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Offline GreyWoolfe

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #5875 on: February 23, 2018, 12:39:23 pm »
My Pomona 122505A/122506A retractable sheath banana plugs arrived today.  I converted 2 pair of the Brymen leads.  Very happy.  They fit the jacks on the HP 3422A meters perfectly.
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« Reply #5876 on: February 23, 2018, 01:36:25 pm »
Several vintage HP parts - back eating lentils and beans again  :palm:

You can still afford beans! :-DD

Flying ones, even. ;D
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« Reply #5877 on: February 23, 2018, 05:53:34 pm »
My Pomona 122505A/122506A retractable sheath banana plugs arrived today.  I converted 2 pair of the Brymen leads.  Very happy.  They fit the jacks on the HP 3422A meters perfectly.
Now you've gone and done it.   :palm: You're officially an addict now.  :o  :-DD
 

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« Reply #5878 on: February 23, 2018, 09:10:30 pm »
'Grosvenor Electronics (UK)' solder. Part of an office clearout, £10 per 0.5kg roll. Gamble as I've never heard of them. Initial impressions are good, gives nice shiny joint.   :)
 

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« Reply #5879 on: February 23, 2018, 09:14:48 pm »
A cable cutter.
Never invested in such a specialized tool but now I have to cut a lot of rather expensive cables I went for it and aaaaaaaah what a joy.
 

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« Reply #5880 on: February 23, 2018, 09:34:36 pm »
Attenuators, adaptors, termination and this kind of stuff to use my first spectrum analyzer that will arrive next week.  :-/O
 

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« Reply #5881 on: February 23, 2018, 09:44:09 pm »
'Grosvenor Electronics (UK)' solder. Part of an office clearout, £10 per 0.5kg roll. Gamble as I've never heard of them. Initial impressions are good, gives nice shiny joint.   :)

I used them about a month or so ago for a Hakko fx-888 from them but through Ebay. It was cheap but they had plenty good feedback so I took the gamble. It's a genuine Hakko and was delivered on time etc so I would say all good. They are a genuine UK Hakko distributer after some fishing around.

I hope you have the same trip with them, I think you'll be good!  :-+

Sorry never read the post properly. Glad it went good for you and the solder seems ok.  :)
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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #5882 on: February 23, 2018, 10:53:33 pm »
A cable cutter.
Never invested in such a specialized tool but now I have to cut a lot of rather expensive cables I went for it and aaaaaaaah what a joy.

Knipex tools are very nice. I have a wire stripper from Knipex: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/projects/wire-strippers/
I know, you can use a side cutter for wire stripping, but with this Knipex tool it is much more fun, faster and cleaner (no indents in the metal core etc.).
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« Reply #5883 on: February 24, 2018, 02:38:27 am »
Five special HP 92220R 0.4m right angle GPIB cables:


They will help solving some space-related problems of my Test Equipment Stack (TES).   :)
Having TEA and mostly feeling comfortable with it..
 

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« Reply #5884 on: February 24, 2018, 03:34:27 am »
An FY6600 Signal Generator

I got fed up trying to use a £3.99 Chinese sig gen kit and my PC audio to test op amps.

Figured a dual channel sig gen would be a wise idea.

I assume there aren't any major "gotcha's" with this unit?

Also this week I bought an 858D clone hot air gun.
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« Reply #5885 on: February 24, 2018, 03:53:35 am »
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« Reply #5886 on: February 24, 2018, 04:00:39 am »
My Pomona 122505A/122506A retractable sheath banana plugs arrived today.  I converted 2 pair of the Brymen leads.  Very happy.  They fit the jacks on the HP 3422A meters perfectly.
Now you've gone and done it.   :palm: You're officially an addict now.  :o  :-DD

Who, ME? Nah. >:D
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« Reply #5887 on: February 24, 2018, 04:22:46 am »
Attenuators, adaptors, termination and this kind of stuff to use my first spectrum analyzer that will arrive next week.  :-/O

Might want to pick up or make a DC-Block as well if you don't have one already. Some spectrum analyzers really don't like dc.
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« Reply #5888 on: February 24, 2018, 06:30:46 am »
I'm installing an IEC 320 power inlet connector in place of a formerly fixed AC mains cable on a piece of gear, and since my 30+ year old POS Rat Shack nibbler is nowhere to be found I decided to bite the bullet and buy some real nibblers.  Brown Santa just dropped these two off, courtesy of Amazon:



-Pat
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« Reply #5889 on: February 24, 2018, 06:38:39 am »
12 pack of lithium AA's   :)
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« Reply #5890 on: February 24, 2018, 02:10:31 pm »
Which brand? I'm currently getting some Energizer Lithium AA and AAA 4 packs.
Finally removing all Alkaline batteries from the house and it's either Lithium or Eneloops. (or 18650s for my E-Bike but that's a different story  :D )

An Alkaline Duracell attacked a quite expensive remote control and that was the last straw.  :rant:
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« Reply #5891 on: February 24, 2018, 03:09:57 pm »
Which brand? I'm currently getting some Energizer Lithium AA and AAA 4 packs.
Finally removing all Alkaline batteries from the house and it's either Lithium or Eneloops. (or 18650s for my E-Bike but that's a different story  :D )

An Alkaline Duracell attacked a quite expensive remote control and that was the last straw.  :rant:

I've found the same thing, Duracell batteries are completely untrustworthy now, especially in low power draw devices.
The impossible often has a kind of integrity which the merely improbable lacks.
 

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« Reply #5892 on: February 24, 2018, 03:52:05 pm »
Duracell has definitely become crap in recent years.  I don't trust them at all any more - have seen too many leak before their time.

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Re: What did you buy today? Post your latest purchase!
« Reply #5893 on: February 24, 2018, 05:01:42 pm »
An FY6600 Signal Generator

I got fed up trying to use a £3.99 Chinese sig gen kit and my PC audio to test op amps.

Figured a dual channel sig gen would be a wise idea.

I assume there aren't any major "gotcha's" with this unit?

Also this week I bought an 858D clone hot air gun.

"What could possibly go wrong?"  :palm: Hope yours goes well for you. Touch wood mine is in the good pile....
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« Reply #5894 on: February 24, 2018, 06:31:41 pm »
An Alkaline Duracell attacked a quite expensive remote control and that was the last straw.  :rant:

After 6 leaking Procell batteries killed my F289, I've never used a single Duracell. To be precisely, not a single alkaline except some Energizers in cheaper devices.
All my devices that worth something that I don't want to lose, I use Energizer Alkaline Ultimate now. Energizer claims they will never leak.
They claim if the alkaline leaks, they cover your loss. If the lithium leaks, that's impossible. That should mean something.
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« Reply #5895 on: February 24, 2018, 07:57:39 pm »
I bought Rigol DS1054Z oscilloscope and hacked it to 100MHz and other stuff ;)

I still need to hack mine, but truth be told, I havent used it much and the free trial period hasnt run out. Ive been using my analog Tek gear most the time..

Did you find any issues while installing the new firmware? Did you follow a YT tutorial or just know how to do it without the help?
I didn't face any problem and I didn't update the firmware at all
 

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« Reply #5896 on: February 24, 2018, 09:30:36 pm »
Duracell has definitely become crap in recent years.  I don't trust them at all any more - have seen too many leak before their time.

-Pat
we have bought many computer batteries at duracell (direct) in europe.
definitely far far better than the crap you can get from the far east ...

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« Reply #5897 on: February 25, 2018, 12:06:32 am »
I'm installing an IEC 320 power inlet connector in place of a formerly fixed AC mains cable on a piece of gear, and since my 30+ year old POS Rat Shack nibbler is nowhere to be found I decided to bite the bullet and buy some real nibblers.  Brown Santa just dropped these two off, courtesy of Amazon:



-Pat
I still have the radio shack nibblers I got almost 30 years ago as a kid. How are your new nibblers different/better?
 

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« Reply #5898 on: February 25, 2018, 03:00:13 am »
I'm installing an IEC 320 power inlet connector in place of a formerly fixed AC mains cable on a piece of gear, and since my 30+ year old POS Rat Shack nibbler is nowhere to be found I decided to bite the bullet and buy some real nibblers.  Brown Santa just dropped these two off, courtesy of Amazon:



-Pat
I still have the radio shack nibblers I got almost 30 years ago as a kid. How are your new nibblers different/better?

I haven't used the Knipex ones yet, but had used the Adel type at my old job.  The Rat Shack ones I have are this style:


And I was never crazy about the ergonomics of them.  The way the handles curve makes your grip more inclined to slide towards the narrow part where you have less leverage to squeeze them closed, making it more difficult and uncomfortable to use them.  And the orientation means that if you hold them cutter up so you can see what you're cutting, the widest part of the handles (where you have most mechanical advantage) is at your smallest, weakest finger, and the strongest part of your hand is where it does the least good leverage-wise. 

The Adels are the opposite - the part you squeeze falls naturally between the web of your thumb and your index finger - the strongest part of your grip.  A slight downside to them is that they have a little spring loaded clamping cap on the cutter that helps to hold the material being cut against the anvil, and this requires a slightly larger hole to start the cut, but unless you're trying to make a really tiny opening, this isn't an issue.

-Pat
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« Reply #5899 on: February 25, 2018, 04:31:11 am »
Yes I have owned both styles of nibblers, and IMHO, the Adel is clearly superior both in design and in construction to the generic chrome thing, at least the ones that I had/have.  I have not used the Knipex style.
 


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