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I love old gear
« on: October 14, 2012, 08:15:06 pm »
Just bought a useful piece of gear and it's the old stuff analogue  Farnell TM2 AC DC Millivoltmeter - 1mv to 300v, i had one before and sold it wishing I hadn't , this one won't be sold really useful.
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 08:18:38 pm »
I have a whole collection of oscilloscope porn gleaned from ebay. I love old stuff.

 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 08:34:27 pm »
Old and working well is best..........
 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 08:56:34 pm »
The first step is admitting you have a problem right... well...
My name is smokey....  and love old gear.....
 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2012, 09:37:21 pm »
Just bought a useful piece of gear and it's the old stuff analogue  Farnell TM2 AC DC Millivoltmeter - 1mv to 300v, i had one before and sold it wishing I hadn't , this one won't be sold really useful.

Post some pics! I have that "old" problem too! :)
 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 02:46:02 am »
Just bought a useful piece of gear and it's the old stuff analogue  Farnell TM2 AC DC Millivoltmeter - 1mv to 300v, i had one before and sold it wishing I hadn't , this one won't be sold really useful.
Sorry I should posted a picture, the latest piece of gear the Farnell TM2 AC/DC millivolt Meter lovely.
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 02:48:41 am »
Just bought a useful piece of gear and it's the old stuff analogue  Farnell TM2 AC DC Millivoltmeter - 1mv to 300v, i had one before and sold it wishing I hadn't , this one won't be sold really useful.

Post some pics! I have that "old" problem too! :)
I have posted a picture now
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2012, 02:49:35 am »
I have a whole collection of oscilloscope porn gleaned from ebay. I love old stuff.


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This looks great a real collectors piece
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2012, 02:53:10 am »
The first step is admitting you have a problem right... well...
My name is smokey....  and love old gear.....
, Problem what problem, plenty of life left in the old stuff, and will probably out live this New digital gear, which they seem to bring out new version every 2 months or so, and your not trapped into to buying the latest money spinner called the software upgrade, which is out of date once installed, think I'm getting old & grumpy .
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2012, 08:13:56 am »
I like old gear because it's dirt cheap!
In my Ham Shack---err,"Lab",the only things I bought new are:

A Chinese frequency counter, at $A99(Hardly ever use it)
A  Chinese10MHz Analog Oscilloscope at $A135 (I had to fix the EHT generator,but apart from that & the knobs falling off it is still going well)
A  Chinese OHL 2m handheld transceiver at $A99,(the LCD display has failed) .
A cruddy Jaycar soldering iron at $A50 (Cruddy!!)

All of them except the 'scope,cost less than $A100 each,so I was able to swallow my principles & buy new.

All the rest of my stuff is old,such as the Tektronix 7613,which also coincidentally cost $A135.
(100 times the quality,10 times the bandwidth,way more versatile,but huge & old!)

My HF rig is a Yaesu FT301------pushing 40 years old.

All the other 'Ham stuff is a similar age--several have croaked & are awaiting repair.( Have you ever played with a 1970s Icom SMPS?--AAARRRGGGHHH!) :o
 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2012, 10:04:29 am »
I used to look at those old heath ham sets with such an envious eye.

I love old hifi rigs too. To me, the old Fisher monoblock amps are the ultimate classic. They look like diesel locomotives of the era, so powerful and sleek.

 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2012, 04:12:39 pm »
I like old gear because it's dirt cheap!
In my Ham Shack---err,"Lab",the only things I bought new are:

A Chinese frequency counter, at $A99(Hardly ever use it)
A  Chinese10MHz Analog Oscilloscope at $A135 (I had to fix the EHT generator,but apart from that & the knobs falling off it is still going well)
A  Chinese OHL 2m handheld transceiver at $A99,(the LCD display has failed) .
A cruddy Jaycar soldering iron at $A50 (Cruddy!!)

All of them except the 'scope,cost less than $A100 each,so I was able to swallow my principles & buy new.

All the rest of my stuff is old,such as the Tektronix 7613,which also coincidentally cost $A135.
(100 times the quality,10 times the bandwidth,way more versatile,but huge & old!)

My HF rig is a Yaesu FT301------pushing 40 years old.

All the other 'Ham stuff is a similar age--several have croaked & are awaiting repair.( Have you ever played with a 1970s Icom SMPS?--AAARRRGGGHHH!) :o

I  don't have to tell you us real Radio Hams, keep the vintage stuff going , everything in my shack/lab is like me old, newest piece I was given Yaesu FT1500 , two metre, can't fugure it out yet, my main HF  rig is 30 years plus a Kenwood TS820, when I gave a months wages back them I was told it is the DXer choice , they were not wrong, in that 30 years only needed one set of tubes,and still working the DX, lovely radio.
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2012, 04:24:52 am »
I'm sort of too late to start this old gears hoarding collecting hobby  ;D, and now prices are sky rocketed like crazy since past few years.  :'(

My oldest measurement gear is from the 1969, Tektronix 2901 time mark generator.




Just love the gold plated pcb, the whole room will get a yellow golden ambience from the reflected light when shined with powerful light ...




The shiny nickel plated coils at HF section, still like new after all this years ...  :o




Other pics available at the teardown thread ->  -> HERE
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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2012, 07:32:56 am »
Back when even a pot was a hand made thing of beauty...

 

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Re: I love old gear
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2012, 01:40:07 pm »
I have a whole collection of oscilloscope porn gleaned from ebay. I love old stuff.



You should  put a goldfish bowl behind where the scope display is :)
 


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