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Offline discomike

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Re: Tektronix ever made non-bench multimeters ? Oh wow ...
« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2012, 09:50:20 pm »
..OK found them..

Uses TC8129 with AD737JR external True-RMS converter..
 

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Re: Tektronix ever made non-bench multimeters ? Oh wow ...
« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2012, 10:17:16 pm »
I got the Tek DMM830 as pictured in the first picture from a friend who won it at a electronics fair in the late 90ies =) Very fast continuity as people have pointed out, and I also love the low-voltage (0,4V) resistance measurement mode for finding out where PCB-traces go without activating any semiconductors. I think I have some teardown pics somewhere... *goes looking*

Thanks dude. I should get hold of this meter.
 

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Re: Tektronix ever made non-bench multimeters ? Oh wow ...
« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2018, 09:33:08 am »
This is an old thread but the answers are kind of vague. Tektronix sold some forgettable import meters then they decided to get serious. They were best known for their scopes, not DMMs. The big gun at the time, as now, was the Fluke 87. Tek brought out two top of the line meters to compete, the TX1 and the even better specs, TX3, made in the USA.. Subsequently, Danaher, Fluke's parent company, bought Tektronix. Fluke rebranded the TX1 and TX3 as the Fluke 183 and 185. The only difference is the protective boot went from blue to Fluke yellow and the make and model silk screened on the front. Fluke added to the series with two additional models with more ergonomic shape, integral boot and even better specs, the 187 and 189. Fluke called them top of the line so am not sure how the various 180 series DMMs stacked up against the 87 of the day. I have a TX3 and it is a serious 4.5 digit meter with a basis DC accuracy of .05%. It came with a NIST  traceability certificate. The performance  was the equal of many bench top meters. It has a very long list of features. It still meets all my needs.
 

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Re: Tektronix ever made non-bench multimeters ? Oh wow ...
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2018, 03:40:15 pm »
I have a Tektronix DMM916 which was their competition for the Fluke 87 series.  It was not so much a foreign meter as a Tektronix design produced by APPA and I much prefer the DMM916 to the 87 except for its terrible LCD backlight.

Years before Danaher bought Tektronix, Fluke sued Tektronix over the boot color and perhaps other things resulting in the Tektronix handheld multimeter division being transferred to Fluke and an agreement that Tektronix not compete in that area.
 


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