900.html (http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Compact-Digital-Cameras/COOLPIX-P900.html)
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Post by: Deathwish on August 28, 2015, 09:01:33 pm
Lots of switches with neon lights in and I got myself a solder Dalek

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Welding-Soldering-Solder-Iron-Tip-Cleaner-Cleaning-Steel-Wire-With-Stand-Set-New/32320502465.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Welding-Soldering-Solder-Iron-Tip-Cleaner-Cleaning-Steel-Wire-With-Stand-Set-New/32320502465.html)
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Post by: TerraHertz on August 28, 2015, 10:48:03 pm
At the same place they were clearing out denim jeans, work pants and shorts, name brands such as Lee, Levis, King Gee and others so I loaded up and wait for it .........a dollar each.

Please be nice and say where this was?

The King Gee work pants I've preferred for general daily wear most of my life, are no longer made. Sucks.
Finding some old stock of green, 84L, would make my day.
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Post by: Macbeth on August 29, 2015, 12:10:06 am
Just received a nice Keithley 2000 in the post from Israel (no not the famous seller of insanely priced HAMAS calibrated scrap instruments  ;D). Seller sold it as spare parts / repairs as didn't know how to test. It's working near perfectly and has a nicer VFD than my Keithley 2015, no slightly dull segments at all. Better calibration too  :-+ (well its dated 2013 vs 2003 and DC is near as spot on with my Hao Qi Xin).

(http://i.imgur.com/pQ2MPkk.jpg?1)

I say working near perfectly as its only fault on self test is ACV error 402.2 which is documented in the repair manual.

Looking inside everything is nice and clean, no leaking caps or signs of repairs other than the Keithley green wire bodge on the MCU. One case screw had a seal over it that hadn't been touched either.

I bought it as a cheap scrap fixer upper but this is much better than I expected  :-+ Old firmware A06 will be upgraded soon.  :)
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Post by: AF6LJ on August 29, 2015, 06:19:18 am
Nice catch Macbeth..
I keep having this creepy feeling I should upgrade my HP-3478A before the battery dies...
 :scared:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on August 29, 2015, 08:59:45 am
Nice catch Macbeth..
I keep having this creepy feeling I should upgrade my HP-3478A before the battery dies...
 :scared:
Go and keep a lookout for a nice Keithley. You can use it to recal your 3478A after the battery dies   :-+ (of course it would be more sensible to just replace the battery while keeping the VBAT supply powered by a PSU but that doesn't give you the excuse for an essential purchase does it ;) )
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Post by: artag on September 01, 2015, 05:46:02 am
HeNe
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on September 01, 2015, 06:46:31 am
Nice catch Macbeth..
I keep having this creepy feeling I should upgrade my HP-3478A before the battery dies...
 :scared:
Go and keep a lookout for a nice Keithley. You can use it to recal your 3478A after the battery dies   :-+ (of course it would be more sensible to just replace the battery while keeping the VBAT supply powered by a PSU but that doesn't give you the excuse for an essential purchase does it ;) )

I Keithley would be nice :)
That side of the desk gets turned on for a few hours every other day or so.
I am most likely worrying too much :)
Speaking of new purchases I should have something to share by the end of the week.
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Post by: KJDS on September 01, 2015, 07:33:54 am
Yesterday I bought 24 tins of beer.

I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
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Post by: BloodyCactus on September 01, 2015, 11:59:26 am
The middle one in the picture arrived today. $35 shipped. what was wrong? the contrast on the display was set to 0. I set it to 9 and done, works perfectly. Now I have a PM2811, PM2812 and PM2813! Kind of a shame it has the different case from the other two, but anyway. now I need to finish my front end project for them!

(http://i.imgur.com/NMOxzHVl.jpg)

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Post by: Sbampato12 on September 03, 2015, 05:20:29 am
Just out of the box... smells good!  :-+
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 03, 2015, 08:12:53 am
Just out of the box... smells good!  :-+
That is on my "Need to Get List for 2016".
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on September 03, 2015, 09:01:01 am
Yesterday I bought 24 tins of beer.

I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again
I must not drink with the army again

You should watch Dave pouring perfectly good beer down the sink, 'cos SWMBO tells him too, the big wuss!  ;) (http://www.eevblog.com/2012/05/01/die-hard-beer/). I only found out about this crime against humanity when Dave pointed out it was the most hated ever until the Vietnamese Batteriser downvoter shill turned up...

I stopped drinking the devils piss back in January. But I still can't comprehend the waste...  :-//
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Post by: nanofrog on September 03, 2015, 10:33:28 am
Just out of the box... smells good!  :-+
That is on my "Need to Get List for 2016".
Any particular reason to skip the DER EE DE-5000 LCR meter (http://www.deree.com.tw/de-5000.html) in favor of the Keysight 1733?
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 03, 2015, 10:39:17 am
Just out of the box... smells good!  :-+
That is on my "Need to Get List for 2016".
Any particular reason to skip the DER EE DE-5000 LCR meter (http://www.deree.com.tw/de-5000.html) in favor of the Keysight 1733?
None at this time, wondering about availablity though..
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nanofrog on September 03, 2015, 11:01:13 am
None at this time, wondering about availablity though..
Plenty available on eBay from Japanese sellers (here (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=der+ee+de-5000&_sop=15&_mPrRngCbx=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xder+ee+de-5000+lcr.TRS0&_nkw=der+ee+de-5000+lcr&_sacat=0)).  :-+

I got a full kit for ~$165 shipped EMS (TL-21, TL-22, and TL-23 test fixtures/leads, AC/DC power adapter, and USB interface). The box even arrived in pristine condition, and others have posted similar reports. If you want just a bare meter, you can get one shipped for ~$93, and one with the 3 test fixtures for ~$121 (both shipped).

The Keysight OTOH, is $437 for the U1733C (bare meter) and $574 for the U1733P (kit). Datasheet (http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1843842.pdf).

Similar specs & features at less than half the cost for the DE-5000, so definitely the value leader here.  ;D
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Post by: Sbampato12 on September 03, 2015, 11:58:23 am
Just out of the box... smells good!  :-+
That is on my "Need to Get List for 2016".
Any particular reason to skip the DER EE DE-5000 LCR meter (http://www.deree.com.tw/de-5000.html) in favor of the Keysight 1733?
None at this time, wondering about availablity though..

For me, price. I've got the U1733C for about (US$ 375, or BR R$ 1500) here. If I buy something that cost about U$170, to my taxes, it would end up to about US$180 at my credit card bill(one tax called IOF) + US$102 import taxes + some US$20 fixed handling taxes for imports. That give me US$302 vs US$375.
I've bought here, in stock, with warranties easier...

Other country maybe I would went for a different option...

Plus, here, if I do not choose some courier (UPS, DHL or FEDEX or similar) the shipping took about 2 to 3 months to arrive in my house (customs delays), and a big chance that the package never reach to me... :(
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Post by: blueskull on September 03, 2015, 02:24:24 pm
For me, price. I've got the U1733C for about (US$ 375, or BR R$ 1500) here. If I buy something that cost about U$170, to my taxes, it would end up to about US$180 at my credit card bill(one tax called IOF) + US$102 import taxes + some US$20 fixed handling taxes for imports. That give me US$302 vs US$375.
I've bought here, in stock, with warranties easier...

Other country maybe I would went for a different option...

Plus, here, if I do not choose some courier (UPS, DHL or FEDEX or similar) the shipping took about 2 to 3 months to arrive in my house (customs delays), and a big chance that the package never reach to me... :(

Whaaaat? Your government is crazy??? 60% tax???
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on September 03, 2015, 02:28:20 pm
None at this time, wondering about availablity though..
Plenty available on eBay from Japanese sellers (here (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=der+ee+de-5000&_sop=15&_mPrRngCbx=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.Xder+ee+de-5000+lcr.TRS0&_nkw=der+ee+de-5000+lcr&_sacat=0)).  :-+

I got a full kit for ~$165 shipped EMS (TL-21, TL-22, and TL-23 test fixtures/leads, AC/DC power adapter, and USB interface). The box even arrived in pristine condition, and others have posted similar reports. If you want just a bare meter, you can get one shipped for ~$93, and one with the 3 test fixtures for ~$121 (both shipped).

The Keysight OTOH, is $437 for the U1733C (bare meter) and $574 for the U1733P (kit). Datasheet (http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/1843842.pdf).

Similar specs & features at less than half the cost for the DE-5000, so definitely the value leader here.  ;D
Thanks;
I'll give that some very serious thought.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: canibalimao on September 03, 2015, 06:10:07 pm
For me, price. I've got the U1733C for about (US$ 375, or BR R$ 1500) here. If I buy something that cost about U$170, to my taxes, it would end up to about US$180 at my credit card bill(one tax called IOF) + US$102 import taxes + some US$20 fixed handling taxes for imports. That give me US$302 vs US$375.
I've bought here, in stock, with warranties easier...

Other country maybe I would went for a different option...

Plus, here, if I do not choose some courier (UPS, DHL or FEDEX or similar) the shipping took about 2 to 3 months to arrive in my house (customs delays), and a big chance that the package never reach to me... :(

Whaaaat? Your government is crazy??? 60% tax???

Yes, brazilian customs love to apply taxes on everything citizens import.

They also create an inspection point side by side the chinese customs to control, right on the starting point, all the packages going to Brazil  :o

I'm affraid that this is the next step of the portuguese customs as well... At least I could buy from EU without paying more taxes, but that's a shame.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Sbampato12 on September 03, 2015, 09:34:40 pm
For me, price. I've got the U1733C for about (US$ 375, or BR R$ 1500) here. If I buy something that cost about U$170, to my taxes, it would end up to about US$180 at my credit card bill(one tax called IOF) + US$102 import taxes + some US$20 fixed handling taxes for imports. That give me US$302 vs US$375.
I've bought here, in stock, with warranties easier...

Other country maybe I would went for a different option...

Plus, here, if I do not choose some courier (UPS, DHL or FEDEX or similar) the shipping took about 2 to 3 months to arrive in my house (customs delays), and a big chance that the package never reach to me... :(

Whaaaat? Your government is crazy??? 60% tax???

Probably more, because I never remember all the tax... As I said, they will tax 6% on the buy, and then all the import taxes... All the taxes with the shipping include, and I forgot, after all this, I have to pay another that is 18% (over that final price with all the other taxes) more for the 'local' state. I is very crazy....
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Post by: Mechanical Menace on September 04, 2015, 03:09:51 am
Not a purchase but I've just been given a box full of Amiga 600s and 1200s, 2 Atari STEs and a Falcon.

Just a little update, they raised just over £5k and the full auction raised over £35k. The proceeds will be used to buy toys, consoles and games for the 2 local large specialist children's wards and the local children's hospice :(
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Post by: plazma on September 04, 2015, 05:28:51 am
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Universal-Double-Side-Board-DIY-Prototype-Paper-PCB-9x15cm-1-6mm-1-27mm/1895439557.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Universal-Double-Side-Board-DIY-Prototype-Paper-PCB-9x15cm-1-6mm-1-27mm/1895439557.html)

Should work better for soic and smd than the regular perfboard.

Sent from my ToughMobile using Tapatalk

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Post by: AF6LJ on September 04, 2015, 07:09:32 am
To aid in attunating the obscenely high noise level I have on the low bands, I ordered this...
http://www.dxengineering.com/parts/ins-rf-pro-1b
It should be here sometime next week.
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Post by: lincoln on September 05, 2015, 10:31:43 am
Extron ADA4 300 MX, video amp - built like a "brick dunny" to use as a 10 MHz distribution amp. I keep screwing up measurements because i forget what 10 MHz is daisy chained to what.

SG 503, 250k to 250 MHz leveled signed wave Oscillator, finally found one for less than 100$

3) PS 5004, have no realy need for them but the above seller had them for cheep, probalby check them out and sell a couple...

2) Lagunitas Little Sumpin...... Ya i'm now a light weight,  the wife is picking me up form work...
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Post by: TerraHertz on September 05, 2015, 12:41:46 pm
Not exactly purchases, since everything was free. Recently I had a quite a good day. I'd arranged with an old friend whose health is declining, to drive him from Manly up to Morriset to pick something up. On the way back, in Manly we came across an old Subaru abandoned in the street. Council 'abandoned car, will be removed' stickers, one smashed window, being used by locals as a junk dumping container, has been there for months, etc. Thing is, it's almost identical to my car - 1993 Subaru 4WD station wagon, that I like a lot. Except for the part where the engine needs reconditioning, but I can't afford it. Now extraordinary luck steps in. As I was standing next to the abandoned car, peering in a rear window (it was dusk, light fading) a young guy riding by on a pushbike noticed me. Stopped, and the first thing he said was "Hi, are you interested in that? Do you want the key?"

Ha ha ha... of course I said yes. Turned out it had been owned by a friend of theirs (flat just up the road) who'd been in Oz as a tourist, bought and used the car for a trip up the coast, then went back home overseas. Abandoning the car and leaving the key with his friends. Who weren't into car ownership, and let the rego lapse. So... it's mine now.
Turns out the engine is in great condition, may even have been recently reconditioned. It's identical to my car's engine, exact same class number, swapping is no problem. Even getting the car from Manly to Bankstown area the next day was easy and free. 1st pic is the two side by side (my old one closest.) Given how much I hate cars with engine management computers, and these Subarus were one of the last models ever made without, this is really excellent.

Second windfall: my friend has a long career as a designer of pentium system boards and related stuff. He feels he's unlikely to do any more of that, and is currently living in a small place. After the Morriset drive he gave me a stack of his old tech texts. See 2nd pic. Some of the ones on the left I already have. Anyway, if he does need them again he can get them back. Donating to the TerraHertz tech-archive is better than binning them.

Naturally, the one topic I need texts on atm (Bluetooth) is not among them.
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Post by: SeanB on September 05, 2015, 03:23:50 pm
Nice score, you have spares for all the expensive Subaru parts now.  With the books i doubt anybody is designing ISA bus parts nowdays, except for industrial use where they want to shoehorn a new CPU module into an old ISA backplane to control older plant. Just means a CPU will spend more time in an idle loop than the old 386/486 CPU used to do.
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Post by: TerraHertz on September 05, 2015, 05:14:08 pm
Nice score, you have spares for all the expensive Subaru parts now.
Yep. Starting with the rear hatch gas struts, which are near-new on this car. On mine they are original and completely stuffed. Which I have been coping with via a prop.   Also the great benefit of having two engine-gearbox sets, so being able to work on one while the car is running with the other. It was really tempting to swap both the engine and body, if you know what I mean. Like the axe and handle tale. But no...

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With the books i doubt anybody is designing ISA bus parts nowdays, except for industrial use where they want to shoehorn a new CPU module into an old ISA backplane to control older plant. Just means a CPU will spend more time in an idle loop than the old 386/486 CPU used to do.

Ha ha... I know they are mostly obsolete. The interest is historical only for almost all of them. "Windows programming" shudder. Encountering the horrors of windows programming was one of the reasons I quit software mostly, and concentrated on hardware & low level embedded.
I did some ISA cards long ago and one or two plain PCI cards. No PCI express or any other of the high speed differential pairs buses. Last ISA and PCI cards I did in pic. ISA card was in 2001, I forget when the PCI sound card was.
Gray blocks are to obscure company details. Not that I owe them any favors, but I'd like to reserve the right to insult that employer anonymously.
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Post by: SeanB on September 06, 2015, 12:00:44 am
I will bet they simply took the Crystal audio drivers and did a simple change of name inside the inf files, and probably never updated the driver after that release....... Nice little meander on the clock line though, you must have needed those few extra ns of delay.
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Post by: TerraHertz on September 06, 2015, 10:39:10 am
I will bet they simply took the Crystal audio drivers and did a simple change of name inside the inf files, and probably never updated the driver after that release....... Nice little meander on the clock line though, you must have needed those few extra ns of delay.

Both these boards were for use in equipment made by that company, in a highly red-tape regulated application that required all code to be submitted to a regulatory authority. Once approved, there was no way anything was going to get updated anyway. Just being allowed to submit binary blobs like driver files was a major battle.
The meander length was as recommended in the reference design from Crystal.
The only special thing about that audio card was the grunty output amplifier. We couldn't find any audio card with an amplifier included. For our application we needed it built in.
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Post by: madalf71 on September 06, 2015, 04:10:05 pm
Hi.
LCD remote monitor, ebay cheapie $154AU, 800x400 screen, video, VGA, HDMI input.
Make camera shots easier especially with small viewer cameras, going to  use it on the thermal camera as well.
(http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll111/madalf71/2015-08-09%2017.43.08_zps2fkahcsi.jpg)
(http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll111/madalf71/2015-08-09%2017.46.27_zpsvxumdlab.jpg)

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Post by: Macbeth on September 07, 2015, 05:40:53 am
A Hao Qi Xin chinese LRC reference... http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/lrc-reference-i-couldn't-resist-adding-it-to-the-volt-ref/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/lrc-reference-i-couldn't-resist-adding-it-to-the-volt-ref/)
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Post by: blueskull on September 07, 2015, 07:30:44 am
Nice score, you have spares for all the expensive Subaru parts now.  With the books i doubt anybody is designing ISA bus parts nowdays, except for industrial use where they want to shoehorn a new CPU module into an old ISA backplane to control older plant. Just means a CPU will spend more time in an idle loop than the old 386/486 CPU used to do.

Seems the WDM book is very useful, even when now WDF is taking over.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on September 09, 2015, 10:28:33 pm
Apparently I ordered a Massive 2' by 6" x 3" box with merely 10  4558P op amps in
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on September 09, 2015, 11:07:30 pm
Apparently I ordered a Massive 2' by 6" x 3" box with merely 10  4558P op amps in

Yup; the shipping department dropped the ball on that one. :)
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Post by: Deathwish on September 09, 2015, 11:12:38 pm
Apparently I ordered a Massive 2' by 6" x 3" box with merely 10  4558P op amps in

Yup; the shipping department dropped the ball on that one. :)

Oh that was only 1 part of the single order, I also ordered 10 in soic and 5 741's that came in a padded envelope seperately.  :popcorn:
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Post by: canibalimao on September 09, 2015, 11:14:09 pm
Apparently I ordered a Massive 2' by 6" x 3" box with merely 10  4558P op amps in

Yup; the shipping department dropped the ball on that one. :)

Oh that was only 1 part of the single order, I also ordered 10 in soic and 5 741's that came in a padded envelope seperately.  :popcorn:

Someone is kinda unhappy with his/her boss on the shipping department...
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Post by: McBryce on September 09, 2015, 11:41:25 pm
Apparently I ordered a Massive 2' by 6" x 3" box with merely 10  4558P op amps in

They were obviously allowing space for the amplification.

I (impulse) bought some random bits this week: A Mastech 8910 Tweezer-meter and a Hantek CC-65 Amp Clamp for my scope.

McBryce.
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Post by: Deathwish on September 09, 2015, 11:45:56 pm
Postie has just delivered 2 cmos 4521 ic's from cpc in a small envelope. at least that is better packaging !.
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 10, 2015, 03:27:34 am
Apparently I ordered a Massive 2' by 6" x 3" box with merely 10  4558P op amps in

They were obviously allowing space for the amplification.

I (impulse) bought some random bits this week: A Mastech 8910 Tweezer-meter and a Hantek CC-65 Amp Clamp for my scope.

McBryce.
15 Points for a snappy reply. :D
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Post by: firehopper on September 10, 2015, 03:58:43 am
ordered a replacement sd card/sim card slot for a samsung galaxy s4 sgh-m919 (tmobile usa) and a usb port for same, along with a new amoled/digitizer/front glass for same, have everything but the amoled/glass/digitizer thing, then I will hopefully have a working s4 to replace my aging s3
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Post by: SeanB on September 10, 2015, 04:29:23 am
Rs obviously trying to do HP levels. Look on the register for HP packaging fails, including sending a pallet needing mechanical handling equipment to deliver a spare power lead.
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Post by: drws on September 10, 2015, 05:25:07 am
Rs obviously trying to do HP levels. Look on the register for HP packaging fails, including sending a pallet needing mechanical handling equipment to deliver a spare power lead.
Oh yes, HP's wonderful boxes.
I once got a box big enough to for me to fit inside it, that had 48 smaller boxes in which each contained a piece of paper with a licence number on, that they had already pre-loaded on to the devices I'd ordered
They wanted to ensure I had hard copies just in case.
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Post by: Howardlong on September 10, 2015, 06:44:19 am
Neat little decade resistance box:

(http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d123/photobucket391/82f68a0de5ff54f196e1ada19a08dd20_zpsfcxciqb5.jpg)

Not cheap, but a really handy size. Could do with rubber feet, I added my own stick on ones.

https://www.tindie.com/products/redrocketlabs/resistance-decade-box-resistor-substitution-box/ (https://www.tindie.com/products/redrocketlabs/resistance-decade-box-resistor-substitution-box/)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on September 10, 2015, 07:34:31 am
I just got a new Metcal WS-1 stand for my MX-500P.  It was only a couple more dollars than the equivalent Thermaltronics.  It took a few days to get the money from my stash into the bank to buy it and the funny thing was there were like 5 people watching it the entire time.  I just can't understand that-why watch it if you're not going to buy it and if you're going to buy it, why watch it.  I have snapped up stuff like that in the past.  Their procrastination is my good fortune. :-+ :-+
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Post by: Macbeth on September 10, 2015, 07:35:48 am
Not cheap, but a really handy size. Could do with rubber feet, I added my own stick on ones.

https://www.tindie.com/products/redrocketlabs/resistance-decade-box-resistor-substitution-box/ (https://www.tindie.com/products/redrocketlabs/resistance-decade-box-resistor-substitution-box/)
Not cheap!? Wow! I make that £100 + all the import tax £20 + £13.50 parcelfarce fee!

It's cute, but its just the same thing as we all make from the ebay 10 pack of cheap click switches. My own, I used 1/4W resistors on the ranges except for the 10 and 1 ohm ranges, 1/2W still fit those switches and mean you can still use them with a realistic low voltage. Making it myself I also have the ability to pick the best 1% resistors to be within tolerance by 0.1% or more.

One thing though - out of the 10 switches I think maybe 2 or 3 seperate switch banks of decades are better - like a 9.999k bank, a 99.9k and a 9.99M - because all the lower decades become meaningless despite how accurate they are when the higher ohm decades have to be 0.0001% accurate to follow suit.

Also, 3 resistor boxes are better than 1  :-+
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 10, 2015, 07:43:53 am
I just got a new Metcal WS-1 stand for my MX-500P.  It was only a couple more dollars than the equivalent Thermaltronics.  It took a few days to get the money from my stash into the bank to buy it and the funny thing was there were like 5 people watching it the entire time.  I just can't understand that-why watch it if you're not going to buy it and if you're going to buy it, why watch it.  I have snapped up stuff like that in the past.  Their procrastination is my good fortune. :-+ :-+
I'll watch items on E-bay to see what they are going for, that is a good guide for when I sell the same items later on.
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Post by: nanofrog on September 10, 2015, 08:44:50 am
I just got a new Metcal WS-1 stand for my MX-500P.  It was only a couple more dollars than the equivalent Thermaltronics.  It took a few days to get the money from my stash into the bank to buy it and the funny thing was there were like 5 people watching it the entire time.  I just can't understand that-why watch it if you're not going to buy it and if you're going to buy it, why watch it.  I have snapped up stuff like that in the past.  Their procrastination is my good fortune. :-+ :-+
Regarding the people watching, perhaps:
Waiting on funds?
Undecided if they're going to buy at all?
Reminder of some sort (maybe in the form of an attached note)?
Waiting for more feedback for that particular seller?
:-//

Whatever the reason, placing it in their watched list makes it easier to find later.  :P

Speaking of procrastination, now you're out of excuses on making a full, detailed comparison between the MX-500P and FX-951.  :o  >:D  :-DD
Seriously though, enjoy.  :-+
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Post by: isaiahA on September 10, 2015, 10:49:02 am
a laptop battery for my lenovo R61i laptop! O0
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on September 10, 2015, 12:36:58 pm
"Speaking of procrastination, now you're out of excuses on making a full, detailed comparison between the MX-500P and FX-951.  :o  >:D  :-DD"

Figured you wouldn't let me forget!  It should be here on Monday.  I will do like I did with the Hakko FX=951, text with appropriate pics, no video.  Should be fun.  Measuring the heat up time on the Metcal will be tough with only having the FAKKO thermometer, but I will do the best I can.
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Post by: Deathwish on September 10, 2015, 12:38:15 pm
Heat up time should be easy to measure, just use ya tongue like the battery test.
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Post by: vk6zgo on September 10, 2015, 01:40:39 pm
Heat up time should be easy to measure, just use ya tongue like the battery test.

Back in the day,we used "Scope" brand "instant heat" irons.
They had a carbon element which contacted the tip when you pressed the control ring,so were normally cold.

To check if the iron was heating,it was common to hold it near your face so you could feel the heat.
On one occasion,I misjudged & touched the tip of my nose with the tip of the iron.

It really made my eyes water! ;D
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Post by: MarkF on September 10, 2015, 02:04:57 pm
I have been looking for a small bench power supply and stumbled upon these on eBay. 
I remember using them when I was in school.  Ah, the memories.
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Post by: Vgkid on September 10, 2015, 03:17:55 pm
We still use those... great for stacking. Unfortunately the plastic cover breaks and they get trashed.
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Post by: codeboy2k on September 10, 2015, 03:45:08 pm
Ah... the memories... I owned a few of those when I was a kid of 12 :) my Dad bought them for me back in the early 70's. 
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Post by: HighVoltage on September 10, 2015, 05:03:13 pm
Neat little decade resistance box:
Not cheap, but a really handy size. Could do with rubber feet, I added my own stick on ones.

https://www.tindie.com/products/redrocketlabs/resistance-decade-box-resistor-substitution-box/ (https://www.tindie.com/products/redrocketlabs/resistance-decade-box-resistor-substitution-box/)
Thant is a nice little box.
I have never seen that one before.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: kedr_vostok on September 10, 2015, 06:07:08 pm
I've joined the Rigol club today.

(http://i.imgur.com/dl0VdBM.jpg)

There is an EL302RT aimTTi power supply in transit at the moment too.
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Post by: Circlotron on September 10, 2015, 08:24:16 pm
I've joined the Rigol club today.
Good man.
I wonder if the plastic will stay white as the years go by or gradually turn yellow.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on September 10, 2015, 09:43:23 pm
Heat up time should be easy to measure, just use ya tongue like the battery test.

Back in the day,we used "Scope" brand "instant heat" irons.
They had a carbon element which contacted the tip when you pressed the control ring,so were normally cold.

To check if the iron was heating,it was common to hold it near your face so you could feel the heat.
On one occasion,I misjudged & touched the tip of my nose with the tip of the iron.

It really made my eyes water! ;D

Death, maybe I will try to test a battery and soldering iron tip with my tongue at the same time :-DD

I have also held soldering irons close to my face to feel if it is getting hot.  I did it recently when I bartered for my used Metcal with Talon tweezers-they got hot pretty quick.  Haven't burned my face yet but that is what Silvadene is for :-+.  They way I look at it is that the iron cauterizes the wound for you and those scars do fade unlike all the cut scars that still show on my hands.
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Post by: madalf71 on September 10, 2015, 09:44:01 pm
Kedr, did you twist their arm at Electronex for a deal?
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 11, 2015, 12:26:52 am
I have been looking for a small bench power supply and stumbled upon these on eBay. 
I remember using them when I was in school.  Ah, the memories.
That does bring back memories.
Also used them in school.
:)
Good score.
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Post by: fcb on September 11, 2015, 12:39:02 am
Another DS1054Z here.  £282 incl. VAT from Telonic, placed the order yesterday and it turned up at 9 this morning.

Took 5 minutes to apply the firmware hack, now it's a DS1104Z with all the options enabled... I'd quite like the carry bag for it (this scope saves me having to remove my other scopes from the bench shelf) - but not at £49.20 - anyone found a cheaper carry case?

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Post by: canibalimao on September 11, 2015, 01:08:25 am
Another DS1054Z here.  £282 incl. VAT from Telonic, placed the order yesterday and it turned up at 9 this morning.

Took 5 minutes to apply the firmware hack, now it's a DS1104Z with all the options enabled... I'd quite like the carry bag for it (this scope saves me having to remove my other scopes from the bench shelf) - but not at £49.20 - anyone found a cheaper carry case?

You can have this one, but isn't much cheaper: http://www.ebay.com/itm/RIGOL-BORSA-per-la-serie-DS1000-DS1000-series-SOFT-CARRYING-CASE-/121740229128?hash=item1c58487a08 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/RIGOL-BORSA-per-la-serie-DS1000-DS1000-series-SOFT-CARRYING-CASE-/121740229128?hash=item1c58487a08)
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Post by: McBryce on September 11, 2015, 01:24:08 am
The Owon bags are about half the price if you can find one with approximately the same size.

Bryce.
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Post by: accesscontrolforum on September 11, 2015, 01:43:31 am
just got delivered today I'm going to pick it up.

I have a fluke 561 for $120 with the case, paperwork, thermocouple, printed manual. PM me if you're interested
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Post by: accesscontrolforum on September 11, 2015, 01:52:07 am
Fluke 3000 FC. So far I like it although it doesn't update the app as fast as I would like.
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Post by: SeanB on September 11, 2015, 03:13:33 am
Klein tools cable meter, ordered in March, arrived today. SAPO is a little slow at times in doing the one and only job they have. Plus some other things, like screen protectors for the phone, some SMD practise boards for the Ham club ( next month start the fun of people trying to assemble them, I will have to do one myself just to have the sample board)and some LEd driver boards.
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Post by: nctnico on September 11, 2015, 03:31:00 am
This book has been on my list for a long time.
(http://www.shopbychoice.com/files/products/original/29306_microstrip-filters-for-rf-microwave-applications-isbn-0470408774_1.jpg)
 I used to have a PDF but I seem to have misplaced that file. I felt I had to buy the book anyway and since it appearantly was on sale I had no excuse to to buy it. IMHO one of the better books on implementing circuits using microstriplines. Lot's of down to earth formulas.
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Post by: VK5RC on September 11, 2015, 03:30:51 pm
A 346B HP/Ag/KS Noise source,  ;D
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Post by: MarkF on September 11, 2015, 03:59:24 pm
Another DS1054Z here.  £282 incl. VAT from Telonic, placed the order yesterday and it turned up at 9 this morning.

Took 5 minutes to apply the firmware hack, now it's a DS1104Z with all the options enabled... I'd quite like the carry bag for it (this scope saves me having to remove my other scopes from the bench shelf) - but not at £49.20 - anyone found a cheaper carry case?

Take a look at the Saelig Padded Equipment Bag (http://www.saelig.com/product/PSBEA001.htm) for $20 US.
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Post by: kedr_vostok on September 11, 2015, 04:30:52 pm
Kedr, did you twist their arm at Electronex for a deal?

No I didn't unfortunately, I'm in NSW. The exchange rate here at the moment surely didn't help, it's not exactly a $399 scope anymore. Still happy though! Emona got it to me extremely quickly.
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Post by: kedr_vostok on September 11, 2015, 04:32:21 pm
I've joined the Rigol club today.
Good man.
I wonder if the plastic will stay white as the years go by or gradually turn yellow.

Yeah I'm curious to know if that is still a problem. My house smells like fresh electronics right now  :D
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Post by: kedr_vostok on September 11, 2015, 04:37:36 pm
And one more. This curiously came with both a US and UK plug but not AUS one.

(http://i.imgur.com/QTez58a.jpg)
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Post by: rdl on September 11, 2015, 06:51:38 pm

Take a look at the Saelig Padded Equipment Bag (http://www.saelig.com/product/PSBEA001.htm) for $20 US.

That's the one they included for free back when I bought my DS1052E from them. It's well padded and seems sturdily constructed. Mine has a kind of vinyl lining instead of cloth which I don't like, but it's okay for the price ("free").
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Post by: Deathwish on September 11, 2015, 07:08:17 pm
Pace desoldering unit . No pics as it aint here till monday
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Post by: alank2 on September 11, 2015, 09:56:13 pm
I like the 4 digit displays on that power supply.
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 11, 2015, 11:15:23 pm
My receiving loop arrived yesterday, pictures later today...
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Post by: TiN on September 14, 2015, 02:47:23 pm
1pcs broken 3458A :)
Volt-nut sickness continues...
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Post by: TopLoser on September 14, 2015, 08:13:12 pm
CAUTION: DON'T READ IF OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION

I just got something in the post - a statement reminding me how much I spent on crap from Farnell over the last year...

That adds up to a hell of a lot of Tesco Clubcard points by the way lol

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Post by: HighVoltage on September 14, 2015, 08:20:47 pm
CAUTION: DON'T READ IF OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION

I just got something in the post - a statement reminding me how much I spent on crap from Farnell over the last year...

That adds up to a hell of a lot of Tesco Clubcard points by the way lol
Suddenly the amount I bought from you is tiny in comparison!

Thank you for offering us such service.
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Post by: McBryce on September 14, 2015, 08:22:24 pm
CAUTION: DON'T READ IF OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION

I just got something in the post - a statement reminding me how much I spent on crap from Farnell over the last year...

That adds up to a hell of a lot of Tesco Clubcard points by the way lol

Wow, I hope there was test equipment included in that, otherwise that's one massive amount of components!

McBryce.
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Post by: Macbeth on September 14, 2015, 10:02:04 pm
Wow, I hope there was test equipment included in that, otherwise that's one massive amount of components!
Not really, it could be just an order for 20 x panel mount 4 pin connectors. Like these (http://uk.farnell.com/amphenol/ex-17-3-d2-c24-26pr/circular-size-c24-4ways-pin/dp/1965228). Handy for GND, +5V and 2 signals from your Arduino.
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Post by: TopLoser on September 14, 2015, 10:31:49 pm
Wow, I hope there was test equipment included in that, otherwise that's one massive amount of components!
Not really, it could be just an order for 20 x panel mount 4 pin connectors. Like these (http://uk.farnell.com/amphenol/ex-17-3-d2-c24-26pr/circular-size-c24-4ways-pin/dp/1965228). Handy for GND, +5V and 2 signals from your Arduino.

I was just about to post some of those for sale, you can have a super-special 90% discount if you buy 10 of them.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2015, 03:06:48 am
just bought me a windows 10 tablet, very pleased :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on September 15, 2015, 05:19:37 am
just bought me a windows 10 tablet, very pleased :)
Windows ten is nice, been running it here for a year now.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on September 15, 2015, 06:27:29 am
apart from the two desoldering guns from KJDS and Toploser , I got me one of them there T-bag pre heaters solder pots
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Simon on September 15, 2015, 06:27:55 am
yes i have been surprised by it. Nice to have a desktop environment back, I still can't work out how to use tablet mode but in decktop mode i can't do things like right click an icon if i take the keyboard off. Using it as a netbook is quite cool because for a lot of stuff instead of having to reach for the mouse I just touch the screen
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Post by: TopLoser on September 15, 2015, 06:40:02 am
Right click - press and hold the touchscreen
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Post by: AF6LJ on September 15, 2015, 06:46:04 am
yes i have been surprised by it. Nice to have a desktop environment back, I still can't work out how to use tablet mode but in decktop mode i can't do things like right click an icon if i take the keyboard off. Using it as a netbook is quite cool because for a lot of stuff instead of having to reach for the mouse I just touch the screen

Good deal..
I don't use a touch screen or use it in tablet mode.
I may in the future since I want to pick up a tablet to put manuals for gear on.
I don't think I'll end up with an MS tablet to do that job though...
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Post by: Deathwish on September 15, 2015, 06:52:01 am
 :-DD
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Post by: blueskull on September 15, 2015, 10:13:22 am
Running Windows 10 on my 2-in-1 for a while, so far no big problems. Still, I do prefer Windows 7 Aero theme better than Windows 10 themes, and is therefore I won't install Windows 10 on my working computer in the short future. Speed wise, both are great and fast, but Windows 7 seems to be more responsive, while Windows 10 is claimed to be more efficient, despite I've never felt it.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on September 15, 2015, 10:22:14 am
Running Windows 10 on my 2-in-1 for a while, so far no big problems. Still, I do prefer Windows 7 Aero theme better than Windows 10 themes, and is therefore I won't install Windows 10 on my working computer in the short future. Speed wise, both are great and fast, but Windows 7 seems to be more responsive, while Windows 10 is claimed to be more efficient, despite I've never felt it.
I admit I miss Aeroglass.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: xrunner on September 15, 2015, 11:18:51 am
Ceramic adjustment tools "For Professional"  :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: gyrfalcon16 on September 15, 2015, 12:07:48 pm
(http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/135x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_21332.jpg)  It's umm...electronic!
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Post by: Circlotron on September 15, 2015, 12:56:50 pm
(http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/135x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_21332.jpg)  It's umm...electronic!
I am surprised it is not ~digital~  :palm:

Edit -> I expect it does have a 1-bit power switch though.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on September 16, 2015, 09:19:53 pm
one of these. AD9850 AD9851 DDS control panel

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/AD9850-AD9851-DDS-control-panel/32300590126.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/AD9850-AD9851-DDS-control-panel/32300590126.html)
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on September 20, 2015, 05:01:46 pm
Found this quality item in a local import bargain shop whilst picking up some other novelty gadgets, got it out to the car for further inspection and low and behold I found that it has a "take it apart" feature already incorporated as a bonus, it fell apart in my hand.

I then went home and plugged it into mains 240 volt and it worked, the lamps indicated power, I then turned off the mains and went to pull out the probes from the power point and the probe tip remained in the power point whist the probe cover separated exposing the damned user to the dodgy connection.

Will be heading back to the shop tomorrow to warn them to stop selling this shit before someone gets killed, keeping this one for evidence in case they refuse, I'm sure that the relevant authority will be keen to investigate not only this shop but others as well.

How much I hear you ask, 2 bucks and as many as you want.... :palm:

Keep Safe.

Muttley

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=172005;image)
(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=172007;image)
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Post by: obiwanjacobi on September 20, 2015, 05:58:47 pm
(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/ODc0WDEwMTA=/z/-VQAAOSwc0FUoSCw/$_1.JPG)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271723517581?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/271723517581?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649)

Bought it just to get a feel for interfacing TFT graphic displays with my Arduino. Also looking into writing my own driver.

I think I will build a mini digital picture frame with this one - see if my son (11y) is interested in helping...?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: s3t on September 21, 2015, 06:00:40 am
Anyone after some quite portable 6GHz scope?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151819692286 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/151819692286)

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nctnico on September 21, 2015, 06:14:14 am
Anyone after some quite portable 6GHz scope?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/151819692286 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/151819692286)
Wow! That thing is over 100kg!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on September 21, 2015, 02:20:29 pm
(http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/small_image/135x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_21332.jpg)  It's umm...electronic!
I am surprised it is not ~digital~  :palm:

Edit -> I expect it does have a 1-bit power switch though.

Hey, don't forget some good ol' cordless screwdrivers. If you get a bunch of different sizes, the set is programmable.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Screw_Driver_display.jpg/800px-Screw_Driver_display.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on September 21, 2015, 02:22:41 pm
I picked up a vintage Power Designs 3650-S power supply today. What a cool piece of kit. Weighs as much as a boat anchor though.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mike S on September 27, 2015, 10:20:24 am
I had some attiny24's come in today. Usually they're packaged in a tube that's cut down to size, but these got dumped into one of those conductive foam boxes. I thought these boxes were reserved for much more expensive components.

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nctnico on September 27, 2015, 10:28:33 am
I just low balled an HP 6572A (switching power supply 20V/100A/2kW) on Ebay and much to my surprise the seller accepted my offer!
Edit: it seems this PSU has been for sale for nearly 2 years so 1/4 of the asking price appearantly started to look good for the seller  ;D
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: blueskull on September 27, 2015, 01:13:32 pm
I had some attiny24's come in today. Usually they're packaged in a tube that's cut down to size, but these got dumped into one of those conductive foam boxes. I thought these boxes were reserved for much more expensive components.

Once I bought 2 ADI A-D converters cost totally $20, and Mouser sent me 2 parts sandwiched in 2 trays!

This June I sampled 5 ADI ADSP-BF706 processors, and once again, they came sandwiched in 2 trays!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: canibalimao on September 27, 2015, 06:14:43 pm
Yesterday I found and incredible discount on Amazon.es: http://www.amazon.es/Enron-Ejecutivo-Cuero-Respaldo-Oficina/dp/B00K95U2A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1443271710&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.es/Enron-Ejecutivo-Cuero-Respaldo-Oficina/dp/B00K95U2A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1443271710&sr=1-1)

Before they run out of stock (about 8 hours after I found it) it costs 0.50€. Let's see what's coming here  >:D
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on September 27, 2015, 07:21:23 pm
Yesterday I found and incredible discount on Amazon.es: http://www.amazon.es/Enron-Ejecutivo-Cuero-Respaldo-Oficina/dp/B00K95U2A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1443271710&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.es/Enron-Ejecutivo-Cuero-Respaldo-Oficina/dp/B00K95U2A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1443271710&sr=1-1)

Before they run out of stock (about 8 hours after I found it) it costs 0.50€. Let's see what's coming here  >:D

Not sure I'd be interested in a suspiciously cheap gas-lift chair.
Google gas lift chair injuries.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: canibalimao on September 27, 2015, 07:33:45 pm
Yesterday I found and incredible discount on Amazon.es: http://www.amazon.es/Enron-Ejecutivo-Cuero-Respaldo-Oficina/dp/B00K95U2A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1443271710&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.es/Enron-Ejecutivo-Cuero-Respaldo-Oficina/dp/B00K95U2A4/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1443271710&sr=1-1)

Before they run out of stock (about 8 hours after I found it) it costs 0.50€. Let's see what's coming here  >:D

Not sure I'd be interested in a suspiciously cheap gas-lift chair.
Google gas lift chair injuries.

I don't believe it will be delivered. Even if I receive one, I'll just sell that to someone that needs a 50$ chair  :scared:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GNU_Ninja on September 29, 2015, 10:49:02 pm
The Atten 8586 hot air rework station I ordered just turned up  :)

Haven't used it in anger yet, but I'm quite impressed by the build quality at this price point ~ £60 delivered!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitslice on September 30, 2015, 09:55:30 am
I've just bought a very large pile of MU9C1480A chips

which are 1Kx64 content-addressable memories, they get used for database searches and in routers.

I don't really know what I'm going to use them for yet, but content-addressable RAM is a really cool idea so I'll think of something.
Also picked up a pile of FIFO ram, which will hopefully transform into some kind of inter-CPU comms thing.



Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: JoeN on September 30, 2015, 10:45:42 am
I bought several of these.  Can you believe how cheap they are?   >:D

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=173676;image)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: canibalimao on September 30, 2015, 06:32:53 pm
Those are very nice and very cheap, the problem is that they don't have any DTR pin to program atmegas :(
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: blueskull on September 30, 2015, 07:41:43 pm
I found that CP2104 chips have VERY rarely found to be fake, and they support complete 9 pin serial port.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on September 30, 2015, 08:05:44 pm
these for putting ceramic caps in

http://www.banggood.com/25pcs-Round-Bottom-Clear-Plastic-Test-Tube-With-Cap-Stopper-15X100mm-p-984546.html (http://www.banggood.com/25pcs-Round-Bottom-Clear-Plastic-Test-Tube-With-Cap-Stopper-15X100mm-p-984546.html)
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Post by: VK5RC on September 30, 2015, 09:20:18 pm
Some (10x) of an Agilent low noise PHEMT ATF 54143, I am having some problems with a 300W 1296MHz Ham Tranceiver and keep blowing these little buggers up. Initially I thought it was coming in throughout the front end of the LNA, but now am pretty sure it is coming back up the receive line (from the transceiver receive port to the feed horn LNA). Despite the loss of magic smoke, when repaired,I am happy I  am still getting a noise figure of ~0.3dB gain of 35dB at 1296MHz.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Mechanical Menace on September 30, 2015, 11:15:45 pm
(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=173729;image)

I know this won't be very good but for £15 I couldn't resist, I mean who doesn't love Bakon?

Kidding aside though I'm going to test how it compares to a FX951 with the supplied tip and with a genuine T15 tip, I'll just be waiting on something to test the temps with. After that it's going to be modded to be part of a portalab lol.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: codeboy2k on October 01, 2015, 01:49:35 am
Those are very nice and very cheap, the problem is that they don't have any DTR pin to program atmegas :(
I've come to the conclusion that chinese sellers simply put "arduino" on the description line now, just to get the views.

Here's a few.. 

outdoor solar charged LED:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Solar-Motion-Sensor-Waterproof-Arduino-Led_60064507576.html?s=p (http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Solar-Motion-Sensor-Waterproof-Arduino-Led_60064507576.html?s=p)

outdoor flood light:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/arduino-led-outdoor-light-30w-led_1493497910.html?s=p (http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/arduino-led-outdoor-light-30w-led_1493497910.html?s=p)

"vape" pen:
http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/www-89-com-wax-vaporizer-pen_60080156518.html (http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/www-89-com-wax-vaporizer-pen_60080156518.html)

I even once saw underwear that was "arduino compatible" !
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on October 01, 2015, 02:18:16 am
"I even once saw underwear that was "arduino compatible" !"

Embedded leakage sensors, of course :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: canibalimao on October 01, 2015, 02:35:35 am
I have already saw that most electronic equipment listings came with "arduino" on the title. But those items you put there are just incredible. "Well let's just buy a pair of arduino-compatible underpants just to connect my "instrument" to the IOT"
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: BFX on October 01, 2015, 04:48:03 am
Today is "arduino" compatible also bread, hot-dog, milk, socks and every think what can you buy on ebay  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on October 01, 2015, 06:01:21 am
Why, I just bought an Arduino compatible PICkit 5  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: retrolefty on October 01, 2015, 10:32:14 am
E-bay search on just the word Arduino (all categories):

Quote
Arduino  52,945 listings

Results from Google:

Quote
About 35,800,000 results (0.45 seconds)

 

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: linux-works on October 01, 2015, 04:49:28 pm
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JXM8UDK (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JXM8UDK)

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71Kf1hKfUjL._SL1500_.jpg)

for less than $10, its a usb OTG micro sd card reader.  cool part is that the sd card inserts right INTO the usb connector.  quite a trick ;)

testing with 128gb card seems ok.  planned use is to transfer data from pc to phone (recent phones support on-the-go usb).

not expensive, not a big deal but cute and useful.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on October 02, 2015, 09:48:18 am
That's cool. I've never seen anything like it.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Daniel_Reyes on October 02, 2015, 09:56:12 am
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/01/8b32396c139a87ccbb6026b31474e683.jpg)
Now, the waiting game.

Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: JoeN on October 02, 2015, 06:09:52 pm
Gee whiz, am I seeing this right?  You take a picture of your screen with a phone or camera in order to include a screen capture?  Don't you know about the Print Screen button (or whatever passes for that on a non-PC)?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on October 03, 2015, 01:47:25 am
Gee whiz, am I seeing this right?  You take a picture of your screen with a phone or camera in order to include a screen capture?  Don't you know about the Print Screen button (or whatever passes for that on a non-PC)?
To be fair, you can plainly see he shopping using the PC, but browsing  EEVblog using Tapatalk on his mobile. I would suggest for a quick effortless upload he's doing it right. (Unlike me who takes pics using the mobile, file transfers them to my samba share over wifi, picks the best ones, crops them, uploads to imgur, then uses generated link on EEVblog forum message)  :phew:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on October 03, 2015, 01:52:44 am
I don't think you are. You didn't mention the E*V*L*G d*s*o*n* c*u*o* c*d*.

ooh, now you've done it! Evan of tequip doesn't like his code being released publicly. At least hidden in that image it wasn't searchable. Now you've just advertised it to the world via a google search  :palm:  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: KJDS on October 03, 2015, 02:11:23 am
I've just bought a new VNA, an R&S ZVRE, 4GHz, lovely big screen and a better GUI than some of their more recent offering.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 03, 2015, 05:05:05 am
Parts to repair my very long in the tooth IFR FM/AM1000S.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/161839664544?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/161839664544?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/NaoAAOSwu4BVyOm-/$_57.JPG)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Cubdriver on October 05, 2015, 03:48:00 pm
I have a not-quite-dead (no output but powers up) HP 8640B signal generator on the way from eBuy to join the queue of 'things to repair in my spare (so called because I have so little of it) time'.  I also got the two volumes of the service manual for the 3561A, so I'll be digging further into that soon.  Fun, fun!

-Pat
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: felixd on October 05, 2015, 05:13:32 pm
Maybe not today (Thursday) but latest purchase:
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Tim F on October 05, 2015, 07:11:05 pm
Another 8060A, another bobby dazzler:
(http://c1.staticflickr.com/1/730/21340749423_328073e9cc_z.jpg)(http://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5744/21340749513_0a3d1ddfc4_z.jpg)(http://c1.staticflickr.com/1/632/21340749453_4eca060d75_z.jpg)
Paid AU$62 (US$44), I think I did ok :-+
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: JuKu on October 05, 2015, 07:29:43 pm
I bought a 3D printer kit: https://www.think3dprint3d.com/3D-Printer-Kits/Kossel-Mini-3dPrinter-Kit (https://www.think3dprint3d.com/3D-Printer-Kits/Kossel-Mini-3dPrinter-Kit)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: canibalimao on October 06, 2015, 12:02:07 am
Bought this almost a month ago for arround 5.50€ but arrived just today: http://www.banggood.com/GM320-Non-Contact-Laser-LCD-Display-Digital-IR-Infrared-Thermometer-Temperature-Meter-Gun-p-980717.html (http://www.banggood.com/GM320-Non-Contact-Laser-LCD-Display-Digital-IR-Infrared-Thermometer-Temperature-Meter-Gun-p-980717.html)

What a great device!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 06, 2015, 01:10:16 am
I have a not-quite-dead (no output but powers up) HP 8640B signal generator on the way from eBuy to join the queue of 'things to repair in my spare (so called because I have so little of it) time'.  I also got the two volumes of the service manual for the 3561A, so I'll be digging further into that soon.  Fun, fun!

-Pat

I use to dream about owning an 8640 I have many hours using one, shourd be a fun project.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 06, 2015, 02:38:21 am
I picked up an HP Universal Counter HP-5315B for $40 US, clean inside fully functional.

(http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss21/AF6LJ/Test%20Gear/IMG_0610_zpscj1aha7h.jpg) (http://s558.photobucket.com/user/AF6LJ/media/Test%20Gear/IMG_0610_zpscj1aha7h.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: 0xdeadbeef on October 06, 2015, 04:27:34 am
Another 8060A, another bobby dazzler:
Actually, over the last 16 years, this trusty old brick was the only multimeter I had at my desk at work. Just like two months ago, I finally decided to order a 87V at work (owned one at home for some years now).
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Cubdriver on October 06, 2015, 04:53:17 am
I picked up an HP Universal Counter HP-5315B for $40 US, clean inside fully functional.

Sweet! Looks nice, and you can't beat the price, especially for a working unit.

-Pat
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: firehopper on October 06, 2015, 09:34:02 am
I bought a second one of these a week ago

https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6 (https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 06, 2015, 09:54:09 am
I bought a second one of these a week ago

https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6 (https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6)

Very Cool. :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: JuKu on October 06, 2015, 09:37:43 pm
I bought a second one of these a week ago

https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6 (https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6)
Nice. What happened to the first?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: aargee on October 06, 2015, 10:25:24 pm
I guess buying a second one is cheaper than buying the spare parts after a crash?  ;)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: JuKu on October 06, 2015, 11:40:29 pm
I guess buying a second one is cheaper than buying the spare parts after a crash?  ;)
Or nothing left to re-use. (Isn't that normal after an airplane crash?) We want to read the story and see pictures!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: ElektroQuark on October 07, 2015, 12:11:22 am
Quote from: JuKu on Today at 13:40:29 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=47932.msg771527#msg771527)>Quote from: aargee on Today at 12:25:24 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=47932.msg771475#msg771475)
I guess buying a second one is cheaper than buying the spare parts after a crash?  ;)
Or nothing left to re-use. (Isn't that normal after an airplane crash?) We want to read the story and see pictures!



No. You want to see the video.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: McBryce on October 07, 2015, 01:02:13 am
Just ordered a Ti 84 Plus CE Calculator, my Sharp EL-512 from 1984 is starting to show it's age and the buttons are starting to fail. I've wanted a graphing calc for quite a while too.

McBryce.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: JoeN on October 07, 2015, 03:38:55 am
I bought 20 of these about two years ago and now have run out.  Use them for filters and little function generators and the like.  They solder up to the edge on a PCB or proto-board, at least the proto boards that I use, and are super convenient and compact.  Graduated to the big-boy package:

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=174749;image)

They are $1 or more for AMP or Molex branded ones at Digikey.  Much better price here.

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: KJDS on October 07, 2015, 05:42:35 am
A lot of cheap RF connectors have brass instead of beryllium copper as the centre. Fine for the first couple of connections, but after that they're useless.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: firehopper on October 07, 2015, 10:17:10 am
Quote from: JuKu on Today at 13:40:29 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=47932.msg771527#msg771527)>Quote from: aargee on Today at 12:25:24 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/index.php?topic=47932.msg771475#msg771475)
I guess buying a second one is cheaper than buying the spare parts after a crash?  ;)
Or nothing left to re-use. (Isn't that normal after an airplane crash?) We want to read the story and see pictures!

my dad crashed it nose first. the foam body was unrepairable. saved the wing, with its servos, the reciever the tail servos and the esc and EDF unit, found another one at a local rc flea market and purchased it, now what to do with the other edf, cordless leaf blower maybe :)


No. You want to see the video.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: firehopper on October 07, 2015, 10:24:03 am
I bought a second one of these a week ago

https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6 (https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6)
Nice. What happened to the first?

pilot error :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: retrolefty on October 07, 2015, 12:08:41 pm
I bought a second one of these a week ago

https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6 (https://flic.kr/p/q8K1c6)
Nice. What happened to the first?

pilot error :)

 

Or as we said in the Air Force, was it a short between the headsets?   :-+
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Daniel_Reyes on October 07, 2015, 12:26:40 pm
It was an effortless upload on my phone, chill out

Sent from my SM-G900P using Tapatalk

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 07, 2015, 01:42:11 pm
I bought 20 of these about two years ago and now have run out.  Use them for filters and little function generators and the like.  They solder up to the edge on a PCB or proto-board, at least the proto boards that I use, and are super convenient and compact.  Graduated to the big-boy package:

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=174749;image)

They are $1 or more for AMP or Molex branded ones at Digikey.  Much better price here.
Those are the Bee's Knees...
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 07, 2015, 01:54:56 pm
(http://i558.photobucket.com/albums/ss21/AF6LJ/Test%20Gear/power%20supply_zps1xbfn6w2.png) (http://s558.photobucket.com/user/AF6LJ/media/Test%20Gear/power%20supply_zps1xbfn6w2.png.html)
The power supply I picked up Saturday that has been riding around in my friend's trunk since then...
2X 36V 1.5A
$25.00 US I do need to see how clean the output is, it is a bit long in the tooth.
But..
The price was right.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on October 07, 2015, 02:29:18 pm
Wow, Sue, quite a catch. That should go in the test equipment "scores" thread.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on October 07, 2015, 04:18:46 pm
I bought 20 of these about two years ago and now have run out. ... Graduated to the big-boy package:

The description says "gold", but they mean 'gold colored'. Chances of that being actual gold plating are very slim.

Anyone know what that 'gold colored' plating on cheap RCA connectors and such is actually made of?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 08, 2015, 12:16:19 am
Wow, Sue, quite a catch. That should go in the test equipment "scores" thread.
It should, next time. :)
It is old and I may change out the rectifier since it is selenium, when those things fail they emit toxic fumes.
 
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Howardlong on October 08, 2015, 02:31:43 am
I bought 20 of these about two years ago and now have run out.  Use them for filters and little function generators and the like.  They solder up to the edge on a PCB or proto-board, at least the proto boards that I use, and are super convenient and compact.  Graduated to the big-boy package:

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=174749;image)

They are $1 or more for AMP or Molex branded ones at Digikey.  Much better price here.

I buy these by the thousand for production, they work out at $0.20ea. I also use male versions for inline prototyping filters. I'm not sure how well they work beyond a couple of GHz but for the application I have them in they are fine.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on October 08, 2015, 04:45:38 am
I visited the new local surplus store today and grabbed 2 HP LP2275w 22" LCD monitors and 2 VGA to DVI adapters for $91 USD with tax.  One had minor scratches on the screen that aren't visible when the monitor is on. Both have no dead pixels and are nice and bright.   I had a 22" and a 19" LED monitor on this computer but the 19" has gone to the spares shelf and the 22" LED has replaced a 17" on my workbench.  It is nice to finally have matching sized monitors on this computer.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on October 08, 2015, 06:21:15 am
UNI-T UT210E AC/DC Current Clamp Meter (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/UNI-T-UT210E-True-RMS-AC-DC-Current-Mini-Clamp-Meters-w-Capacitance-Tester-Digital-Earth/32379946072.html) ~£22.50

Can measure DC amps down to 1mA using the clamp!  :-+

(http://i.imgur.com/7AkQayG.png)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: sullyRD on October 08, 2015, 08:02:56 am
I Got a Cropico RM6-N2 For £23 with postage, it was advertised as a Buy it now at £20 and only just came online when i saw it, never one to let a bargain go i got it.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z221/jackthebaiter/th_20151007_214353.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/jackthebaiter/media/20151007_214353.jpg.html)
This is it with my other two Jay-Jay Instruments Capacitance and resistance boxes that cost me £20 each a few years ago.
(http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z221/jackthebaiter/th_20151007_214559.jpg) (http://s190.photobucket.com/user/jackthebaiter/media/20151007_214559.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 08, 2015, 09:54:59 am
Nice deal, a decade box or two are as indispensable as screwdrivers.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on October 08, 2015, 11:51:25 am
That is pretty cool. You could use it as a resistance decade, or a voltage divider.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: onlooker on October 08, 2015, 01:30:44 pm
I just bought a brand new scope for $17. To be precise, it is a USB endoscope or inspection camera. I do not have a particular use for it yet, other than tried to look into my ear for the 1st time in my life. It may be a useful tool when some small parts dropped in some hard to reach places.

The cheaper ones goes for about $5 each on Ebay. I picked this one because it advertised for 1280x720 resolution, Android support and 5.5mm in diameter, though the captured image does not look like with a resolution of 1280x720 and as expected, the image quality is not that good. And also the Android part did not work for me. The imager is a GenesysLogic IC(?).

The 1st picture is the camera head.
(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=175033)


The 2nd picture is a captured image by this camera. It was taken about 2" away from the paper. 2" is about the distance having the best focus.
(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=175035)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Macbeth on October 08, 2015, 07:34:21 pm
...I do not have a particular use for it yet, other than tried to look into my ear for the 1st time in my life.

I was dreading scrolling down through your pictures...  :scared:

Thank you for not subjecting us to your external acoustic meatus  :phew:  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on October 08, 2015, 07:51:31 pm
a USB endoscope or inspection camera.

I found with the 10mm dia one I bought a while ago, a small lens from a CROM drive head can be blu-tak'd to the end, to make quite a workable improvised inspection microscope.

Though  I never did find any other use for it. Even with a stiff iron wire taped to the lead to allow bending to suit, it's not much good for building cavity inspections, threading cables through difficult spaces, etc, since the LED illumination and depth of view are too small. You see either nothing, or some inscrutable closeup of wood or gyprock.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Cubdriver on October 09, 2015, 04:28:16 am
The 8640B arrived today.  In addition to option 001 (audio oscillator), I was pleasantly surprised to find it also has options 002 - an internal doubler that extends the output range from 512 to 1024 MHz, and 003 - reverse power protection.  I haven't tried to power it on and begin troubleshooting yet, but my fingers are crossed that the no output issue that it was listed under winds up being a relatively minor thing.  I'm on the hunt for a hardcopy of the service manual now; hopefully one will turn up soon.

-Pat

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-8640B-Signal-Generator/i-wQbtMVx/0/L/IMG_8699-L.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 09, 2015, 04:48:31 am
The 8640B arrived today.  In addition to option 001 (audio oscillator), I was pleasantly surprised to find it also has options 002 - an internal doubler that extends the output range from 512 to 1024 MHz, and 003 - reverse power protection.  I haven't tried to power it on and begin troubleshooting yet, but my fingers are crossed that the no output issue that it was listed under winds up being a relatively minor thing.  I'm on the hunt for a hardcopy of the service manual now; hopefully one will turn up soon.

-Pat

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-8640B-Signal-Generator/i-wQbtMVx/0/L/IMG_8699-L.jpg)
Nice; Keep us posted on your progress.
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Post by: Cubdriver on October 09, 2015, 05:02:01 am
Nice; Keep us posted on your progress.

Will do.  I expect to get back to the 3561A tomorrow, after I get my heat tied in and working.  Unfortunately I snapped and Widlerized a leaking radiant distribution manifold last night when it sprayed me from about the 3rd or 4th different place as I tried to track down and eliminate the drips.   |O  Bought it cheap and got what I paid for.  Luckily I have a new, unused GOOD one purchased for another spot to put in its place.  I love renovations!!   ::)

-Pat
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SLJ on October 09, 2015, 05:10:45 am
Got in this nice early nixie tube desk calculator. After a little bit of cleaning and case alignment to prevent the buttons from sticking it works perfectly.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc.jpg)

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc-display.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: BFX on October 09, 2015, 05:23:55 am
Thermal Camera Trolec IC 060 as not working for 350 EUR.
Its look like new repair thread  8)

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Cubdriver on October 09, 2015, 05:33:01 am
Got in this nice early nixie tube desk calculator. After a little bit of cleaning and case alignment to prevent the buttons from sticking it works perfectly.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc.jpg)

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc-display.jpg)

VERY cool!!

-Pat
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Post by: alank2 on October 09, 2015, 05:39:20 am
I find it interesting that they were not worried about any of those leads shorting out against each other - I'm assuming they don't have any sort of covering like magnet wire, etc.  Very neat.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: felixd on October 09, 2015, 08:35:06 am
Just came. High voltage probe

PHILIPS PM9246/04 PM 9246 / 04 R= 600 MOhm ATT: 1000X:1 MAX 30KV
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 09, 2015, 10:21:28 am
Got in this nice early nixie tube desk calculator. After a little bit of cleaning and case alignment to prevent the buttons from sticking it works perfectly.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc.jpg)

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc-display.jpg)
Very Cool.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: pickle9000 on October 09, 2015, 10:23:48 am
Got in this nice early nixie tube desk calculator. After a little bit of cleaning and case alignment to prevent the buttons from sticking it works perfectly.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc.jpg)

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc-display.jpg)
Very Cool.
Wow, nice one
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on October 09, 2015, 12:02:51 pm
Got in this nice early nixie tube desk calculator. After a little bit of cleaning and case alignment to prevent the buttons from sticking it works perfectly.

(http://www.stevenjohnson.com/cardboard/images/remington-nixie-calc.jpg)

Nifty nixies. Great find!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bingo600 on October 12, 2015, 02:51:15 am
Just got my Fluke 731B

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/linux-gpib-and-python-hp3458a-hp3457a-logging-a-fluke-731b-10v/?action=dlattach;attach=175734)

Have more pics, and some measurements here
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/linux-gpib-and-python-hp3458a-hp3457a-logging-a-fluke-731b-10v/msg775169/#msg775169 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/linux-gpib-and-python-hp3458a-hp3457a-logging-a-fluke-731b-10v/msg775169/#msg775169)

/Bingo
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: HighVoltage on October 12, 2015, 03:44:01 am
Just got my Fluke 731B
/Bingo
How much die you pay for this reference, if I may ask.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bingo600 on October 12, 2015, 03:52:49 am
I got it for $165  :-+
$221 incl ship & 25% VAT delivered in DK   :--

/Bingo
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GreyWoolfe on October 12, 2015, 11:03:09 pm
I went yard sailing with SWMBO and we got an Olympus FE-4000 camera with 4 xD cards for $30, an RCA portable DVD player for $20 and a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones for $20.  I got the headphones to replace a cheap pair that only had 1 channel working.  The headphones were sticky  :wtf: but cleaned up nicely.  For some reason, SWMBO doesn't like the sound of that crazy Aussie Bloke's voice  :-//
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: felixd on October 13, 2015, 08:18:54 am
I bought those screwdrivers for 10$ (I really liked holder).
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TerraHertz on October 13, 2015, 09:59:14 am
Something rare I've been hunting for literally years.
A General Radio GR900-LZ6 Coaxial Reference Air Line (6 cm)
I have a GR900 slotted line, and the set of reference air lines, but this one part was missing. Finally one turned up by itself.
It's in the post from USA to OZ, so will take a while.

US $60 plus about $20 postage total (via reshipper), so probably the most expensive very small piece of metal pipe I've ever bought.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on October 13, 2015, 11:04:37 am
Those GR900 connectors are a thing of beauty. Pretty pricy in the day.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: crispy_tofu on October 13, 2015, 11:45:24 am
I got a temp gun a few days ago - the Uyigao UA550.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01326AZ8A (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01326AZ8A)
It's got passable build quality and I got it from Amazon for US$15.50 shipped, which is a bargain (interestingly, the store that sells it doesn't ship the temp gun to Australia anymore).  ;D

Should I do a review/teardown?  :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on October 13, 2015, 12:18:30 pm
Should I do a review/teardown?  :)

Of course! Should that even be a question here? :-/O
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: BFX on October 14, 2015, 06:44:48 am
New battery for my Fluke 196B ScopeMeter for 20$ :-+
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: McBryce on October 16, 2015, 06:46:07 pm
Picked up a "like new" Fluke 289 FVF with software and all the cables for an extremely good price. A highly impressive piece of kit. Now why didn't meters have all this shit back when I actually needed to run around with a meter in my hand all day!!??

McBryce.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Augustus on October 18, 2015, 02:53:39 am
6 liters of 99.9% Isopropyl Alcohol for ~20€, including shipping. Parrrrrrrty time... (http://forum.cycling4fans.de/imagesdez03/smilies/neue/trinkkumpane.gif)   :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Ribster on October 18, 2015, 03:03:07 am
You ran out of beer :D??
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Augustus on October 18, 2015, 04:18:10 am
Thank God, no...  :o

But I'm a little bit an atypical German, I usually prefer a good glass of wine over a stein of beer. Cheers!  (http://forum.cycling4fans.de/imagesdez03/smilies/neue/skol.gif)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: blueskull on October 18, 2015, 06:19:04 am
A spectrum analyzer with EMI probles bundled, but when I received the package there were no probes. I left a neutral feedback, then the seller bothered me with tons of emails, so I just modified my feedback as a benefaction. Bad shopping experience.

The item, on the other hand, is quite nice and neat. I'm trying to source the probes and test cables, and when they arrive I will make a review.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Ribster on October 18, 2015, 08:16:53 am
Thank God, no...  :o

But I'm a little bit an atypical German, I usually prefer a good glass of wine over a stein of beer. Cheers!  (http://forum.cycling4fans.de/imagesdez03/smilies/neue/skol.gif)

Coming from someone that's from belgium, that doesn't go down well with me...
Beer über alles!!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on October 23, 2015, 12:04:05 am
one of these, but their crap, keeps swinging across the front of me and no way to lock it off, miss my old clarkes one but their now twice the price of this.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluorescent-daylight-magnifier-lamp-a29ff (http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluorescent-daylight-magnifier-lamp-a29ff)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nfmax on October 23, 2015, 12:23:39 am
one of these, but their crap, keeps swinging across the front of me and no way to lock it off, miss my old clarkes one but their now twice the price of this.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluorescent-daylight-magnifier-lamp-a29ff (http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluorescent-daylight-magnifier-lamp-a29ff)
I have one of these, and as a magnifier & lamp it is basically OK. I made my own mounting base for it, as the standard one got in the way of the cupboard next to my bench, and a trick I used was to wrap PTFE thread tape around the swivelly bit of the arm to increase the diameter to the point that it just made a firm fit into the base. Stops it swinging about in the breeze, but still easy to move.
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Post by: Deathwish on October 23, 2015, 12:30:10 am
i'll give that a try then, thanks
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Joule Thief on October 23, 2015, 12:30:59 am
A small but attitude altering addition to the workbench.

This $4 device takes the angst out of repeatedly opening and closing the jaws of a Panavise 201 or 203 jaw vice. Just snap it onto the vice wingnut, insert index finger and spin. Stand back and watch the smiles appear.

Best $4 I have spent to date!

http://www.amazon.com/PanaVise-239%C2%A0Speed-Control-Handle-201/dp/B011NEEO08/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1445520293&sr=1-1&keywords=PanaVise+239+Speed+Control+Handle (http://www.amazon.com/PanaVise-239%C2%A0Speed-Control-Handle-201/dp/B011NEEO08/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1445520293&sr=1-1&keywords=PanaVise+239+Speed+Control+Handle)
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Post by: KJDS on October 23, 2015, 01:06:18 am
Today I've bought 78 multimeters.

I wonder if they'll work?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on October 23, 2015, 01:24:19 am
WoW
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: alank2 on October 23, 2015, 01:47:07 am
WoW

Yeah - we've got to see some pics of this.

I ordered a SDG2082X from tequipment and got a shipping notice from them last night!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tggzzz on October 23, 2015, 02:01:54 am
A second hand Tek 21GHz spectrum analyser. Of course I can't check it works above ~3GHz because I don't have any suitable signal sources :(

Now all I need is a proper DC block and attenuator, not something I cobble together myself. And a tracking generator. And some decent cables and connectors :(
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: SeanB on October 23, 2015, 04:05:19 am
A nice little DIN rail mounting power meter.  Took it apart before turning it on, and aside from the 3 internal IC's being the ground off top type ( one is obviously a PIC doing the math and display side, one is a jellybean quad opamp and the last os likely a cheap ADC, so no surprise there) it is not bad, input power being provided by a capacitive divider, and with voltage sensing using 2 series 100k 0.3W 1% metal film resistors.

All in all it does what it needs, and $25 with "free shipping" was not too bad.

Shown testing it's own power draw. 10VA, 3.2W and a really bad power factor. PF does not seem to have a magnitude, it reads the same irrespective of direction of current flow through the internal sense coil. Still, goes from 0-100A and should do the job.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: KJDS on October 23, 2015, 04:29:04 am
WoW

Yeah - we've got to see some pics of this.

I ordered a SDG2082X from tequipment and got a shipping notice from them last night!

Most of them were just yet more Fluke 25s. I've got loads in stock, but usually sell a couple a week so more is always good.

There are also half a dozen Solartron 7150 6.5 digit meters. I'm hoping that they work, but at least there is a decent manual available for them so should be a fun fix if they do have problems.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: tom66 on October 23, 2015, 05:52:16 am
Bought a GW Instek PSP-603 for £80 all inc from the Farnell trade counter. RRP was £288+VAT so I think I got a decent deal.

It's a 60V 3.5A switching bench power supply.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nigelwright7557 on October 23, 2015, 11:27:19 am
I bought a Pyle 1000WRMS 21 inch subwoofer.
I built my own cabinet for it.
Sounds very good.
(http://www.ckpr.talktalk.net/pyle2.JPG)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: accesscontrolforum on October 23, 2015, 03:54:54 pm
just got it in today. EBay score for 40 bucks.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/rs232-cable-for-tx-3-185-287-'cable-for-tektronix-or-fluke-189-289'/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/rs232-cable-for-tx-3-185-287-'cable-for-tektronix-or-fluke-189-289'/)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Deathwish on October 24, 2015, 03:37:19 am
one of these, but their crap, keeps swinging across the front of me and no way to lock it off, miss my old clarkes one but their now twice the price of this.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluorescent-daylight-magnifier-lamp-a29ff (http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/22w-fluorescent-daylight-magnifier-lamp-a29ff)
I have one of these, and as a magnifier & lamp it is basically OK. I made my own mounting base for it, as the standard one got in the way of the cupboard next to my bench, and a trick I used was to wrap PTFE thread tape around the swivelly bit of the arm to increase the diameter to the point that it just made a firm fit into the base. Stops it swinging about in the breeze, but still easy to move.

These have an inherent fault that means it isnt going to last long, the base spigot is a tube that has been cut half way through, bend it a bit and its game over as the lamp will flop on the ground.
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Post by: German_EE on October 25, 2015, 03:16:39 am
The biggest apple strudel I've ever seen, I'd post a picture but it's already been dealt with  ^-^
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Post by: KJDS on October 25, 2015, 04:04:28 am
The biggest apple strudel I've ever seen, I'd post a picture but it's already been dealt with  ^-^

I've got apple crumble for dinner tonight, but that will be home made rather than bought.
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Post by: purfield on October 28, 2015, 03:12:44 pm
Got a little trigger happy at an online auction and bought a Keithley 2002 for $1550.
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Post by: blueskull on October 28, 2015, 03:47:10 pm
Got a Rigol DS6102 a couple of days ago, and finally returned it by yesterday.

Some functions does not work, and despite they spared no cents on material, the building quality is not very good in details.

Think I'm going to get a MSOX3104A instead.
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Post by: TopLoser on October 28, 2015, 08:00:17 pm
A 15KW, 0-80V 0-250A power supply. Weighs about 35Kg and I'm scared of it.
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Post by: crispy_tofu on October 28, 2015, 08:14:48 pm
A 15KW, 0-80V 0-250A power supply. Weighs about 35Kg and I'm scared of it.
I would also be scared if I had a 15 KILOWATT power supply in my house...  :scared: :scared:
Just wondering, what are you going to use it for? Multimeter destruction, maybe?  ;)
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Post by: Tim F on October 28, 2015, 10:10:56 pm
One moderately crusty Tek 536 with B, CA, G and T plugins. No idea how functional it is yet, have to round up a suitably rated variac, check some caps and suss out a vaporised resistor before I try to power it.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/720/22515931796_fd13bf3f92_o.png)
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Post by: Alex Nikitin on October 28, 2015, 11:24:21 pm
My latest acquisition:

(http://www.ant-audio.co.uk/Service/Ref/Fluke_731B.jpg)

Cheers

Alex
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Post by: alank2 on October 29, 2015, 01:23:09 am
The SDG2082X I ordered came yesterday and I've had a great time playing with it.  I didn't know what I was missing not having a signal gen.  The frequency counter on it is decent as well with 8 digits of accuracy (only 7 shown here, but 10M shows as 10.000 000) unlike the 6 that most scopes provide, and it has a ppm measurement feature as well.  Here it is connected to my RFTG Rb GPSDO.  It is 0.160 ppm off.
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Post by: bingo600 on October 29, 2015, 04:23:50 am
The SDG2082X I ordered came yesterday and I've had a great time playing with it.  I didn't know what I was missing not having a signal gen.  The frequency counter on it is decent as well with 8 digits of accuracy (only 7 shown here, but 10M shows as 10.000 000) unlike the 6 that most scopes provide, and it has a ppm measurement feature as well.  Here it is connected to my RFTG Rb GPSDO.  It is 0.160 ppm off.

Alan i hope you got it with a discount.

Siglent just lost same amount of credability as VW , and VW's stock dropped 30%

/Bingo

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Post by: alank2 on October 29, 2015, 04:35:54 am
Alan i hope you got it with a discount.
Siglent just lost same amount of credability as VW , and VW's stock dropped 30%

I got the usual and very fine tequipment discount!  it is my first signal gen, but I am very pleased for the money so far.

:)  I have a feeling that Siglent's misstep will be forgiven when people see the value this unit has.  I think the SDG2042X could very well become the "DS1052E" of its time in terms of bang for the buck in siggens.
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Post by: Pinkus on October 29, 2015, 10:23:25 am
I think the SDG2042X could very well become the "DS1052E" of its time in terms of bang for the buck in siggens.
Only if it is hackable to 120 Mhz or even more. >:D
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Post by: felixd on October 30, 2015, 05:39:52 am
DER EE LCR METER DE-5000 with TL-21 and TL-22 probes. Came from Japan to Poland in 7 days.

120 USD

I've also received a gift: Origami! :)

http://www.ebay.pl/itm/161104294237?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.pl/itm/161104294237?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
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Post by: crispy_tofu on October 30, 2015, 07:40:09 am
Wow! It even comes with a card!  :-+ :-+
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Post by: azer on October 30, 2015, 12:34:09 pm
I've also received a gift: Origami! :)
You will also receive friendly mails from her every other week with picture of her kids or nice sceneries. :D
(http://i1326.photobucket.com/albums/u642/7777jpjp/3_zps5af80712.jpg)
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Post by: crispy_tofu on October 30, 2015, 12:49:12 pm
...Right. Have fun!  :popcorn:
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Post by: B.B.Bubby on October 30, 2015, 09:40:21 pm
An old myford lathe, sometimes the british didn't do silly stuff with lumps of metal.
Just finished wiring up a 3 phase vsd and new 3/4 hp motor to replace the old washing machine drive unit.
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Post by: Deathwish on October 31, 2015, 10:51:34 pm
less than 7 days from china to me.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UA6013L-Auto-Range-Digital-LCD-Capacitor-Capacitance-Tester-Meter-Multimeter-/281539479403?hash=item418d0f876b:g:D2QAAOSwc3ZUmhSs (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UA6013L-Auto-Range-Digital-LCD-Capacitor-Capacitance-Tester-Meter-Multimeter-/281539479403?hash=item418d0f876b:g:D2QAAOSwc3ZUmhSs)
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Post by: TerraHertz on November 01, 2015, 03:48:54 pm
less than 7 days from china to me.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UA6013L-Auto-Range-Digital-LCD-Capacitor-Capacitance-Tester-Meter-Multimeter-/281539479403?hash=item418d0f876b:g:D2QAAOSwc3ZUmhSs (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/UA6013L-Auto-Range-Digital-LCD-Capacitor-Capacitance-Tester-Meter-Multimeter-/281539479403?hash=item418d0f876b:g:D2QAAOSwc3ZUmhSs)

Why are there three lead jacks? But only two leads? Could it be they used a standard multimeter case, only changing the printing?
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Post by: SeanB on November 01, 2015, 06:47:51 pm
Cheaper to use an existing mould set ( no cost for tooling, and they only have to pay for a new screen for the printing) and the case already had all the cutouts aside from the one they had to make a jig to drill out the zero adjust knob. Jig would be a drill press and a wooden set of angles that they place the meter top in and bring the drill down. I made a similar one to do larger punch holes in some card backing boards, as the supplier made them 1mm too small, and the new posts we had were too tight a fit. We were not going to throw away 10k of boards, so took a cheap drill press and bought a 1/4in hole bit to drill them out. Took a week to do the lot in spare moments.
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Post by: Macbeth on November 01, 2015, 08:05:49 pm
UA6013L. What a bizarre meter. Does it have some kind of servo inside to do the "auto range"?  :palm: The 3 probe jacks seem to be split between one that's 200mA fused and one with a max 35VDC? That variable REL feature looks handy  :palm:

I guess it may read high'ish capacitance, though no accuracy specifications so it could read any old rubbish.

I guess the backlight and reading hold are much sought after features, and the little header between to get round those pesky IEC1010 safety rated jack sockets.

Garry, what possessed you to buy this POS?   :-//  :-DD
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Post by: crispy_tofu on November 01, 2015, 08:18:05 pm
Has anyone realised that the meter is on when the switch is in the off position? Talk about possessed!  :scared:
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Post by: Macbeth on November 01, 2015, 08:56:41 pm
Has anyone realised that the meter is on when the switch is in the off position? Talk about possessed!  :scared:
That would be stray capacitance causing ghost voltages. The meter must be using this phantom power to try and turn the servo for its auto-ranging.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 01, 2015, 09:24:37 pm
Garry, what possessed you to buy this POS?   :-//  :-DD

Erm ok.
!. I live close to scouseland where shiny things and bright things are a must have.

2. I got it cheap and wanted to take a look at it, that and I couldn't afford better and I couldn't make my mind up what to get that week, I needed a quick fix for my junkie collector side.
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Post by: crispy_tofu on November 01, 2015, 09:40:21 pm
Yeah, it looks like Uyigao are using the same design for many of their meters:
UA6243L - Digital LCR meter
UA33 multimeter series (B, C, D) (interestingly, there's no A version on the Internet)

Cheaper to use an existing mould set ( no cost for tooling, and they only have to pay for a new screen for the printing) and the case already had all the cutouts aside from the one they had to make a jig to drill out the zero adjust knob.
Looks like the hole is already on the rest of the meters as a power button... or a torch?  :wtf:

I bought a Uyigao temp gun recently (a few pages ago), the plastics are pretty nice, feels solid. Great device for USD 15 delivered.  :-+
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Post by: Macbeth on November 01, 2015, 09:55:23 pm
!. I live close to scouseland where shiny things and bright things are a must have.

2. I got it cheap and wanted to take a look at it, that and I couldn't afford better and I couldn't make my mind up what to get that week, I needed a quick fix for my junkie collector side.
I live IN scouseland and wouldn't have this, but a tear down and review is in order!  ;)

I'm guessing it is at least fast at measuring large capacitors in the mF range?

For a nice cheap excellent little meter with capacitance that actually does autorange go for a UT136B, and when you need another quick fix a week later get the UT136C so you have a temperature probe version too  :-+

Oh and you must have one of the Atmel 328 based "$20 LCR ESR transistor testers" by now? Open source - huge thread on here.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 01, 2015, 10:12:38 pm
!. I live close to scouseland where shiny things and bright things are a must have.

2. I got it cheap and wanted to take a look at it, that and I couldn't afford better and I couldn't make my mind up what to get that week, I needed a quick fix for my junkie collector side.
I live IN scouseland and wouldn't have this, but a tear down and review is in order!  ;)

I'm guessing it is at least fast at measuring large capacitors in the mF range?

For a nice cheap excellent little meter with capacitance that actually does autorange go for a UT136B, and when you need another quick fix a week later get the UT136C so you have a temperature probe version too  :-+

Oh and you must have one of the Atmel 328 based "$20 LCR ESR transistor testers" by now? Open source - huge thread on here.

yep i have an At328 unit. was looking at the UT one earlier, but also  the atlas ESR Range. One day when I get mega rich i might buy a hp E4981A ....
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Post by: VK5RC on November 02, 2015, 07:41:36 pm
An early Christmas present!!!
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on November 02, 2015, 08:33:22 pm
I need a set of those so I can talk to myself in complete privacy, I hear it's the first sign of  :-// :rant:
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Post by: VK5RC on November 02, 2015, 09:38:03 pm
All three of us, me myself and I, problem is I never hear anything I haven't heard before! :P
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Post by: Macbeth on November 02, 2015, 11:27:23 pm
You aren't wrong, I bought one of those insanely cheap Baofeng VHF/UHF handies to see what all the ham fuss was all about. Not a sausage on the airwaves, though I did eventually find a distant repeater some old guy and his mates would appear on every odd sunday. They would discuss who had recently died and their/wifes latest ailments and then a bit of ham tech talk. Bit depressing really  :( I had to resist butting in because I don't have a licence. CB is also dead as a dodo. I was hoping with the no barrier to entry and everyone moving over to mobile phones and IM all the idiots of the 80's/90's would have left. Unfortunately everyone else has too.  :palm:
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Post by: HighVoltage on November 03, 2015, 02:11:51 am
All three of us, me myself and I, problem is I never hear anything I haven't heard before! :P
You have not watched Mr.Robot
He can even do it without such a headset.
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Post by: bingo600 on November 03, 2015, 05:32:07 am
A HP-5373A (it's a 5372A) w. some extra pulse firmware.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=179661)


/Bingo
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Post by: sotos on November 03, 2015, 07:37:02 am
My new toy


(http://i.imgur.com/Z9eweRg.jpg)
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Post by: sotos on November 03, 2015, 07:40:39 am
one more


(http://i.imgur.com/sm1NUj5.jpg)
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Post by: tautech on November 03, 2015, 07:42:53 am
My new toy
:-+
Which SHS800 model?

OK you've updated the pic.......SHS806 .....60 MHz
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Post by: G0HZU on November 03, 2015, 08:20:53 am
I upgraded to a 4 port VNA today.  This is the Agilent E5071B 4 port VNA with the touch screen and 1E5 reference oscillator options. I bought it at an online auction and it seems to work fine and it came with a 13.5GHz 4 port Ecal module (pictured) which is a huge bonus.

I'll be spending the next few evenings putting it through its paces to make sure it works OK before it replaces my trusty old HP8714 VNA...




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Post by: TerraHertz on November 03, 2015, 02:01:15 pm
I upgraded to a 4 port VNA today.  This is the Agilent E5071B 4 port VNA with the touch screen and 1E5 reference oscillator options. I bought it at an online auction and it seems to work fine and it came with a 13.5GHz 4 port Ecal module (pictured) which is a huge bonus.

Glad to hear that worked out well!
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Post by: VK5RC on November 03, 2015, 09:22:14 pm
@G0HZU , very nice!
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Post by: blueskull on November 03, 2015, 10:37:49 pm
I upgraded to a 4 port VNA today.  This is the Agilent E5071B 4 port VNA with the touch screen and 1E5 reference oscillator options. I bought it at an online auction and it seems to work fine and it came with a 13.5GHz 4 port Ecal module (pictured) which is a huge bonus.

I'll be spending the next few evenings putting it through its paces to make sure it works OK before it replaces my trusty old HP8714 VNA...

Hard to see USB and floppy drive meets each other.
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Post by: nctnico on November 03, 2015, 11:23:32 pm
Chances are the USB port only supports a keyboard and printer. Not a USB stick  |O
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Post by: McBryce on November 03, 2015, 11:25:04 pm
He could always replace the floppy drive with a Gotek drive if needed.

Bryce.
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Post by: G0HZU on November 04, 2015, 03:35:01 am
Quote
Hard to see USB and floppy drive meets each other.

Chances are the USB port only supports a keyboard and printer. Not a USB stick 

It is a bit odd that it has both USB and floppy but it runs Windows 2000 as its OS and there are three USB ports on it and they have the same functionality as a typical Windows PC. So I use one USB port for the mouse, one for the Ecal unit and the other for a USB memory stick. It also supports PS2 type keyboard and mouse via dedicated sockets for each.

I think some of these VNAs have a removable HDD in place of the floppy allowing removable data storage (for improved security/privacy when it goes for calibration etc?)

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Post by: nctnico on November 04, 2015, 04:40:41 am
He could always replace the floppy drive with a Gotek drive if needed.
I tried one of those drives but they are total crap to use.
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Post by: TheSteve on November 04, 2015, 04:58:51 am
He could always replace the floppy drive with a Gotek drive if needed.
I tried one of those drives but they are total crap to use.

We use a USB floppy drive replacement on our Juki pick and place machine and it has worked out great. For us the secret is to skip the custom usb stick format and use only a single image per flash drive instead of the 99 some allow. At that point it is plug and play - and only 1.44mb but that is plenty.
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Post by: nctnico on November 04, 2015, 05:43:57 am
On the one I have you have to push buttons in some kind of order to transfer back en from the USB stick. Totally non-intuitive.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 05, 2015, 12:09:52 pm
I sprung for the DER EE 5000 LCR meter from the seller japanesia.

edited cos i put an E where it was meant to be an R
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on November 05, 2015, 09:34:25 pm
I sprung for the DER EE 5000 LCR meter from the seller japanesia.

I got mine from the same seller without any problems, he also sent me some folded paper which I later discovered was origami, she who folds stuff said it was a swan but much preferred a duck, he also kept sending us pictures of his kids at the zoo for weeks after, not sure what that's all about, anyway it was a very kind gesture.


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Post by: GreyWoolfe on November 05, 2015, 11:43:12 pm
I bought a bottle of Desco Reztore ESD mat cleaner.  It did a wonderful job cleaning my grungy ESD mat.  I recommend it to everyone.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 05, 2015, 11:44:45 pm
Finally got round to getting the TL866A today.
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Post by: Rolo on November 08, 2015, 01:05:36 am
A new chair for my bench :
(http://i10.photobucket.com/albums/a134/Rlnd/Misc/20151107_142125_zpsnvzje36x.jpg)
It's great, should have done that earlier but you know how it goes  :)

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Post by: med6753 on November 09, 2015, 04:01:01 pm
Last week took delivery of a Siglent SDS 1052DL DSO. Now before I hear the cries of “Cheep chit” and “You could have done better” let me explain a few things. I'm just getting back into the hobby after about 15 years of inactivity. I have zero experience with DSO's so I wanted to start “small” and see what they're all about. And I really don't need more than 2 channels and 50MHZ bandwidth (I can get out my big gun Tek 2465 if needed). My impressions?   

What I like: All the menus and figuring out what they do. My simple mind has been entertained all week. The EZ scope software and the interface to the PC (after figuring out that I needed to download and install NI-VISA to make it work). This stuff is pretty cool and I have a lot of catching up to do.

What I don't like: The somewhat noisy trace, even with no cable attached or signal applied. I guess it's a characteristic of the low end. But it's not a big distraction and I can live with it. Overall I'm pleased with my decision. 
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Post by: crispy_tofu on November 09, 2015, 04:06:19 pm
That reminds me - hasn't Dave's Siglent waveform gen auction (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Siglent-SDG5082-Dual-Channel-80MHz-Function-Arbitrary-Waveform-Generator-/272033927031?) finished? I wonder who bought it  :popcorn:
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Post by: Macbeth on November 09, 2015, 05:52:51 pm
What I don't like: The somewhat noisy trace, even with no cable attached or signal applied. I guess it's a characteristic of the low end. But it's not a big distraction and I can live with it. Overall I'm pleased with my decision.

About that "noisy trace"...  ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znwp0pK8Tzk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znwp0pK8Tzk)
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Post by: tautech on November 09, 2015, 06:02:54 pm
Last week took delivery of a Siglent SDS 1052DL DSO.

What I don't like: The somewhat noisy trace, even with no cable attached or signal applied. I guess it's a characteristic of the low end. But it's not a big distraction and I can live with it. Overall I'm pleased with my decision.
Very normal for an unterminated input.
Clip the reference lead (Gnd) to the probe tip, it will be much different.
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Post by: med6753 on November 09, 2015, 07:42:12 pm
What I don't like: The somewhat noisy trace, even with no cable attached or signal applied. I guess it's a characteristic of the low end. But it's not a big distraction and I can live with it. Overall I'm pleased with my decision.

About that "noisy trace"...  ;)


Wow! Thanks for that. :-+      Something else I didn't know about DSO's. Makes perfect sense.
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Post by: ruffy91 on November 11, 2015, 07:42:41 am
Bought a FGH Controls Ltd. Ezecal 5 Process Calibrator for about 25$:
0-10V, 0-20mA and 0-400 Ohm inputs and outputs with 0.02%/180 day accuracy. On top of that thermocouple simulation and mesurement. Unfortunately without accessories and NiCd battery pack seems to be dead.
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Post by: SeanB on November 12, 2015, 03:19:18 am
Got an E4 delivered. Time to play with it a little.......after charging it, battery 54% and might need a quick top up charge.
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Post by: VK5RC on November 12, 2015, 09:47:34 pm
Flir E4? Very nice, I have its cheaper brother the E2, one of the bizarre/interesting things was walking outside on a cold clear night and pointing it at sky, stars, trees, house etc. the other was pointing it at the ceiling inside the house and being able to see where electronic transformers for LED light fittings were located above the plaster. Bizarre.

edit grammar.
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Post by: Macbeth on November 13, 2015, 02:58:26 am
I spotted this very cheap Altera Cyclone FPGA dev board on AliExpress (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/USB-BLASTER-LCD1602-ALTERA-fpga-board-fpga-development-board-fpga-altera-board-fpga-development-board/793643076.html) and couldn't resist. I've been messing around with a MAX II CPLD so this is the next step up. I think I can run soft CPU cores on this ;)
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Post by: canibalimao on November 13, 2015, 06:07:52 am
What Software will you use to program it?
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Post by: Macbeth on November 13, 2015, 07:26:14 am
What Software will you use to program it?
Quartus II Lite Edition (free). I already have a USB Blaster, but it comes with one anyway.
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Post by: canibalimao on November 13, 2015, 07:30:33 am
Thanks. I thought that the free software for FPGAs were all a bit "shitty". I guess I'll give this one a try  ;D
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Post by: Macbeth on November 13, 2015, 07:39:09 am
Sorry, thats Quartus Prime (Lite edition) - it used to be Quartus II (Web edition). You can't program most of the mid or any high tier FPGAs with the freebie, and compiling will only make use of a single CPU core to slow you down. Probably some more restrictions, like the NIOS II soft cpu is the limited version, but I can live with them and save $3000 per year  ;) :-DD
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Post by: canibalimao on November 13, 2015, 07:54:32 am
I can deal with the low speed, what is impossible to deal with is the impossibility to program the board itself  :-DD

But what I can really deal with is that huge saving ::)
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Post by: Macbeth on November 13, 2015, 11:53:49 am
I can deal with the low speed, what is impossible to deal with is the impossibility to program the board itself  :-DD

But what I can really deal with is that huge saving ::)
Hmm... I will be surprised if I can't use Quartus to program it. I mean it works with my little £5 EPM240 CPLD board with a clone USB Blaster ok...

Though I have been having problems in Windows 10 with that lately (BSOD's), but it works perfectly in Ubuntu 15.10. I'm guessing the Windows 10 stuff is because I am on dev insider builds + installed some crappy hack libusb stuff to try and get an Olimex JTAG working and it's FUBAR - I need to reinstall Win 10 I think, but Linux works perfectly with this stuff. I just groan at the 3 days of my life it takes to reinstall Windows and all the applications known to mankind...
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Post by: SeanB on November 14, 2015, 06:19:18 pm
Flir E4? Very nice, I have its cheaper brother the E2, one of the bizarre/interesting things was walking outside on a cold clear night and pointing it at sky, stars, trees, house etc. the other was pointing it at the ceiling inside the house and being able to see where electronic transformers for LED light fittings were located above the plaster. Bizarre.

edit grammar.

One night I pointed a cheap IR thermometer up to the clear winter sky. -70C, quite cold, though now in summer it rarely drops below 10C as the humid air is quite good at reflecting and holding heat. Of course if it is cloudy it is warmer...
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Post by: Deathwish on November 19, 2015, 03:06:37 am
a crappy acer monitor for my pc so I can use the gpib card i got for my hp 34401a and my new Keithley 2015 thd from KJDS who has excelled with his sales to me.
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Post by: moya034 on November 23, 2015, 06:43:19 am
It all started early this year when I picked up a Rigol DSA815-TG Spectrum Analyzer so I could tune a duplexer for a repeater I'm working on. It's been non-stop since!


I think I'm seriously finished for a while.... What the definition of a while is, I'm not sure... I may be suffering from equipmentprocurementitis.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 23, 2015, 06:51:36 am
It all started early this year when I picked up a Rigol DSA815-TG Spectrum Analyzer so I could tune a duplexer for a repeater I'm working on. It's been non-stop since!

    snip

I think I'm seriously finished for a while.... What the definition of a while is, I'm not sure... I may be suffering from equipmentprocurementitis.

Obviously no SWMBO to keep you under control. you need to get one
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Post by: German_EE on November 23, 2015, 07:18:22 am
I didn't buy anything today because the whole country seems to be shut. Normal Sundays in Germany are bad but today is 'Death Sunday' when we are supposed to think about dead people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totensonntag

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Post by: Cubdriver on November 23, 2015, 05:29:02 pm
It all started early this year when I picked up a Rigol DSA815-TG Spectrum Analyzer so I could tune a duplexer for a repeater I'm working on. It's been non-stop since!

<snip equipment list for brevity>

I think I'm seriously finished for a while.... What the definition of a while is, I'm not sure... I may be suffering from equipmentprocurementitis.

GAS - Gear Acquisition Syndrome - a common malady among photographers, too.

I was doing well with staying off of evilBay for a few weeks, but this morning got a notice about a non-functional HP 3580A 5 Hz - 50 kHz Spectrum Analyzer (turns on, gives a trace, then goes blank - hopefully a power supply issue) that included the operating and service manual for a buy it now price that (especially considering the manual is included) seemed pretty good to me, so I jumped.

I should probably turn off those e-mail notifications, they're the debbil!!

(And I have no SWMBO to moderate my GAS either.  For the time being, I'm ok with that.  My credit card, however, is not as enamored with me)   >:D

-Pat
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Post by: blueskull on November 23, 2015, 05:34:00 pm
The cure of GAS is FART, Find A Ritzy Tag to deter your desire of buying it.
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Post by: moya034 on November 24, 2015, 03:22:46 am
I would argue that over time, Gear Acquisition Syndrome will cost me significantly less $$$ then if i had a SWMBO in the house :)

Besides, I like peace and quiet!
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Post by: Cubdriver on November 24, 2015, 04:10:35 am
I would argue that over time, Gear Acquisition Syndrome will cost me significantly less $$$ then if i had a SWMBO in the house :)

Besides, I like peace and quiet!

LOL - too late for that - SWMBO is gone, and cost a bundle in a home renovation/additions prior to her departure.  On the bright side, there is now more space to store the acquired toys.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 24, 2015, 04:49:47 am
i can so so relate to both you guys over SWMBO and events related to them.
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Post by: mtdoc on November 24, 2015, 05:44:37 am
This thread makes me appreciate how good I have it. I get to indulge in GAS without restriction as long as SWMBO can indulge in CASAS (clothes and shoe acquisition syndrome) - but she earns as much as I do.
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Post by: zoltan on November 24, 2015, 07:16:08 am
Just received two new toys:
- Sorensen DLM 40-15
- Keithley 2015 THD

Ordered today one more Metcal soldering station in addition to one I already have (STSS-PS2V-02)
- Metcal RFG-30
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Post by: deadlylover on November 24, 2015, 07:36:56 am
@zoltan

That Keithley 2015 looks to be in pretty good nick! I've been on the hunt for one recently.

I don't know why I just bought an Advantest TR4171 sold as-is. I figure it'll have some educational value as I know absolutely nothing about spectrum analysers.
At the very least, I'll learn to stop buying heavy equipment from overseas, I ain't looking forward to the shipping bill...

I wonder if anyone knows anything about the TR4171, I can't find any manuals online.  :-\
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Post by: Deathwish on November 24, 2015, 07:49:29 am
I wonder if anyone knows anything about the TR4171, I can't find any manuals online.  :-\

https://www.advantest.com/documents/11348/146687/pdf_mn_ETR4171_OPERATING_MANUAL.pdf/df872d24-58cf-449f-aded-74f51fed7ed8 (https://www.advantest.com/documents/11348/146687/pdf_mn_ETR4171_OPERATING_MANUAL.pdf/df872d24-58cf-449f-aded-74f51fed7ed8)

http://www.testequipmenthq.com/datasheets/ADVANTEST-TR4171-Datasheet.pdf (http://www.testequipmenthq.com/datasheets/ADVANTEST-TR4171-Datasheet.pdf)
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Post by: deadlylover on November 24, 2015, 07:55:42 am
https://www.advantest.com/documents/11348/146687/pdf_mn_ETR4171_OPERATING_MANUAL.pdf/df872d24-58cf-449f-aded-74f51fed7ed8 (https://www.advantest.com/documents/11348/146687/pdf_mn_ETR4171_OPERATING_MANUAL.pdf/df872d24-58cf-449f-aded-74f51fed7ed8)

http://www.testequipmenthq.com/datasheets/ADVANTEST-TR4171-Datasheet.pdf (http://www.testequipmenthq.com/datasheets/ADVANTEST-TR4171-Datasheet.pdf)

You're a legend mate, I owe you a beer. I checked the Advantest site but I couldn't find a thing. =P
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Post by: zoltan on November 24, 2015, 08:27:06 am
That Keithley 2015 looks to be in pretty good nick! I've been on the hunt for one recently.
And it's not that old, 0630 datecode found inside.

Quote
At the very least, I'll learn to stop buying heavy equipment from overseas, I ain't looking forward to the shipping bill...
I bought it from Seoul, Korea. The 1/4 of the price was shipping, but at least shipped fast and packed great.
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Post by: plazma on November 25, 2015, 04:37:19 am
Bought a calculator. The NiCd cells were bad. One segment line is dead. I hope the 546A-5N chips are fine. The NiCd cells have been changed at least once before.
(http://plazma.kapsi.fi/pictures/temp/Commodore_SR4190R.jpg)
(http://plazma.kapsi.fi/pictures/temp/Commodore_SR4190R_NiCd.jpg)
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Post by: briselec on November 25, 2015, 09:05:29 pm
An rtl-sdr.
I have a spare satellite dish on my roof left by the previous owner. Maybe next week I'll be watching Bollywood on my laptop.
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Post by: deadlylover on November 27, 2015, 05:56:53 pm
Picked up a Shibasoku 725B distortion analyser! She's a little sick though, I think some of the relays are faulty but I guess it's to be expected after 22 years. This'll keep me busy for a while.

It's the unit on the top, the build quality is breathtaking, have a look at that wiring!

It shows 6% of full scale 0.003% = 0.00018% (~-115dB) THD+N for 2.6Vrms @ 2kHz // 30kHz BW. Considering that its residual is specced <-103dB THD+N, you can tell the engineers didn't pull any punches.
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Post by: continuo on November 29, 2015, 07:42:07 am
Any survivors here on the forum, who want to share some stories?   :scared:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1stTPHebdIs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1stTPHebdIs)
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Post by: AF6LJ on November 29, 2015, 08:06:54 am
Picked up a Shibasoku 725B distortion analyser! She's a little sick though, I think some of the relays are faulty but I guess it's to be expected after 22 years. This'll keep me busy for a while.

It's the unit on the top, the build quality is breathtaking, have a look at that wiring!

It shows 6% of full scale 0.003% = 0.00018% (~-115dB) THD+N for 2.6Vrms @ 2kHz // 30kHz BW. Considering that its residual is specced <-103dB THD+N, you can tell the engineers didn't pull any punches.

Sweet  :-+
The build quality is great.
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Post by: Macbeth on November 29, 2015, 08:13:05 am
@continuo

Bread and circuses. I am still waiting to hear from all my baby-mommas that camped outside Tequipment HQ for me... I hope they did well... I think all that xmas equipment I was expecting is going to be smashed to pieces and I won't hear of them until I see them on Jerry Springer or Jeremy Kyle USA.  :palm:

Now I am libertarian at heart, but the likes of the Walton family that fuck up local businesses and then rely on welfare recipients and also paying the bare minimum to their staff (who then rely on government subsidy) to engineer these spectacles for their own amusement and profit because the loss leaders are made up with the saps who are left behind makes me sick. Because they bought ASDA and they are bringing even more of this shit USA culture to the UK  :--
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Post by: nctnico on November 29, 2015, 09:51:04 am
Any survivors here on the forum, who want to share some stories?   :scared:

<snipped video link>

:wtf: Is this for real???  :wtf:
This is crazy stupid and I bet the prices aren't even lower than normal!
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on November 29, 2015, 10:17:16 am
That's extraordinary, sharks in a feeding frenzy appear to be far more civilised.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY8qE3Gqjxs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY8qE3Gqjxs)
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Post by: Deathwish on November 29, 2015, 12:48:33 pm
a 22" acer monitor for my pc, a 40" sony bravia TV , 1tb hdd that got stuffed into my old toshiba a100 lappy, a tl866a programmer.

didnt even leave my chair
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Post by: DimitriP on November 29, 2015, 01:16:12 pm
New coffee maker and it wasn't even on sale (they are not dummies)

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Post by: KJDS on November 29, 2015, 01:39:53 pm
A bicycle for the girlfriend.

That was a purchase, not a swap
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Post by: v8dave on November 29, 2015, 01:56:42 pm
A bicycle for the girlfriend.

That was a purchase, not a swap

 :-DD
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Post by: blueskull on November 29, 2015, 03:55:27 pm
Drove 100 miles to an outlets town, only to find I'm not interested in clothes and luxurious at all.

Went home and Amazoned a RPi2 for my audio analyzer project.
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Post by: SeanB on November 29, 2015, 06:14:31 pm
Even outside of the USA there was a Black Friday sale. Did not realise it, and went to do my normal shopping after work, and then found the line to go in, along with the crazy queues. In easy, 10 minutes doing the shopping ( no real reductions, but they had a massive pile of Coke going into trolleys as fast as they brought out the pallets. I did not buy any, just Coke Zero) and then a 40 minute wait in a line to pay for the shopping. The store normally closes at 6PM, but Friday they closed at 10. Suggested to the staff members I know that they needed some Monster energy drink to keep them going, seeing they were working a 15 hour shift.
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Post by: Deathwish on November 29, 2015, 07:32:59 pm
I'm surprised in this politically correct world we now have they get away with calling it that with the connotations some would use.
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Post by: Joule Thief on November 29, 2015, 07:48:11 pm
I'm surprised in this politically correct world we now have they get away with calling it that with the connotations some would use.

as long as you profess that "all black fridays matter"  ...

you can slip thru the gauntlet of the perpetually outraged
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Post by: Augustus on November 29, 2015, 08:21:00 pm
Boy, I haven't seen anything like this before... If I was a Walmart shop clerk I certainly wouldn't show up without proper riot control gear on that particular day... Amazon started something similar here a few years ago, they call it "Cyber Monday" but it actually takes an entire week and the deals aren't really breathtaking, and, of course, it's an online retailer so you wouldn't risk your life and get stomped into the ground by buying something from them. I bought Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14, together for ~50€, thought that to be a good price (not on Amazon).  :popcorn:
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Post by: HighVoltage on November 29, 2015, 09:06:52 pm
It seems like it is getting worst every year!
The economy can not be that bad in the US, when so many people still have money to buy things they don't need.
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Post by: vk6zgo on November 29, 2015, 09:25:38 pm
Honestly,this year is the first time I have heard of "Black Friday" in this context.

Black Friday always has meant any "Friday the Thirteenth".

It also had a specific meaning in Oz,due to the horrific fires  in Victoria in 1939.


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Post by: Joule Thief on November 29, 2015, 11:38:03 pm
http://www.businessinsider.com/meaning-of-black-friday-retail-accounting-2015-11 (http://www.businessinsider.com/meaning-of-black-friday-retail-accounting-2015-11)
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Post by: Deathwish on November 29, 2015, 11:57:04 pm
which just leaves me asking the question, if they know they are going to be in the red at the normal prices , but in the black at the sale prices and making a profit, who in hell is advising them on how to be a profitable company.
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Post by: mehdi on November 30, 2015, 01:09:08 am
Oscilloscope: R&S HMO1002 (new)
Freq counter: Fluke 7220A  (used. 1.3GHZ)
Signal generator: Leader 3213 (used. 150MHZ)
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Post by: TerraHertz on November 30, 2015, 02:15:25 am
On Friday, a roll of nitrile rubber sheet. It's black. Curiously I was the only customer at counter sales of Associated Gaskets. No crazed horde at all, can't imagine why not.

Pics of my black (rubber) Friday buy:  http://everist.org/NobLog/20151112_planning_vacuum.htm#gask (http://everist.org/NobLog/20151112_planning_vacuum.htm#gask)
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Post by: Deathwish on November 30, 2015, 04:24:38 am
On Friday, a roll of nitrile rubber sheet. It's black. Curiously I was the only customer at counter sales of Associated Gaskets. No crazed horde at all, can't imagine why not.

Pics of my black (rubber) Friday buy:  http://everist.org/NobLog/20151112_planning_vacuum.htm#gask (http://everist.org/NobLog/20151112_planning_vacuum.htm#gask)
mmm a lathe, I wanna live in your garage
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on December 01, 2015, 11:36:56 am
I didn't buy it nor do I intend to but according to this expert the Rigol scopes are unreliable..... :bullshit: :palm:

Edit : Removed link to EBay listing, it sold for $270.00 AUD with 36 bids, I'm half tempted to cash in my shares portfolio and buy TDS-220 scopes, they are getting incredible prices down here.


(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=184846;image)
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Post by: dr.diesel on December 01, 2015, 11:56:44 am
I didn't buy it nor do I intend to but according to this expert the Rigol scopes are unreliable..... :bullshit: :palm:

My TDS210 has been in service since the mid 90s and hasn't locked up once, 20 years and still going strong.

No way in hell my MSO4000 will make that,  :-DD
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on December 01, 2015, 12:00:02 pm
My go to scope is a TDS-1002..... :-+
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Post by: Melt-O-Tronic on December 01, 2015, 03:53:48 pm
Finally broke down and ordered a Maynuo M9812.  Soon begins my next educational phase as I learn more of the fine art of power supply design.   :-/O

I'm bouncing with anticipation.  I've already got a list a mile long of things I want to do with it -- that's how I narrow down what type of equipment I buy next.   ;D
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Post by: TerraHertz on December 01, 2015, 07:17:17 pm
Arrived in the post: a few ICs: ssc620 PWM, Low EMI, Auto Standby Low Power Off-line SMPS Primary Switcher. To fix my daughter's PC speaker amp.  Took a while in the post from Hong Kong.
And when it turned out that IC in the amp wasn't faulty after all (it sure had put on a good appearance of being utterly lifeless) a MBR20100CT dual schottky power diode from Jaycar, to replace both the output diodes. One of which was a dead short, and why hadn't I noticed that in the first place? Sigh.

Also: 4 liters each of Acetone and Iso Propyl Alcohol, plus a cable entry for an induction motor I'm restoring.

Oh, and don't choke while eating breakfast at the computer.
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Post by: moya034 on December 02, 2015, 02:41:19 pm
I was at Home Depot today and these caught my eye and I couldn't put them down. Never knew such a thing existed before I saw it today...

(http://i.imgur.com/ARa9wDU.jpg?1)
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Post by: McBryce on December 02, 2015, 07:15:36 pm
I got myself one of these for my Fluke 289, for an extremely good price:

McBryce.
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Post by: crispy_tofu on December 02, 2015, 09:20:54 pm
I was at Home Depot today and these caught my eye and I couldn't put them down. Never knew such a thing existed before I saw it today...

(http://i.imgur.com/ARa9wDU.jpg?1)

What is that even used for? Looks like an ergonomic nightmare...
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Post by: Helix70 on December 02, 2015, 09:23:51 pm
I got myself one of these for my Fluke 289, for an extremely good price:

McBryce.

Where from, and how much?
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Post by: McBryce on December 02, 2015, 09:31:03 pm
I got myself one of these for my Fluke 289, for an extremely good price:

McBryce.

Where from, and how much?

For €51 plus postage from here:

http://www.eibtron.com/epages/eibtron.sf/?ObjectPath=/Shops/eibtron/Products/811-1385&utm_source=Portalexport&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=Produktaktion&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping_DE&gclid=CMHmt5j8vMkCFc8aGwodXi0CBQ (http://www.eibtron.com/epages/eibtron.sf/?ObjectPath=/Shops/eibtron/Products/811-1385&utm_source=Portalexport&utm_medium=CPC&utm_term=Produktaktion&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping_DE&gclid=CMHmt5j8vMkCFc8aGwodXi0CBQ)

It 's the 289 curved one they send, the picture is not the correct one.

McBryce.
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Post by: Helix70 on December 02, 2015, 09:35:23 pm
Nice. I will probably buy one in the coming days, as I just picked up a Fluke 287 for a good price.

Do you have the PC dongle, or just use it with the smart phone?
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Post by: McBryce on December 02, 2015, 09:37:08 pm
Just smartphone at the moment for testing, but my PC has bluetooth, so I assume I can use it without buying the official dongle? I'll try as soon as I have time.

McBryce.
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Post by: Helix70 on December 02, 2015, 09:47:14 pm
Not sure, the adapter you got is Bluetooth LE I believe. Worth a shot though, let me know if you try it!

http://www.fluke.com/fluke/auen/products/fluke-connect-faq (http://www.fluke.com/fluke/auen/products/fluke-connect-faq) in the Wireless and Range section.
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Post by: McBryce on December 02, 2015, 10:25:46 pm
Hmmm, not looking good then. I have a Logitech BT transceiver connected at the moment, but I have a few others I could try out too.

McBryce.
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Post by: Deathwish on December 03, 2015, 01:20:02 am
Finally my DE 5000 came from Japan today via ebay as well. No import or taxes to be paid either.
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Post by: Tech-indoorsman on December 03, 2015, 01:20:38 am
 A WIFI wireless switch named Sonoff from Indiegogo(http://)
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Post by: Deathwish on December 03, 2015, 01:22:59 am
A WIFI wireless switch named Sonoff from Indiegogo(http://)

Now that reminds me, we used to have wifi wars here, I named my wifi " Johns socks stink" and it went from there, some very interesting names came out.
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Post by: blueskull on December 03, 2015, 03:18:12 am
A WIFI wireless switch named Sonoff from Indiegogo(http://)

Now that reminds me, we used to have wifi wars here, I named my wifi " Johns socks stink" and it went from there, some very interesting names came out.

My roommate's WiFi SSID is "Search me bitch!", so every time I submit any code or configuration script with WiFi involved I need to change these strings.
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Post by: nctnico on December 03, 2015, 07:37:18 am
To annoy my wife I called our Wifi peanut in her own language  >:D

BTW I did score something cool today: an atlas from 1947 which used to belong to my grandfather. The world has changed a lot since then...
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Post by: McBryce on December 03, 2015, 09:02:19 am
To annoy my wife I called our Wifi peanut in her own language  >:D

BTW I did score something cool today: an atlas from 1947 which used to belong to my grandfather. The world has changed a lot since then...

And what is her language?

@Helix70: Nope, no luck. I tried 5 different bluetooth dongles and internal (laptop) bluetooth, but the Formsview software doesn't recognise any them as valid ports.

Bryce.
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Post by: crispy_tofu on December 03, 2015, 01:01:10 pm
A WIFI wireless switch named Sonoff from Indiegogo(http://)

Now that reminds me, we used to have wifi wars here, I named my wifi " Johns socks stink" and it went from there, some very interesting names came out.
You can do lots of things with wifi names...  :-DD
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Post by: Cubdriver on December 03, 2015, 01:08:36 pm
Technically I bought it a week ago, but it showed up today.  An old HP 1980B scope, sold as 'missing fuse, doesn't power up'.  A replacement fuse and fuseholder cap got it fired up, but there are definitely some issues to be addressed.  Most of the buttons seem unresponsive, and the display is a bit dim and doesn't focus well.  I'm betting on at least filter caps, and who knows what else.  On the good side, there are traces and text displayed.

-Pat

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-1980B/i-vczVczb/0/L/IMG_8964-L.jpg)
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Post by: Helix70 on December 03, 2015, 02:52:43 pm
To annoy my wife I called our Wifi peanut in her own language  >:D

BTW I did score something cool today: an atlas from 1947 which used to belong to my grandfather. The world has changed a lot since then...

And what is her language?

@Helix70: Nope, no luck. I tried 5 different bluetooth dongles and internal (laptop) bluetooth, but the Formsview software doesn't recognise any them as valid ports.

Bryce.

Bad luck. Oh well, worth a try!
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Post by: Helix70 on December 03, 2015, 02:55:33 pm
Got my Fluke 287 today, works great. What a bargain. I ordered my ir3000 FC from RS and got it for 85 bucks AUD. Not bad! Will be here tomorrow.
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Post by: Deathwish on December 03, 2015, 05:19:37 pm
A WIFI wireless switch named Sonoff from Indiegogo(http://)

Now that reminds me, we used to have wifi wars here, I named my wifi " Johns socks stink" and it went from there, some very interesting names came out.
You can do lots of things with wifi names...  :-DD

I wonder what would be the outcome if you named it something along the lines of " Rosies Pornographic wifi " or even " UK MI5 Secure server -Wales " ........ every wifi nut about would be trying to hack into it, which if you put it on its own server with a single web page that logged up the message "pervert" or such could be fun
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Post by: Deathwish on December 04, 2015, 11:41:05 pm
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221890468389?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221890468389?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231054334374?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/231054334374?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

anyone got a sz-et unit for the olympus microscopes ?.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: GNU_Ninja on December 04, 2015, 11:56:38 pm
Bought last week via Amazon UK ... Arrived today   :-DMM

A Fluke 115 multimeter; I really like these meters, they're perfect for troubleshooting/checking control panels.

Not cheap at £145.00 for a basic meter, but you get what you pay for in terms of safety and reliability  :)
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Post by: FireFlower on December 05, 2015, 04:56:06 am
Bought today new wireless headset, HDD and more ram.
- Turtlebeach PX5, unused, bargain 129€
- Seagate 8TB Archive drive, 230€
- G.Skill 16GB kit DDR3 2133MHz

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: BulletMagnet83 on December 05, 2015, 09:27:48 pm
"68000 Microcomputer Systems - Designing and Troubleshooting (Alan D Wilcox)".

It just arrived this morning, and already I'm thinking it was 20 notes well spent :D Good amount of project management/planning stuff in there too which will no doubt help with my studies.
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Post by: blueskull on December 05, 2015, 09:40:27 pm
uCurrent Gold, arrived Dec 3.
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Post by: moya034 on December 11, 2015, 12:59:23 am
Tried some soldering for the first time since I moved into my apartment last night. Let's just say I realized fume extraction was going to be mandatory after the first joint.

So I picked up a Hakko FA430-KIT1. (The kit includes the duct and hood) Little painful in the wallet, but I don't trust the little computer fans and charcoal filter stuff, and good health is worth it.

(http://i.imgur.com/rCVVYIJ.jpg)
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 14, 2015, 12:30:17 pm
I bought a Craftsman Band saw with 2 spare blades and a new motor for $50 USD from a yard sale 6 houses down.  I even got the manual with it ;D
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Post by: AF6LJ on December 14, 2015, 03:33:24 pm
I bought a Craftsman Band saw with 2 spare blades and a new motor for $50 USD from a yard sale 6 houses down.  I even got the manual with it ;D
Good Deal, a band saw is a good thing to have, I have a little one. (60 inch blade)
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Post by: TheSteve on December 14, 2015, 03:44:55 pm
Tried some soldering for the first time since I moved into my apartment last night. Let's just say I realized fume extraction was going to be mandatory after the first joint.

So I picked up a Hakko FA430-KIT1. (The kit includes the duct and hood) Little painful in the wallet, but I don't trust the little computer fans and charcoal filter stuff, and good health is worth it.


For serious soldering I'd recommend just venting to the outside through a window using dryer hose and something like a Weller WSA350. I have one setup where the filter and fan in the Weller hood have been removed, then a 4 inch dryer hose is attached to the back and connected to plexiglass with a 4 inch fan mounted to it. I can open the window, sit it in place and then close the window which holds it all in place. It is much nicer to have all of the fumes gone, not just filtered.
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Post by: v8dave on December 14, 2015, 03:58:40 pm
"68000 Microcomputer Systems - Designing and Troubleshooting (Alan D Wilcox)".

Nice one. I had this book some 25+ years ago as I recall. After building my own 6502 based computer system I wanted to build my own 68000 computer system but never got around to it. In fact I was going to use the 68008 to keep the bus size down. :)
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Post by: Cubdriver on December 14, 2015, 05:06:13 pm
I'm out on the left coast this week, and a visit to Apex Electronics up in Sun Valley led to three new additions to my nixie equipment collection - all HP:

The first is a 2402A integrating voltmeter. It has a few empty card slots; I'm hoping these are for options it lacks and not an indication that it's been cannibalized in the past as it is in pretty decent physical condition other than a layer of dust.  Searching online has thus far not revealed much information on it, and Artek doesn't list the manual, so it may require some patience on eBuy to find anything on it.

The second is a 5360A computing counter; it has a 5365A input module and a 5379A time interval plug in.  It too includes a lovely layer of dust.  I haven't yet opened it to peek inside.

The final thing is a 5325B universal counter; it's in the roughest physical shape of the three with some broken and/or mismatched knobs and is filthy dusty inside and out, but at a glance appears to be all there parts-wise.

I haven't yet tried to fire any of them up because of course they all take the old style oval AC power cords, and of course that's no something I carry with me. I'll try to rig up a suicide cord in the next few days and see if I can at least turn them on briefly.

Pictures will follow when I get a chance to take and post them.

-Pat
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 15, 2015, 01:21:47 am
I bought a Craftsman Band saw with 2 spare blades and a new motor for $50 USD from a yard sale 6 houses down.  I even got the manual with it ;D
Good Deal, a band saw is a good thing to have, I have a little one. (60 inch blade)

This is a table top unit and the blades are probably about the same size as yours.  The cart looks to be DIY but built well.  It also has locking casters at all 4 corners.  What I am really looking for is a deal on a used bench drill press but for $50, I couldn't pass it up.  Even if I don't use it, I could give it to my son, he will get good use out of it.  I have always had good luck with Craftsman tools.  I have a 30 year old 3/8" socket wrench that finally seized up, time to get it replaced. :-+ 
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Post by: nanofrog on December 15, 2015, 03:14:43 am
I have a 30 year old 3/8" socket wrench that finally seized up, time to get it replaced. :-+
You might want to ask for a rebuild kit instead of a new ratchet (current production is made in China).  ;)
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Post by: AF6LJ on December 15, 2015, 03:30:55 am
I bought a Craftsman Band saw with 2 spare blades and a new motor for $50 USD from a yard sale 6 houses down.  I even got the manual with it ;D
Good Deal, a band saw is a good thing to have, I have a little one. (60 inch blade)

This is a table top unit and the blades are probably about the same size as yours.  The cart looks to be DIY but built well.  It also has locking casters at all 4 corners.  What I am really looking for is a deal on a used bench drill press but for $50, I couldn't pass it up.  Even if I don't use it, I could give it to my son, he will get good use out of it.  I have always had good luck with Craftsman tools.  I have a 30 year old 3/8" socket wrench that finally seized up, time to get it replaced. :-+

I agree with the poster who suggested a rebuild kit for the socket wrench.

Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on December 15, 2015, 05:24:05 am
I have a 30 year old 3/8" socket wrench that finally seized up, time to get it replaced. :-+
Have you tried pulling it apart?
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Post by: SeanB on December 15, 2015, 05:56:14 am
Take apart, clean in kerosene, lubricate with some moly grease and put back together and, providing the little springs have not broken, it will do another 30 years.

I do the same with my Gedore ones, and they just carry on working.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 15, 2015, 08:41:52 am
I haven't tried to pull it apart yet.  As soon as I can find where I put it so it wouldn't get lost, I will see about taking it apart.  Once I find it I can use the part number on it to see if a rebuild kit is available as a plan B.  It has been a long time since I replaced anything Craftsman that I forgot everything is out of China now.
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Post by: tautech on December 15, 2015, 09:35:26 am
I haven't tried to pull it apart yet.  As soon as I can find where I put it so it wouldn't get lost, I will see about taking it apart.  Once I find it I can use the part number on it to see if a rebuild kit is available as a plan B.  It has been a long time since I replaced anything Craftsman that I forgot everything is out of China now.
Plenty of kits on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XCraftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit.TRS0&_nkw=Craftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit&_sacat=0 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XCraftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit.TRS0&_nkw=Craftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit&_sacat=0)
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Post by: rdl on December 15, 2015, 09:57:44 am
I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought another set of shelves for my relocated lab area. They're going above the right side peg board.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/need-inspiration-for-a-new-lab-table/msg810978/#msg810978 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/need-inspiration-for-a-new-lab-table/msg810978/#msg810978)

Once I get them put up, I'll have 18 linear feet of 11 inch deep shelves and 6 feet of 8 inch deep. That should be more than enough. Now I just have to figure out the lighting.
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Post by: BFX on December 15, 2015, 11:07:55 am
Bought last week via Amazon UK ... Arrived today   :-DMM

A Fluke 115 multimeter; I really like these meters, they're perfect for troubleshooting/checking control panels.

Not cheap at £145.00 for a basic meter, but you get what you pay for in terms of safety and reliability  :)
I bought new from ebay.de at US $102.66 :)
It's very good multimeter for everyday use   :-+
I'm sure that you will be satisfied.
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Post by: Bob F. on December 15, 2015, 12:01:55 pm
Ordered Art of Electronics 3rd edn.  Have given up waiting for an electronic version and fancied treating myself to an early Christmas present...  £41.50 courtesy of ebay seller inc postage.

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Post by: TerraHertz on December 15, 2015, 12:51:36 pm
That should be more than enough.

Famous last words.
Btw, how many oscilloscopes do you have (at the moment)?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: VK5RC on December 15, 2015, 12:55:33 pm
A Keysight U1282A,  who doesn't need another DMM?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: rdl on December 15, 2015, 02:09:21 pm
That should be more than enough.

Famous last words.
Btw, how many oscilloscopes do you have (at the moment)?

I don't really have that much equipment, just two stand alone scopes and an Analog Discovery.
Here's a post with a picture from before I moved everything.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/msg808536/#msg808536 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/whats-your-work-benchlab-look-like-post-some-pictures-of-your-lab/msg808536/#msg808536)

I don't really have a way to hang the Tek scope in the new location. I'm not sure what to do with it at the moment.
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Post by: nanofrog on December 15, 2015, 03:22:38 pm
A Keysight U1282A,  who doesn't need another DMM?
Looking forward to a review.  ;) Hint, hint...  >:D

I don't really have a way to hang the Tek scope in the new location. I'm not sure what to do with it at the moment.
Perhaps a photo of the new space would elicit some good ideas.  ;)
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Post by: rdl on December 15, 2015, 04:40:06 pm
Perhaps a photo of the new space would elicit some good ideas.  ;)

Well, the new place is not much different from the old. There's a link to a post with a photo in #709 above. It's not in a closet, so I'm missing the closet shelf it used to hang from (and a couple of walls). What I need is some kind of bar or rod that could extend from one of the shelves and hold the weight of the scope. Or I guess I could maybe hang it from the ceiling somehow, but that seems kind of kludgy. I really need it to hang though, because at that angle it doesn't stick out so far. If I just sit it on a shelf it hangs over the edge by about 3 inches. I'm inclined to just leave it stored in the closet, I really haven't used it much lately.
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Post by: nanofrog on December 15, 2015, 06:57:32 pm
Well, the new place is not much different from the old. There's a link to a post with a photo in #709 above. It's not in a closet, so I'm missing the closet shelf it used to hang from (and a couple of walls). What I need is some kind of bar or rod that could extend from one of the shelves and hold the weight of the scope. Or I guess I could maybe hang it from the ceiling somehow, but that seems kind of kludgy. I really need it to hang though, because at that angle it doesn't stick out so far. If I just sit it on a shelf it hangs over the edge by about 3 inches. I'm inclined to just leave it stored in the closet, I really haven't used it much lately.
You could hang it from beneath lowest of the long shelves, on the right side as you had it before (i.e. between the middle and right most shelf brackets). I'd also recommend drilling through & countersink to be sure the hooks/eyes don't pull out.  ;)
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Post by: McBryce on December 15, 2015, 08:08:26 pm
I haven't tried to pull it apart yet.  As soon as I can find where I put it so it wouldn't get lost, I will see about taking it apart.  Once I find it I can use the part number on it to see if a rebuild kit is available as a plan B.  It has been a long time since I replaced anything Craftsman that I forgot everything is out of China now.
Plenty of kits on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XCraftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit.TRS0&_nkw=Craftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit&_sacat=0 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.XCraftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit.TRS0&_nkw=Craftsman+ratchet+kepair+kit&_sacat=0)

<Pedantic_mode>
You get even more results if you spell Repair with an "R" instead of a "K" in the ebay search :)
</Pedantic_mode>

McBryce.
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Post by: VK5RC on December 15, 2015, 10:53:09 pm
@nanofrog , a 'dodgy brothers' video using webcam in the "shack" re U1282A

Pluses  Long Battery Life
           Good, accurate meter
           Tough as nails, dust/water ingress
           Keysight back-up pretty good
           Quick switch on time
           Quick continuity
           Features +++

Minuses   Big / Heavy
               Cables a bit stiff out of the box, ? may loosen up but it is pretty hot here today, 35C, so I doubt it
               LCD viewing angle  ( I still am a bit of an OLED fan)

Correction to the video, the U1282A read 10.001 (not 10.0001 as I said), the 3458A read 10.00050-something, of note the 5yo U1253B has not been re-calibrated   
       since new

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hUHrK8Dfsk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hUHrK8Dfsk)
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Post by: TerraHertz on December 16, 2015, 12:01:10 am
A laptop style SATA-connected optical drive, for a Dell 1U rackmount server. Arrived yesterday.
And wouldn't you know it, the power connector is something so new no one I've asked has seen one before.
Does anyone know where I can find a mating plug? Or what it's called?
Pics: http://everist.org/NobLog/20151112_planning_vacuum.htm#dell (http://everist.org/NobLog/20151112_planning_vacuum.htm#dell)

On the rear the longer connector is the 7 pin SATA. The shorter one next to it is the power, in similar style, but has 6 pins, at a finer spacing, and the keying is a mirror image to SATA.
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Post by: McBryce on December 16, 2015, 12:11:16 am
Is it perhaps one of those Dell Optiplex PowerEdge cables: http://www.ebay.de/itm/like/151860297332?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=106 (http://www.ebay.de/itm/like/151860297332?ul_noapp=true&chn=ps&lpid=106)

McBryce.

Edit: Here's a link to one a bit closer to home: http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-gp703-poweredge-r710-sata-cable_i_cbldelr710gp703.aspx# (http://www.ascendtech.us/dell-gp703-poweredge-r710-sata-cable_i_cbldelr710gp703.aspx#)
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Post by: TerraHertz on December 16, 2015, 01:49:20 am
http://www.laptopparts101.com/cd-dvd-optical-drive/ (http://www.laptopparts101.com/cd-dvd-optical-drive/)

Apparently that's the standard for SATA slimline optical drives. News to me...
Anyway the search term is Slimline SATA Cable

eg ebay 161879204094  AU$2.21, free post.

While 'powerEdge' is something entirely different. A Molex heavy duty connector line.
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Post by: HarlanKing on December 16, 2015, 09:22:10 am
Merry Christmas to me!


(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/15/23acae43d304c3557c301961d9b0f7b5.jpg)

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/12/15/94d43fabb1ec62a6b6bacd1cdb7df385.jpg)
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Post by: Vgkid on December 16, 2015, 12:40:50 pm
I just won a broken HP 6114A. For those who remember, I still need to get back to fixing my 6115A.
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Post by: Sbampato12 on December 16, 2015, 10:49:11 pm
Ok, I'm liyng. The photo is from yesterday, and I've bought on last weekend.  :)

But was the latest buy.

A looking good second hand 53132A.
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Post by: Macbeth on December 17, 2015, 04:50:39 am
Ooh, you just know you want to fit that 3GHz prescaler option! That blanking plate looks so out of place. IIRC there is a DIY job you can fit  :-+
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Post by: Sbampato12 on December 17, 2015, 09:46:25 pm
Ooh, you just know you want to fit that 3GHz prescaler option! That blanking plate looks so out of place. IIRC there is a DIY job you can fit  :-+

Sure,  :) .

I agree, that blanking plate doesn't belong to there...  ::)

Some time ago I've saw something about that. As soon as I finish my new bench I will look that. Thank you!  :-+
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bitseeker on December 18, 2015, 10:46:32 am
I just won a broken HP 6114A. For those who remember, I still need to get back to fixing my 6115A.

Is that the 6114 with the 10-turn pot, blurry photos and broken power switch? :-/O
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: TheSteve on December 18, 2015, 11:58:11 am
Ooh, you just know you want to fit that 3GHz prescaler option! That blanking plate looks so out of place. IIRC there is a DIY job you can fit  :-+

Sure,  :) .

I agree, that blanking plate doesn't belong to there...  ::)

Some time ago I've saw something about that. As soon as I finish my new bench I will look that. Thank you!  :-+

Also post your firmware version. I am running 4613 I do believe.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Vgkid on December 18, 2015, 12:24:42 pm
I just won a broken HP 6114A. For those who remember, I still need to get back to fixing my 6115A.

Is that the 6114 with the 10-turn pot, blurry photos and broken power switch? :-/O
I was bidding on one with a broken switch,and lost. This one appears to be more recent. It piwers on,gives some voltage, then shuts off.
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Post by: Vgkid on December 18, 2015, 12:34:07 pm
Here it is. $80.00 I dont think is to bad.
eBay auction: #http://m.ebay.com/itm/HP-Precision-6114A-DC-Power-Supply-0-40V-0-2A-AS-IS-for-Parts-or-Repair-/221958962732?nav=SEARCH
When i was working on my 6115, i realized that it must have caught fire.
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Post by: bitseeker on December 18, 2015, 05:28:59 pm
Ah, OK. I remember that one. I look forward to seeing what you find (if you make a thread for it).
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Post by: Vgkid on December 18, 2015, 06:23:01 pm
I will make a thread.
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Post by: KJDS on December 19, 2015, 07:13:51 am
A big length of heliax, assorted decade resistance and capacitance boxes, wheatstone bridges, loads of Fluke 25s, a couple of Tek 2445A and some variacs
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Post by: allikat on December 19, 2015, 08:44:54 am
Uni-T UT60E, a knockoff hakko 936 with digital controls and a bunch of tips.  First job for the iron is to replace the 10A fuse holder in the meter with something that can hold a ceramic fuse.
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Post by: Macbeth on December 19, 2015, 09:49:59 am
Uni-T UT60E, a knockoff hakko 936 with digital controls and a bunch of tips.  First job for the iron is to replace the 10A fuse holder in the meter with something that can hold a ceramic fuse.
Surely the glass fuse holder will also take a BS1362 ceramic? Why even bother. I mean if you aren't working as a linesman and/or at the electricity substation? In which case you would have a Fluke anyway.

(I now expect my arse to be handed to me on a plate  :-DD )
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Post by: nanofrog on December 19, 2015, 10:17:15 am
New phone and some accessories (old one died and was too much of a PITA anyway  :P).  :-+ 

(http://i.imgur.com/sMTuk6P.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/sK7BZS8.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/Yq8vyya.jpg)
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Post by: mtdoc on December 20, 2015, 04:47:17 am
Started out wanting to get Tek AM 502 differential pre-amp for some power supply noise testing and for some home electrophysiology experiments.  Offer accepted yesterday on a  decent looking one on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-AM-502-Differential-Amplifier-for-TM500-Mainframe-/262162214436?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=UDlhYrU0NGlutqXZRBLvu6RpSfQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc).

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vA0AAOSwnipWV3~B/s-l1600.jpg)


Next I needed a power chassis for it. The Tek TM 501s and 502s all seemed too pricey on eBay. For some reason the TM 503s are cheaper.  But the world of classic Tek modules is new to me and - if I was going to have a TM 503 - I would have to have some other modules for it....   So I stumbled upon this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/TEKTRONIX-TM-503-POWER-MODULE-DD-501-DISPLAY-FG-502-GENERATOR-WIRES-PLUG-ADAPTER-/141503141182?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=UDlhYrU0NGlutqXZRBLvu6RpSfQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc).  Seemed like a great deal with 4 modules included and some cables and connectors to boot! Perhaps I'll sell the FG 501 and one of the DD 501s.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/eesAAOSwD0lUiLOm/s-l1600.jpg)

I don't really need the function generators and I'm not sure what I'll do with the DD 501s - but if my vintage equipment acquisitions were based on need or logic, my lab would be much emptier.... ::)   
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Post by: allikat on December 20, 2015, 06:20:17 am
Uni-T UT60E, a knockoff hakko 936 with digital controls and a bunch of tips.  First job for the iron is to replace the 10A fuse holder in the meter with something that can hold a ceramic fuse.
Surely the glass fuse holder will also take a BS1362 ceramic? Why even bother. I mean if you aren't working as a linesman and/or at the electricity substation? In which case you would have a Fluke anyway.

(I now expect my arse to be handed to me on a plate  :-DD )
True, I'm not, and no, those holders won't take BS1362 without modification.
The stock glass fuse is 5x20mm, BS1362 is 6.3x25.4mm those dimensions are far enough apart that mangling the holders to fit will make them pretty useless.

On the other hand, 5x20mm ceramic fuses are available... easy answer strikes! I just want something that has a good shot of preventing major injury if/when I'm an idiot. I don't trust metallic discharge lamps (sorry, glass fuses) to do that.

And blame Maplin for the Uni-t purchase, needed a vaguely competent meter in a hurry, that was the best they had :( I'll add a fluke 101 to the toolkit sometime.
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Post by: Medtech1 on December 20, 2015, 07:18:46 am
Merry Christmas to me!



Nice.. I have the 117, and had the 289(but sold it - since it was too big).  I love fluke meters, and was thinking of getting a Agilent U1253B
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Cubdriver on December 20, 2015, 08:00:08 am
Started out wanting to get Tek AM 502 differential pre-amp for some power supply noise testing and for some home electrophysiology experiments.  Offer accepted yesterday on a  decent looking one on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-AM-502-Differential-Amplifier-for-TM500-Mainframe-/262162214436?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=UDlhYrU0NGlutqXZRBLvu6RpSfQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc).

<big image of module snipped to save space>

Next I needed a power chassis for it. The Tek TM 501s and 502s all seemed too pricey on eBay. For some reason the TM 503s are cheaper.  But the world of classic Tek modules is new to me and - if I was going to have a TM 503 - I would have to have some other modules for it....   So I stumbled upon this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/TEKTRONIX-TM-503-POWER-MODULE-DD-501-DISPLAY-FG-502-GENERATOR-WIRES-PLUG-ADAPTER-/141503141182?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=UDlhYrU0NGlutqXZRBLvu6RpSfQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc).  Seemed like a great deal with 4 modules included and some cables and connectors to boot! Perhaps I'll sell the FG 501 and one of the DD 501s.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/eesAAOSwD0lUiLOm/s-l1600.jpg)

I don't really need the function generators and I'm not sure what I'll do with the DD 501s - but if my vintage equipment acquisitions were based on need or logic, my lab would be much emptier.... ::)

I for one can totally relate to the bolded part above.  But how incredibly boring would life be if we were driven solely by need and logic?   :-+

-Pat
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Post by: Messtechniker on December 20, 2015, 08:10:15 am
TL866CS prommer arrived today. Works. :-+
Old analogue hand learning new digital tricks.
Oh well ... :)

Yours - Messtechniker
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on December 20, 2015, 10:37:35 am
I ordered a 2'x10' piece of Bertech ESD mat from Amazon on Thursday and received it today despite the projected delivery date of 12/23.  I also ordered a 6 tube 4' LED light fixture from HomeDepot.com that unfortunately won't be here until 1/8 so the bench project is on hold until the light fixture gets here.
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Post by: JoeN on December 20, 2015, 03:02:57 pm
Three BMP280 breakout boards.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151854537522 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/151854537522)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=188404;image)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=188406;image)
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Post by: blueskull on December 20, 2015, 03:08:04 pm
Some MG Chemicals 413B flux cleaner. Very effective, and despite advertised with plastic corrosive warning, it is compatible with all electronic grade plastic materials I have.
The downside: ether acetate at high concentration smells horribly, so I have to use it not on my work bench, but in a fume hood.
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Post by: JoeN on December 20, 2015, 04:43:37 pm
Some MG Chemicals 413B flux cleaner. Very effective, and despite advertised with plastic corrosive warning, it is compatible with all electronic grade plastic materials I have.
The downside: ether acetate at high concentration smells horribly, so I have to use it not on my work bench, but in a fume hood.

Hey, I bought a can of that stuff about 2 years ago "just in case" and I have never used it.  I use 99.9% isopropyl alcohol for the initial clean with an anti-static toothbrush and then a spray with MG Chemicals 4140.  That works great for me, though sometimes it takes two times thorough to get it perfect (I use Kester 44 which is moderately messy but flows great IMHO).  What does the 413B give you that the 4140 doesn't?  What sort of fluxes or situations do you find yourself using the heavy duty flux remover for?
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Post by: blueskull on December 20, 2015, 05:14:07 pm
Hey, I bought a can of that stuff about 2 years ago "just in case" and I have never used it.  I use 99.9% isopropyl alcohol for the initial clean with an anti-static toothbrush and then a spray with MG Chemicals 4140.  That works great for me, though sometimes it takes two times thorough to get it perfect (I use Kester 44 which is moderately messy but flows great IMHO).  What does the 413B give you that the 4140 doesn't?  What sort of fluxes or situations do you find yourself using the heavy duty flux remover for?

I use solder paste to do initial soldering, and solder flux+solder wire+hot air gun to do reworking.
When a board is baked for multiple times, flux usually got baked into a brownish charred substance, so that alcohols can not clean it.
Also, I play with BGA, so I need very strong solvent to solve and clean solder balls under the package as thoroughly as possible.

BTW, 4140 spray is just drinking alcohol plus IPA, with propellant.
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Post by: JoeN on December 20, 2015, 05:42:24 pm
BTW, 4140 spray is just drinking alcohol plus IPA, with propellant.

That's fine.  The way I use it is to scrub all the crap off with IPA which obviously leaves some IPA with dissolved crap standing on the PCB afterwards.  A couple of shots of the propellant based stuff sends that crap over the edge and then I dry it up with the compressed blaster can, check it out, and either pass it or do it again.  At least, that's how I do it.
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Post by: nctnico on December 21, 2015, 04:30:38 am
More silicone insulated wires:
(http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTgxWDc0OQ==/z/4tQAAOSwrklVSyy9/$_12.JPG)
See for example: www.ebay.com/itm/201345474400 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/201345474400) but this seller has more Ebay items with many sizes and colors.

Silicone wire is very handy for making test wires or wiring which needs to be bend around tight corners. It is much more flexible than standard PVC insulated wiring. Even the 6AWG (16mm^2) stuff is extremely flexible!
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Post by: Bob F. on December 22, 2015, 09:59:18 am
Ordered Art of Electronics 3rd edn.  Have given up waiting for an electronic version and fancied treating myself to an early Christmas present...  £41.50 courtesy of ebay seller inc postage.

... and arrived today, nice and safe and well in time for Xmas :-) 

Arriving in the same post from RS: some copper-clad 0.8mm pcb boards,  MAX31855K Thermocouple Amplifier (SPI) and bits and bobs.  Guess that's it until after the Xmas rush...
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Post by: ElectricGuy on December 22, 2015, 10:02:21 am
Bought last week.... arrived today;
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/the-official-2015-christmas-pressies-thread/msg826709/#msg826709 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/the-official-2015-christmas-pressies-thread/msg826709/#msg826709)
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Post by: mtdoc on December 22, 2015, 12:20:27 pm
Silicone wire is very handy for making test wires or wiring which needs to be bend around tight corners. It is much more flexible than standard PVC insulated wiring. Even the 6AWG (16mm^2) stuff is extremely flexible!

Yep.

Hobby King (http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__466__377__Hardware_Accessories-Silicon_Wire.html) also sells this at similar prices.
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Post by: miguelvp on December 22, 2015, 05:21:17 pm
DIP Video Ram for a display buffer between two MCU's one will read and handle the display (PSoC5LP) the other one can be anything.

128 KB with 4 chips, maybe combine them and make a 65,536 16 bit word buffer. I could serialize 4 fifos easily.

23 year old chips, still not as old as the book behind them :)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=188830;image)
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Post by: lincoln on December 22, 2015, 05:29:49 pm
Started out wanting to get Tek AM 502 differential pre-amp for some power supply noise testing and for some home electrophysiology experiments.  Offer accepted yesterday on a  decent looking one on eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-AM-502-Differential-Amplifier-for-TM500-Mainframe-/262162214436?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=UDlhYrU0NGlutqXZRBLvu6RpSfQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc).

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/vA0AAOSwnipWV3~B/s-l1600.jpg)


Next I needed a power chassis for it. The Tek TM 501s and 502s all seemed too pricey on eBay. For some reason the TM 503s are cheaper.  But the world of classic Tek modules is new to me and - if I was going to have a TM 503 - I would have to have some other modules for it....   So I stumbled upon this one (http://www.ebay.com/itm/TEKTRONIX-TM-503-POWER-MODULE-DD-501-DISPLAY-FG-502-GENERATOR-WIRES-PLUG-ADAPTER-/141503141182?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=UDlhYrU0NGlutqXZRBLvu6RpSfQ%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc).  Seemed like a great deal with 4 modules included and some cables and connectors to boot! Perhaps I'll sell the FG 501 and one of the DD 501s.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/eesAAOSwD0lUiLOm/s-l1600.jpg)

I don't really need the function generators and I'm not sure what I'll do with the DD 501s - but if my vintage equipment acquisitions were based on need or logic, my lab would be much emptier.... ::)

lol, thats how my tm500 habit started,  the amp works well as long as you keep its band with in mind.  The bi-polar power supply module (ps503a) is also a good one and can be had for 608~80 $ on ebone
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Post by: Richard Head on December 22, 2015, 07:06:14 pm
Just be sure to check/replace all the ancient dried out Sprauge caps in the plug-ins.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: djsb on December 23, 2015, 02:41:51 am
A folding Montague Paratrooper Pro mountain bike. The aim is to fit a Bionx D series electric conversion kit so I can commute to work and back. A driver wrote my motorcycle off in November so I'm giving up motorcycles. So many pro's to cycling that I can't ignore the benefits any longer.
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Post by: Macbeth on December 23, 2015, 05:39:38 am
A folding Montague Paratrooper Pro mountain bike. The aim is to fit a Bionx D series electric conversion kit so I can commute to work and back. A driver wrote my motorcycle off in November so I'm giving up motorcycles. So many pro's to cycling that I can't ignore the benefits any longer.
Interesting, I remember the Brompton was the folding bike of choice for city commuters (I assume you will be commuting in by train so need the folding carry design). I never knew mountain bike versions existed, but why?

Those fat knobbly tyres really drag, you are far better going for narrow slicks than typical mountain bike, and all the full suspension is a waste of energy too, though I think you have a hardtail and front forks so they a good for bumping over pavements when you have to go off road in the city.
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Post by: djsb on December 24, 2015, 01:41:53 am
Yes I have to experiment with tyres and the steering/seat stem length (6'2" tall). The front suspension has a lock out for pavement use. I live in a 3rd floor flat/apartment so needed a fold up to make it easier to carry up the stairs and easier to store indoors. Going to fit the Bionx as the battery and wheels can also be removed easily so the bike can be carried in stages if needed. My commute is 20 miles each way so the aim is to cut out public transport and save money. Can use the bus though as well if an emergency although it will take some experimentation and I'll have to fit it in a bag.

PS. Here are details of an All Wheel Drive (AWD) electric bike using the Paratrooper Pro on Endless Sphere (Just to keep on topic).

https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=51612

Hope you find it interesting.
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Post by: Deathwish on December 24, 2015, 01:49:06 am
A folding Montague Paratrooper Pro mountain bike. The aim is to fit a Bionx D series electric conversion kit so I can commute to work and back. A driver wrote my motorcycle off in November so I'm giving up motorcycles. So many pro's to cycling that I can't ignore the benefits any longer.
Interesting, I remember the Brompton was the folding bike of choice for city commuters (I assume you will be commuting in by train so need the folding carry design). I never knew mountain bike versions existed, but why?

Those fat knobbly tyres really drag, you are far better going for narrow slicks than typical mountain bike, and all the full suspension is a waste of energy too, though I think you have a hardtail and front forks so they a good for bumping over pavements when you have to go off road in the city.

I vote for a folding "Chopper" , have welder and tools, ...... including all the bangs and knocks they came with.
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Post by: McBryce on December 24, 2015, 03:05:48 am
Bought myself a second hand Sony PRS-T2 ebook reader on ebay to use as a Datasheet databank/reader.

McBryce.
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Post by: tautech on December 24, 2015, 09:16:22 am
A few bits and pieces, most sold the rest for stock.
(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=189165)
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Post by: Macbeth on December 24, 2015, 09:25:08 am
I vote for a folding "Chopper" , have welder and tools, ...... including all the bangs and knocks they came with.
You know Raleigh re-released the Chopper recently. But Elf'n'Safety had to get in the way and banned the '70s gear shifter because they thought too many kids could get their knackers knackered so the Sturmey Archer handle bar gear shift would have to make do instead.

I preferred the Grifter and Commando as a kid.
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Post by: pelule on December 31, 2015, 11:06:11 pm
Today received my personal xmas present, next gear on my long list of required equipment.
The Maynuo M9712B progr. DC Load (15A/500V/300W) with the M133 isolated USB to RS232/TTL interface.
Received direct from China in just 5 days shipment time. Excellent.
Unpacked, checked and did some test. Great. The latest SW also looks nice and handy.
BR
PeLuLe
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Post by: Deathwish on December 31, 2015, 11:34:19 pm
Both came today, so now I can play for a bit I guess.
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Post by: blueskull on January 01, 2016, 01:12:58 am
Arduino 101. I know I do not need it, but as a big Intel fan boy I just can not resist. There is still no data sheet and any else valuable hardware reference there, but as Intel always does, they will expand these information later as the community grows. So far I've been working on Galileo Gen1 for part of my undergrad thesis, Edison for hobby and now Curie for hobby as well.
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Post by: retrolefty on January 01, 2016, 02:29:45 am

 Just a well built clone of the Arduino Mega2560 board. This one uses a 16MHz crystal rather then a ceramic resonator used on most all recent official Arduino AVR based boards. This one also uses the Asian usb serial convertor chip and found driver automagically on my Win 10 laptop.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/111758551939?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/111758551939?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)
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Post by: Radio Tech on January 01, 2016, 02:53:15 am
This is not a what I bought but what I wanted to buy while think about fun times. I love old vintage stuff. Yesterday I decided to take a ride to the Habitat for humanity store. This store used to be an ice skating rink many years ago when I was just a teen.  They only originally has the area where to concession stand was but mow have to whole building.  Not being able to go into the old ice rink part of the building I was pleased to see they now had it.

As I browsing around I kept seeing images in my mind of the place in my childhood. I could see the now boarded up and painted over window where you rented your skates, the area where the DJ booth used to be. A bit in a daydream I turned and saw something sitting on a shelf.

I went closer and found a B&K 1540 40MHz dual channel oscilloscope with one original probe. This scope looked brand new. Not a spot or scratch on it. No signs of wear what so ever. The only problem, was the $100 dollar price tag he had on it.

The manager of the store walked up and said, Hey, it works as good as it looks. What you think of the price? Being a lover of old scopes I told him it was way more than I would put into it. He sad he checked ebay and that was the price he came up with. I then offered him $50 bucks for it which was still more than I wanted to put in it. He said check back in 30 days. If not sold he let me have it for that.
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Post by: mtdoc on January 01, 2016, 05:14:59 am

I went closer and found a B&K 1540 40MHz dual channel oscilloscope with one original probe. This scope looked brand new. Not a spot or scratch on it. No signs of wear what so ever. The only problem, was the $100 dollar price tag he had on it.

The manager of the store walked up and said, Hey, it works as good as it looks. What you think of the price? Being a lover of old scopes I told him it was way more than I would put into it. He sad he checked ebay and that was the price he came up with. I then offered him $50 bucks for it which was still more than I wanted to put in it. He said check back in 30 days. If not sold he let me have it for that.

Wow, that does look brand new.  I'll bet you'll get it for $50.

A couple of years ago my local Goodwill thrift store had a 60MHz BK scope for $9.99.  They apparently were not smart enough to have checked eBay prices.... It's in great shape (not brand new looking but still good) and works perfectly.  They also had a Bel-Merit "all in one" counter, function generator, DMM, power supply with it for sale at $9.99.  It also works fine.  Sometimes you get lucky.
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Post by: Radio Tech on January 01, 2016, 05:33:54 am

Wow, that does look brand new.  I'll bet you'll get it for $50.

A couple of years ago my local Goodwill thrift store had a 60MHz BK scope for $9.99.  They apparently were not smart enough to have checked eBay prices.... It's in great shape (not brand new looking but still good) and works perfectly.  They also had a Bel-Merit "all in one" counter, function generator, DMM, power supply with it for sale at $9.99.  It also works fine.  Sometimes you get lucky.

Yes, it is a very beautiful piece of test gear. I am just amazed how well it has been kept.

Wow, very nice finds you got.
I found that the thrift store here is way cheaper than the Habitat store is. Like you said I do not think they search for prices. Plus at the good will store everything is given to them while at the H.f.H. store they purchase some items.

Really hope this scope is still there in 30 days.
Thanks for sharing your finds.
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Post by: TerraHertz on January 01, 2016, 08:25:53 am
The sad thing is in 30 days it will be dirty and/or broken by all the bozos fiddling with it.
Maybe go back in a few days and ask him if he ever sees such a scope sell for $100 on ebay.
Or find some counterexamples of similar scopes listed much cheaper that do sell.
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Post by: Radio Tech on January 01, 2016, 08:34:26 am
The sad thing is in 30 days it will be dirty and/or broken by all the bozos fiddling with it.
Maybe go back in a few days and ask him if he ever sees such a scope sell for $100 on ebay.
Or find some counterexamples of similar scopes listed much cheaper that do sell.

Agreed. I will be there every Friday to see what is going on with it. Think I will take your advice also and see if I can find any that has sold, print and take with me.
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Post by: miguelvp on January 01, 2016, 08:55:06 am
This is the last one sold on ebay, they took an undisclosed best offer under $99:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/BK-Precision-1540-40MHz-Oscilloscope-/371323479962 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/BK-Precision-1540-40MHz-Oscilloscope-/371323479962)

Here is the search for complete transactions:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=B+K+1540+40MHz+oscilloscope&_sacat=0&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1 (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=B+K+1540+40MHz+oscilloscope&_sacat=0&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1)
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Post by: Brumby on January 01, 2016, 07:09:05 pm
A couple of years ago my local Goodwill thrift store had a 60MHz BK scope for $9.99.  They apparently were not smart enough to have checked eBay prices.... It's in great shape (not brand new looking but still good) and works perfectly.  They also had a Bel-Merit "all in one" counter, function generator, DMM, power supply with it for sale at $9.99.  It also works fine.  Sometimes you get lucky.

Maybe I need to get out more - but in Australia, this would be more than lucky - it would be miraculous!
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Post by: Atlantic on January 02, 2016, 07:07:27 am
Its not my latest purchase but It was probably my best

Great laptop for anyone looking to do anything Its got a 15 inch 4K touchscreen core i7-6700HQ and a GTX-960M
It is the ASUS Zenbook Pro UX501VW great buy.
Yes the Price is 1500 dollars great laptop definetly beats the highest model 15 inch macbook pro retina priced at 2500 dollars.
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 02, 2016, 07:19:39 am
My last purchase was 2 "working" Tektronix 485's for under $300 including shipping, one less the case.  Many of you may have seen the listing on ebay.    I am awaiting delivery - for my 2nd and 3rd 485's..........

 O0
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Post by: Vgkid on January 03, 2016, 06:08:15 am
Another precision power supply...
Unfortunately its manual is 45.00 :( ,lets see about that...
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Post by: awallin on January 03, 2016, 06:32:25 am
Knipex "super knips" side cutters
http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=1216&L=1&page=art_detail&parentID=&groupID=1483&artID=2780 (http://www.knipex.com/index.php?id=1216&L=1&page=art_detail&parentID=&groupID=1483&artID=2780)

expensive, but you only live once so who has time to work with bad tools  :P
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on January 03, 2016, 12:36:27 pm
I just saw them for under $25 on Amazon.com.  That doesn't seem expensive but the only pair of Knipex I own is snap ring pliers that I think I paid about $18 for.
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Post by: SLJ on January 03, 2016, 02:53:05 pm
Check out the "Tronex" side cutters also.
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Post by: nanofrog on January 03, 2016, 03:35:26 pm
Check out the "Tronex" side cutters also.
Seconded.  :-+ Excelta rebranded them and are easier to find this way IME (Tronex makes the Lazer Line products especially for Excelta now, which are also nice IME).

I'd also recommend looking at Swanstrom, Ideal-Tek, Erem, and Lindstrom (for the right price). There's also Schmitz (http://www.schmitz-zangen.de/shop.php?lang=engl), but these are purchased directly from Schmitz or through Amazon.de (they take PayPal). They also ODM for CK Tools, Bernstein, and NWS's ESD line w/ yellow & black grips. FWIW, their pliers are the best I've ever used, especially the teeth.  :-+
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Post by: VK5RC on January 06, 2016, 09:28:07 pm
An excellent read, a biography (The Wright Brothers)  that is packed not padded. recommend+++++++
http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-wright-brothers-david-mccullough/prod9781476728742.html?source=pla&gclid=CjwKEAiAk7O0BRD9_Ka2w_PhwSkSJAAmKswxhbKI7LZ7j9DxiQ49uR34CX195houm9U50zy1BVrK_hoCgkLw_wcB (http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-wright-brothers-david-mccullough/prod9781476728742.html?source=pla&gclid=CjwKEAiAk7O0BRD9_Ka2w_PhwSkSJAAmKswxhbKI7LZ7j9DxiQ49uR34CX195houm9U50zy1BVrK_hoCgkLw_wcB)
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Post by: Shock on January 07, 2016, 01:20:50 pm
Brand new Fluke 114 for $40, low spec but still nice.

(http://media.fluke.com/images/114-01b-600x402.jpg)
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Post by: Brumby on January 07, 2016, 01:55:04 pm
Do they have a 117 on the same price scale?
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Shock on January 07, 2016, 02:12:19 pm
Do they have a 117 on the same price scale?

Thought pity it's not a Fluke 117 as well myself, no it was a private sale, unwanted gift or some story like that.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Brumby on January 07, 2016, 03:36:17 pm
Ah ... being at the right place at the right time.

Still, a new Fluke, Cat III with true RMS for $40 is a brilliant pickup.

Well done.
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Post by: AF6LJ on January 07, 2016, 03:40:56 pm
Brand new Fluke 114 for $40, low spec but still nice.

(http://media.fluke.com/images/114-01b-600x402.jpg)

Nice Catch; Does everything one needs for general service work.
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Post by: pullin-gs on January 07, 2016, 04:03:13 pm
Snagged this a few months back for $500....not anything useful, but very interesting none-the-less.
1983 GRID Compass Magnesium laptop.
4.5" plasma (woohoo!) screen.
512K ram, 2x128K EPROMS (Proprietary GRID-OS and software loaded here).
512K magnetic bubble memory (customer NASA software is here).
No magnetic media.
Dave is never ever going to get his hands on this for teardown!

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Post by: warnberg on January 08, 2016, 12:28:30 am
Rigol DG1022
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Post by: retrolefty on January 08, 2016, 12:41:16 am
Brand new Fluke 114 for $40, low spec but still nice.

(http://media.fluke.com/images/114-01b-600x402.jpg)

Nice Catch; Does everything one needs for general service work.

 Accept no current measurements. Probably eliminates lots of compliance issues not having to deal with them at all. Probably doesn't even have or need any (expensive) fuses?

 
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Post by: Sbampato12 on January 08, 2016, 06:47:22 am
Not exactly today, but yesterday (I had an issue with internet).
Not a real bargain, but a good price, and good shape!
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Post by: JoeN on January 08, 2016, 12:20:45 pm
Snagged this a few months back for $500....not anything useful, but very interesting none-the-less.
1983 GRID Compass Magnesium laptop.
4.5" plasma (woohoo!) screen.
512K ram, 2x128K EPROMS (Proprietary GRID-OS and software loaded here).
512K magnetic bubble memory (customer NASA software is here).
No magnetic media.
Dave is never ever going to get his hands on this for teardown!

Was the GRiD you bought actually a NASA computer?  Did they fly that specific one or was it a ground unit?
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Post by: Macbeth on January 08, 2016, 12:39:50 pm
Was the GRiD you bought actually a NASA computer?  Did they fly that specific one or was it a ground unit?
NASA is just a cover story for it's actual use. Look at that world map. See the missile trajectories? This was the portable cold war launch codes computer the President carried in his briefcase. WOPR micro.
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Post by: suicidaleggroll on January 08, 2016, 01:00:10 pm
Nabbed a Metcal PS2E-01 with handpiece and two tips for $100.  Not a crazy amazing deal, but I'm happy with it.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/Di8AAOSwL7VWjqr6/s-l1600.jpg)
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Post by: Bud on January 08, 2016, 01:20:31 pm
Got a free Keysight book.... think a while ago got a email with the offer, surprise package was delivered yesterday.
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Post by: VK5RC on January 09, 2016, 11:39:33 am
HP-Agilent-KS papers etc are usually really good stuff, after 20 mins or so my head starts to hurt though!
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Post by: Shock on January 09, 2016, 07:12:42 pm
10 mins petrol, a free Sony Bravia 46" LCD KDL46X3100 with remote etc. Going to make a rocking workshop TV.

(http://sp.sony-asia.com/media/127/63297)
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Post by: sony mavica on January 09, 2016, 07:30:49 pm
a camera bag for $2.40
http://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/Camera-Case-bag-For-nikon-Coolpix-P520-P510-L810-L310-L120-L110-L820-P500-P100/32282432090.html?spm=2114.10010108.100005.7.IohPJ5 (http://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/Camera-Case-bag-For-nikon-Coolpix-P520-P510-L810-L310-L120-L110-L820-P500-P100/32282432090.html?spm=2114.10010108.100005.7.IohPJ5)
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Post by: jmsc_02 on January 14, 2016, 03:43:09 am
Dear

I've just received my last purchase (30€):

An old and dusty Tek 7263A with seven modules (4 dual trace amplifier, 2 delay time base, and one differential comparator).

It's power on but nothing on the display. The prize of do this is if I can repair it. I hope it.
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Post by: canibalimao on January 14, 2016, 04:23:41 am
WOW, where did you get that bargain?
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Post by: xrunner on January 14, 2016, 04:25:26 am
Just ordered a Rigol DSA815-TG Spec-An, been wanting one for a long time. Cool deal with the EEVBlog discount and it comes with a free TVBTECH GL8898 Inspection Camera with Color LCD Monitor.  8)

(http://assets.tequipment.net/assets/1/26/DimRegular/TVBTECHGL8898.jpg)
 
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Post by: jmsc_02 on January 14, 2016, 04:35:03 am
WOW, where did you get that bargain?

On a second hand site after move heaven and earth. It's too hard find things like this in our countries. :'(
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Post by: Bud on January 14, 2016, 04:58:50 am
Altium 16
 :phew:
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Post by: jmsc_02 on January 14, 2016, 05:49:40 am
Altium 16
 :phew:

It hurt... My condolences
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Post by: canibalimao on January 14, 2016, 07:58:05 pm
WOW, where did you get that bargain?

On a second hand site after move heaven and earth. It's too hard find things like this in our countries. :'(

So true! I only find good things for a reasonable price on eBay and the shipping costs are absurd. All the things I find here costs arround twice the eBay items with shipping costs  |O
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Post by: deadlylover on January 14, 2016, 11:03:08 pm
Finally got the Advantest TR4171 delivered...what a bloody beast at ~50kg.

Only goes from 10Hz-120MHz but that's enough for now, I only wanted it for basic audio work and such. It has a 1Meg input option which tolerates 30Vrms or -/+100VDC, perfect for a newbie like me.  :P
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Post by: Karel on January 14, 2016, 11:19:31 pm
Hard cover edition of The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

(https://www.nostarch.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/product_main_page/linuxprogramming.png)

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Post by: vinicius.jlantunes on January 15, 2016, 01:02:29 am
Not exactly today, but yesterday (I had an issue with internet).
Not a real bargain, but a good price, and good shape!

Nice! I've got an E3634A some time ago (basically a 200W version of yours as I understand) but it is broken. I attempted a repair as per the linked thread but no success so far. I tried a little more a couple weeks ago but I just lack competence to pull it off I guess.
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/agilent-e3634a-fails-with-error-718/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/agilent-e3634a-fails-with-error-718/)

I might PM you asking a couple favors in case you're willing to pop yours open and probe a couple things, as I assume yours is very similar to mine  ::)
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Post by: G0HZU on January 15, 2016, 07:08:57 am
Finally got the Advantest TR4171 delivered...what a bloody beast at ~50kg.

Only goes from 10Hz-120MHz but that's enough for now, I only wanted it for basic audio work and such. It has a 1Meg input option which tolerates 30Vrms or -/+100VDC, perfect for a newbie like me.  :P
I've got the TR4172 here and I really like this analyser despite its age. I've been using this one since 1990 at work and I bought it from the company many years ago.

Interestingly, I see that your display unit is different to mine. It has a different layout for the buttons. I would have expected the top display unit to be the same in terms of the front panel design.

I'm not sure how much mine weighs. The manual says 50kg but I think it may be heavier than that.
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Post by: deadlylover on January 15, 2016, 03:16:42 pm
I've got the TR4172 here and I really like this analyser despite its age. I've been using this one since 1990 at work and I bought it from the company many years ago.

I've been on the lookout for a TR4172, I can only find one or two decent looking listings per year but they are usually a bit pricey at $600-$800 which is too much after shipping. Lots of listings are also missing the interconnects, maybe I'll get lucky later in the year.  ^-^

I've seen the elusive TR4173 *once*, I think it goes to 5GHz but I have no idea how it performs.

The TR4171 cost $200 or so, it was cheap enough that even if I didn't particularly need it at the moment, it was a good buy purely for the educational value.
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Post by: G0HZU on January 16, 2016, 12:16:40 am
Wow, I didn't know that the 5GHz TR4173 even existed! I just googled for it and there are a few images. The display unit is different again with respect to the button layout.

I used my TR4172 for several years at work when designing various RF up/down converters so I am a bit nostalgic about this old analyser. When it was new it was so expensive the company had to have it donated to us as part of a big project. These analysers were extremely expensive when new. Much more than the rival HP8568B.

I bought a second TR4172 a couple of years ago as a non runner for about £250. I managed to get it running for no extra cost although I really just wanted it as a spares donor. I've seen others for sale at similar prices so they are becoming available. However, my first TR4172 has needed several (low cost) repairs since I bought it from the company. Nothing major, but it has been apart a few times now. So if mine is a typical example, I expect that there could be a few cheap non runners available at very low prices in the future.

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Post by: PedroDaGr8 on January 16, 2016, 01:55:27 am
Purchased last night:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Another HP 6114A, this one has some obvious impact damage to the front (the ground pin is a big mangled) and is QUITE dirt covered. Got it for $55 shipped to my door. Figure at that price it is well worth it, even if it takes some rehab to get it back up and running. For me, I wanted a second to match my first (version with the 10-turn knob and the large power switch) so this was a decent price.

Missed out on one that was ACTUALLY in the freaking town I am living it. Damn thing was a NOS 6114A, someone else got it back when I was on winter break visiting family.
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Post by: mtdoc on January 16, 2016, 02:18:05 am
Purchased last night:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Another HP 6114A, this one has some obvious impact damage to the front (the ground pin is a big mangled) and is QUITE dirt covered. Got it for $55 shipped to my door.

Is that the right link? I don't see any damage or much dirt and the listed price was $159.
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Post by: PedroDaGr8 on January 16, 2016, 02:35:03 am
Purchased last night:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Another HP 6114A, this one has some obvious impact damage to the front (the ground pin is a big mangled) and is QUITE dirt covered. Got it for $55 shipped to my door.

Is that the right link? I don't see any damage or much dirt and the listed price was $159.
Yep that's it. Notice the damage by the jacks, the way the body is bent in. Also notice that the dial is at 10V despite the setting being at 3.8V if it is even on. Plus there is loads of fine dirt all over it. It hasn't had a will treated life it appears.
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Post by: mtdoc on January 16, 2016, 02:41:46 am
Wow.  $55 shipped is a good deal - almost 1/3 of the asking price!
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Post by: canibalimao on January 16, 2016, 02:51:55 am
Purchased last night:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT (http://www.ebay.com/itm/161944067385?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT)

Another HP 6114A, this one has some obvious impact damage to the front (the ground pin is a big mangled) and is QUITE dirt covered. Got it for $55 shipped to my door.

Is that the right link? I don't see any damage or much dirt and the listed price was $159.
Yep that's it. Notice the damage by the jacks, the way the body is bent in. Also notice that the dial is at 10V despite the setting being at 3.8V if it is even on. Plus there is loads of fine dirt all over it. It hasn't had a will treated life it appears.

But don't forget one thing: "CALIBRATION NOT REQUIRED"  :scared:
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Post by: PedroDaGr8 on January 16, 2016, 03:13:48 am
Wow.  $55 shipped is a good deal - almost 1/3 of the asking price!

I wasn't about to pay what he was offering. The price was WAY too high. At most I would pay around $100 shipped for a fully working one, so I offered $50 and gave a bunch of reasons why it wasn't worth what he was asking. He returned with $55 about two minutes later, free shipping was the killer part here. So I of course accepted. Based on how it appears, it will need some definite work, I just hope there isn't any major impact damage on the inside.


But don't forget one thing: "CALIBRATION NOT REQUIRED"  :scared:

That could mean it is broken, but that could also mean that it was used in a section of the company where GMP did not apply. I have had some instruments that we never calibrate because we don't really care that they are in spec all that much. We are looking for yes/no type of answers which they can still give.
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Post by: tom66 on January 16, 2016, 04:46:32 am
Farnell trade counter score  ;D I love Leeds

EA-PS 2042-10B (10A, 42V, 160W power supply) marked £95
GW Instek SFG-2004 signal generator (4MHz DDS - unfortunately not arbitrary but still pretty good) marked £150
BNC cable for above
plus original boxes, manuals and cables for the two instruments
& 50m reel of AWG22 (pink, yuck)

£160 including VAT for the lot. Couldn't get my wallet out any faster!

Never hurts to ask what they're willing to take to clear a lot of stuff all at once. They just want it gone!
 
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Post by: canibalimao on January 16, 2016, 06:37:06 am
I would give 200£ for it easly  ;D

Great deal you got there!
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Post by: macboy on January 17, 2016, 01:43:38 am
Found a few deals at a local recycler:

Hakko 470 desoldering gun (genuine). The shop had two: one marked "fully working" at $200 (CDN) and another marked "vacuum does not work at all" for $50. I haggled on the latter and paid $30 (CDN = $20 USD). Got home, cleaned it up, turned on... heater works, pulled trigger... vacuum pump is running at least. Cleared the blockages in the tip and especially in the heater, and it works like a charm. The filters look practically new, soft and not hardened with flux residue. I had always wanted a proper desoldering tool, but the price put me off. Sometimes it pays to wait.

I also bought a few rolls of solder: SAC305 just because I didn't yet have any lead-free, Alpha Cleanline 7000 63/37, and Kester 245 in 62/36/2 (2% silver) in both 0.02" and 0.01". Most spools were nearly 1 lb. $5 each, even the silver ones. And I couldn't resist a 100 foot spool (or two) of solder wick for $5 each too, since a person could pay that much for a mere 5 feet at retail. I don't think I'll ever need to buy solder or wick again.

I also found a couple of interesting Tek probes in a box full of various probes and leads. I don't really need more probes, but these were Low-Z ones, Tek P6158, which are 3 GHz, 1.5 pF, 20x (1 kOhm) probes. I know it's easy to make Low-Z probes, but it isn't easy to compensate them for flat frequency response, and it sure isn't worth it when you can buy two literally brand new Tek P6158 for $5 each!  The only little problem is that they are missing the accessories, so no ground bayonet or springs. I happen to have some extra 3.5 mm Tek bayonets exactly like the ones that would come with these, and I think I can make up my own springs when/if I need them.
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Post by: Vgkid on January 17, 2016, 02:15:23 am
Jealous..
Nice score.
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Post by: Supercharged on January 17, 2016, 07:10:39 am
6CHF ~ 6$ Auction score:
Siemens Oscillar I, a valve based oscilloscope,
including original manual and scematic.
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Post by: canibalimao on January 17, 2016, 07:33:24 am
6 what? US Dollars?  :wtf: No way!!!
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Post by: Supercharged on January 17, 2016, 07:38:06 am
yes the equivalent of 6 US dollars (The seller is moving and wanted it gone)
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Post by: McBryce on January 17, 2016, 08:28:44 am
yes the equivalent of 6 US dollars (The seller is moving and wanted it gone)

Plus the six dollars a month in rent it cost you bcause it occupies a full square meter of you apartment? :D

Really nice device though.

McBryce.
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Post by: rrinker on January 17, 2016, 12:00:13 pm
yes the equivalent of 6 US dollars (The seller is moving and wanted it gone)

Plus the six dollars a month in rent it cost you bcause it occupies a full square meter of you apartment? :D

Really nice device though.

McBryce.

 I was going to say the electricity use but that's probably way more than $6/mo.

Indeed, nifty old classic. The picture almost makes it look like the trace is sweeping around the circle like a radar screen.

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Post by: Supercharged on January 18, 2016, 02:24:15 am
yes the equivalent of 6 US dollars (The seller is moving and wanted it gone)

Plus the six dollars a month in rent it cost you bcause it occupies a full square meter of you apartment? :D

Really nice device though.

McBryce.

 I was going to say the electricity use but that's probably way more than $6/mo.

Indeed, nifty old classic. The picture almost makes it look like the trace is sweeping around the circle like a radar screen.
You won't need a Heater anymore tough

Ps: radar screen would be cool but it has a great, normal display:
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 18, 2016, 03:15:55 am
You won't need a Heater anymore tough

Ps: radar screen would be cool but it has a great, normal display:

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=194563)

WOW!!!  That is beautifully sharp for a vintage CRT!    I can only hope that I manage to land a vintage tube-type scope with as crisp of a display as that...
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Post by: Martin.M on January 18, 2016, 05:09:00 am
the wave is from a Wandel&Goltermann?  :)

(http://www.wellenkino.de/spm-11/05.jpg)

@Addicted: If you need a extremly sharp vintage screen look for a 565 or 502A

565
(http://www.wellenkino.de/565/565-1.jpg)

greetings
Martin
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Post by: AF6LJ on January 19, 2016, 02:11:40 am
Way Nice. :)
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Post by: Martin.M on January 19, 2016, 03:43:57 am
I have found a C Tester in the bay  8)



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Post by: rrinker on January 19, 2016, 03:49:09 am
 Won me a Fluke 45 on eBay, after seeing a bunch go for way too much ($300USD +). This one I got for $150, and is guaranteed working, pictures show a nice bright display, and it comes with the power cord and probes. Who knows if they are the actual Fluke probes, but one can never have too many probes laying around. Pictures when I get it, shipping delayed one day by the Federal holiday in the US today, bummer.
 Guess I really need to get started on building my bench so I have a place to put this stuff.

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Post by: Cubdriver on January 19, 2016, 02:01:47 pm
Won me a Fluke 45 on eBay, after seeing a bunch go for way too much ($300USD +). This one I got for $150, and is guaranteed working, pictures show a nice bright display, and it comes with the power cord and probes. Who knows if they are the actual Fluke probes, but one can never have too many probes laying around. Pictures when I get it, shipping delayed one day by the Federal holiday in the US today, bummer.
 Guess I really need to get started on building my bench so I have a place to put this stuff.

Go vertical - collecting it gets addicting, and stacking is space efficient.   :-+

And Martin, that Tek 565 is a thing of beauty! It's been said before but bears repeating - your restorations are nothing short of amazing!

-Pat
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Post by: rrinker on January 19, 2016, 02:14:03 pm
 It's no so much as stacking as literally having no place to use this stuff. The 8012A is still packed up from moving, almost 2 years ago. My new Siglent 1102 is sitting on the floor. When I say I need to get starting on building a bench - it's not adding bench space, it's making a bench in the first place. I have a good idea of what I want to do, even drew it up, at least the base tables, in CAD. I need to take a weekend and just build the darn thing, then I can set u0 my equipment and actually start working on some projects.

And indeed, that 565 is a classic and absolutely art-like. I want to touch all those knobs and just fiddle, it's equipment porn at its finest. Perhaps a classic analog scope should be my next acquisition - though I do need a power supply or two.
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Post by: blueskull on January 19, 2016, 02:33:19 pm
A Seek Compact bought yesterday. I'm surprised TEquipment shipped it today since today is a national holiday.

Correct: They send me an email saying it will be shipped today, but till now it was not shipped. Guess it was an automatically generated email.
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Post by: miguelvp on January 19, 2016, 04:55:49 pm
Pre ordered an Intel RealSense Camera waiting for their upcoming Android support so I'm in no hurry until that is available.

http://click.intel.com/intel-realsense-developer-kit-r200.html (http://click.intel.com/intel-realsense-developer-kit-r200.html)

What is it? Laser IR time of flight with visual as well. It can digitize 3D up to 4 meters

Specifications

- Longer range** (up to 3-4 meters indoors, longer range outdoors)
- Depth/IR: 640x480 resolution at 60fps
- RGB: 1080p at 30fps - USB 3.0 required
- Developer Kit Dimensions: 130mm x 20mm x 7mm
- Supports Microsoft Windows* 8.1 (64-bit mode), Android* support coming soon.

More info:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/realsense-r200-camera (https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/realsense-r200-camera)

So pretty much a beefier Kinect with supporting SDK.

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Post by: blueskull on January 19, 2016, 06:32:40 pm
Pre ordered an Intel RealSense Camera waiting for their upcoming Android support so I'm in no hurry until that is available.

http://click.intel.com/intel-realsense-developer-kit-r200.html (http://click.intel.com/intel-realsense-developer-kit-r200.html)

What is it? Laser IR time of flight with visual as well. It can digitize 3D up to 4 meters

Specifications

- Longer range** (up to 3-4 meters indoors, longer range outdoors)
- Depth/IR: 640x480 resolution at 60fps
- RGB: 1080p at 30fps - USB 3.0 required
- Developer Kit Dimensions: 130mm x 20mm x 7mm
- Supports Microsoft Windows* 8.1 (64-bit mode), Android* support coming soon.

More info:
https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/realsense-r200-camera (https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/realsense-r200-camera)

So pretty much a beefier Kinect with supporting SDK.

Isn't it a NIR camera instead of a LWIR camera?
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Post by: miguelvp on January 19, 2016, 07:01:02 pm
Yes, it's not for thermal imaging, it's for 3D scanning computing time of flight of the NIR laser light pulse bouncing back to the NIR dual cameras.

Edit: adding picture:

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=194962;image)

Edit: and it's stereoscopic 3D scanning btw.

Edit again: the middle image is fake, has to be. I did modify plenty of cameras to filter out visible and only seeing NIR and that black shirt should be totally white.
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Post by: blueskull on January 19, 2016, 08:50:37 pm
Looks like a LEAP with an additional visible light sensor?
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Post by: miguelvp on January 19, 2016, 09:10:32 pm
It's more like the ZCam that Microsoft acquired 7 years ago to do their current kinect generation:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZCam

But on stereo and using laser pulsing for more accuracy.
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Post by: artag on January 20, 2016, 01:10:54 am
Not so much bought as arrived ..

A couple of months ago I saw there were an unusual number of a6302 current probes on ebay. They're usually a bit rare and expensive, more often you see the amplifier modules. I scored one of the cheapest ones at about £70 but had no amplifier .. and they'd suddenly become difficult to find. No doubt because of all the probes !

Then a few days ago I saw an am503/tm501, again about £70. To my surprise, nobody else bid .. and it arrived today. So finally I can test the probe .. and the combination works!  I've been slowly accumulating current probes recently, adding various AC and DC varieties but I've been after one of these good ones for a while. Very pleased (and relieved I haven't got two items to fix!).

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Post by: Zbig on January 20, 2016, 03:33:29 am
I got myself a Wacom Bamboo Spark (http://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/mobile-accessories/bamboo-spark). It's a folio-type digitizing notepad. You write on a real paper with real ink using a special electronics-filled ball pen that otherwise looks and feels ordinary. Each pen stroke gets recorded in internal memory for later transfer using Bluetooth LE. Just got it yesterday but I hope it to prove very handy for quick ideas, sketches, EEVbLog forum posts, etc. Think DaveCad on steroids :) Now, if only I could handwrite anymore...
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Post by: mtdoc on January 20, 2016, 07:54:04 am
Not so much bought as arrived ..

A couple of months ago I saw there were an unusual number of a6302 current probes on ebay. They're usually a bit rare and expensive, more often you see the amplifier modules. I scored one of the cheapest ones at about £70 but had no amplifier .. and they'd suddenly become difficult to find. No doubt because of all the probes !

Then a few days ago I saw an am503/tm501, again about £70. To my surprise, nobody else bid .. and it arrived today. So finally I can test the probe .. and the combination works!  I've been slowly accumulating current probes recently, adding various AC and DC varieties but I've been after one of these good ones for a while. Very pleased (and relieved I haven't got two items to fix!).

Sounds like a score!.  I've had poor luck recently with my attempts to begin accumulating some Tek series 500 modules. On 2 of the 5 so far have been functional.

I saw this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-TM502A-AM503B-A6302-AM503S-Current-Probe-Amplifier-system-/111878312756?) TM502/AM503b/A6302 current probe combo today.  A good deal IF it is functional. I'm too gun shy now to take the risk.
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Post by: 0xdeadbeef on January 20, 2016, 07:57:21 am
Help me, I'm addicted...
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Post by: krivx on January 20, 2016, 08:05:28 am
Help me, I'm addicted...

are these really any use for measure capacitors in-circuit like that?
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Post by: 0xdeadbeef on January 20, 2016, 08:14:44 am
With the obvious restrictions of course. Then again, admittedly this was mainly for the better looks ;)
Measuring tiny little things on the table doesn't look so impressive - still it's what I'll use it for most of the time.
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Post by: artag on January 20, 2016, 08:19:53 am

I saw this (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-TM502A-AM503B-A6302-AM503S-Current-Probe-Amplifier-system-/111878312756?) TM502/AM503b/A6302 current probe combo today.  A good deal IF it is functional. I'm too gun shy now to take the risk.

It does say 'For parts or not working'.

But yes, definitely a newer and better deal than mine if you can get it working without too much trouble.

I did feel happier going for a 503 rather than an 503A or 503B - although they're not as nice, comments elsewhere on this board suggested they might be easier to repair (if necessary).

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Post by: Richard Crowley on January 20, 2016, 09:15:39 am
I just got a couple of Tek TM-500 plug-in power supply modules. PS501-1 and a PS501-2

(http://thumbs.ebaystatic.com/images/g/67AAAOSwq7JUC0xH/s-l225.jpg)  (http://www.barrytech.com/tektronix/tektm500/tekps501-2front.jpg)

And I got a PC board holder that looks reasonably nice...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CEg6xBARL.jpg)

And I have one of those Smart Tweezers on its way.
Actually the high-price one like @0xdeadbeef got, plus a cheap knock-off for comparison.
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Post by: blueskull on January 20, 2016, 09:36:45 am
Help me, I'm addicted...

are these really any use for measure capacitors in-circuit like that?

This model has 0.25V mode, which is lower than Vf of a silicon PN junction or even a schottky junction.

Trust me, this thing worths every penny if you work with lots of SMD parts.

PS. There are some minor firmware bugs that should not be there considering it is a $400 device, but no big deals at all.
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Post by: Zeecue on January 20, 2016, 10:04:57 am
I got my Rigol DS1054Z today, and already used the online keygen, for the additional bandwidth, seems like a really nice little scope, with 4 channels. And so much faster to set up than the PC based scope I'm used to at work(automotive).
I also got a free Uni-T DMM with the Rigol, a small handy model, perfect for car fuse checking and such things.
And ordered some bnc to banana adapters, so I can use the original break out cables with my scope, and a hand full of BNC end plugs, to protect the unused ports from dirt.
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Post by: xrunner on January 20, 2016, 10:19:30 am
Rigol DSA815-TG.  :clap:
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Post by: 0xdeadbeef on January 20, 2016, 10:40:45 am
This model has 0.25V mode, which is lower than Vf of a silicon PN junction or even a schottky junction.

Trust me, this thing worths every penny if you work with lots of SMD parts.

PS. There are some minor firmware bugs that should not be there considering it is a $400 device, but no big deals at all.
Admittedly, this is only the slightly lower end "LCR Reader", not the ST5. Then again, the diode tester is not that useful anyway and this costs only half of the ST5 for only slightly lesser specs.
For comparison of models:
http://www.smarttweezers.us/LCR-Reader-ST-comparison.pdf (http://www.smarttweezers.us/LCR-Reader-ST-comparison.pdf)
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Post by: blueskull on January 20, 2016, 10:55:09 am
This model has 0.25V mode, which is lower than Vf of a silicon PN junction or even a schottky junction.

Trust me, this thing worths every penny if you work with lots of SMD parts.

PS. There are some minor firmware bugs that should not be there considering it is a $400 device, but no big deals at all.
Admittedly, this is only the slightly lower end "LCR Reader", not the ST5. Then again, the diode tester is not that useful anyway and this costs only half of the ST5 for only slightly lesser specs.
For comparison of models:
http://www.smarttweezers.us/LCR-Reader-ST-comparison.pdf (http://www.smarttweezers.us/LCR-Reader-ST-comparison.pdf)

Oops, sorry. I was mentioning ST5S instead. Never used an LCR reader though. Spec wise, they look alike.
I was going to get an LCR reader, until I found a new ST5S on eBay.ca for <$300 shipped.
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Post by: tautech on January 20, 2016, 05:10:24 pm
Help me, I'm addicted...
:-+
If you haven't already you will grow to love your Smart Tweezers and wish to never be without them.
Had a set for 10 yrs and it's one of the must have bits of kit, even for TH work.

Enjoy.  ;)
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Post by: generic_username on January 20, 2016, 06:16:08 pm
found myself on Ebay an AGILENT E3633A, waiting for delivery  ;)
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Post by: canibalimao on January 20, 2016, 07:55:07 pm
I got my Rigol DS1054Z today, and already used the online keygen, for the additional bandwidth, seems like a really nice little scope, with 4 channels. And so much faster to set up than the PC based scope I'm used to at work(automotive).
I also got a free Uni-T DMM with the Rigol, a small handy model, perfect for car fuse checking and such things.
And ordered some bnc to banana adapters, so I can use the original break out cables with my scope, and a hand full of BNC end plugs, to protect the unused ports from dirt.

Where did you get that bundle and for how much? Hope it is an online store  ;D
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Post by: Sbampato12 on January 20, 2016, 09:34:26 pm
I've bought this one yesterday. Not a really good shape, but not broken!
And with 2 cards...
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Post by: Zeecue on January 20, 2016, 10:13:59 pm
I got my Rigol DS1054Z today, and already used the online keygen, for the additional bandwidth, seems like a really nice little scope, with 4 channels. And so much faster to set up than the PC based scope I'm used to at work(automotive).
I also got a free Uni-T DMM with the Rigol, a small handy model, perfect for car fuse checking and such things.
And ordered some bnc to banana adapters, so I can use the original break out cables with my scope, and a hand full of BNC end plugs, to protect the unused ports from dirt.

Where did you get that bundle and for how much? Hope it is an online store  ;D

It's from here https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/ (https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/)
The adapters and such are from aliexpress.
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Post by: george graves on January 20, 2016, 11:18:55 pm
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2295566/temp/keyr.jpg)
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Post by: Sbampato12 on January 20, 2016, 11:26:41 pm
(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2295566/temp/keyr.jpg)

Sorry about my ignorance, but what is this? :-//
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Post by: artag on January 20, 2016, 11:38:27 pm
I think it's a generated (rendered) key :)

Possibly also useful for pushing toothpaste out by winding the tube into a coil.
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Post by: Richard Crowley on January 20, 2016, 11:40:24 pm
Sorry about my ignorance, but what is this? :-//
Google says: toothpaste key squeezer
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Post by: Shock on January 20, 2016, 11:56:48 pm
Sorry about my ignorance, but what is this? :-//
Google says: toothpaste key squeezer

Precision 10MHz tuning fork
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Post by: canibalimao on January 21, 2016, 12:01:30 am
I got my Rigol DS1054Z today, and already used the online keygen, for the additional bandwidth, seems like a really nice little scope, with 4 channels. And so much faster to set up than the PC based scope I'm used to at work(automotive).
I also got a free Uni-T DMM with the Rigol, a small handy model, perfect for car fuse checking and such things.
And ordered some bnc to banana adapters, so I can use the original break out cables with my scope, and a hand full of BNC end plugs, to protect the unused ports from dirt.

Where did you get that bundle and for how much? Hope it is an online store  ;D

It's from here https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/ (https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/)
The adapters and such are from aliexpress.

That free DMM doesn't appear on the store  ??? Did they sent to you the gift without mentioning it on the store?
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Post by: Zeecue on January 21, 2016, 03:35:57 am
I got my Rigol DS1054Z today, and already used the online keygen, for the additional bandwidth, seems like a really nice little scope, with 4 channels. And so much faster to set up than the PC based scope I'm used to at work(automotive).
I also got a free Uni-T DMM with the Rigol, a small handy model, perfect for car fuse checking and such things.
And ordered some bnc to banana adapters, so I can use the original break out cables with my scope, and a hand full of BNC end plugs, to protect the unused ports from dirt.

Where did you get that bundle and for how much? Hope it is an online store  ;D

It's from here https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/ (https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/)
The adapters and such are from aliexpress.

That free DMM doesn't appear on the store  ??? Did they sent to you the gift without mentioning it on the store?

It sure does, remember to use their desktop version og the site. And look at the left buttom corner. Free DMM, it says its only for UK ordets, i got one anyways, and a UK power plug, and the EU one.
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Post by: canibalimao on January 21, 2016, 04:06:45 am
I got my Rigol DS1054Z today, and already used the online keygen, for the additional bandwidth, seems like a really nice little scope, with 4 channels. And so much faster to set up than the PC based scope I'm used to at work(automotive).
I also got a free Uni-T DMM with the Rigol, a small handy model, perfect for car fuse checking and such things.
And ordered some bnc to banana adapters, so I can use the original break out cables with my scope, and a hand full of BNC end plugs, to protect the unused ports from dirt.

Where did you get that bundle and for how much? Hope it is an online store  ;D

It's from here https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/ (https://www.rigol-uk.co.uk/)
The adapters and such are from aliexpress.

That free DMM doesn't appear on the store  ??? Did they sent to you the gift without mentioning it on the store?

It sure does, remember to use their desktop version og the site. And look at the left buttom corner. Free DMM, it says its only for UK ordets, i got one anyways, and a UK power plug, and the EU one.

Oh I missed that  |O I'll check this out to see what's better: buy there or on the Batronix store.
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Post by: mtdoc on January 21, 2016, 09:23:03 am
I finally had enough of the cheap eBay LED magnifier lamp I'm using for my teardown and repair bench. So today I took advantage to Zoro's 20% off sale today to buy a Luxo 5 diopter LED magnifier (https://www.zoro.com/luxo-magnifier-light-675x45in-led-gry-225x-18945lg/i/G8487035/#) and a 4 diopter Luxo Stays add on lens. Also picked up a 1.2 mm chisel tip for my Hakko fx-951 as well.

(http://glamox.com/upload/2013/03/07/wave-led_white.png)
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Post by: blueskull on January 21, 2016, 09:53:12 am
My seek compact has arrived. Free shipping from TEquipment took only 1 day from their PA warehouse to my place in NC. Attached is a macro photo with no additional lens or whatever mods at all, showing a Victorinox Swiss knife's small tweezers. The macro capability is fantastic.

Focal length: ~4cm. Actuall thickness of the tweezers: ~0.1mm.
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Post by: DimitriP on January 21, 2016, 05:33:44 pm
New addition to the toybox:

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Post by: MrSlack on January 21, 2016, 05:58:27 pm
Lots of new toys bought this morning...

1x UT-61E meter
6x Pomona 4mm<->meat hooks
1x Wera Kraftform Kompact 60
100x bc337 transistors
2x space pen refills
1x tube of two part epoxy
2x Exar XR-2206
22x Bourns finger trimmers
50m of 16/0.1 wire.
20 various NP0 ceramic capacitors
And some socks.

Now I've got to wait for it all to arrive :(
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Post by: Nerull on January 21, 2016, 11:21:48 pm
Not a purchase, but found one of these in a free stuff bin in the EE department at uni:
(http://sigma.octopart.com/14924320/image/Fluke-80K-40.jpg)

Seems to be intact and the resistors look in perfect condition, though I haven't had a chance to test it yet. 40kV version.
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Post by: canibalimao on January 21, 2016, 11:39:44 pm
I have finally got a Rigol DS1054Z. I will also get a Free Uni-T pocket multimeter. Now let's see how long does it take to arrive.
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Post by: sony mavica on January 22, 2016, 01:11:36 pm
a class 6 8gb sd card for 2.17usd free shipping
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Post by: TheSteve on January 22, 2016, 03:37:31 pm
Fluke 45 to repair for $80.00 USD - might even happen to work. Seems like a fun weekend project.
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Post by: McBryce on January 22, 2016, 08:05:04 pm
A set of Pomona 6341 test leads. These are the exact same model as the Fluke TL910, just a lot cheaper :)

McBryce.
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Post by: MrSlack on January 22, 2016, 08:24:14 pm
A set of Pomona 6341 test leads. These are the exact same model as the Fluke TL910, just a lot cheaper :)

McBryce.

Added to shopping list :) ... Have quite a few Pomona leads and they're awesome. 4mm<->meat hook leads are recommended. Tend to use them more than probes now.
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Post by: McBryce on January 22, 2016, 08:31:00 pm
A set of Pomona 6341 test leads. These are the exact same model as the Fluke TL910, just a lot cheaper :)

McBryce.

Added to shopping list :) ... Have quite a few Pomona leads and they're awesome. 4mm<->meat hook leads are recommended. Tend to use them more than probes now.

This is the cheapest I've found so far: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POMONA-6341-Fluke-TL910-ELECTRONIC-PROBE-SET-WITH-5-REPLACEMENT-TIPS-/221948928316?hash=item33ad2fe13c (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POMONA-6341-Fluke-TL910-ELECTRONIC-PROBE-SET-WITH-5-REPLACEMENT-TIPS-/221948928316?hash=item33ad2fe13c)
Don't bother making an offer. He turned down a 23 quid offer, so he really isn't selling them for less than 25.

McBryce.
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Post by: MrSlack on January 22, 2016, 08:59:02 pm
A set of Pomona 6341 test leads. These are the exact same model as the Fluke TL910, just a lot cheaper :)

McBryce.

Added to shopping list :) ... Have quite a few Pomona leads and they're awesome. 4mm<->meat hook leads are recommended. Tend to use them more than probes now.

This is the cheapest I've found so far: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POMONA-6341-Fluke-TL910-ELECTRONIC-PROBE-SET-WITH-5-REPLACEMENT-TIPS-/221948928316?hash=item33ad2fe13c (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/POMONA-6341-Fluke-TL910-ELECTRONIC-PROBE-SET-WITH-5-REPLACEMENT-TIPS-/221948928316?hash=item33ad2fe13c)
Don't bother making an offer. He turned down a 23 quid offer, so he really isn't selling them for less than 25.

McBryce.

Thanks for the link - appreciated. Good price. Same ones are £29+VAT on Farnell!
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Post by: nanofrog on January 23, 2016, 06:14:51 am
A set of Pomona 6341 test leads. These are the exact same model as the Fluke TL910, just a lot cheaper :)

McBryce.

Added to shopping list :) ... Have quite a few Pomona leads and they're awesome. 4mm<->meat hook leads are recommended. Tend to use them more than probes now.
FWIW, you'd do better to go for Probemaster 815x spring loaded probes (http://probemaster.com/dmm-multimeter-test-leads/spring-loaded-test-leads/) instead (they ship internationally), as they're better made and will last longer.

I say this, as the Fluke/Pomona spring loaded (pogo) probes have a bad habit of the wire breaking inside the insulation where they exit the probe body (no strain relief). Fair number of complaints about their build quality/reliability if you search the forum.
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Post by: TopLoser on January 23, 2016, 06:35:35 am
Well I can't find it in the catalogue but UPS delivered this to me today, shipping label says it came from Farnell..
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Post by: nanofrog on January 23, 2016, 07:20:40 am
Well I can't find it in the catalogue but UPS delivered this to me today, shipping label says it came from Farnell..
Nice.  ;D For some reason, I've got it in my head it's likely an appreciation gift from the sales dept. for doing lots of business with them.  >:D
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Post by: Cubdriver on January 23, 2016, 07:24:31 am
Well I can't find it in the catalogue but UPS delivered this to me today, shipping label says it came from Farnell..

Wow - that's either a tiny bottle, or a HUGE Lichtenberg figure.  Sweet!  (the captured lightning, I mean - the vodka I could take or leave)

-Pat
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Post by: TopLoser on January 23, 2016, 07:31:16 am
Well I can't find it in the catalogue but UPS delivered this to me today, shipping label says it came from Farnell..

Wow - that's either a tiny bottle, or a HUGE Lichtenberg figure.  Sweet!  (the captured lightning, I mean - the vodka I could take or leave)

-Pat

Yes a HUGE Lichtenberg figure, I've had it for 25+ years and not seen another one for sale as big.

Another picture of it here:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/553-lichtenberg-figures/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/553-lichtenberg-figures/)
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Post by: Cubdriver on January 23, 2016, 07:51:37 am
Yes a HUGE Lichtenberg figure, I've had it for 25+ years and not seen another one for sale as big.

Another picture of it here:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/553-lichtenberg-figures/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/blog/553-lichtenberg-figures/)

Beautiful.  It certainly dwarfs the few that I have.

-Pat
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Post by: SteveyG on January 23, 2016, 08:49:11 am
A Fluke 28 ii EX

(https://sdgelectronics.co.uk/images/eev/sdgfluke28ex.jpg)
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Post by: deadlylover on January 24, 2016, 05:19:09 am
Here's a mini teardown of the Takeda Riken TR6110B DC Voltage Standard, they're known as Advantest now.

I don't know if they made any other dedicated DC standards, this might have been their only one apart from their general purpose DC sources/SMU's.

So it's only fitting then for the unit to be calibrated by its much younger sister (Advantest's best multimeter, the R6581), ahh it brings a tear to the eye....
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Post by: McBryce on January 24, 2016, 05:27:05 am
Well I can't find it in the catalogue but UPS delivered this to me today, shipping label says it came from Farnell..

They've sent it to the wrong address, can you forward it to me? :)

McBryce.
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 24, 2016, 07:17:26 am
Tektronix 067-0532-01
Tektronix 2901 Time mark gen
Various Tek attenuators and terminations
(Arrived)

Tektronix 454A Scope
Tektronix 067-0625-00 Peak to Peak detector (ended up buying two...)
Huge Mouser order of parts for Tek 485, 468, 184, 106, 067-0532-00, 2901, & Wavetek 166
(Waiting)

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Post by: tautech on January 24, 2016, 07:23:55 am

Tektronix 2901 Time mark gen
(Arrived)

Huge Mouser order of parts for Tek 485, 468, 184, 106, 067-0532-00, 2901, & Wavetek 166
(Waiting)
Nice.  :-+

Repair thread coming?
Teardown?
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Post by: Vgkid on January 24, 2016, 04:23:23 pm
Here's a mini teardown of the Takeda Riken TR6110B DC Voltage Standard, they're known as Advantest now.

I don't know if they made any other dedicated DC standards, this might have been their only one apart from their general purpose DC sources/SMU's.

So it's only fitting then for the unit to be calibrated by its much younger sister (Advantest's best multimeter, the R6581), ahh it brings a tear to the eye....
thanks for the teardown, loving those precision wirewound resistors. Looks like a HP 735a.
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Post by: deadlylover on January 24, 2016, 06:27:12 pm
thanks for the teardown, loving those precision wirewound resistors. Looks like a HP 735a.

Wow very interesting, it looks like a functional copy! Thanks for the tip. ^^

The 1mV control pot is damaged on mine, it doesn't seem to work at all except give a 1mV jump all at once, I think I should bypass it incase it is affecting stability. On first impressions it looks like it has a tempco of about 2ppm, on cold it reads 50 ppm low and it warms up in a couple of hours. It's short term stability is about 0.1ppm, though thermal emfs are a real pain for a 1V reference.

The temperature on the outer shell of the oven was about 40C.

I think just a simple LM399 surpasses it, let alone a LTZ1000. I have no use for a 1V reference and I much prefer a 10V one, I wonder if I can fit a 10V reference inside and substitute the 1.019V setting for it... :P
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Post by: HighVoltage on January 24, 2016, 08:59:23 pm
Here's a mini teardown of the Takeda Riken TR6110B DC Voltage Standard, they're known as Advantest now.

I don't know if they made any other dedicated DC standards, this might have been their only one apart from their general purpose DC sources/SMU's.

So it's only fitting then for the unit to be calibrated by its much younger sister (Advantest's best multimeter, the R6581), ahh it brings a tear to the eye....
I had no idea that such a DC standard existed from them.
Very interesting.
Where did you buy it and how much was it?
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Post by: deadlylover on January 24, 2016, 11:20:03 pm
I had no idea that such a DC standard existed from them.
Very interesting.
Where did you buy it and how much was it?

It was on Yahoo Auctions (basically Japanese eBay), and I paid JPY3100 or about USD26 or so.

Even if it didn't work at all, I *really* wanted to see inside it and I figure I could at least salvage the case or resistors for other projects. Those binding posts are still silky smooth to operate, I like it very much.

Literally the only info I have on it is that it is "2 ppm". I don't know what timeframe that is, probably 90 days?  :P
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Post by: HighVoltage on January 24, 2016, 11:50:48 pm
It is a very impressive DC standard and the price you paid is unbelievable.
How much did you pay for your 8 1/2 digit Advantest multimeter, if I may ask.
Advantest makes some real nice gear.
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Post by: deadlylover on January 25, 2016, 12:13:06 am
It is a very impressive DC standard and the price you paid is unbelievable.
How much did you pay for your 8 1/2 digit Advantest multimeter, if I may ask.
Advantest makes some real nice gear.

Thanks!  ^-^

They really do make great gear, especially for hobbyists because you can get some fantastic deals as they don't carry the name of Tektronix or HP/Agilent.

The R6581 cost a measly JPY50k or about USD420, no joke.

So basically the R6581 was Advantest's answer to the HP3458A, it also has 2 source artifact calibration and auto calibration. More importantly, the R6581 actually stores the auto cal constants in battery backed up memory, and I bet you can guess why it was sold for so cheap after 17 years of use. The meter was autoranging like a madman and it refused to show a reading because it lost its auto cal constants.

$10 later for a replacement battery and I'm still smiling...  ;) Maybe it is the deal of the century for volt-nuts.
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Post by: HighVoltage on January 25, 2016, 01:21:12 am
It seems like you know to get Advantest equipment for a really low cost.
I have never seen the R6581 for under $ 3000

So, you probably got the R6161 really cheap as well.
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Post by: TerraHertz on January 25, 2016, 11:46:06 am
Tektronix 067-0532-01

Interesting thing. Looks in very good condition.
The http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/067-0532-00 (http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/067-0532-00)  (also the -01) page hasn't had any photos posted yet. Hint hint.
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Post by: MrSlack on January 25, 2016, 06:08:37 pm
Cheapest 13.8v PSU I could find:

http://www.rapidonline.com/Electrical-Power/Voltcraft-FSP-1132-Fixed-Voltage-Power-Supply-51-7496 (http://www.rapidonline.com/Electrical-Power/Voltcraft-FSP-1132-Fixed-Voltage-Power-Supply-51-7496)

Just want the case, transformer, meter, switches and binding posts. Going to eviscerate it and stick an LM1084 regulator in rather than the supplied gubbins so I have a drill speed controller for my PCB drill that doubles as another variable power supply, just in case I run out of them (already have 2)
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 26, 2016, 12:27:55 pm

Tektronix 2901 Time mark gen
(Arrived)

Huge Mouser order of parts for Tek 485, 468, 184, 106, 067-0532-00, 2901, & Wavetek 166
(Waiting)
Nice.  :-+

Repair thread coming?
Teardown?
Sorry for the late reply, I keep getting a "502 bad gateway" error when I try to get onto the current page of this thread.  There seem to be a few tricks to getting around it, though.... such as clicking directly on the page number from the "replies to your posts" page.


Is there really no teardown of a 2901 on the forum already?!   huh...
Well then, yeah, I sure will!!    All that I've done thus far is cleaned the case & face up a bit and poke around inside + test it out. Bad switch, few out of tolerance resistors in the 3.6V power supply rail, faulty 2ns circuit.... (the diode is good, THANK GOD!)  so I suppose a teardown/repair is in order!
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 26, 2016, 12:35:05 pm
Tektronix 067-0532-01

Interesting thing. Looks in very good condition.
The http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/067-0532-00 (http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/067-0532-00)  (also the -01) page hasn't had any photos posted yet. Hint hint.

I'll be making a nice list of things to do, and that will certainly be one of them. Both the 067-0532-00 and 067-0532-01 TekWiki pages will soon have photos/info. 
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Post by: TerraHertz on January 26, 2016, 12:51:08 pm
Is there really no teardown of a 2901 on the forum already?!   huh...
Well then, yeah, I sure will!!    All that I've done thus far is cleaned the case & face up a bit and poke around inside + test it out. Bad switch, few out of tolerance resistors in the 3.6V power supply rail, faulty 2ns circuit.... (the diode is good, THANK GOD!)  so I suppose a teardown/repair is in order!

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/tektronix-2901-time-mark-generator-tear-down-inspection/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/tektronix-2901-time-mark-generator-tear-down-inspection/)
http://everist.org/NobLog/20141220_Tek_2901_teardown.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20141220_Tek_2901_teardown.htm)   (my one)

I did eventually end up getting a copy of the Motorola Microelectronics Data Book, 1969 Second Edition, with data for all the RTL ICs. If you need any info on particular chips I can scan them.
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 26, 2016, 01:05:53 pm

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/tektronix-2901-time-mark-generator-tear-down-inspection/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/tektronix-2901-time-mark-generator-tear-down-inspection/)
http://everist.org/NobLog/20141220_Tek_2901_teardown.htm (http://everist.org/NobLog/20141220_Tek_2901_teardown.htm)   (my one)

I did eventually end up getting a copy of the Motorola Microelectronics Data Book, 1969 Second Edition, with data for all the RTL ICs. If you need any info on particular chips I can scan them.

That's some great info to have!  Thank you for offering, I will certainly take you up on that if the need arises.   From what I can tell thus far though, it appears the only real issue this 2901 has is the 3.6V rail being .5V low.  I already checked and the 10K's, 15K, and the precision resistors are all a good bit out of tolerance.  After that and possibly a few others off the rails into the timing circuits and it should be good to go again. 
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 26, 2016, 01:09:56 pm
I almost forgot - here's another addition to my collection ... and the reason why I always ask the seller to add extra protection to the front panel....
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Post by: Cubdriver on January 26, 2016, 01:40:27 pm
Wow!  That could have gotten ugly!  Good thing they listened and put the styrofoam there.  Did THEY put the holes in for the knobs, or did the knobs chew through during shipment?  Either way, from the photos it appears that it made it with controls undamaged, so that's good.

-Pat
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on January 26, 2016, 01:43:49 pm
There wasn't much wiggle room towards the back or front of the scope in the packaging, so my guess is they pre-pressed the foam over the knobs.  I can't help but wonder if they would have bothered to do so had I not asked.
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Post by: Cubdriver on January 26, 2016, 01:45:21 pm
I'll go with 'Probably Not' for $400, Alex...

-Pat
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Post by: Richard Crowley on January 26, 2016, 05:33:41 pm
I just got one of my Kickstarter "rewards", an Nscope.  It is a small PC board that plugs into the end of a standard plug-in "breadboard"  It connects to your computer via USB and provides + and -5V to the breadboard power rails. It is a signal generator for a couple of channels, and a 4-channel oscilloscope. With open-source API so you can code your own interface, etc.  Pretty cool, IMHO.  I can't wait to play with it when I get home from work tomorrow.

(http://static.dudeiwantthat.com/img/gear/computers/nscope-portable-electronics-17172.jpg)

(https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/003/710/580/ba1ce0c8af6a8f027fcdd77cb69d9611_original.png?v=1430447991&w=700&h=&fit=max&auto=format&lossless=true&s=09ae4ac5ba6309a1016ab6f01cead465)
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Post by: MrSlack on January 26, 2016, 05:39:21 pm
I just got one of my Kickstarter "rewards", an Nscope.  It is a small PC board that plugs into the end of a standard plug-in "breadboard"  It connects to your computer via USB and provides + and -5V to the breadboard power rails. It is a signal generator for a couple of channels, and a 4-channel oscilloscope. With open-source API so you can code your own interface, etc.  Pretty cool, IMHO.  I can't wait to play with it when I get home from work tomorrow.

(http://static.dudeiwantthat.com/img/gear/computers/nscope-portable-electronics-17172.jpg)

(https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/003/710/580/ba1ce0c8af6a8f027fcdd77cb69d9611_original.png?v=1430447991&w=700&h=&fit=max&auto=format&lossless=true&s=09ae4ac5ba6309a1016ab6f01cead465)

I'd blow that up or melt it within an hour :)

Wire and fire school of thinking here :)
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Post by: Brumby on January 26, 2016, 06:34:40 pm
I just got one of my Kickstarter "rewards", an Nscope.  It is a small PC board that plugs into the end of a standard plug-in "breadboard"  It connects to your computer via USB and provides + and -5V to the breadboard power rails. It is a signal generator for a couple of channels, and a 4-channel oscilloscope. With open-source API so you can code your own interface, etc.  Pretty cool, IMHO.  I can't wait to play with it when I get home from work tomorrow.

(http://static.dudeiwantthat.com/img/gear/computers/nscope-portable-electronics-17172.jpg)


Very nice.  Compact and useful, it seems.

Please let us know what you think of it.
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Post by: mtdoc on January 26, 2016, 07:04:53 pm
I just got one of my Kickstarter "rewards", an Nscope.

4 channels of input is nice. Too bad bandwidth is not higher. Still, looks very useful. Software quality will be key.
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Post by: MrSlack on January 26, 2016, 08:49:52 pm
You can use sampling to increase the bandwidth even if it's cheating a bit :)
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Post by: wraper on January 27, 2016, 06:30:20 am
IMDES MINI CONDENS-IT vapor phase reflow soldering oven + 1l of galden LS230. My IR oven is too uneven for larger boards, will see how it performs when it arrives. In theory should be awesome results.
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Post by: MrSlack on January 27, 2016, 09:21:40 am
2.5 litres of 99.7% pure isopropyl alcohol.

http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/precision-cleaners-degreasers/0448180/ (http://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/precision-cleaners-degreasers/0448180/)

Yum :)
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Post by: bitseeker on January 27, 2016, 12:43:28 pm
Racal Dana 1992 Universal Counter. Looks like it's one of the military contract models with high-stability OCXO (option 04E).  :-+ I'll know for sure when it arrives and I "take it apaaart". It probably also needs a recapping.
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Post by: Len on January 27, 2016, 03:29:23 pm
2.5 litres of 99.7% pure isopropyl alcohol.

750 ml of 13% ethanol. Red.
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Post by: tautech on January 27, 2016, 06:09:07 pm
IMDES MINI CONDENS-IT vapor phase reflow soldering oven + 1l of galden LS230. My IR oven is too uneven for larger boards, will see how it performs when it arrives. In theory should be awesome results.
New thread? or an update to this one:
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/vapour-phase-soldering/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/vapour-phase-soldering/)
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Post by: mtdoc on January 27, 2016, 06:25:08 pm
2.5 litres of 99.7% pure isopropyl alcohol.

750 ml of 13% ethanol. Red.

 :-+  As the saying goes - "Better a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy..."
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Post by: DimitriP on January 31, 2016, 11:10:20 am
From 5300 miles away and two weeks later my silicone cable from Antex arrived!!!
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Post by: Muxr on January 31, 2016, 11:33:22 am
'nother scope:

(https://i.imgur.com/ZTx9AAT.jpg)

Arrived yesterday. Loving it so far.
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Post by: MrSlack on January 31, 2016, 08:46:27 pm
Wera socket set, trolley jack, axle stands, stinking great big can of WD40, full set of brake discs and pads for my Fiat. Cheaper to buy the tools and do it myself than all the local garages. Plus now I own lots of nice tools :)
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Post by: crazyjim30 on February 01, 2016, 11:47:01 am
Components:
Resistors, capacitors, inductors, and diodes. Some jumper wires as well. More when my next paycheck arrives.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk

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Post by: VK5RC on February 01, 2016, 08:48:27 pm
An fleabay purchase marked as a HP5253B and doesn't power on. I got the 5245L as well and with one fuse later it lives!
Some work on those BNC, using robrenz's techniques, a bit of panel cleaning, one loose capacitor (the bakelite base cracked- don't make them like they used to) and hopefully it will look pretty good.
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Post by: MrSlack on February 01, 2016, 09:09:25 pm
An fleabay purchase marked as a HP5253B and doesn't power on. I got the 5245L as well and with one fuse later it lives!
Some work on those BNC, using robrenz's techniques, a bit of panel cleaning, one loose capacitor (the bakelite base cracked- don't make them like they used to) and hopefully it will look pretty good.

That HP5245L is a thing of beauty.
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Post by: Richard Head on February 01, 2016, 09:15:39 pm
That R&S scope looks like an awesome unit. I wonder what it set you back?
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Post by: AF6LJ on February 02, 2016, 02:14:20 am
Nice looking 5245  :-+ :-+
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Post by: Cubdriver on February 02, 2016, 02:59:28 am
Buy a plug-in, get a free frequency counter to hold it.  Sweet!   :-+

-Pat
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Post by: BloodyCactus on February 02, 2016, 06:41:41 am
NTS-200 time server! works. I'm locked out tho, and cant find a null modem cable (so I got one coming from amazon) for good old rs232.

if I can get into the console I can reset whatever needs resetting...

Works like a charm, got 4 satellites tracked. now I need to figure how I'm going to run the cable to the outside :/ doh!

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=198381)
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Post by: MrSlack on February 02, 2016, 08:13:58 am
NTS-200 time server! works. I'm locked out tho, and cant find a null modem cable (so I got one coming from amazon) for good old rs232.

if I can get into the console I can reset whatever needs resetting...

Works like a charm, got 4 satellites tracked. now I need to figure how I'm going to run the cable to the outside :/ doh!

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=198381)

We have a similar device. The antenna went through a hole literally straight up from the machine room and through the subroof and roof. Bathroom caulking was used to seal it up. No leaks (yet) :)
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Post by: McBryce on February 02, 2016, 08:41:38 pm
My Pomona 6341 probes just arrived. Wow, I could open a Tattoo Studio with the points on the end of these!

My DER EE DE-5000 LCR meter also arrived yesterday, having spent the last five weeks relaxing in the local Customs clearance office.

McBryce.
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Post by: BFX on February 02, 2016, 10:46:22 pm
Kikusui 4502 and HV probe  8)
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Post by: MarkDennehy on February 02, 2016, 11:06:36 pm
Kikusui 4502
Dang. Nice.
/adds to list of ebay filters searching for cheap used function generators in the <10MHz range...
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Post by: Muxr on February 03, 2016, 12:33:00 am
That R&S scope looks like an awesome unit. I wonder what it set you back?
Just under $2k, came with a full set of auto compensating 500mhz passive probes, which look brand new. The scope was also as clean as in that picture, whoever owned it before me must have not used it very much.

I've been very pleased with it so far. The UI is a big improvement on my Rigol DS2072A. FFT is also pretty usable, there are a few unique features I haven't seen on other scopes as well, like 3 different interpolation modes, Z input for the XY mode.... and it boots in like 2-3 seconds, fastest booting scope I've used.
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Post by: Errmy on February 03, 2016, 11:28:33 pm
Last week I ordered one of these cheap chinese ESR-LCR-transistortester and I made sure that it is shipped from my country.

So today I received a small package from this seller and attached is what I got.
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Post by: Nerdlord on February 04, 2016, 08:50:06 am
Scored a bunch of cheap Fleabay junk:

"Brand new" (2007 manufactured) 1lb. roll of Alpha Telecore Plus 0.032" still in the shrink wrap - $16 shipped
Miille Applied Research 366-101 Leased Line Modem - $1 shipped
SMP3 6/12/24VDC power supply - $1 shipped
Dell M410HD replacement lamp assembly - $1 shipped

I don't have any application for the modem; I just want to see what its insides look like. The projector lamp was a total impulse buy but I'm thinking up some plans for a ridiculously bright (and hot) bench lamp.
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Post by: MrSlack on February 04, 2016, 09:23:26 pm
New XR2206CP function generator IC. I blew my home made function generator up last night so am building a new one from scratch with all the kinks worked out of the original design and integrated sweep generator.

Perhaps interestingly the IC is the same price now as I paid for it in 1994. So it has actually got cheaper after all that time!
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Post by: Richard Crowley on February 04, 2016, 11:19:28 pm
Perhaps interestingly the IC is the same price now as I paid for it in 1994. So it has actually got cheaper after all that time!
But there are much more dramatic examples than that. You can buy a whole PC with MS Windows on it for less than what a keyboard used to cost back at the beginning of the PC era (1984).
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Post by: gameru on February 05, 2016, 12:37:21 am
Richard Crowley
And I got a PC board holder that looks reasonably nice...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CEg6xBARL.jpg)

It is very expensive on Amazon (26.99$) On reichelt it cost 6.95euro  http://www.reichelt.de/HALTER-ZD-11E/3/index.html?&ACTION=3&LA=446&ARTICLE=145603&artnr=HALTER+ZD-11E&SEARCH=HALTER+ZD-11E (http://www.reichelt.de/HALTER-ZD-11E/3/index.html?&ACTION=3&LA=446&ARTICLE=145603&artnr=HALTER+ZD-11E&SEARCH=HALTER+ZD-11E)
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Post by: rrinker on February 05, 2016, 12:42:59 am
 Let us know what you think once you've had a chance to use it. I've been looking at that same one.
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Post by: azer on February 05, 2016, 01:20:57 am
I have used one of those and they work quite well as long as there are no components along the edge as there is a slit in the black holders that the pcb sits in.
If there are components the tension from the springs will hold it to a certain degree as the springs are quite strong.
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Post by: rdl on February 05, 2016, 03:03:42 am
I found this Beckman FC130A recently on eBay. It's in near mint condition and seems to work fine. The carry handle is an awkward design, I may have to remove it. When folded back it adds 2" to the already too long length. Why did they used to make test equipment so long?

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=198998;image)


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Post by: Richard Crowley on February 05, 2016, 04:55:30 am
I have used one of those and they work quite well as long as there are no components along the edge as there is a slit in the black holders that the pcb sits in.
If there are components the tension from the springs will hold it to a certain degree as the springs are quite strong.
Yes, I have used mine (for which I apparently overpaid, thanks a lot, @gameru!)
The "overhang" is quite small ~2mm and I have not found it to be a problem yet.
As @azer said, the spring is properly strong enough to hold the board at whatever angle you wish.

The base pieces are steel, but the upright parts are plastic. But it seems beefy enough to survive years of hobby use.

When I bought it, the price was US$12.95 so I don't feel quite so bad.
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Post by: vinicius.jlantunes on February 05, 2016, 10:25:44 am
A replacement for the broken screen on my nokia lumia 830 phone.

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Post by: rich on February 05, 2016, 01:48:46 pm
Got this cute Leader 856 bench meter today manufactured in the early 90's by Leader Electronics Corp Japan.  Was a gamble purchase as there is very little info online about it, only a single page marketing spec. Looks like  Leader have since specialised in video test equipment.
Anyhow, its quite a nice 4.5 digit meter with frequency and continuity which my Keithley lacks so it makes a nice complement. Calibration due 2002!
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Post by: rrinker on February 05, 2016, 02:17:40 pm
 Done it again, this time got a Fluke 8060A on eBay. Should be here in a couple of days. $35 and guaranteed working.
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Post by: mtdoc on February 05, 2016, 03:48:49 pm
I didn't  buy them but we got new exam tables in my office and the old exam lights were gonna be tossed so...

The power supply/lamp unit houses a liner power supply feeding a 12V 30W halogen bulb - not exactly efficient - but the flexible light pipe arms are very high quality for positioning with a nice adjustable lens at the end.  These will make nice spot lights for my lab benches.  Can't ever have too much lighting!  :-+

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=199116;image)
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Post by: aargee on February 05, 2016, 05:01:51 pm
You should be able to do a LED retrofit eventually?
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Post by: Muxr on February 05, 2016, 06:11:21 pm
Richard Crowley
And I got a PC board holder that looks reasonably nice...
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Q2TTQEE)
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41CEg6xBARL.jpg)

It is very expensive on Amazon (26.99$) On reichelt it cost 6.95euro  http://www.reichelt.de/HALTER-ZD-11E/3/index.html?&ACTION=3&LA=446&ARTICLE=145603&artnr=HALTER+ZD-11E&SEARCH=HALTER+ZD-11E (http://www.reichelt.de/HALTER-ZD-11E/3/index.html?&ACTION=3&LA=446&ARTICLE=145603&artnr=HALTER+ZD-11E&SEARCH=HALTER+ZD-11E)
Nice. While back I purchased one of these, and it's been suprisingly useful:
(https://i.imgur.com/8F0xWOo.jpg)
 http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-PCB-Circuit-Board-Holder-Repairing-Repair-Tool-For-Mobile-Phone-PDA-MP3-US-/111122507683?hash=item19df6ae7a3:g:un4AAOxy5fJR55YU (http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-PCB-Circuit-Board-Holder-Repairing-Repair-Tool-For-Mobile-Phone-PDA-MP3-US-/111122507683?hash=item19df6ae7a3:g:un4AAOxy5fJR55YU)

The backplate is steel, and it has rubber feet. So it's stable and it provides somewhat of a heat shield for when I work with the rework hot air station. It will not work for you if you work on bigger boards but I had good luck with 10x6cm boards I've been assembling.
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Post by: mtdoc on February 06, 2016, 05:41:46 am
You should be able to do a LED retrofit eventually?

Yes - but it's really not worth the effort right now. Perhaps once the bulbs start burning out.
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Post by: Nerdlord on February 06, 2016, 10:30:19 am
It will not work for you if you work on bigger boards but I had good luck with 10x6cm boards I've been assembling.
Do you know the exact dimensions? I've found others of the same type that say 13x9cm but I love that shameless Hakko ripoff logo.
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Post by: Muxr on February 07, 2016, 01:35:59 pm
It will not work for you if you work on bigger boards but I had good luck with 10x6cm boards I've been assembling.
Do you know the exact dimensions? I've found others of the same type that say 13x9cm but I love that shameless Hakko ripoff logo.
I just measured it, the clamp will extend to 7.5cm, there is really no limit to the other dimension as there is no obstruction that way. The only other issue I can see also is if you're working with boards that might have big components on both sides, since there is a rail in the back that could be an obstruction.
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Post by: karoru on February 07, 2016, 05:18:37 pm
I found this Beckman FC130A recently on eBay. It's in near mint condition and seems to work fine. The carry handle is an awkward design, I may have to remove it. When folded back it adds 2" to the already too long length. Why did they used to make test equipment so long?

Nobody cared about it, because analog scopes are ridiculously long (because of the tube), so you already have space for it on your bench, or can put it on top of your scope:)
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Post by: awallin on February 08, 2016, 05:15:28 am
cordless drill/screwdriver:
bosch gsr 10,8-2-li Professional, "set 2" comes with metal drills 2-8mm, wood drills 3-10mm, a 25pcs bit-set (straight, phillips, allen, torx), and a cute bag.

not something for building a house, but I hope it will be OK for small jobs in a city apartment.
didn't do much market research - the shop didn't have any Makita in stock so I went with this Bosch...
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: vk6zgo on February 08, 2016, 04:03:33 pm
I found this Beckman FC130A recently on eBay. It's in near mint condition and seems to work fine. The carry handle is an awkward design, I may have to remove it. When folded back it adds 2" to the already too long length. Why did they used to make test equipment so long?

Nobody cared about it, because analog scopes are ridiculously long (because of the tube), so you already have space for it on your bench, or can put it on top of your scope:)

Most benches existed in real workshops,& could be constructed in any depth required.
In many cases Oscilloscopes had their own trolley & did not occupy bench space at all.

Bench depth was more due to the type of equipment commonly worked on.
Much of this was quite long,because it was designed to fit into 19" racks,which limited the width,so cases were longer to allow adequate internal space.

Home hobbyists were lucky to have an analog multimeter,so room on their benches was not a problem.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: rdl on February 08, 2016, 05:57:45 pm
My bench is plenty big enough, but I don't like anything sitting on it. My shelves are 12" deep with about 1" gap at the rear. This counter is nearly as long as my Tek 2247A even though the front panel is less than 1/4 as large! With the handle removed it fits on the shelf barely, up against the wall in back and a slight overhang in front. Maybe they make brackets that are deeper so I could space one shelf a bit farther from the wall.
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Post by: VK5RC on February 08, 2016, 06:05:36 pm
Some Andrews N male connectors for a roll of (slightly used - dusty only) Heliax LDF1-50 that a local telecom company was happy to throw out!
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Post by: rrinker on February 09, 2016, 06:11:58 am
 My 8060a arrived today, but it needs a little help. I'll post about it in the repair section. Nothing that can't be fixed, and for under $40 shipped it's going to work out nice.

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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on February 09, 2016, 08:38:23 am
Just won a Tektronix 7613 mainframe with a timebase and amplifier plugin (missing several knobs and latch with model numbers) for under $29USD  INCLUDING SHIPPING!.  Paid $5.50 for the unit itself.  It's about 12 hours north of me and shipping via FedEx - from a seller I have experience with - so I expect to have it by the end of the week.     :-+
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Post by: AF6LJ on February 09, 2016, 02:34:43 pm
Just won a Tektronix 7613 mainframe with a timebase and amplifier plugin (missing several knobs and latch with model numbers) for under $29USD  INCLUDING SHIPPING!.  Paid $5.50 for the unit itself.  It's about 12 hours north of me and shipping via FedEx - from a seller I have experience with - so I expect to have it by the end of the week.     :-+

Holy Crap What a Deal :-+ :-+
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Post by: Cubdriver on February 09, 2016, 03:10:14 pm
Just won a Tektronix 7613 mainframe with a timebase and amplifier plugin (missing several knobs and latch with model numbers) for under $29USD  INCLUDING SHIPPING!.  Paid $5.50 for the unit itself.  It's about 12 hours north of me and shipping via FedEx - from a seller I have experience with - so I expect to have it by the end of the week.     :-+

Holy Crap What a Deal :-+ :-+

And how!!  Wow.  Congrats!

-Pat
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on February 09, 2016, 03:44:38 pm
Just won a Tektronix 7613 mainframe with a timebase and amplifier plugin (missing several knobs and latch with model numbers) for under $29USD  INCLUDING SHIPPING!.  Paid $5.50 for the unit itself.  It's about 12 hours north of me and shipping via FedEx - from a seller I have experience with - so I expect to have it by the end of the week.     :-+

Holy Crap What a Deal :-+ :-+

And how!!  Wow.  Congrats!

-Pat

I guess I just lucked out!!  It started at $0.99 and there was only one other bidder who put $5.00 on it.  I put a $40.00 max bid on it before I left for work and fully expected to lose it.... but once I got home and checked on it....... POOF! Mine for $5.50!    ;D

It's apparent that the timebase plugin is in the wrong slot which may (or may not) be the reason for the wacked out display. I have all of the replacement knobs already lying around, too.  First things first though - it's going to get a thorough cleaning, visual check, capacitor check, and component reseating before I even attempt to power it on.

Here she be.....
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: bills on February 09, 2016, 03:57:00 pm
I have a 561a tek scope with 2 plugins 1-2a63 dif.amp and 1-53/54d dif. amp.
that could be someones for free.
pick up only in east la county or north san diego county usa.
It has been sitting on a shelf for the last 30 years dusty but 30 years ago it had a trace.
I had thought about pulling the tubes and parting it out but if some one wants it come and get it.
PM me for details.
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Post by: miguelvp on February 09, 2016, 08:16:28 pm
I guess I just lucked out!!  It started at $0.99 and there was only one other bidder who put $5.00 on it.  I put a $40.00 max bid on it before I left for work and fully expected to lose it.... but once I got home and checked on it....... POOF! Mine for $5.50!    ;D

It's apparent that the timebase plugin is in the wrong slot which may (or may not) be the reason for the wacked out display. I have all of the replacement knobs already lying around, too.  First things first though - it's going to get a thorough cleaning, visual check, capacitor check, and component reseating before I even attempt to power it on.

Here she be.....

The pull tabs are gone  :scared:
Be careful taking those out. I did use needle pliers to unlock them but it is tricky to do.

Not too tricky but don't force them out.

I got one for $50 but that included also a 5110, they were in pretty bad shape both of them but a bargain nethertheless

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/list-your-test-equipment-score-here!/?action=dlattach;attach=144290;image)

They did clean up ok:

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/list-your-test-equipment-score-here!/?action=dlattach;attach=145609;image)

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Post by: AF6LJ on February 10, 2016, 01:25:03 am
Looks nice
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on February 10, 2016, 02:37:49 am
I guess I just lucked out!!  It started at $0.99 and there was only one other bidder who put $5.00 on it.  I put a $40.00 max bid on it before I left for work and fully expected to lose it.... but once I got home and checked on it....... POOF! Mine for $5.50!    ;D

It's apparent that the timebase plugin is in the wrong slot which may (or may not) be the reason for the wacked out display. I have all of the replacement knobs already lying around, too.  First things first though - it's going to get a thorough cleaning, visual check, capacitor check, and component reseating before I even attempt to power it on.

Here she be.....

The pull tabs are gone  :scared:
Be careful taking those out. I did use needle pliers to unlock them but it is tricky to do.

Not too tricky but don't force them out.

I got one for $50 but that included also a 5110, they were in pretty bad shape both of them but a bargain nethertheless

Did you have to do anything other than clean them up?   I am already looking for some plugins - both working and also some extra cheap units for the mechanical parts.   If you have a thread for their repairs (if you did any) please link it in for me. 
Thanks for the heads up about the pull tabs... I will start looking into what the best way to remove and temporarily repair them are in case I don't have replacement pull tabs in time.
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Post by: Cubdriver on February 10, 2016, 03:26:46 am
Wow, Miguel - those cleaned up beautifully!  I have a 7603 that came in a haul I got from an estate a few months ago, but I haven't gotten a chance to dig into it yet.

-Pat
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Post by: miguelvp on February 10, 2016, 06:11:27 am
Did you have to do anything other than clean them up?   I am already looking for some plugins - both working and also some extra cheap units for the mechanical parts.   If you have a thread for their repairs (if you did any) please link it in for me. 
Thanks for the heads up about the pull tabs... I will start looking into what the best way to remove and temporarily repair them are in case I don't have replacement pull tabs in time.

The mainframe was fine, I did get new plug ins and followed the calibration. So other than the cleaning, I didn't have to do a thing on the mainframe.

Only repair I did was on an amplifier plug-in for my 7603, due to physical damage.
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Post by: TerraHertz on February 11, 2016, 05:49:27 pm
Thanks for the heads up about the pull tabs... I will start looking into what the best way to remove and temporarily repair them are in case I don't have replacement pull tabs in time.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/questions-on-tektronix-s-1-7s11-and-7t11/msg823265/#msg823265 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/questions-on-tektronix-s-1-7s11-and-7t11/msg823265/#msg823265)

Pics of a simple way to unlock modules lacking the pull tabs.
Also a pic of the early metal pull tab, which would be easy to make if you can't find any.
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Post by: BFX on February 11, 2016, 11:16:54 pm
NI PCIe-6251 + NI PCI-GPIB and ADLINK PCI-7432 together for 100eur  8)
 
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Post by: Sbampato12 on February 12, 2016, 03:35:49 am
NI PCIe-6251 + NI PCI-GPIB and ADLINK PCI-7432 together for 100eur  8)

Nice score!
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Helix70 on February 12, 2016, 11:58:19 pm
cordless drill/screwdriver:
bosch gsr 10,8-2-li Professional, "set 2" comes with metal drills 2-8mm, wood drills 3-10mm, a 25pcs bit-set (straight, phillips, allen, torx), and a cute bag.

not something for building a house, but I hope it will be OK for small jobs in a city apartment.
didn't do much market research - the shop didn't have any Makita in stock so I went with this Bosch...

I bought this too, but with a hard case instead of a bag. I love it! Since then I added the hand held vac skin.
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Post by: blueskull on February 14, 2016, 09:39:31 am
Some Gallium, Indium and Galinstan, as well as some glass slides and a hot plate, finally some Zincate and Ni/Co plating solutions.
Since CREE does not want to provide us with double side solderable dice, we have to make our own.
Both InGa solder method and electroless Nickel over Zincated Aluminum method, as well as MBE PVD method.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on February 15, 2016, 12:39:56 pm
Well, it appears that I have just purchased a Tektronix 7854 mainframe for little over $100.  That in addition to the DS1054Z and new Hakko soldering station.

I suppose I will be selling my 7613 mainframe and one of my 485s. Or maybe a Tek 106 instead..
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Post by: VK5RC on February 15, 2016, 02:38:17 pm
For some semi serious sound mixing. Yamaha MG10XU.
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Post by: gamalot on February 15, 2016, 03:21:17 pm
Some tools on Amazon  :)
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Post by: lpaseen on February 15, 2016, 03:27:29 pm
I was to a junkstore here and scored a programmable rotary encoder pr1000
Not sure exactly what I going to use them for but hope i can come up with some cool project for them.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: MarkDennehy on February 16, 2016, 11:13:40 am
Escort EGC-2230 for about €100 delivered.

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-21.42.36a.jpg)

Didn't look too horrible, powered up okay, but the waveforms were all over the place - the 2MHz square wave looked like an ECG. So out with the screwdriver...

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-21.44.29a.jpg)

Lots of discretes, lots of solder joints to check, but hang on...

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-21.46.01a.jpg)

Well that don't look right! I guess the courier wasn't exactly gentle and shredded paper doesn't do as good a job as bubble-wrap. A quick soldering job later...

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-22.28.00a.jpg)

Square wave is still a bit janky, but I've not exactly used a terminated BNC connection and it's the upper part of the spec'd range on a 20-year-old generator...

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-22.27.53a.jpg)

Triangular isn't much better.

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-22.28.07a.jpg)

Though sine seems reasonable.

(http://www.stochasticgeometry.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2016-02-15-22.28.11a.jpg)

And to be fair, at lower amplitudes and slightly lower frequencies, everything's fine (and it does what I need for the current project quite handily).

The DC offset's kaput though - I turn it on at all and everything gets clipped horribly no matter the function selected.

I think I'll have to go over the board a bit more carefully and check for properly seated ICs, clean the switch contacts and that sort of thing.
Anyone happen to have a manual for the EGC-2230? I could only find the EGC-3230 online.
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Post by: AF6LJ on February 17, 2016, 01:04:59 am
Looks good, I should get a basic function generator...
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Post by: Bob F. on February 17, 2016, 01:21:50 am
By coincidence, I got that sig gen's sibling, the EGC 3230, a couple of weeks ago (also known as the KENWOOD FG-273 according to google).  I thought mine was on the blink too but didn't really care - I was half looking forward to a fixer-upper given that the service manual is available for download and it only cost 31 UK beer-tokens inc postage.  Turned out I just needed to move the DUTY knob all the way down...  Not sure why that would affect the sinewave output, but it did.  Can't find a user manual - only the service manual for free - tho even I should be able to work it out...
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Post by: MarkDennehy on February 17, 2016, 02:04:14 am
Damn, £31? I did not get a bargain :D
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Post by: McBryce on February 22, 2016, 02:56:22 am
Just scored a working HP 3478A is good condition for €100. In Europe that's a bargain :)

McBryce.
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Post by: BobbyK on February 22, 2016, 05:16:11 am
These two bad boys! They came in original packaging, which was falling apart and was almost 30 years old. 10 bucks each on ebay, but they are smooth as hell. Stuck a knob on one, and turning it is a pleasure. 2x320 pF and they have a 100K pot at the ends (which measures 99.49K!). Great for building transmitters and receivers (SW).

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Post by: BobbyK on February 22, 2016, 05:20:52 am
Just scored a working HP 3478A is good condition for €100. In Europe that's a bargain :)

McBryce.


I've been lusting for one for a long time. The best I have seen so far on eBay was about 210Eur shipped (to Austria)! Does anyone know of a good (i.e. cheaper) place to buy used testing equipment in the German speaking world (other than eBay of course)?
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Post by: McBryce on February 22, 2016, 07:45:03 am
For quality tested equipment in Germany I'd recommend Helmut Singer. His prices aren't at the lower end of the scale, but you know what you are getting and he has a huge variety. If you happen to be in Aachen you can call by and check out the stock for yourself: http://www.helmut-singer.de/ (http://www.helmut-singer.de/)

McBryce.
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Post by: BobbyK on February 22, 2016, 06:09:25 pm
Thanks for the Link McBryce. I wouldn't say their stuff is cheap though - more likely close to professional refurbishers on eBay. I'll see if I can find anything I like in their catalog.
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Post by: VK5RC on February 22, 2016, 09:29:45 pm
For a restoration of a HP 5245L some Germanium transistors 2n383, those were the  days,  transistors came in their own box (like the thermionics did)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: MarkDennehy on February 22, 2016, 11:14:44 pm
A tiny hand-held case and two switches from Maplin, along with a batch of LEDs off aliexpress that arrived on Friday morning.
Which means sod all from the EE point of view, but given enough bodging with coin cells and hot glue, we get "Buttons" the magical new toy for the three-year-old (seriously, he's falling asleep with this thing. Feck. Didn't think *that* through, now I have to buy some 74 series stuff to make the next one... :D ):

 
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Post by: SKPang on February 22, 2016, 11:25:06 pm
A nice DMM.
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Post by: isaiahA on February 22, 2016, 11:31:43 pm
a couple days ago i bought more ram for my computer.
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Post by: McBryce on February 22, 2016, 11:40:05 pm
A tiny hand-held case and two switches from Maplin, along with a batch of LEDs off aliexpress that arrived on Friday morning.
Which means sod all from the EE point of view, but given enough bodging with coin cells and hot glue, we get "Buttons" the magical new toy for the three-year-old (seriously, he's falling asleep with this thing. Feck. Didn't think *that* through, now I have to buy some 74 series stuff to make the next one... :D ):

I made a similar toy for my son when he was 2 (now almost 5). It has 3x 7-Seg displays and two buttons to go up or down a number on the display (simple PIC with a few passives), built into a clear plastic case that some Apple product came in. He still plays with it now, almost 3 years later and he even learnt to count from it.

McBryce.
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Post by: rrinker on February 23, 2016, 12:33:18 am
A tiny hand-held case and two switches from Maplin, along with a batch of LEDs off aliexpress that arrived on Friday morning.
Which means sod all from the EE point of view, but given enough bodging with coin cells and hot glue, we get "Buttons" the magical new toy for the three-year-old (seriously, he's falling asleep with this thing. Feck. Didn't think *that* through, now I have to buy some 74 series stuff to make the next one... :D ):

I made a similar toy for my son when he was 2 (now almost 5). It has 3x 7-Seg displays and two buttons to go up or down a number on the display (simple PIC with a few passives), built into a clear plastic case that some Apple product came in. He still plays with it now, almost 3 years later and he even learnt to count from it.

McBryce.

 Now change it over to count in hex and teach him that...
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Post by: McBryce on February 23, 2016, 12:44:28 am
I was tempted to do that one the first version, but I knew I'd get "that look" from swmbo if I did.

McBryce.
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Post by: MarkDennehy on February 23, 2016, 12:51:28 am
A tiny hand-held case and two switches from Maplin, along with a batch of LEDs off aliexpress that arrived on Friday morning.
Which means sod all from the EE point of view, but given enough bodging with coin cells and hot glue, we get "Buttons" the magical new toy for the three-year-old (seriously, he's falling asleep with this thing. Feck. Didn't think *that* through, now I have to buy some 74 series stuff to make the next one... :D ):

I made a similar toy for my son when he was 2 (now almost 5). It has 3x 7-Seg displays and two buttons to go up or down a number on the display (simple PIC with a few passives), built into a clear plastic case that some Apple product came in. He still plays with it now, almost 3 years later and he even learnt to count from it.

McBryce.
That is precisely what I was about to rig up with some 190s and 47s (along with a light chaser because hey, kids). Great minds... :D
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Post by: MrSlack on February 23, 2016, 01:17:05 am
One large bag of 10 ohm 2W resistors.

These are handy slow-blow fuses, with short circuit current limiting capability, delayed illumination and latent olfactory indication in one handy two lead package!  >:D
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Post by: AF6LJ on February 23, 2016, 01:24:53 am
One large bag of 10 ohm 2W resistors.

These are handy slow-blow fuses, with short circuit current limiting capability, delayed illumination and latent olfactory indication in one handy two lead package!  >:D

You have a bright future in marketing ;)
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Post by: poorchava on February 23, 2016, 04:02:23 am
Scored 2x Tek TPP0101 probes for a little less than 50Euro shipped on local Polish OLX. Supposed to be new, unused and in original packaging.

Waiting for the package to arrive...

They will be a nice replacement for utterly shitty probes that came with DS1054Z and are completly destroyed after 6 months of use.

Sent from my HTC One M8s using Tapatalk.

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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on February 23, 2016, 12:08:48 pm
Scored 2x Tek TPP0101 probes for a little less than 50Euro shipped on local Polish OLX. Supposed to be new, unused and in original packaging.

Waiting for the package to arrive...

They will be a nice replacement for utterly shitty probes that came with DS1054Z and are completly destroyed after 6 months of use.

Yes, general consensus seems to be that the RP2200 probes are crap for any decent HF work..  I'm not 100% on what probes I will use with mine yet, but several people have said that after the DS1054Z is "upgraded", it's usable bandwidth is over 100Mhz.   I intend to pick up some 200Mhz or higher rated probes - I'd like to try and get ones that are also going to be compatible with my 7854, though, so more like 500Mhz+.

Anyone have a graph showing newer Tek probes for comparison? 
I have the following for older probes:
http://www.barrytech.com/tektronix/probes/tekprobes.html (http://www.barrytech.com/tektronix/probes/tekprobes.html)
  ---  It hasn't been updated for quite a long time, though....  ---
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on February 23, 2016, 12:11:17 pm
Oh, almost forgot:

My most recent purchase is an 067-0681-01 Tunnel diode pulser, a 0.1% precision thru termination (011-0129-00) , and another 011-0049-01.      I FINALLY found a good deal on a TD pulser!!!   ;D
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Post by: JuKu on February 25, 2016, 01:24:58 am
(http://www.printtec.nl/contents/media/t_jbc-cd-2be.jpg)
JBC station plus three tips, 369€, free shipping. (I bought it for the company, no tax)
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Post by: Messtechniker on February 29, 2016, 10:31:03 pm
Removable, reusable adhesive putty tabs suited for kneading.
Stop light-weight equipment like modern scopes from
slipping backwards when pushing front panel buttons.
Am using it everywhere to stop items from slipping back when pushed.
Great aid. :-+ And cheap!

Yours - Messtechniker
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Post by: rrinker on March 01, 2016, 12:41:23 am
Removable, reusable adhesive putty tabs suited for kneading.
Stop light-weight equipment like modern scopes from
slipping backwards when pushing front panel buttons.
Am using it everywhere to stop items from slipping back when pushed.
Great aid. :-+ And cheap!

Yours - Messtechniker

 :-+  Now THAT is a great idea. Which I will probably forget about by the time I get my bench put together and start getting annoyed when my scope slides backwards when I try to hit a button. ;D
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Post by: rrinker on March 01, 2016, 02:58:40 am
 And I finally have the last missing piece to finish my equipment needs - just won an Agilent E3610A power supply. Was listed at $85 plus shipping, I offered $75 and they took it. Comes from a test and calibration supplier (though they aren't calibrating it at this price - they do offer to calibrate it but did not supply a price for the service), and is guaranteed to be tested and working. Also they mention their packing methods - so I don't think there is much risk in having damage from shipping. Another plus, it comes from NJ (and I am in the eastern half of PA). This unit will suffice for now for my generally low current low voltage projects, though I'm sure in the future I'll want something a bit more high power, and maybe programmable (just because).
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Post by: bills on March 01, 2016, 06:27:36 am
I just bought one of these for $70.00 shipped from amazon.
It is not some thing that I would use very often but looks like a handy tool to have on the bench.
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Post by: TheSteve on March 01, 2016, 06:34:51 am
And I finally have the last missing piece to finish my equipment needs - just won an Agilent E3610A power supply. Was listed at $85 plus shipping, I offered $75 and they took it. Comes from a test and calibration supplier (though they aren't calibrating it at this price - they do offer to calibrate it but did not supply a price for the service), and is guaranteed to be tested and working. Also they mention their packing methods - so I don't think there is much risk in having damage from shipping. Another plus, it comes from NJ (and I am in the eastern half of PA). This unit will suffice for now for my generally low current low voltage projects, though I'm sure in the future I'll want something a bit more high power, and maybe programmable (just because).

Great supply at a great price, you won't be sorry you bought it.
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Post by: canibalimao on March 01, 2016, 06:36:45 am
I just bought one of these for $70.00 shipped from amazon.
It is not some thing that I would use very often but looks like a handy tool to have on the bench.

Very nice kit. Just take note of how long does it take to be broken, because such a complete kit for that price shouldn't last long  :'(
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Post by: bills on March 01, 2016, 08:00:51 am
It should be ok for me as I will not be using it much.
I don't except a great unit for that price, Although the reviews were good.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AMC0L2M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01 (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AMC0L2M?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s01)
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Post by: canibalimao on March 01, 2016, 08:06:36 am
It seems an excellent unit. It must be perfect for someone like me who doesn't use the soldering iron a lot, but likes to make good soldering jobs. However you should always have a spare crappy one just in case that one fails right when you need it (damn Murphy!!!)
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Post by: bills on March 01, 2016, 08:09:58 am
I have a good soldering station just needed the hot air rework part.
Now I can solder two handed  ;D
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Post by: canibalimao on March 01, 2016, 08:25:54 am
Edward Solderinghands  8)
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Post by: macboy on March 01, 2016, 10:13:19 am
It seems an excellent unit. It must be perfect for someone like me who doesn't use the soldering iron a lot, but likes to make good soldering jobs. However you should always have a spare crappy one just in case that one fails right when you need it (damn Murphy!!!)
Soldering irons are like oscilloscopes, most of us have a collection of them.
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on March 01, 2016, 10:15:07 am
Tektronix 7854 service/instruction manual for 10 dollhairs.
453A service manual.
7A29 1Ghz amplifier plugin.
Buncha random hard to find components - mostly shockley and zener diodes.
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Post by: Skimask on March 01, 2016, 10:28:15 am
Asus RT-AC5300 - spider looking thing

https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AC5300/ (https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/RT-AC5300/)

Way too much for my network here at the house/shop/garage, except that the shop/garage are 200ft+ from the house.
Still running off a classic blue Linksys G router, using another Linksys G router (both DDWRT flashed) as an extender/repeater, and another blue Linksys B router (bone stock firmware) as a hub.
Only got 25Mx2M DSL here, but now I can put the backup server in one place rather than hauling the external drives around to all the PC's one a week.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on March 01, 2016, 12:17:11 pm
It seems an excellent unit. It must be perfect for someone like me who doesn't use the soldering iron a lot, but likes to make good soldering jobs. However you should always have a spare crappy one just in case that one fails right when you need it (damn Murphy!!!)
Soldering irons are like oscilloscopes, most of us have a collection of them.

Now that might almost be worth a thread in and of itself.
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Post by: bills on March 01, 2016, 12:20:34 pm
When I get it I will start a thread, Maybe a couple of weeks I am going on a road trip next week.
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Post by: glicos on March 01, 2016, 12:43:55 pm
My latest purchase:

(http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/ii538/genebaq/IMG_20160207_123936_zpscyyvbkid.jpg) (http://s1258.photobucket.com/user/genebaq/media/IMG_20160207_123936_zpscyyvbkid.jpg.html)

I still owe eevblog members a "tear it apart!!"....when time permit i will soon post some reviews and teardowns about this scope...mainly used for troubleshooting work..and partially for design work.. ^-^ ^-^
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Post by: med6753 on March 01, 2016, 01:52:05 pm
Wanted a Frequency Counter but both budget and space was limited so I went with this. Had mostly positive reviews on Amazon. My initial checkout is also positive.



If anyone is interested in a teardown let me know.
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Post by: JoeN on March 01, 2016, 03:58:22 pm
Wanted a Frequency Counter but both budget and space was limited so I went with this. Had mostly positive reviews on Amazon. My initial checkout is also positive.

(http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r110/Axeman627/VC2000pix.jpg) (http://s142.photobucket.com/user/Axeman627/media/VC2000pix.jpg.html)

If anyone is interested in a teardown let me know.

Supply your own external crystal?  They couldn't afford one? 
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Post by: Carl_Smith on March 01, 2016, 04:25:04 pm
It's not really a purchase, since I got it for free, but today I got in the mail from Microchip the MPLAB Express Evaluation Board.   They had some deal when they launched the online MPLAB Express development system where the first X number of people would get a free board.  I hit the link and signed up and looked around a bit, but the response page I got led me to believe I was too late and wasn't getting one of the free boards.  But it showed up today.  Will have to try it out when I have time.

Last time I programmed a PIC it was, I think, a 16C54 in a ceramic package that had to be erased with a UV eeprom eraser.   :)

I think this one will be a bit more convenient.
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Post by: med6753 on March 01, 2016, 05:20:47 pm
Wanted a Frequency Counter but both budget and space was limited so I went with this. Had mostly positive reviews on Amazon. My initial checkout is also positive.


If anyone is interested in a teardown let me know.

Supply your own external crystal?  They couldn't afford one?


According to the manual that's for measuring the frequency of any crystals you have laying around.
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Post by: dexters_lab on March 01, 2016, 07:13:18 pm
Rode VideoMic and a deadcat

i hope Dave and Doug approve  :P
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Post by: JoeN on March 01, 2016, 07:31:37 pm
Supply your own external crystal?  They couldn't afford one?
According to the manual that's for measuring the frequency of any crystals you have laying around.

OK.  That makes sense! :)  Assuming their crystal is better than mine.  I wonder what they use for a reference in a fairly inexpensive frequency counter.
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Post by: med6753 on March 01, 2016, 07:55:05 pm
Supply your own external crystal?  They couldn't afford one?
According to the manual that's for measuring the frequency of any crystals you have laying around.

OK.  That makes sense! :)  Assuming their crystal is better than mine.  I wonder what they use for a reference in a fairly inexpensive frequency counter.

Should I tear it down and post pictures as well as the published specs?  :-+
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Post by: blueskull on March 01, 2016, 10:20:51 pm
Assuming their crystal is better than mine.

At this price point, you should not expect metrology accuracy. The feature is there for you to tell roughly what the frequency it is.
For example, you have a crystal that displays 11.06MHz, well, you know it is a 11.0592MHz one. How accuracy it is? They do not care.

If you want something to characterize a KNOWN crystal's accuracy, you need much more expensive equipment.
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Post by: julius oe. on March 01, 2016, 11:19:38 pm
u know.. just stuff.
(i love having a cheap hobby)

(http://i.imgur.com/er3OvpK.jpg)
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Post by: rrinker on March 02, 2016, 12:42:23 am
 Bunch of model train kits. Have to balance the electronic purchases.... Damn West Coast US people, set all the auctions to end past midnight Eastern time, I'm old and need to be in bed before then. So I just stuffed in my top price and hoped for the best. 3 out of 6 when I checked this morning. I guess I did OK. The ones I didn't win aren't particular rare items or anything I can't find any time. One of the winners I was very surprised at, since I checked (like always) if it's still in production and what I can get it for at my favorite shops - eBay is NOT always a bargain! Sure enough, it's available for purchase new, almost $64USD. There were no other bidders, so I got it for the opening $19.99 plus $8 shipping. A steal. And they say model railroading is an expensive hobby....


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Post by: AF6LJ on March 02, 2016, 01:02:33 am
Bunch of model train kits. Have to balance the electronic purchases.... Damn West Coast US people, set all the auctions to end past midnight Eastern time, I'm old and need to be in bed before then. So I just stuffed in my top price and hoped for the best. 3 out of 6 when I checked this morning. I guess I did OK. The ones I didn't win aren't particular rare items or anything I can't find any time. One of the winners I was very surprised at, since I checked (like always) if it's still in production and what I can get it for at my favorite shops - eBay is NOT always a bargain! Sure enough, it's available for purchase new, almost $64USD. There were no other bidders, so I got it for the opening $19.99 plus $8 shipping. A steal. And they say model railroading is an expensive hobby....

You would think that would be a bad move; setting the auction to end at say 6:00 PM PST would be wise. :)
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Post by: rrinker on March 02, 2016, 01:15:00 am
Bunch of model train kits. Have to balance the electronic purchases.... Damn West Coast US people, set all the auctions to end past midnight Eastern time, I'm old and need to be in bed before then. So I just stuffed in my top price and hoped for the best. 3 out of 6 when I checked this morning. I guess I did OK. The ones I didn't win aren't particular rare items or anything I can't find any time. One of the winners I was very surprised at, since I checked (like always) if it's still in production and what I can get it for at my favorite shops - eBay is NOT always a bargain! Sure enough, it's available for purchase new, almost $64USD. There were no other bidders, so I got it for the opening $19.99 plus $8 shipping. A steal. And they say model railroading is an expensive hobby....

You would think that would be a bad move; setting the auction to end at say 6:00 PM PST would be wise. :)

 You'd think, and that's the sort of thing I always do. And the seller is not a noob, he has over 1300 feedback.
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Post by: rdl on March 02, 2016, 03:17:18 am
Wanted a Frequency Counter but both budget and space was limited so I went with this. Had mostly positive reviews on Amazon. My initial checkout is also positive.

(image removed)

If anyone is interested in a teardown let me know.

I came close to buying one of those, several times, but the brand name put me off.  There are several other Chinese/Asian brand names nearly as bad, but that's just me I'm sure.
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Post by: alank2 on March 02, 2016, 03:39:09 am
One recommendation I have to someone looking for a counter is that for a bit more you can get a SDG2042X which has a very decent counter built in.  They even added min/max/avg features to it per my request.
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Post by: alexanderbrevig on March 02, 2016, 09:26:30 am
Working as a consultant for two projects, got my first double paycheck.... INSTANT INVESTMENT TIME!


Lastly. I just realized with a huge  |O that I had bought a lot of stuff my last time around but I HAD FORGOT WIRE! So now I got myself a nice kit and a few flavors of tinned copper wire. No more raiding old stuff to get my hands on some wires :p Silly me.
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Post by: JuKu on March 02, 2016, 08:25:18 pm
I'm converting an abandoned pnp machine prototype to a CNC machine. For this project, I received this week:
- A set of steel blocks, machined to 0.xx um accuracy (for calibration): http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-100mm-Block-gauge-set-38pcs-set-1-Grade/521114897.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/1-100mm-Block-gauge-set-38pcs-set-1-Grade/521114897.html)
- Cyclone dust collector http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cyclone-Dust-Collector-Bagless-Never-Plug-Low-Energy-Consumption-High-Efficiency-Cyclone-Dust-Collector/32298080759.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cyclone-Dust-Collector-Bagless-Never-Plug-Low-Energy-Consumption-High-Efficiency-Cyclone-Dust-Collector/32298080759.html) and a barrel for it (from a local store).
- Laser RPM meter http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Freeshipping-Digital-Laser-Photo-Tachometer-Non-Contact-RPM-9852/640461991.html (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Freeshipping-Digital-Laser-Photo-Tachometer-Non-Contact-RPM-9852/640461991.html)

Sometimes I'm amazed about the efficiency of the human race. The last item is a meter with a laser and an IC (or two, haven't looked inside): In other words, some parts are manufactured with nanometer tolerances; it is made of plastics (starting from black dirty stuff hundreds if not thousands feet below ground) and some metal (starting from the wall of a mountain). Still it got to me from China for less than 9€ and everyone involved in the process, mailman included, think the effort was worth the money!  :-+ for humans, also :-o.
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Post by: McBryce on March 02, 2016, 08:28:43 pm
100 meters of coax for my satelite dish because the numb-nuts idiot that came to fix our drain pipe cut through both cables (2x 50m) while removing a section of pipe with an angle-grinder!  ::)

McBryce.
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Post by: VK5RC on March 02, 2016, 10:00:24 pm
Some Instrumentation amps INA121 and INA128
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Post by: Belgarion on March 03, 2016, 11:06:44 am
Intel NUC6i5SYH, that will become my new main computer.
My old i7 920 based desktop is a bit too power hungry (150W idle) to run 24/7, and will become my gaming box from now on (which means it will only be running for an hour or two per month..).
The NUC has a much more reasonable power consumption at 19W idle.

I can also report that it works nicely with three high resolution monitors using both the HDMI port and an Displayport MST Hub.
Connected as follows:
NUC HDMI -> HDMI on left 2560x1440 monitor (in portrait mode)
NUC Displayport -> Displayport MST Hub -> Active Displayport to dual-link DVI adapter -> DVI on center 2560x1600 monitor
                                      |-> Active Displayport to dual-link DVI adapter -> DVI on right 2560x1440 monitor (in portrait mode)
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Post by: TerraHertz on March 03, 2016, 06:58:16 pm
Some USB 3.0 toys, for my 'camera on microscope' project.
Yesterday:
 - Touptek L3CMOS05100KPA 5MP c-mount USB 3 camera. http://www.touptek.com/product/showproduct.php?lang=en&id=70 (http://www.touptek.com/product/showproduct.php?lang=en&id=70)
   (also 3 different magnification microscope tube to c-mount adapters. Only one needed for this camera, the others for use with other things.  Plus a calibration slide - it has a tiny little ruler.)
TNT got that package from the factory in China on Monday, to my door on Wednesday. A day earlier than their own estimate. I'm impressed.

Today:
 -  A 5m USB 3.0 cable. (the one that came with the camera is only 1.8m.)
 - Three USB 3.0 PCIe cards. None of my PCs had USB3.0 ports, they will now.

Getting those things today was a lot more hassle than the items from China. First I drove from East Hills to the Auburn MSY store, expecting to buy them there. Common item, in their catalog...
Nope, they were out of stock. None till next week, not even sure about that. And no they can't check stock at their other stores. I got the address of the MSY shop in Ultimo, since I've never been there and had no idea where it is.
My car has no aircon, and it was already hot. Drove to the city on Parra Rd. Finding a parking spot wasn't too hard, but then finding the store...

Back in Auburn, the shop guy had read the address out to me off one of their own pricelists. The ones with tiny, tiny print.
He'd said "sixty eight slash fifty five A Jones St", which I wrote as 68/55A.  Wasn't sure what that actually meant, but thought it would be clear enough when I got there. In Ultimo, I walked the entire length of Jones St and there's no such address. Nor any sign of the store. Eventually asked in UTS, fellow showed me a google maps marker in a building at corner of Jones and Mary Ann St. Complete with street view of the shop front. Try again.
At that corner there's nothing like the streetview image. Seemed the only possible building was another of the the UTS buildings. Went in, no shop. Asked some people in a computer lab. Got directed to the park across the road.
Ah ha! The MSY shop front is in a kind of lane walkway facing the park. And the correct street number is 558, shop 68.
The shop front also bears no resemblance to the google street view image.

After all this drama I was expecting them to be out of stock too. But no, they had 3 left. I bought them all.
Then the M5 was choked, so I took the long way home. Those USB 3 boards took pretty much the whole day, and I'm buggered.
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Post by: bills on March 04, 2016, 12:29:14 pm
I just received A BK 3010 function gen.
Only problem it only outputs square wave (that part works fine) change on switching the mode switch.
sine and triangle  wave  makes no change. on both of my o scopes)
I have contacted the ebay seller no response yet.
Does any one have any ideas why?
BTW I am a o scope dummy.
I want to use this to make a hf gen to get the next door neighbors dog to quit barking.
Yes I am an evil person.

I plan to use a 16 khz. triangle wave turn on whenever the damm dog starts barking with a 60watt amp and a tweeter.
This dog is driving my wife and I crazy it starts at 7:30 am and does not stop.
I considered shooting it but that does not seem to be a good option.

The neighbor is trying to help but it is not working.
Short of shooting it does any one have any ideas
bill


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Post by: bitseeker on March 04, 2016, 02:15:17 pm
Well, there's always this: https://www.grc.com/tqc/TheQuietCanine.htm (https://www.grc.com/tqc/TheQuietCanine.htm)
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Post by: bills on March 04, 2016, 02:49:01 pm
thanks for the link.
I did not see anything that I have not seen before.
60 watts @16khz. should do the job.
I tried the dog whistle app. It did not work to well until it was amplified.
The problem is my phone is needed for other uses like phone calls.
the amp with a sound activated switch will work well as soon as I am able to produce the 16khz triangle wave.
   
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Post by: Back2Volts on March 04, 2016, 03:40:05 pm
Tektronix 2235.   It may need some tender care, but I am ready to give it a good home when it arrives.   This is my second oscilloscope, more than thirty years after getting rid of the first one.

Back2Volts
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Post by: FlyingHacker on March 04, 2016, 06:22:41 pm
Tektronix 2235.   It may need some tender care, but I am ready to give it a good home when it arrives.   This is my second oscilloscope, more than thirty years after getting rid of the first one.

You really can't go wrong with vintage Tek!
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Post by: MrSlack on March 04, 2016, 09:53:33 pm
Tell that to someone who has a duff tunnel diode  ;)
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Post by: FlyingHacker on March 05, 2016, 03:38:27 am
Tell that to someone who has a duff tunnel diode  ;)
Many Russian ones are available NOS. But, yes, occasionally parts can be an issue.
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Post by: fantis1337 on March 05, 2016, 04:43:14 am
Brand spanking new Edge S7  :-DMM
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Post by: hydrogen maser on March 05, 2016, 07:10:43 am
Datum FTS 4040A Cesium Frequency Standard
   
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Post by: KermitDK on March 05, 2016, 07:52:23 am
The UPS guy delivered a Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012 for me today :-)
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Post by: KJDS on March 05, 2016, 07:54:39 am
Four microscope heads in various states, and four bases, just started making up the stands for them
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Post by: Vgkid on March 05, 2016, 08:32:07 am
Datum FTS 4040A Cesium Frequency Standard
   
Does it work, if so  8) .
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Post by: hydrogen maser on March 05, 2016, 08:54:58 am
Datum FTS 4040A Cesium Frequency Standard
   
Does it work, if so  8) .

Danno, I will find out next week. Supposedly it was working when removed from service, will it work when I get it? That is the fun part of buying used equipment, it is like playing roulette. 
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Post by: rrinker on March 05, 2016, 09:43:43 am
 My HP E3610A arrived today. Definitely a company that knows how to handle instruments - in addition to foam in place packing, they had 2 layers of cardboard wrapped around the unit itself, which was also wrapped in plastic and had a large piece of foam taped on the front (of the plastic packaging, not on the body of the unit itself) to protect the knobs and binding posts. Definitely used, but very clean - just a few paint chips on the heat sink. Also this has to be an older unit, since it is HP branded, not Agilent. Too bad most of the other stuff they list on ebay is microwave and high frequency RF splitters, attenuators, and the like. Now I gotta get my bench built. Hopefully this weekend - so my next purchase should be lumber and other building material.

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Post by: NivagSwerdna on March 05, 2016, 09:57:16 am
I probably shouldn't but I bought some 60s junk
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Post by: bitseeker on March 05, 2016, 10:00:33 am
Definitely a company that knows how to handle instruments

Sounds like they do know how to pack. Which seller was it? Always good to buy from those with some shipping skills.
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Post by: TerraHertz on March 05, 2016, 10:27:00 am
This dog is driving my wife and I crazy it starts at 7:30 am and does not stop.
I considered shooting it but that does not seem to be a good option.

The neighbor is trying to help but it is not working.
Short of shooting it does any one have any ideas

You're lucky it isn't during early hours of the morning, which some of the dogs around here do. One guy keeps a kennel of greyhounds, and those routinely have a collective fit around 4am for some reason. Not so much lately, thank god.

There was a thread on here a while ago along the lines of "Who does not love dogs?"
Full of people who have apparently never been forced to live with unbearable dog barking noise nuisance, or having their own pets torn to pieces by escaped vicious neighbor dogs (happened to me twice.)

Anyway... have you looked into your local government's noise nuisance regulations? I'd suggest starting to make full-day audio recordings of what you are suffering. Buy a little pocket MP3 player that also has a record ability (ideally to WAV, on a uSD card.) At the start and end of each recording speak the date and time into it, for the record. Put the recorder out in your yard, under rain and wind cover, and leave it alone so it's a fair representation of the situation. ie it wasn't you provoking the dog to bark. For the wind cover, I use a short (~150mm) length of 100mm dia PVC pipe, one end open and the other end covered with a bit of thin cloth. Lay it horizontally and just put the recorder in the middle. This stops most of the 'wind flutter' sound you get if you leave the recorder exposed. Most recorders these days can run for a day on a new AAA battery. Start the recordings before the dog gets going, so you have a record of the ambient noise level 'before' and to show the dog is just barking for no reason.

Accumulate a series of these recordings on your PC, to show it's a continual problem not a one off.
When you have a week or two, make a formal complaint to the council (or police, if you can trust them not to kill everyone in sight.) If you want to produce a visually clear document, get a sound file editing utility that can show waveform profiles. Dog barking shows up very prominently as a series of spikes. So you can include immediately comprehensible pics of how the barking goes on all the time during the day, how it clusters in bursts, etc.

If a complaint isn't likely to achieve anything, then maybe start playing back the barking records very loudly between midnight and dawn, for your neighbor's education.

Other than that, I could only suggest responses that are probably not legal. Shooting it isn't one of them. Not subtle enough. But ultimately, my experience with nuisance dogs is that the only real solution is for it to not be there anymore.
Peace and quiet in your own home is a fundamental right. Some exceptions now and then, like loud parties and dog barking for a good reason, fine. But continual stressful noise that is ruining your life - it's a form of assault.

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Post by: rrinker on March 05, 2016, 02:45:38 pm
Definitely a company that knows how to handle instruments

Sounds like they do know how to pack. Which seller was it? Always good to buy from those with some shipping skills.

 Seller was Alltest in New Jersey. Among other things they offer calibration services, maybe I should see how much they would charge to calibrate my Fluke 45, 8060, and 8012.  Thought he 8060 and 45 are well within specs compared to the calibrated standard I bought that does AC and DC V and I and has a series of precision resistors. I have them saved as favorite seller in case the have some other nice gear that I need - I still wouldn't mind a nice analog scope, and at some point I will need more than a single power supply and/or one that goes over 15 volts. But, next step is actually get this all set up on a bench so I can start having fun.

 Edit: their ebay name is express_test. Also they have another E3610A for the same $85 that mine was, on which they accepted my offer of $75.

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Post by: bitseeker on March 06, 2016, 01:00:07 am
Thanks, rrinker, for sharing your positive experience. I recognize the name and will remember they're a good one to buy from. :-+
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Post by: MrSlack on March 06, 2016, 01:59:18 am
Cheap ass HY1803D power supply for a hot wire cutter (not using my TTI one for that!)

(http://i.imgur.com/rFlfuit.jpg)
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Post by: crazyjim30 on March 06, 2016, 06:45:06 am
I bought a BK Precision 4011A 5 MHz Function Generator. I'll post some pictures after I have it in hand.

Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk

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Post by: Cubdriver on March 06, 2016, 04:13:14 pm
A very dusty old HP (well, technically Dymec) 2401C Integrating Digital Voltmeter.  It will be an interesting challenge to try to restore this beastie to its former glory.

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HPDymec-2401C-Integrating/i-Zfmxfxf/0/L/image-L.jpg)

More images here:
https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HPDymec-2401C-Integrating (https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HPDymec-2401C-Integrating)

Sorry for the crappy iPhone pics; it's all I have handy at the moment.

-Pat
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Post by: nanofrog on March 06, 2016, 04:45:50 pm
A very dusty old HP (well, technically Dymec) 2401C Integrating Digital Voltmeter.  It will be an interesting challenge to try to restore this beastie to its former glory.
Wow, it's certainly dirty, but it should clean up pretty nice (cosmetically speaking). Hope you get it up and running again.  :-+

Good luck.  :)
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Post by: Vgkid on March 06, 2016, 04:55:04 pm
A very dusty old HP (well, technically Dymec) 2401C Integrating Digital Voltmeter.  It will be an interesting challenge to try to restore this beastie to its former glory.
Looking forward to it.
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 06, 2016, 06:04:55 pm
I'm looking forward to it as well.  I've posted a few more random photos of it taken mainly out of boredom; they're in the gallery linked in my previous post.  I was able to download a PDF scan of the manual from Keysight; the quality isn't the greatest but it'll at least get me started.  Hopefully I'll be able to get an original somewhere on evilBay.

Like everything of that vintage that's HP related, the mechanical construction is first rate.  :-+

I'm debating trying to power it up, but would first need to scrounge a fuse and fuse holder insert as the original was pilfered at some point while it waited in purgatory at the surplus place. Perhaps tomorrow, after I've looked at the manual a bit more.

-Pat
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Post by: Nomsot on March 07, 2016, 12:41:51 am
I buy smartfone online. When I will get - I will take picture.
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on March 07, 2016, 02:21:10 am

I'm debating trying to power it up, but would first need to scrounge a fuse and fuse holder insert as the original was pilfered at some point while it waited in purgatory at the surplus place. Perhaps tomorrow, after I've looked at the manual a bit more.

-Pat

I've got a big pile of vintage fuse holder assemblies.   If you can specify some details about it, I may have what you need. I don't have any vintage HP gear so I'm not sure which ones they used. 
 It'll cost you an arm and a leg, though...   ;)   haha just kidding. Just reimburse me for shipping and it's yours. PM me if you're interested.
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 07, 2016, 05:10:03 am
I've got a big pile of vintage fuse holder assemblies.   If you can specify some details about it, I may have what you need. I don't have any vintage HP gear so I'm not sure which ones they used. 
 It'll cost you an arm and a leg, though...   ;)   haha just kidding. Just reimburse me for shipping and it's yours. PM me if you're interested.

A2AT -

I very much appreciate the offer, though I doubt I'll need to take you up on it - it's just a bog standard panel mount fuse holder (visible halfway up the front panel just inboard of the right side handle) that someone liberated the bayonet cap from.  If the fuse cap from a replacement holder won't fit, then with two quick solder connections and one nut, the whole thing can be replaced.  It even appears to be relatively accessible!  I the mean time I'll try to borrow something from another instrument to test it.

BTW - I also snagged Tek 503 and 504 mainframes in the same trip, along with some big honkin' filter caps to replace those in an old rack mount 506 I have, too.  And so a new gear addiction is born....

-Pat
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on March 07, 2016, 05:37:56 am
BTW - I also snagged Tek 503 and 504 mainframes in the same trip, along with some big honkin' filter caps to replace those in an old rack mount 506 I have, too.  And so a new gear addiction is born....

-Pat

Welcome to the Tek addict group!   I'm running out of places to put things and space to work on them....  I've got to buy a new house to accommodate my vintage gear addiction!!!

-Brian
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 07, 2016, 04:54:01 pm
Well, some good news, and some slightly not good news.  Some of the good news - the two missing boards (A9 and A23) are not needed for the meter to function.   :-+  The slightly not good news - they ARE needed to use it with the 2410B AC/Ohms Converter that I inadvertently bought on my last trip (thinking it went with the 2402A I picked up then), which was a large part of the impetus to hunt down and buy this.   |O  Hopefully I can either scrounge them somewhere, or, more likely, fabricate replacements.

Additional good news - I found and bought a copy of the operating and service manual on evilBay. And with a fuse holder cap borrowed from another piece of gear, it fired up without any immediately evident issues and the magic smoke remained inside.
(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HPDymec-2401C-Integrating/i-rj5jPkx/0/L/image-L.jpg)

A few minutes with a paper towel and some windex made the front panel considerably more presentable, too.  (Since the meter is basically a voltage controlled counter, it wasn't difficult to incorporate some frequency measurement capabilities into it, so they did so.  This is showing the counter's self test function - and its age - note the frequency readout is in kc, not kHz.  IIRC, the counter is good to about 300kHz or so - no great shakes, but I can't see complaining about functionality that was basically included for free...)
(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HPDymec-2401C-Integrating/i-RXxd7qZ/0/L/image-L.jpg)

I'll start a thread in test equipment or repair once I get it on the bench and begin to give it a proper going over.  The sample rate knob will be replaced with a proper HP knob at that time.

-Pat
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Post by: VK5RC on March 08, 2016, 09:12:12 pm
Hi Pat that looks lovely, I do love Nixie gear, it looks very similar in vintage to an HP 5245L I am in the process of trying to repair, I am not sure if you have seen the work of robrenz here on some old HP gear, he has done a lovely job. He also gives some good advice about cleaning knobs etc.
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/hp-3410a-ac-microvoltmeter-restoration/msg433969/#msg433969 (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/hp-3410a-ac-microvoltmeter-restoration/msg433969/#msg433969)

I have tried to put some of the better posts re mechanical/chassis repair techniques in a sticky topic which may be of use.
http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/vintageclassic-renovation-techniques/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/vintageclassic-renovation-techniques/)

Good luck re the restoration.
Robert
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 09, 2016, 02:05:02 pm
Yes, Robert - I've seen robrenz's work (incredible - when he's finished with them, the instruments look better than they did when they came off the assembly line!!) along with that sticky.  Both are helpful and inspirational, and I've spent a good bit of time looking through the posts.  IIRC robrenz is the one that prompted me to try the magic eraser sponges on things after seeing his results; they do truly work magic.  (They also need to be kept on a high shelf - my cats consider them prey and when I forget to hide them enjoy chewing them into little pieces of sponge that wind up scattered around on the floor. |O)  I can aspire to robrenz's level of refinishing, but likely won't get within spitting distance of it.

I like the old nixie stuff, too (obviously) - got started with it after a post a few years ago on the HP mailing list mentioning people cannibalizing 5245Ls for their display tubes as they were relatively inexpensive.  I looked on the bay and almost immediately stumbled on one for very little $$ and bought it (not planning to cannibalize it, rather more to save one from that possible fate at someone else's hands).  I decided it was a very cool old piece of equipment, and then began hunting others of similar vintage - attempting to kind of 'collect the whole set' for no logical reason other than they're interesting pieces of hardware.  This naturally led to the nixie meters as well, and here we are.

If only the damned things didn't weigh so damned much - they cost a fortune to ship, and are a bear to pack.  If/when I get the 2401C and 2410B fixed and talking to one another, I'll have a six digit bench meter than can measure AC & DC voltage, and resistance.  It will be 19" wide by 19" deep, roughly 15" tall, and weigh about 100 lbs total.   :-DD :-DD

I ain't right in the head, I tell ya!!

I wish you luck with your 5245L - it's a fine boat anchor!  What's going on with yours?

-Pat

Edit to correct typo - I bought a 5245L, not a 5243L.  D'oh!
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Post by: TAMHAN on March 09, 2016, 04:26:54 pm
Well, I ended up with two SysTron Donner 615x counters for a similar reason. Didnt have enough time to work them over yet, tho.

But, on a happier note. If you guys ever want to be done with Nixies, I might have a little something. Think data logging an sheet ;)
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Post by: VK5RC on March 09, 2016, 07:42:27 pm
Hi Pat, re 5245L the heater in the OCXO shorted, took out power PNP , signal PNP (both Ge), 4 diodes, one transformer AND COUNTING!!!!!! The build quality on this vintage gear is just such a delight; recently a Agilent 53230 counter of mine went intermittent on Ch1 (of course out of warranty) , the BNC is directly mounted on the only PCB card with bugger all other mechanical support so the PCB fractures, fortunately there is some pads nearby so an easy fix but Dave and Bill would be turning in their grave.
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 09, 2016, 08:18:53 pm
Ouch!  Sounds like the shorted heater REALLY did the scorched earth thing and made certain that a lot of the magic smoke got out.  Hopefully you manage to get it sorted and nothing more has been taken out by the short.

I agree wholeheartedly - the build quality is wonderful.  This was definitely Cadillac/Mercedes/Rolls Royce/<insert favorite luxury brand here> gear in its day, and it shows in the construction.  It's well laid out, the manuals tell you how it works and how to troubleshoot it (a far cry from today when it seems you're lucky if you get a block diagram) and have component layout diagrams and schematics.  Heck, look at how much of it is still operational 30, 40 and 50+ years after it was manufactured.

It sounds like the random fault generator in your 53230 worked exactly as designed - do not break until the warranty period has expired. I'm glad to hear it was an easy mechanical fix, but as you imply, it shouldn't have happened, and wouldn't had a bit more care been used in the physical design to isolate the connector from the board.  Unfortunately it seems that the bean counters have taken over almost everywhere, and look to squeeze every bit of cost out of things, long term reliability be damned.  Yep, Dave & Bill are very likely acting like flywheels.  Ugh.

Here's wishing you success with the 5245L repair.

-Pat
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Post by: Muttley Snickers on March 11, 2016, 10:13:23 pm
I went on a bit of a hunt around the local council recycle centers and picked up a few items of interest, I was specifically after another metal housing for a power supply project and came across a few of these units listed below, I grabbed one and at only ten bucks each couldn’t go wrong really considering that I also ended up with a few 10 x 38 10 Amp HRC fuses that went with the unit  ;) so now have some more spares for the multimeters.

The power supply itself measures H145mm x W230mm x D300mm overall and the toroidal transformer which I don’t really need is H80mm x D200mm and rated at 2000 watts, 8.33 Amp and is split into 120 + 120 Volt on the secondary, the label on the case says Peach Audio Balanced Power Supply and after a bit of research indications are that these are worth big bucks new but they might be just another one of those audio foolery type gadgets but that’s not for me to judge, the toroidial transformer is from Tortech Australia model 2000-2-120E and is dated 2001 but not listed on their site so it could be a custom job, anyway it all works as is and weighs a ton, I have put some links below for those interested.

http://peachaudio.8m.com/power.htm (http://peachaudio.8m.com/power.htm)

http://www.tortech.com.au/ (http://www.tortech.com.au/)


(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=207773;image)
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Post by: rrinker on March 12, 2016, 01:38:56 am
 A followup on the E3610A. I got an email from the vendor saying they may have shipped some dodgy power cords. Indeed, the picture was of the one they included in my power supply. I'm not sure what the issue is - I did look over the cord and I don't see any obvious defects, although as a Wung Hung Lo brand I don't think I'd trust it up to the 10 amp rating printed on the cords. But the 3610 is fused at 2 amps, thus is must draw no more than 2 amps, so it's probably OK. I've already used the cord to power it up and check it out, didn't notice anything like maybe the plug blades being loose that they'd pull out or anything. However, in interests of safety, the vendor is mailing out free replacements to everyone affected. So another  :-+ for Alltest, for sending out both a notification email to all customers who might be affected and then supplying a free replacement. Perhaps I'll slice into the supposed defective one and see what the issue might be - perhaps it's aluminum or steel wire instead of copper inside.

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Post by: nanofrog on March 12, 2016, 04:43:12 am
I got an email from the vendor saying they may have shipped some dodgy power cords
Might want to check if the polarity is reversed (reports of this happening before).
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Post by: suicidaleggroll on March 12, 2016, 10:56:09 am
Bought the Flir One!

So far I'm loving it, easy to use and the results are great.
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Post by: rrinker on March 12, 2016, 11:01:08 am
I got an email from the vendor saying they may have shipped some dodgy power cords
Might want to check if the polarity is reversed (reports of this happening before).

 Ha, you called it!  Line plug side goes to neutral IEC connector side and vice-versa.
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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on March 12, 2016, 12:51:52 pm
Scored a Tek 485 for $80

Some 50ohm Tek probes...
P6056 & P6057

annnnddd last but obviously not least since it's required for all this gear I have to function properly (or at all)..

About $200 worth of goodies from thee Mouser.
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Post by: bills on March 12, 2016, 01:46:25 pm
A new set of hiking boots.ASOLO.
Nice boots for a old guy plenty pricey made in Romania.
I have put about 10 miles on them.
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Post by: Iwanushka on March 14, 2016, 04:34:42 am
Bought Hakko FR-810 hot air station, will post a review/photos when it arrives

Also art of electronics 3rd edition, brymen bm869s
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Post by: MrSlack on March 14, 2016, 09:53:17 am
Two 50k trimmers and an LM358. Big spender!
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Post by: JoeN on March 14, 2016, 04:49:22 pm
Two 50k trimmers and an LM358. Big spender!

If you buy in those quantities, you probably were a big spender.  Most vendors have a very serious low-quantity markup and if you do mail-order from a cheap vendor the postage will be several times more than that parts.  I have those parts, pretty sure I bought 20x or more of each when I got them and then I never have to buy them again.  In fact, just used a LM358 on a little absolute-value test circuit I just completed.  Turned out to be super accurate, considering it is using a 10 cent op-amp.
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Post by: MrSlack on March 14, 2016, 05:38:11 pm
You're right. I think that cost £3 for perhaps £1 of parts. I could go for quantity but it's  accumulation then and then there is mental, storage and time cost added to it. For a one shot project, I don't mind paying through the nose.
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Post by: Shadetreeprops on March 15, 2016, 10:23:11 am
I bought myself a new solder sucker, casue my cheaper one broke on me. now i got a slightly better one, made of metal..seems to be working great..

no pic needed, if you seen one you seen all.
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Post by: TheSteve on March 15, 2016, 10:28:35 am
A friend gave me a great deal on an HP53132A frequency counter, Marconi 2945A service monitor and a Bird 4421 RF watt meter with remote head.
So many toys to play with tonight!
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Post by: edy on March 16, 2016, 03:52:20 pm
Bought myself a Lenovo T410 Win 7 Pro 64-bit Core i5 M520 with 4GB RAM and 280GB HD. It is to replace my even older laptop (ASUS M51A 2gb RAM Win7 Pro 32-bit 250GB HD). Good for business, sucks for graphics/games (which is good because otherwise I would be easily be addicted to playing games), but only cost me $240 Canadian/AUS all-in (shipping/tax/etc.) or about $180 US.

Not a bad investment considering it does everything I need, seems fairly robust and appears to be better quality at this price range than the cheap garbage I can pick up at Walmart or Bestbuy for the same price range or even more. It has tons of ports on it, and came with a DisplayPort-2-HDMI dongle so I could hook it up to my TV.

Now to install some EE software on it...  :)
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Post by: gamalot on March 16, 2016, 04:16:35 pm
bought this Keithley 2220-30-1 power supply on Tabao   8)

it cost 2500 rmb and another 1000 on postage
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Post by: KJDS on March 17, 2016, 05:23:46 am
A friend gave me a great deal on an HP53132A frequency counter, Marconi 2945A service monitor and a Bird 4421 RF watt meter with remote head.
So many toys to play with tonight!

Enjoy the 2945A, it's a great bit of kit.
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Post by: Helix70 on March 17, 2016, 07:41:00 am
bought this Keithley 2220-30-1 power supply on Tabao   8)

it cost 2500 rmb and another 1000 on postage

Nice score!
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Post by: MarkDennehy on March 17, 2016, 07:56:11 am
Finally scored a Raspberry Pi Zero (Pimoroni have them in stock) that I wanted for a specific project...
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Post by: Circuitous on March 17, 2016, 11:57:25 am
I scored an Agilent 53220A 12 digit frequency counter on ebay!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iktuSz5Tc (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7iktuSz5Tc)
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Post by: AF6LJ on March 17, 2016, 02:36:48 pm
That's Nice.
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Post by: Vgkid on March 17, 2016, 03:40:14 pm
That is a nice frequency counter.
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Post by: karoru on March 18, 2016, 10:31:14 pm
I got an email from the vendor saying they may have shipped some dodgy power cords
Might want to check if the polarity is reversed (reports of this happening before).

 Ha, you called it!  Line plug side goes to neutral IEC connector side and vice-versa.

If the product depends on it then I wouldn't want to touch it with a two-metre stick. Especially considering that in most countries there's no requirement about where is live and where is neutral on the wall socket. I didn't even know they actually consider this when making these IEC cables.
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Post by: SKPang on March 18, 2016, 10:33:58 pm
I scored an Agilent 53220A 12 digit frequency counter on ebay!

I could never find things like that on eBay.
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Post by: VK5RC on March 19, 2016, 10:24:31 am
@Circuitous, I have a 53230, channel A went intermittent (out of warranty of course) , the BNC s are mounted straight on to the PCB without much mechanical support, I found a crack in the PCB trace. an easy fix, if it happens to yours (hopefully not) - mine hadn't had a lot of use either! see reply 28 photo on http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/comparing-two-hp-z3805a-gpsdo-10-mhz-frequencies-for-lab-use/25/. (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/comparing-two-hp-z3805a-gpsdo-10-mhz-frequencies-for-lab-use/25/.) Otherwise lovely Counter.
Rob
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Post by: HighVoltage on March 20, 2016, 03:42:37 am
I scored an Agilent 53220A 12 digit frequency counter on ebay!
Congratulations
I have the 53230A and it works like perfectly.

If you want to analyze some measurements, try the free software: "Stability Analyzer 53230A" that can be downloaded from Matlab Central here:
http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/31319-stability-analyzer-53230a (http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/31319-stability-analyzer-53230a)
It probably works on your 53220A as well.
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Post by: BFX on March 20, 2016, 08:33:36 am
Fluke 189 for 190EUR   :-+
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Post by: Gary1942 on March 20, 2016, 11:05:08 am
Ordered through Amazon but not "Prime" (I'm so spoiled). Should be here late next week.

GW Instek GDM-8351 Digit Dual Measurement Multimeter, 5 1/2 (120000 Counts)

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Post by: Addicted2AnalogTek on March 21, 2016, 12:39:08 am
I may have a problem here......

I picked up another 7854 (cheaply, but working...) in case mine needs a board swap or parts.

A 7S14, 7A22, TM503, AM502 - now I need to find an A6302 that I don't need to sell one of my nuggets to pay for....
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Post by: wkb on March 21, 2016, 08:10:32 am
Terasic DE0 FPGA board found at a hamfest yesterday.  Bit dusty as you can see, it was thrown in a box with random 'junk'.

http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&No=364 (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&No=364)

Back home the XYL tested it (she has one herself  :-+ ) and it works like a charm.  Good gamble^Wpurchase at €5
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Post by: JoeN on March 22, 2016, 05:34:47 pm
Terasic DE0 FPGA board found at a hamfest yesterday.  Bit dusty as you can see, it was thrown in a box with random 'junk'.

http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&No=364 (http://www.terasic.com.tw/cgi-bin/page/archive.pl?Language=English&No=364)

Back home the XYL tested it (she has one herself  :-+ ) and it works like a charm.  Good gamble^Wpurchase at €5

Not even a gamble.  Worth the parts for 5 Euros even if it doesn't work.
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Post by: VK5RC on March 22, 2016, 08:02:18 pm
I have to get into some morse now.
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Post by: Nomsot on March 23, 2016, 07:33:26 pm
I bought a Xiaomi Note 3 pro)) smartphone
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 25, 2016, 05:40:41 pm
Technically, I bought it last week, and it arrived on Wednesday.  Finally got some pictures posted.  It's a 1967 HP 3460B Digital Voltmeter (my nixie collection continues to grow!).  It has a broken nixie in the 3rd slot from the right, but I have a spare squirreled away somewhere around.  An operation and service manual is enroute courtesy of the 'bay.  I expect I'll start a repair thread once I get going on it.  (The Dymec 2401C I posted a few weeks ago will have to wait for the time being; it's still in CA as I didn't get a chance to pack and ship it before returning from my trip last week.)

Meter as received:
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-3460B-Digital-Voltmeter/i-pJN3Vnc/0/L/HP%203460B%20front%20oblique-L.jpg)

More photos here: https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-3460B-Digital-Voltmeter (https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-3460B-Digital-Voltmeter)

-Pat
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Post by: gamalot on March 25, 2016, 08:41:34 pm
Today I got this very good condition E3642A power supply  :)
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Post by: WackyGerman on March 25, 2016, 09:09:09 pm
Gossen Metrawatt MetraHit29s
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Post by: VK5RC on March 25, 2016, 11:11:32 pm
@Cubdriver, love the Nixie DMM  :-+
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 26, 2016, 01:34:54 am
@Cubdriver, love the Nixie DMM  :-+

Thanks, Rob.  The manual was in North Carolina as of yesterday; it will no doubt take its sweet time getting here since I have the meter open on the bench and want to play...

-Pat
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Post by: bitseeker on March 26, 2016, 03:03:25 am
Pat, looking forward to the thread on the Nixie DMM. I've seen a couple of those go by the 'bay and am curious what they're like inside. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you ask), I don't have the space for these cool large instruments.
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Post by: BFX on March 26, 2016, 06:46:33 am
Nice Agilent 4263B  8)
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Post by: Circuitous on March 26, 2016, 09:14:11 am
@BFX  Nice LCR, that has great specs.  Something like that is on my list, but they aren't cheap!
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Post by: rx8pilot on March 26, 2016, 09:25:00 am
Nice Agilent 4263B  8)
I would love to have one of those on my bench. Nice.

Sent from my horrible mobile....

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Post by: BFX on March 26, 2016, 06:45:43 pm
@BFX  Nice LCR, that has great specs.  Something like that is on my list, but they aren't cheap!

Yes it's wasn't cheap but in this case price 950EUR was acceptable for me because it's looks in good condition.
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Post by: Hobby73 on March 27, 2016, 02:13:11 pm
Picoscope 2205 25mhz USB oscilloscope.  Purchased "pre-owned" on eBay at a nice discount. 

Will use for checking power supplies used with low power DC microprocessors (Raspberry Pi) and microcontrollers (Arduino).
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Post by: TiN on March 27, 2016, 02:15:59 pm
Agilent 4142B (HPAK version of Keithley 4200SCS), should be on it's way to me today or tomorrow :)
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Post by: DiodomanX on March 27, 2016, 03:23:37 pm
I get it for close to nothing, and i will use the DASU as bench DMM, at least for a while.

Enviado desde mi XT1563 mediante Tapatalk

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Post by: rx8pilot on March 27, 2016, 03:51:39 pm
HP 6624A 4 channel Linear PSU. $65. Ch 4 needs some help, but I think it will be an easy fix.

This is going in my growing automated QC system rack.

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Post by: med6753 on March 27, 2016, 08:22:16 pm
Bought one of these then joined the Feel Tech thread over in Test Equipment.

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Post by: Sbampato12 on March 29, 2016, 03:39:38 am
Bought this one, received today, for about US$50,00.

Sold as working, unfortunatelly arrived non working. Will talk with the seller.
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Post by: McBryce on March 29, 2016, 07:03:50 am
It may just be a connector that has shaken loose in the post. I'd check it first before you give the seller a hard time.

McBryce.
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Post by: Sbampato12 on March 30, 2016, 07:55:44 am
It was only the display intensity that was turned all the way down. But it is located in the rear of the equipment, so I took some time to realize.
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 30, 2016, 09:48:32 am
It was only the display intensity that was turned all the way down. But it is located in the rear of the equipment, so I took some time to realize.

Glad to hear it was something simple and easily corrected!   :-+  Doubtless a huge relief to you as well.

-Pat
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Post by: AF6LJ on March 30, 2016, 09:48:56 am
It was only the display intensity that was turned all the way down. But it is located in the rear of the equipment, so I took some time to realize.

Glad to hear you have it working now.  :-+ :-+
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Post by: mojoe on March 30, 2016, 01:30:22 pm
Traded for an HP 3456A. Stuck buttons making the display read crazy. Before I started pressing buttons, the display looked normal, so there is hope that there isn't much wrong with this. I need to take apart the front panel to clean and repair all the switches. I'm suffering thorough the flu, so I don't feel like doing too much right now.

The 3456A is quite deep, so finding a place for it will be a challenge. However, it will be nice to have another 6.5 digit meter to compare with my 3457A which was recently calibrated.
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Post by: VK5RC on March 30, 2016, 07:06:10 pm
re the buttons on a 3456A did you see the post about the stuck enter button ? http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/hp-5335a-non-working-enter-key/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/repair/hp-5335a-non-working-enter-key/)
There is also a link to a video and some other useful tips in that post.
I have pulled apart my 3456A to fix some non-detenting (but still working buttons) and found some of the metal strips floating around the inside and some missing, I have just bought some spring steel strip to try to repair, no luck so far with a bit of steel tape measure (too stiff) nor stiff plastic. I bought 0.05mm thick strip (the same thickness as the springs)
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Post by: mojoe on March 30, 2016, 08:42:41 pm
Yes, I had bookmarked that thread for later. Thanks.
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Post by: Sbampato12 on March 31, 2016, 01:17:29 am
It was only the display intensity that was turned all the way down. But it is located in the rear of the equipment, so I took some time to realize.

Glad to hear it was something simple and easily corrected!   :-+  Doubtless a huge relief to you as well.

-Pat

It was only the display intensity that was turned all the way down. But it is located in the rear of the equipment, so I took some time to realize.

Glad to hear you have it working now.  :-+ :-+

Sure I felt a little dumb after that, but yes, a relief!  :-+ tnks!
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 31, 2016, 02:17:37 am
Who would think to look for an intensity control on the rear panel?  I doubt I would.  (Well, NOW I might, but prior to reading this...)

-Pat
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Post by: Sbampato12 on March 31, 2016, 04:28:38 am
Who would think to look for an intensity control on the rear panel?  I doubt I would.  (Well, NOW I might, but prior to reading this...)

-Pat

At least it isn't only me.... :)

 :-//
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Post by: wkb on March 31, 2016, 04:50:38 am
Who would think to look for an intensity control on the rear panel?  I doubt I would.  (Well, NOW I might, but prior to reading this...)

-Pat

At least it isn't only me.... :)

 :-//

Hehe... I had one of these LA, albeit the monochrome screen version.  It had me confused on occasion.

BTW: have you paid close attention to how this 'color' CRT works..?  <teaser question>
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Post by: TheSteve on March 31, 2016, 05:45:12 am
Agilent 6553A 0-35 volt 0-15 amp supply for $70.00 shipped - powers on, maybe works, maybe doesn't. I will only know for sure when it arrives.
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Post by: rx8pilot on March 31, 2016, 06:17:35 am
Agilent 6553A 0-35 volt 0-15 amp supply for $60.00 shipped - powers on, maybe works, maybe doesn't. I will only know for sure when it arrives.

I have two of the 6653A's (don't know the difference, but they are nearly the same). Daily hard use, no issues. Love 'em. $60 shipped is about as good as it gets. I think mine were around $200-ish.
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Post by: Cubdriver on March 31, 2016, 03:05:32 pm
Sweet!  Nice to see that someone here got that power supply.  I was planning to bid on it, but got caught up in life and was out and about when it ended.

-Pat
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Post by: Vgkid on March 31, 2016, 03:57:08 pm
Nice, I still need to get back to troubleshooting mine. It is working(not correctly) but in pieces.
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Post by: george graves on March 31, 2016, 09:21:36 pm
HP 6114A Precision Power Supply.

Would love to see a tear down of that bad boy.
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Post by: PedroDaGr8 on March 31, 2016, 11:44:29 pm
HP 6114A Precision Power Supply.

Would love to see a tear down of that bad boy.

I did one a long time ago, back before we knew what good performers these supplies are.

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/hp-6114a-precision-power-supply/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/hp-6114a-precision-power-supply/)

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Post by: halexa on April 01, 2016, 05:00:40 am
Scored a Philips PM 2443 digital DC voltmeter with Nixie tube display. :-+

The unit is in perfect condition and fully functional. Last calibrated 1981 :-/O.

There is a compartment on the back with a connector i guess it is for options to be fitted. But I have not been able to find any information on that yet.
If anyone have information please let me know.

Planning to do a tear down if anyone is intrested in inside picture.
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Post by: AF6LJ on April 01, 2016, 05:37:09 am
Very Cool...
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 01, 2016, 07:52:06 am
Nixies!   :-+ :-+

-Pat
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Post by: Sbampato12 on April 01, 2016, 10:18:45 pm
Nixies!   :-+ :-+

-Pat

Always an interesting thing...
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Post by: bitseeker on April 02, 2016, 09:21:47 am
HP 6114A Precision Power Supply.


This was a decent deal, $36 + shipping for ~ $60 total.  It works okay, but has a possible slight zero offset and some sort of oil was spilled into it.

Didn't realize so many forum members were watching that one. Looks like it's in pretty good shape. Much better than the listing description sounded. Congrats on getting it at a good price. :clap:
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Post by: ghulands on April 02, 2016, 04:18:41 pm
Starting to get into electronics so I'm starting to purchase things. Today I ordered the following:

Soldering Station - JBC CD-B (http://www.jbctools.com/cd-1be-soldering-station-for-general-purposes-product-1123-category-1-menu-1.html)
DMM - Brymen BM869S (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXu0lsOjvDs)

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Post by: canibalimao on April 02, 2016, 06:55:37 pm
For a guy that's getting into electronics, I think that a soldering station like that is not the best solution. Not for it's quality, but for it's price.
That's an excellent piece, but I think it would be a bit overkill, at least for now.
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Post by: KJDS on April 02, 2016, 07:41:07 pm
For a guy that's getting into electronics, I think that a soldering station like that is not the best solution. Not for it's quality, but for it's price.
That's an excellent piece, but I think it would be a bit overkill, at least for now.

Whilst it may be more sensible to buy a budget station to start with, life is a lot easier with good tools and if the budget is there then why not. It'll always have a decent resale value.
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Post by: canibalimao on April 02, 2016, 07:50:26 pm
For a guy that's getting into electronics, I think that a soldering station like that is not the best solution. Not for it's quality, but for it's price.
That's an excellent piece, but I think it would be a bit overkill, at least for now.

Whilst it may be more sensible to buy a budget station to start with, life is a lot easier with good tools and if the budget is there then why not. It'll always have a decent resale value.

True and it's also true that I don't know how much budget he has reserved for this.
However, the first soldering jobs we all ever made were not very good for the soldering iron. We all did some wrong steps and if you have a cheap soldering iron for the first jobs you wont be much worried about the iron's tip condition.
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Post by: JuKu on April 02, 2016, 08:58:20 pm
When learning, it is great to have the opportunity to use quality tools. That way, you learn how to do the job properly. There is time to fight the tools later. In other words, a really great choice! I wish I would have the chance/sense to do that more often when getting into something new.
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Post by: GreyWoolfe on April 02, 2016, 11:57:49 pm
I'm with KJDS and JuKu.  The soldering iron is one piece of equipment you will probably use a lot.  Get the best you can.  I believe you will develop your soldering chops faster and better if you start off with good stuff.  I learned to solder on firesticks and did OK.  When I got my Hakko 936, my skill grew quickly using the better equipment.  Now I have a Hakko FX-951 and Metcal MX-500 and my skill is improving even more.  If he has the budget to get the JBC, then that's awesome and I certainly would encourage him to get it.
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Post by: Iwanushka on April 03, 2016, 03:38:27 am
My 2 cents: I'm too poor to buy crap, so if you can afford quality tool - get it!
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Post by: stmdude on April 03, 2016, 05:18:28 am
If he has the budget to get the JBC, then that's awesome and I certainly would encourage him to get it.

While I agree completely with you, as someone having a JBC in my private workshop, there are downsides.
1. The tips are _very_ expensive. They'll last a good long time if you take proper care of them though, something a beginner might not do.  (Proper temps, cleaning and re-silvering)
2. You'll need another iron as well for the very large stuff. Even though the JBC has excellent thermal overhead, they cannot get around the physics of having a small tip.
3. You get spoiled...  Soldering at work is no fun anymore. I spend as much time swearing over their irons than I actually do soldering.   Go figure.
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Post by: McBryce on April 03, 2016, 05:56:53 am
It all depends on how deep the persons pockets are. I (like many) began with electronics as a kid and my first iron cost about €15 (which I had to save for), but if the person has the resources, then there's no reason why he shouldn't buy this iron. It would be worse if he had spent big on an iron that's known to be bad. At least he did the research before he bought.

McBryce.
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Post by: nanofrog on April 03, 2016, 01:26:38 pm
It all depends on how deep the persons pockets are. I (like many) began with electronics as a kid and my first iron cost about €15 (which I had to save for), but if the person has the resources, then there's no reason why he shouldn't buy this iron. It would be worse if he had spent big on an iron that's known to be bad. At least he did the research before he bought.

McBryce.
+1  :-+

Like many it seems, I started as a kid. But as I got older (and had access to those that knew far more than I), I ended up buying better tools and haven't looked back since.  >:D
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 03, 2016, 01:48:56 pm
If you can swing it without excess financial pain, as far as I'm concerned buy the good one right off the bat.  Buy once, cry once.  Otherwise you buy the cheap one now, and then some time later spend more $$ on the good one, thus kind of 'wasting' the money you initially spent on the cheaper one.

Obviously this doesn't apply if you can't afford the good one right away (thus my financial pain comment above); in that case the cheaper one is better than not having one at all.  That being said, I can't think of a time when I've regretted buying the good tool over the cheap one if I was able to afford it.

-Pat
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Post by: MarvinTheMartian on April 03, 2016, 02:01:37 pm
I can't think of a time when I've regretted buying the good tool over the cheap one if I was able to afford it.
It is never a mistake to buy the best tool for the job that you can afford. :-+

The only caveat I would apply to that is if you have a one-off job to do, then just get the cheap tool (but don't expect it to last long or do as good a job!) :-//

Of course, as with everything else in life, there are many competing factors involved and you will have to make compromises to one degree or another. :'(
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Post by: gamalot on April 06, 2016, 11:44:03 am
This morning I got 2 sets of benchtop restoration kit for my Keithley 2015 and 2306  :) :)
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Post by: VK5RC on April 06, 2016, 11:02:42 pm
Another Nixie beauty, and she powers up!
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 07, 2016, 12:54:50 am
 :-+ :-+ :-+

-Pat
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Post by: AF6LJ on April 07, 2016, 07:09:56 am
Another Nixie beauty, and she powers up!

I love it more classic grey iron.  :-+
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Post by: PedroDaGr8 on April 08, 2016, 05:07:34 am
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160407/90b3be191146848d06b69c2078ef9599.jpg)

Picked these up on Craigslist this weekend for $10. Supposedly brand new, were still in the stapled package and the cables still had the twist tie
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Post by: gamalot on April 08, 2016, 06:16:15 am
"Never Used" Hioki L2001 Pincher Probe  :) :)
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Post by: charlieb83 on April 08, 2016, 12:18:38 pm
My new power supply.  :)
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Post by: Circuitous on April 08, 2016, 12:59:59 pm
I haven't seen that power supply before.  Will you be posting a review or teardown?
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Post by: Macbeth on April 09, 2016, 06:45:20 am
Today, I mostly received some totally genuwine AliExpress Hakko bendy tips for my soldering iron.

(http://i.imgur.com/wZRrccO.jpg?1)
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Post by: Bud on April 09, 2016, 01:06:21 pm
3D Space Mouse for my Altium. Lovely finishing quality.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=215777;image)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=215779;image)
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Post by: Macbeth on April 09, 2016, 01:15:24 pm
@Bud - I can only imagine those things are like having the ultimate in non-sexual pleasure usage, especially coupled with multiple monitors. However, do they work with KiCAD properly?
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Post by: rrinker on April 09, 2016, 01:56:45 pm
 A Canon MF624Cw color laser multifunction device. GF needs a printer and scanner for work, and I refuse to ever buy another inkjet device because I am tired of wasting money on print cartridges that cost more then the printer and dry out before you've used half of the ink. Huge sale, too. List for $350, Best Buy is selling them for $200. At the reduced price, replacement toners do cost more than the printer, but if you let it sit and not print anything for a few weeks it will still work fine. Also has a 1W sleep mode, which is pretty cool.
 Windows 10, love it or leave it, but by the time I was done connecting the printer to my wireless router, it was ALREADY installed and ready to go in Windows 10.  Had to use the supplied DVD for Windows 7, it did not automatically detect the printer like Win 10.
 Only negative, it's honkin' HUGE. Was fun getting it home - my car is rather small (BMW 135). Box wouldn't fit in the trunk. Or in the back seat. So GF climbed in the back (the back seats are there strictly for insurance purposes and VERY small children) and put the printer on the passenger seat.

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Post by: Cubdriver on April 09, 2016, 02:27:27 pm
3D Space Mouse for my Altium. Lovely finishing quality.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=215777;image)

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=215779;image)

Oh, you're gonna like that!   :-+  One of the best purchases I made for working with SolidWorks - it's sweet to be able to just twist and turn to move & zoom your model on the screen.  Very intuitive.  Though it was perplexing the fist time something (a cat in my case) rested on it and moved the model 50 miles off screen.  I returned from lunch to a blank screen, no model anywhere in sight.   :-//  I finally noticed that the little triad in the corner was in a bizarre orientation and hit the 'center the model' button and POOF it reappeared. Took a while to figure out what was going on until I eventually noticed a feline snoozing on the blasted thing and realized it was moving the model down, down, down...

-Pat
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Post by: Bud on April 09, 2016, 02:31:41 pm
However, do they work with KiCAD properly?

Sorry i do not know, no kiCad here...
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Post by: Macbeth on April 09, 2016, 02:53:50 pm
A Canon MF624Cw color laser multifunction device. GF needs a printer and scanner for work, and I refuse to ever buy another inkjet device because I am tired of wasting money on print cartridges that cost more then the printer and dry out before you've used half of the ink. Huge sale, too. List for $350, Best Buy is selling them for $200.

NO DUPLEX!!

I'm with you on the ridiculous ink costs which is why I buy the stuff in bulk. I gave up on the Epson Stylus' and now my latest MFP device a HP 8610 I only paid £80 for with cashback is excellent. It will scan documents to a network share over WiFi. Duplex is brilliant. Especially with the booklet printing modes.

I am only annoyed about it spending so much of its time phoning home to report ink usage and send the salesmen on to me for their ink plans. Feck that - I will hack those carts just like I did with the Epson...  :-DD

I also have a cheap B&W laser which I know and love, my trusty Samsung ML-2010. I'm using cheap bulk toner refills on that, but I have to admit for nice high resolution PCB boards it may be worth investing in a proper cartridge (or better toner).
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Post by: AF6LJ on April 09, 2016, 11:57:32 pm
I bought one of these...
(http://static.dxengineering.com/global/images/prod/mediumlarge/arr-2002_ml.jpg)
And one of these....
http://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-rg-5000 (http://www.dxengineering.com/parts/dxe-rg-5000)
(http://static.dxengineering.com/global/images/prod/mediumlarge/dxe-rg-5000_oh_ml.jpg)
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Post by: charlieb83 on April 10, 2016, 12:01:49 am
I haven't seen that power supply before.  Will you be posting a review or teardown?

It's an Owon ODP3032. Haven't had a chance to give it much of a try yet.
At least, I do hope to do a teardown sometime in the future.
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Post by: SeanB on April 10, 2016, 12:37:03 am
A Canon MF624Cw color laser multifunction device. GF needs a printer and scanner for work, and I refuse to ever buy another inkjet device because I am tired of wasting money on print cartridges that cost more then the printer and dry out before you've used half of the ink. Huge sale, too. List for $350, Best Buy is selling them for $200.

NO DUPLEX!!

I'm with you on the ridiculous ink costs which is why I buy the stuff in bulk. I gave up on the Epson Stylus' and now my latest MFP device a HP 8610 I only paid £80 for with cashback is excellent. It will scan documents to a network share over WiFi. Duplex is brilliant. Especially with the booklet printing modes.

I am only annoyed about it spending so much of its time phoning home to report ink usage and send the salesmen on to me for their ink plans. Feck that - I will hack those carts just like I did with the Epson...  :-DD

I also have a cheap B&W laser which I know and love, my trusty Samsung ML-2010. I'm using cheap bulk toner refills on that, but I have to admit for nice high resolution PCB boards it may be worth investing in a proper cartridge (or better toner).

I have 2 working scanners ( plus another HP CX that needs a new lamp, and a SCSI card in whatever is going to drive it) which I got for free, as they were either "upgraded" or were too slow.
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Post by: Iwanushka on April 10, 2016, 02:09:31 am
How is that spacenavigator? Checked pricing and its only 100e, thinking to get one, using altium with touchpad is pain in the arse..
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Post by: BFX on April 11, 2016, 05:23:29 am
Hameg kelvin test leads for my  Agilent 4263B new for about 50EUR.
I also looking for (not crappy chinese) bnc kelvin tweezers.

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Post by: rdl on April 11, 2016, 09:36:48 am
I bought a new desk chair. I got tired of the cheap ones that break every year. This time I splurged and spent $400 for a heavy duty 1000lb capacity chair and best of all... no damn gas lift!
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Post by: AF6LJ on April 11, 2016, 12:47:45 pm
I bought a new desk chair. I got tired of the cheap ones that break every year. This time I splurged and spent $400 for a heavy duty 1000lb capacity chair and best of all... no damn gas lift!
:-+ :-+
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Post by: canibalimao on April 11, 2016, 05:51:13 pm
I bought a new desk chair. I got tired of the cheap ones that break every year. This time I splurged and spent $400 for a heavy duty 1000lb capacity chair and best of all... no damn gas lift!

You would need to buy a separate industrial air compressor just to lift 1000lb  :scared:
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Post by: SeanB on April 12, 2016, 06:08:55 am
I bought mine from a restaurant that was remodelling, got 6 for $10 each. Simple chairs, but I like them, just had to use a pack of chair feet ( not couch feet, otherwise I would have had a lot from a certain Aussie bloke ;) on it's way to me) to replace the worn out ones. They work well.
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Post by: Bud on April 12, 2016, 06:30:49 am
How is that spacenavigator? Checked pricing and its only 100e, thinking to get one, using altium with touchpad is pain in the arse..

Still learning so cant tell for sure yet, but certainly helps navigating schematic sheets, easy zoom/scroll. I have a feeling it may be of more value to CAD software rather than Altium, but as you said price is ok, so why not.
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Post by: richfiles on April 12, 2016, 06:20:56 pm
Menda 6oz ESD safe alcohol dispenser.  I use to use these in the military, you basically can just dip your acid brush in them and clean away at your PCB.  Isopropyl Alcohol is what I plan to put in mine.  A bit pricy but good quality:

Very nice container... Though the  12oz Aluminum container to the right has double the capacity, and is way cheaper! Just have to consume it's contents first!  :-DD
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Post by: TerraHertz on April 12, 2016, 09:06:20 pm
Frustratingly, I *didn't* buy this recently: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-view-details.html?adId=1065132580 (http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-view-details.html?adId=1065132580)
Computer Moniter 19 inch LG Flatron (L1953H)

It's identical to the monitor I currently use on my main PC. Old, nothing special, got it for free. 1280x1024, which suits most of my uses well. But most importantly, you can remove the stand and use it like a picture frame - bottom edge on the desk. I like that, and with most monitors you can't.

When using photoshop I'd like to have a second screen for the tools panels. So I searched hoping to find a 2nd one the same. Found that. But $40 is too much. People throw these old 19 inch screen out on the street. I offered $20, and the seller accepted. As soon as I asked for their address to go pick it up (Blacktown, a long drive), they retracted their agreement and wanted $40 again. Then when I refused, they tried to bargain up to $30.

Phooey. I've been waiting for another one to turn up, so far no luck. If I wanted to pay significant money I'd just buy a nice new big screen.

I recheck that listing now and then. I doubt it's ever going to sell for $40. I guess that person has never searched gumtree for 'computer monitor, show cheapest first'.
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Post by: Sbampato12 on April 12, 2016, 10:28:11 pm
Sorry about low quality photo, but you can see a 34970A pretty face.

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Post by: Blaffetuur on April 12, 2016, 10:29:00 pm
I haven't seen that power supply before.  Will you be posting a review or teardown?
+1
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 13, 2016, 11:28:45 am
Hi, my name is Pat, and I have a terrible addiction to curvy glowing orange numerals...

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-3734A-Electronic-Counter/i-qSvhKdZ/0/L/HP%203734A%20front%20oblique%20-%20on-L.jpg)

This arrived today from our favorite auction site.  It's in very good physical condition (though a bit dusty inside), but has at least a few issues as it's flakey on some ranges.  The serial number says it's from late 1966, and it was made in Great Britain.

I have the manual on order from Artek and will dig into it once I get the link.

-Pat
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Post by: xrunner on April 13, 2016, 11:41:10 am
Hi, my name is Pat, and I have a terrible addiction to curvy glowing orange numerals...

I LOVE it!  :clap:
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Post by: mtdoc on April 13, 2016, 11:49:02 am
Bought a couple of days ago:  3 Barred Rock and 3 Rhode Island Red chicks. Now I've got to build a coop. Then I'll have some related electronics projects: Automatic dawn/dusk coop door opener, coop temp monitoring and control, and maybe an electric fence controller to keep the racoons and bobcats out. Will put a PV panel on the coop's roof and tie it into my current nearby shed solar PV system to power the coop.
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Post by: ArdRhi on April 13, 2016, 12:04:37 pm
3D Space Mouse for my Altium. Lovely finishing quality.

I have a SpaceNav around here someplace...I used to use it for gaming in Second Life. I'll have to explore using it for other stuff now!

I got a whole pile of little stuff today...Adafruit dropped a box on my porch! But the best was the simplest, a pack of 357A button cells I ordered from Amazon for an old pocket multimeter I dredged out of the basement.

The meter didn't work when I replaced the batteries, but instead of tossing it and getting a new one, I decided if I tried to fix it and failed, then I wasn't out anything but the time, so why not?  I had the tools right to hand seeing as I was at my brand-new workbench, so I hauled out the magnetic mat and the Phillips screwdriver, and had at it. A few gentle pries with a spudger, and carefully removing a Jesus-clip from the range switch knob, and I had the board out of the case.

I didn't see anything really obvious, but it HAD been in the damp basement for years, so I used a fiberglass contact cleaning brush and cleaned the battery contacts and the range switch pads and wipers. Then I reassembled it, put in the new cells again, and VOILA!

Working like a BOSS.

Yay! I win! And the new bench helped!
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Post by: rx8pilot on April 13, 2016, 12:07:30 pm
Sorry about low quality photo, but you can see a 34970A pretty face.

What cards did you get for it? I almost got one of those and ended up with a Keithley 2700. Are you planning some automated testing?
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Post by: AF6LJ on April 13, 2016, 12:10:19 pm
Hi, my name is Pat, and I have a terrible addiction to curvy glowing orange numerals...

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-3734A-Electronic-Counter/i-qSvhKdZ/0/L/HP%203734A%20front%20oblique%20-%20on-L.jpg)

This arrived today from our favorite auction site.  It's in very good physical condition (though a bit dusty inside), but has at least a few issues as it's flakey on some ranges.  The serial number says it's from late 1966, and it was made in Great Britain.

I have the manual on order from Artek and will dig into it once I get the link.

-Pat
Most Cute. :)
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Post by: TheSteve on April 13, 2016, 02:41:26 pm
Agilent 6553A 0-35 volt 0-15 amp supply for $70.00 shipped - powers on, maybe works, maybe doesn't. I will only know for sure when it arrives.

Received the supply today. It was well packed and in pretty good condition. I powered it on and it works. The only issue was both rotary controls just barely worked. I opened them up and gave them a quick cleaning. They both work perfect now. I am putting together a Keysight order and will get a replacement front knob for the current adjust, they are in stock and are only a few bucks.
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Post by: bitseeker on April 13, 2016, 03:25:57 pm
Hi, my name is Pat, and I have a terrible addiction to curvy glowing orange numerals...

(https://pmanning.smugmug.com/Electronics/HP-3734A-Electronic-Counter/i-qSvhKdZ/0/L/HP%203734A%20front%20oblique%20-%20on-L.jpg)

Nice one, Pat. It appears that I'm developing a case of the Nixies. Bought a dead HP 5216A a little while ago. Then, a partially working one showed up. Grabbed it too. The latter one (picture attached) is running, but has an intermittent gate. Both duly added to my growing renovation queue.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=216818;image)
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 13, 2016, 05:54:42 pm
Nice one, Pat. It appears that I'm developing a case of the Nixies. Bought a dead HP 5216A a little while ago. Then, a partially working one showed up. Grabbed it too. The latter one (picture attached) is running, but has an intermittent gate. Both duly added to my growing renovation queue.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=216818;image)

LOL - Nice!!  I don't have one of THOSE yet.   :-DD

Be very careful - nixies are insidious little buggers, and they WILL multiply.  Before you realize it, you'll be surrounded by them.  You tell yourself you can quite them any time, but just try.  Something with neon numbers will appear in your e-bay feed (or someone here will post a new piece of cool old gear that you haven't seen before) and before you know it you'll be off on the hunt again, and Brown Santa will be delivering heavy boxes containing little glass vessels of noble gas to your door.  Some are round and button shaped, some are ovalish with flattened sides, some look like regular tubes and still others hang from above like bats in a cave.  All are cool.  And addictive!  (And will swell your renovation queue.  I have one of those, too...   ;D)

-Pat
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Post by: VK5RC on April 13, 2016, 07:37:10 pm
@cubdriver and bit seeker, just stay there nice and relaxed while the man in the white coat puts you in the coat with no arms and you have a NICE sleep!!!
HiHi.
Serious Nixie envy here.

I am awaiting the arrival of my 5233L manual. I am going to have a go at 'Nixie rejuvenation' but so far have blown one fuse, DC at 100V or so gets a bit nasty!
Take care lads  and lasses.
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Post by: Sbampato12 on April 13, 2016, 10:15:20 pm
Sorry about low quality photo, but you can see a 34970A pretty face.

What cards did you get for it? I almost got one of those and ended up with a Keithley 2700. Are you planning some automated testing?

I've got 34901A, 34903A and 34908A.

I'm not planning any automated test by now, but it was almost a 'score', about US$ 650,00 (with today dollar value) shipped (which, for our contry is a very good value). With the 3 cards, in a mint condition. It has the warranty until mid-2018. Some relays (majority) was never switched, looking in the memory logs.
So I bought to use mainly as voltimeter for bench tests.
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Post by: bitseeker on April 14, 2016, 03:35:15 am
LOL - Nice!!  I don't have one of THOSE yet.   :-DD

I hadn't seen a 5216A before two ended up on my bench. The 3734A you got is one I haven't seen either. Most of the time it's the full-rack width instruments, which I don't have space for. The 5216A has the bat-like tubes. I like the top-view ones in your 3734A too.

Serious Nixie envy here.

I am awaiting the arrival of my 5233L manual. I am going to have a go at 'Nixie rejuvenation' but so far have blown one fuse, DC at 100V or so gets a bit nasty!

Sounds like you're well on your way to feeding your Nixie monster.
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 14, 2016, 04:50:52 am
LOL - Nice!!  I don't have one of THOSE yet.   :-DD

I hadn't seen a 5216A before two ended up on my bench. The 3734A you got is one I haven't seen either. Most of the time it's the full-rack width instruments, which I don't have space for. The 5216A has the bat-like tubes. I like the top-view ones in your 3734A too.

I have two 5221As in the queue, that's how I know about the bat tubes.  I didn't know about the 5216A till seeing yours.  I had an evilBay search programmed for the 3734A after seeing it and the 3735A in a mid/late 60s catalog, and when one popped up I made an offer and they accepted.

-Pat
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Post by: bitseeker on April 14, 2016, 05:24:43 am
I have two 5221As in the queue, that's how I know about the bat tubes.  I didn't know about the 5216A till seeing yours.  I had an evilBay search programmed for the 3734A after seeing it and the 3735A in a mid/late 60s catalog, and when one popped up I made an offer and they accepted.

I almost bought a 5221A and its sibling the 5231A. The ones I usually see are the 5-digit model (and one listing was missing the hp nameplate). The ones with the 6th digit option seem kind of rare. I look forward to seeing your restoration of the 5221A.
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Post by: Cubdriver on April 14, 2016, 05:54:04 am
I almost bought a 5221A and its sibling the 5231A. The ones I usually see are the 5-digit model (and one listing was missing the hp nameplate). The ones with the 6th digit option seem kind of rare. I look forward to seeing your restoration of the 5221A.

The first one I got (last year some time) is a 6 digit one, but it has a bad tube.  I recently snagged a 4 digit one planning to cannibalize it to fix the first, then immediately thereafter (of course!!) found a replacement tube for the first one.  I haven't gotten a chance to do anything to it yet, though.  I know I took some photos of the 6 digit one when I was working on it before, but apparently never uploaded them.  I'll see if I can find them later and get them online.  It had been hacked upon, and had some terrible soldering inside. 

-Pat
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Post by: gamalot on April 14, 2016, 03:29:02 pm
This sucker finally arrived today,  I bought it on Amazon US a month ago, but they shipped from JAPAN  |O
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Post by: sony mavica on April 14, 2016, 08:19:18 pm
a 16mp digital camera and a cd boombox
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Post by: Mark on April 15, 2016, 03:10:46 am
This sucker finally arrived today,  I bought it on Amazon US a month ago, but they shipped from JAPAN  |O

 I've got two of those now, it is very good!
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Post by: rrinker on April 15, 2016, 04:13:39 am
 Parts to build the computer for my new workbench, and I got my silicon wafers from Antoine. Neatest 'useless' item I think I have.

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Post by: VK5RC on April 15, 2016, 09:50:02 pm
The only way to sort out a Nixie problem is with a real scope, (hurts my 'HP' heart to say that- HiHi)  a Tek 453
Hopefully she is fully glowing!
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Post by: peteb2 on April 16, 2016, 10:55:38 pm
(http://nz.rs-online.com/largeimages/F8202982-01.jpg)


Last week I updated my DMM to a Keysight U1253B with the O-LED display. I've used a Fluke of some description over the years since Fluke first appeared way back in the 1980s. My only reason was because that's what everyone else used... As I've aged the eyesight has too and my go to meter, a 179 Fluke, has become harder to read at silly angles propped on the work bench... Anyway, so impressed with the U1253B and the fact I use an iPad and iPhone I ordered the U1117A Bluetooth adapter above which will link the DMM data into various Apps...
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Post by: Zbig on April 17, 2016, 01:45:08 am
Last week I updated my DMM to a Keysight U1253B with the O-LED display. I've used a Fluke of some description over the years since Fluke first appeared way back in the 1980s. My only reason was because that's what everyone else used... As I've aged the eyesight has too and my go to meter, a 179 Fluke, has become harder to read at silly angles propped on the work bench... Anyway, so impressed with the U1253B and the fact I use an iPad and iPhone I ordered the U1117A Bluetooth adapter above which will link the DMM data into various Apps...

If you're only going to use it with iThings over short distances, the cheaper, all-orange U1177A would do just fine. It's Bluetooth Class 2 while yours is Class 1 with more power output. You'd need accompanying Class 1 Bluetooth device on the other end to make use of that feature. And yes, I don't know what they were thinking with these two model numbers; good example of practical trolling, if you ask me.
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Post by: Iwanushka on April 17, 2016, 05:15:47 am
As per arsesight webpage old all orange model does not work with new smartphone app, go figure... and old one is 5 times cheaper 'cause its discontinued and has agilent logo
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Post by: mmagin on April 17, 2016, 05:17:58 am
I got a bit stalled repairing a Keithley 616, and I wanted an electrometer, so I got something even older, a Keithley 610B!  Fortunately a former owner re-capped it already.
I expect the tube-based frontend is not as stable as a fet input, but it seems to work well and in areas I can verify (voltage and resistance) it seems to be in spec.

The 5886 electrometer tubes operate on practically battery voltages!
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Post by: Iwanushka on April 17, 2016, 05:19:56 am
I got a bit stalled repairing a Keithley 616, and I wanted an electrometer, so I got something even older, a Keithley 610B!  Fortunately a former owner re-capped it already.
I expect the tube-based frontend is not as stable as a fet input, but it seems to work well and in areas I can verify (voltage and resistance) it seems to be in spec.

The 5886 electrometer tubes operate on practically battery voltages!

Very nice oldschool unit :)
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Post by: FireFlower on April 17, 2016, 05:44:17 am
Bought a kill switch, a minute clock and Residual-current devices and made this to keep me and my equipment a bit more safe when doing more hazardous things on my bench.

(http://hal.garde.fi/~fireflower/kuvia/projektit/kotostyspoyta/sahkoistys.jpg)

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Post by: Falkra on April 18, 2016, 07:20:23 pm
Well, nothing unknown or rare, but I finally got a Fluke 87 V. I'm reaaally happy with it.  :D

This will be much better than my Uni-T UT61E.  :P
I also got a fluke 10, fluke 12 and fluke 75 (they need some repairs).
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Post by: SeanB on April 19, 2016, 05:10:08 am
Was very lucky today, my latest arrival from Fleabay was very lucky in that it was not amongst the lot stolen this morning when the PO was burgled again. 2 times in 2 weeks, and same MO in both cases.

Got my cheap "As seen on BigClive" RFID copier, and a dozen assorted tags to go with it. 2 AAA cells and it does work as well, just copied some tags I have around and they do work.
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Post by: canibalimao on April 19, 2016, 05:13:08 am
How much did you spent on that copier? I'm planning to build one with an arduino for about 3 years |O
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Post by: macboy on April 19, 2016, 08:58:29 am
Yihua 908B soldering pencil with fume extractor line to replace the original one that came with the station (also pictured). I got this new from an Australian company (of all places) for roughly $22 USD. I had planned to rig up some kind of home-made vac and filter system, then I saw this at my favorite local electronics recycler....

a Weller WFE-2P "Zero Smog" Fume Extractor. They had it listed at $50 and, as always, I negotiated and got it to CAD $20 (~$15 USD). Works perfectly. The filters look fine, and given the small amount I will use it, I don't even know if I will ever need to replace them. This unit retails at about $1000 USD and a new set of filters will run me about $60. Combined with the 908B iron, I can now solder with nearly zero fumes. I still do plan to make a DIY large area fume extractor.
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Post by: BravoV on April 19, 2016, 02:02:38 pm
One of my favorite activities is shopping at local industrial surplus store and hunting for cheap surplus high quality caps as they become rare day by day since most of them are now invaded by those crappy Chinese brands.  :'(

This time is quite unique at least to me, as I spotted quite rare Nippon Chemi Con GXE series caps which is rated at 125C, and others ordinary low impedance like KY and KZH series.
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Post by: MrSlack on April 19, 2016, 07:34:04 pm
An old classic this one. Poorly titled win for £18 including postage on ebay.

(http://i.imgur.com/QqXF7M5.jpg)

Needs a bit of refurb and the caps changing due to the age but will be handy for a couple of discrete logic and transistor based projects I have lined up.
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Post by: blueskull on April 20, 2016, 01:13:44 am
A brand new Keysight U1461A insulation tester, and 3 years extended warranty on my MSOX3104A. My wallet hurts.
Before I registered this forum I thought cheap Chinese gears are good enough, and now I buy only Keysight and Danaher group's gears.
This forum is definitely venomous >:D, potentially deadly to my wallet.
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Post by: Kalvin on April 20, 2016, 01:25:49 am
PCB mount fuse holders and panel mount fuse holders.
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Post by: gameru on April 20, 2016, 01:47:33 am
I bought a Bachmann CONNECTUS for 8 euro.Unfortunately i tested when i got home,even when the switch is closed it is a contact between phase and neutral
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Post by: blueskull on April 20, 2016, 01:51:39 am
I bought a Bachmann CONNECTUS for 8 euro.Unfortunately i tested when i got home,even when the switch is closed it is a contact between phase and neutral

Contact closed = turn on
Contact open = turn off
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Post by: SeanB on April 20, 2016, 02:13:59 am
How much did you spent on that copier? I'm planning to build one with an arduino for about 3 years |O

GBP11.76

http://www.ebay.com/itm/162003690964 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/162003690964)

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Post by: rdl on April 20, 2016, 02:16:26 am
I finally unboxed the LED shop lights I bought from Home Depot that arrived last week. I'm pretty happy with them. They're only 3 feet long, not very heavy, and rated 3200 lumens at 42 watts. In reality the one fixture seemed considerably brighter than the two F40-T12 tubes in my kitchen ceiling light. The picture is pretty bad I know, but it was kind of hard to hold the light against the ceiling in one hand and the camera in the other while standing on a milk crate.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=218297;image)

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-3-ft-LED-Black-Shop-Light-54254141/206028863 (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-3-ft-LED-Black-Shop-Light-54254141/206028863)

I bought 2 for $30 each, so shipping was included, but sales tax added a bit more than $4

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Post by: gameru on April 20, 2016, 04:39:30 am
I bought a Bachmann CONNECTUS for 8 euro.Unfortunately i tested when i got home,even when the switch is closed it is a contact between phase and neutral

Contact closed = turn on
Contact open = turn off

I uploaded another photo.I don't think it is normal to be some connection bewteen phase and neutral
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Post by: Richard Crowley on April 20, 2016, 04:59:46 am
I uploaded another photo.I don't think it is normal to be some connection bewteen phase and neutral
We can't see what your meter is measuring?  Ohms?  K Ohms?  uSiemens?  There is a convenient glare right where the display shows the units.
It seems likely that you are measuring residual leakage from whatever kind of silly "noise filter" or "surge protector" components that may be inside.
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Post by: gameru on April 20, 2016, 09:25:01 am
I uploaded another photo.I don't think it is normal to be some connection bewteen phase and neutral
We can't see what your meter is measuring?  Ohms?  K Ohms?  uSiemens?  There is a convenient glare right where the display shows the units.
It seems likely that you are measuring residual leakage from whatever kind of silly "noise filter" or "surge protector" components that may be inside.

It is 135 K Ohms.
I open the socket strip to see what is inside.Because it has one way screws, had to drill holes in screw.
Then i saw the circuit and i understand how it works.I have soket strip from APC and Belkin and all show  OL when i try to measure resistance between phase and null
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Post by: TerraHertz on April 20, 2016, 09:04:18 pm
It is 135 K Ohms.
Do you understand now? There's a circuit there, to run LEDs, and it operates off the phase and neutral lines. Of course that's going to be measurable with your meter.

[/quote]I have soket strip from APC and Belkin and all show  OL when i try to measure resistance between phase and null
[/quote]
Because they are just wires, no electronics.

I don't know why you didn't just plug it into the wall socket initially. It either works or goes bang. In the 2nd case you get a warranty replacement. Now you've drilled out screws etc, even if it fails you have no chance of a replacement.
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Post by: gameru on April 20, 2016, 10:25:27 pm
It is 135 K Ohms.
Do you understand now? There's a circuit there, to run LEDs, and it operates off the phase and neutral lines. Of course that's going to be measurable with your meter.

I have soket strip from APC and Belkin and all show  OL when i try to measure resistance between phase and null
[/quote]
Because they are just wires, no electronics.

I don't know why you didn't just plug it into the wall socket initially. It either works or goes bang. In the 2nd case you get a warranty replacement. Now you've drilled out screws etc, even if it fails you have no chance of a replacement.
[/quote]

Yes i understand the circuit.About warranty,i paid 8 euro because store went bankrupt (the warranty does not exist )
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Post by: rrinker on April 20, 2016, 11:03:20 pm
 Realize also, super simplifying, that at 240V, have 135K across it is about 1.8 milliamps. At 120V, it would be less than 1 ma. That's nothing.

One of the common ways to drive detection on model railroads so that you can determine if a track is occupied or not is to detect current flow through the rails. With more modern control systems where the voltage across the rails is constant, instead of the old variable sort of thing where the voltage controlled the speed, this is pretty easy. A powered unit (with a motor) or anything with lights, that's obvious, there is a load in place. But for freight cars - what do you do? The common option is to put a resistor across the wheels. Most circuits for detection can 'see' with a single 15K resistor, but for reliability (wheels and track get dirty, etc), a more common value is 4.7K per car. I put a 10K resistor on 2 axles of each of mine (most US railcars have at least 4 axles) so it's about 5K per car. Now multiply by several hundred such cars (on our club layout, I will never be able to have that many on my personal layout). Yes, it finally starts to become a somewhat significant value, but when each power supply can supply 5 amps, and you have 4 or 5 of these driving different sections, so only a fraction of the total number of cars is drawing from any given power supply, it's no big deal. With a nominal 4.7k resistance, and a typical voltage of 15V, worst case is about 3.2ma per car. However, less than ideal electrical connections between the wheels and the rails increases the effective resistance. Say somewhere closer to 10K, unless you scrub the wheels and track and press the car down hard. So now we're talking about 1.5ma per car. Even with more than 10x the voltage, this circuit in the power bar is drawing less current than a model train car fitted for detection.  You could stick an equivalent resistor in an outlet (don't do this.....) and it won't even get warm. On 240V, it's less than half a watt.

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Post by: rdl on April 21, 2016, 10:41:24 am
Cool, I have one of those too. I got mine about 10 years ago. It came in what might have been the original box along with the manual and some other parts. Judging by the sticker on the outside, it was apparently property of AT&T at one time.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=218667;image)
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Post by: alank2 on April 22, 2016, 12:52:00 am
Those 545A's are pretty cool.  I found a manual for them online.  I am actually working on an 8 channel logic probe with the fast signal detection that the 545A has.  It will detect a pulse as quick as 35ns (and faster but not guaranteed) and report it as 10 Hz blinking like the 545A.
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Post by: rrinker on April 22, 2016, 01:00:42 am
 There's an older thread here discussing the family, but mostly about the 547A current tracer. I also came across this publication from HP the discusses the design and use of each of the 3 tools - pretty neat. It even has bios of the lead engineer for each tool - including the ME who designed the cases for them.

http://www.hpl.hp.com/hpjournal/pdfs/IssuePDFs/1976-12.pdf (http://www.hpl.hp.com/hpjournal/pdfs/IssuePDFs/1976-12.pdf)

Fancy stuff. Back in the day, I had a cheapy Radio Shack logic probe.

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Post by: G0HZU on April 22, 2016, 05:43:29 am
I've got the HP 547A current tracer version here. I've only used it a few times but it can be useful when looking for shorts or tracing other current paths in a PCB.

How often do the lamps fail and need to be replaced? Mine hasn't failed yet but I do wonder what the lifetime is for the little internal lamp.
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Post by: MrSlack on April 22, 2016, 07:02:26 am
Just bought an old Leader precision fully analogue LCR bridge off ebay so I can do Q, inductance and ESR measurements as well as test incoming and extracted components.

Teardown will appear when it turns up if parcel force don't destroy it.
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Post by: mmagin on April 22, 2016, 10:10:22 am
Hoping that I can get my 7T11 working completely now that I have this:

Tr <= 25 ps, baby

Hmm.  My 7T11 definitely has problems.  I'm going to have to dig into the manual for it.  I was able to get some plausible X-Y action with a pair of both of my 7S11 plugins (one with a lesser sampling head), unfortunately that's not so interesting to me.

The 7T11 has a lot of exciting stuff, including a buttload of reed relays.
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Post by: JoeN on April 22, 2016, 01:59:59 pm
This, I am sure is boring, but I can't find these longer headers with a centered stop on eBay.  So I got it from Pololu.  I am impressed with the really great little package they put it in.  So professional, all the way.

(http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/what-did-you-buy-today-post-your-latest-purchase!/?action=dlattach;attach=218996;image)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Shock on April 22, 2016, 05:17:41 pm
I've got the HP 547A current tracer version here. I've only used it a few times but it can be useful when looking for shorts or tracing other current paths in a PCB.
How often do the lamps fail and need to be replaced? Mine hasn't failed yet but I do wonder what the lifetime is for the little internal lamp.

I doubt you need to worry too much about it, if it's survived since the 80s it's probably got a lot of life left still left in it. If you haven't seen it there is a thread I started a while back when I got my set. http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/hp-547a-current-tracer/ (http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/hp-547a-current-tracer/)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: gamalot on April 22, 2016, 11:11:06 pm
KUSB-3108 low-cost, multifunction data acquisition modules

and

2 x 250ml 100% isopropyl alcohol

from ebay  :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Aeternam on April 23, 2016, 01:05:54 am
Siglent SDG2024X function generator.

Primary use is going to be educational, as in, tinker tinker, plug signal in, measure output, wonder why it's not working  ^-^

First test is attached, sweeping sine wave (green trace) through an RC highpass filter (yellow.) I've been trying to understand the frequency response of RC circuits through textbooks and wikis for a while now and it never quite clicked. Seeing this in action makes it so much easier to understand, very rewarding :-+

#Edit Whoops the scope image seems to be upside down -- Ah well  :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: alank2 on April 23, 2016, 01:19:29 am
SDG2082X is the tool that I didn't know what I was missing.  I use it all the time now.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nugglix on April 23, 2016, 01:50:46 am
Yeah, nice little tool - I mean it's a real steal (even with the leak on the freq. counter).

@Aeternam
Nice scope :)

I ordered the big brother yesterday.
I went a little over the top, but now it's too late   ;)

Now waiting for the delivery...

This forum doesn't charge a penny but is extremly expensive in it's own way.  :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Aeternam on April 23, 2016, 01:57:25 am
Yeah, nice little tool - I mean it's a real steal (even with the leak on the freq. counter).

@Aeternam
Nice scope :)

I ordered the big brother yesterday.
I went a little over the top, but now it's too late   ;)

Now waiting for the delivery...

This forum doesn't charge a penny but is extremly expensive in it's own way.  :)

You won't regret it, Hameg scopes are excellent. Be sure to post a pic once you've set it up  :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: nugglix on April 23, 2016, 02:04:52 am
You won't regret it, Hameg scopes are excellent. Be sure to post a pic once you've set it up  :)

Thanks for the confirmation, I can make good use of a little support -
seeing the drop in the account balance.
It's a little pricey I'd say.  :-X

I already read the manual of the scope and can't wait to put my fingers on it...

On the positive side, there will be a MSO2102A-S available soon.   :-DD
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: borjam on April 23, 2016, 06:19:48 am
AIM-TTI EL-302R power supply, and a very good deal for 4 new Lecroy PP005 probes :)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: VK5RC on April 24, 2016, 05:38:04 pm
A bit of a compilation of a years or so of purchases and repairs / cleaning . Will be nice to warm myself to the glow of a Nixie with winter approaching. HiHi(and one early LED)
HP   415E SWR meter    3430A Voltmeter
5326B Timer Counter DVM
5233L Counter
5245L Counter
3490A DVM (dot LED)
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: Cubdriver on April 24, 2016, 05:44:27 pm
Trés Bon!  Tis a lovely orange glow there! (With a little touch of red)

-Pat
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: AF6LJ on April 24, 2016, 10:10:09 pm
/Sue drooling all over herself at the sight of all that HP Iron.
Title: Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
Post by: mmagin on April 25, 2016, 03:07:40 am
A bit of a compilation of a years or so of purchases and repairs / cleaning . Will be nice