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Longhair:
As a beginner hobbyist that is still in the primary stages of learning, I am not able to justify spending a lot of money on expensive test equipment because I do not know how much use it will get. Of course things that I do find will need a lot of use, I will spend the money.

I bought a couple of Elenco through-hole kits to get me started and I enjoy the DIY assembly aspect of it.

What would be some good beginner / hobbyist level DIY test equipment that would be ideal to have?

saturation:
If you like soldering and have no gear right now, a basic toolset at least is a DMM and power supply.  I think Elenco has these linked on the root page.  If you build them they should be decent and safe for use on DC only circuits and general other projects [ instead of batteries, that is.]

The AC Receptacle Tester w/ GFCI is useful, but it doesn't look like a kit.

 

Longhair:
I have a good soldering station, the Rigol DS1052E oscilloscope, a couple of multi-meters and a linear power supply (1v to 30v / 30 amps) just arrived, so I am covered there.

One of the things I want to do is make my own Capacitor Substitution Box and 1% 1W Resistor Substitution Box but with tighter tolerance parts.

Is there any other general test DIY test equipment that you can suggest? Link with schematic would be very helpful.

Simon:
is there anything that you need to test right now ?

Alex:
The guys at Elenco could not fit the capacitor symbols on the PCB for the capacitor substitution box?    :o

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