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Offline dumle29

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2013, 10:52:38 pm »
Hey dave, what do you want for a working tektronix DMM916, with shipping to Denmark?

I feel rather criminal with my 5$ meter with awg12 wires instead of fuses  :-[
 

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« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2013, 10:57:28 pm »
TDS220 obsolete?

Obsolete yes, but still very useful.  I still use my TDS210 all the time over my Rigol 4000 series.  Like Dave said, no fan, completely silent, a pleasure to use when appropriate!

Yeah.. I know. Kinda hurts to see 100% working DPO3054 to be declared to be obsolete. No wonder Armies need such huge budgets..
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2013, 10:59:35 pm »
Because the blog website...

You have a blog website?  ???

Seriously, if you would like people to visit your main site you need to juice it up a bit. While it offers no content except video links there is no reason to go there. You might consider generating some text blog content to go alongside your videos, maybe  on the same subject but with words and pictures? For instance when you do a tutorial you could post the DaveCad pictures in a blog entry with some notes explaining them.

Here's an example of a blog with a good mix of text, photos and video content:

http://woodgears.ca/

I always have Matthias' main page open because I like to read the text and look at the photos before watching the videos.
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #28 on: December 21, 2013, 11:22:45 pm »
The NEC chip in the Tek meter is an 8bit Microcontroller, it probably drives the LCD - Are there any RS232 interfaces on that meter?

Nice haul though, I'd end up hoarding a few bits out of there if it was me :) those scopes are so sexy!
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #29 on: December 21, 2013, 11:35:28 pm »
Any chance you'd bless a poor student with a desperately needed multimeter for christmas?
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #30 on: December 21, 2013, 11:48:13 pm »
Any chance you'd bless a poor student with a desperately needed multimeter for christmas?

No, I paid a lot for it, more than you think, it was a risk. But low enough for me to make a decent profit on it all.

Also there are plenty of good choices for relative cheap multimeters, check ilovelectronics/frankie/99centhobbies(on ebay). You might not get it for xmas anymore, but you still get good value for money.
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« Reply #31 on: December 21, 2013, 11:57:22 pm »
I would say that a 10+ year old scope that is out of cal is most certainly obsolete. Good enough for Dave sure, but good enough for corporate or military use? The money to recalibrate it for another 5 years would be better spent on a new model. If you're buying new equipment every month to replace worn out stuff across a big organization it becomes a continuous process.
 

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« Reply #32 on: December 22, 2013, 12:29:08 am »
Another curious thing is the CPU frequency, 3.579545 MHz. This value is otherwise used as the NTSC colorburst frequency. I guess they've chosen that frequency because the crystals were available dime a dozen at the time, because I can't think of another practical reason to use that particular frequency in a non-video related producted.

That was common "back in the day" when crystals weren't cheap, so you used the most popular value.

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"Gold" in the menu probably refers to the color of the silkscreened text, which they thought sounded "better" (ie wankier) than just shift. Or it was a character limitation on the smaller digit display. And maybe the units were binned exactly because the backlight had failed.

Turns out the backlight works, it's just really really piss poor!
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #33 on: December 22, 2013, 12:30:35 am »
I would say that a 10+ year old scope that is out of cal is most certainly obsolete. Good enough for Dave sure, but good enough for corporate or military use? The money to recalibrate it for another 5 years would be better spent on a new model.

"Out of cal" means nothing. A new scope costs just as much to cal as an old scope. Even a brand new scope has to sent away for cal before it's used, that's the procedure.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #34 on: December 22, 2013, 12:33:45 am »
Hey dave, what do you want for a working tektronix DMM916, with shipping to Denmark?

Shipping outside Oz is very expensive, it's not worth it.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #35 on: December 22, 2013, 12:45:54 am »
I know someone who used to work in the Cal Lab at the local Army Depot. The army took over something from a contractor and they had a problem. The contractor used an application specific calibration process for the instrument. This was not acceptable for the Army, they had to track down not only the calibration procedure, but the calibration cables needed and the instrument couldn't simply be replaced as it was critical to the process. I know in the USA calibration is taken seriously in defense and likely the same elsewhere.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #36 on: December 22, 2013, 01:01:27 am »
What happened to the multimeter and cro's that that were up on ebay?

Did they all sell? 

I going to talk to SWMBO  to see if I could get some money for one the CRO's.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #37 on: December 22, 2013, 01:04:12 am »
What happened to the multimeter and cro's that that were up on ebay?

Nothing, still there. Only one TDS220 & meter so far, to test the market.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #38 on: December 22, 2013, 01:19:12 am »
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #39 on: December 22, 2013, 01:24:30 am »
What a score. Already for sale on ebay, wish I could get a DMM916 or a simpson 260 (auspost prices are insane).
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #40 on: December 22, 2013, 01:31:30 am »
Nice collection of kit Dave !!.

Last 30secs are very sexy   

« Last Edit: December 22, 2013, 01:33:51 am by SPRX »
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2013, 02:02:02 am »
No, I paid a lot for it, more than you think, it was a risk. But low enough for me to make a decent profit on it all.

Yes, I know the feeling. I had a local auction here in the US and thought I could make a good deal on about 12 x Fluke 189. They all went for over $ 150.00 and I didn't get any. The Internet is a blessing and a curse, every auction bidder can look up how much they can get on ebay (on there phone, right there) and there is no 'expert' advantage any more when bidding on these items. You are basically bidding against any Joe, who has sold stuff on ebay and wants to make a buck.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2013, 02:28:35 am »
Totally agree, I find the same thing with auctions, gumtree and car boot sales. Everyone has a smart phone and can find out the price of anything, not so many bargains to be had these days unless it's something obscure.


No, I paid a lot for it, more than you think, it was a risk. But low enough for me to make a decent profit on it all.

Yes, I know the feeling. I had a local auction here in the US and thought I could make a good deal on about 12 x Fluke 189. They all went for over $ 150.00 and I didn't get any. The Internet is a blessing and a curse, every auction bidder can look up how much they can get on ebay (on there phone, right there) and there is no 'expert' advantage any more when bidding on these items. You are basically bidding against any Joe, who has sold stuff on ebay and wants to make a buck.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2013, 02:31:23 am »
I am considering a ticket to Baulkham Hills just to slap you back to reality.

Lucky SOB!

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2013, 03:02:55 am »
TDS220 with only 11 bootups? Not much used, I'd expect. Kinda wish there were some decent priced way to get some  of those to this part of the world.
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #45 on: December 22, 2013, 03:46:15 am »
I just got a few lots off a corporate auction myself. Must be Dave's example ;)
My loot is nowhere near as nice- a huge lot of RF step attenuators in  10 , 1 and 0.1?! db steps, awesome vintage (General Radio brand) Decade resistor boxes and a bunch of Fluke 70 and 73s with Japanese stickers on the back. Silly thing is you can't change batteries in them without lifting "Cal void if removed" stickers!
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #46 on: December 22, 2013, 03:49:35 am »
Hi Dave. If, for any reason, you decide later to sell / give away that Avo CT446 Transistor Analyser. Please let me know just exactly how much the shipping charges are to California - so I can at least consider the feasibility of sending you the $ for shipping. But, if it is a Patriotic Thing, where you just want to keep it for the Aussies - I understand. John
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #47 on: December 22, 2013, 03:54:32 am »
Hi Dave. If, for any reason, you decide later to sell / give away that Avo CT446 Transistor Analyser. Please let me know just exactly how much the shipping charges are to California - so I can at least consider the feasibility of sending you the $ for shipping.

People keep asking what it costs to ship this stuff overseas. The answer is "too much"!
 

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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2013, 04:10:10 am »
There is shipping and then also the customs problems.

I sent my Acer Iconia A500 Tablet to my nephew in europe. He wanted a large android tablet.

It was stuck in customs for 4 weeks ! they needed the original invoice , they wanted to know the price so they could leverage import duty. And they wanted proof it was a used device.

I told them

1) it is a christmas gift
2) i truthfully declared its residual value : 100$. which is what they go for. there is just the tablet and charger. nothing else.
3) This model is OBSOLETE. You can't buy it anymore
4) Look at the manufacturing date on the back it's 3 years old. I don't have the invoice for that anymore. you think i am going to hang on to a little thermal printed cash register ticket (that will probably have faded by now) for 3 years ?

and it still took 4 weeks. finally no import duty was required but come on... bloody penny pickers.
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Re: EEVblog #559 - Auction Score
« Reply #49 on: December 22, 2013, 04:18:57 am »
You Mr totally SUCK !!! (I mean Dave)  lucky bastard :) ... this has ruined my happiness after I got a 50$ non working TEK 475A off Craigslist. Now I go to cry in my Guinness full off envy  and try to fix the 475 to raise my morale   :-BROKE
 


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