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Title: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 04:06:05 pm
I am about to start my major equipment disposal as I have a silly amount of test kit and cannot use it all.

I am thinking of just listing the equipment in a post and inviting offers on it as opposed to researching market values and posting forum friendly prices. Would this type of ‘sale’ be of interest or would members prefer that I list items individually and put an asking price on each ? That is more work for me so I may be less flexible on the asking price.

The equipment will include, but is not limited to,  the following......

Bench and portable DSO’s
Modern Spectrum Analysers including handheld
Signal Generators AF and RF
Function Generators
PC based VNA’s
Frequency counters
RMS Millivolt meters (RF)
VSWR meters (internal oscillator type)
Multimeters. Both Bench and handheld. Many new in boxes
Soldering / desoldering Stations - Weller, PACE etc.
HV probes - Oscilloscope and Multimeter types
Logic Analyzers (compact, not boat anchors !)
Huntron Trackers
Tektronix/Huntron tracker for DSO
CATV/TV spectrum analyzers and test meters
Geiger Counters
RF Transceiver analysers (R&S)
PICO DSO’s, 3 Phase testing and Environmental monitoring systems.
Lab Power Supplies
Bench mounted gooseneck close-up colour cameras (composite video so no image lag)
PCB pre-heaters (Pace)
Boat Radar Systems
Thermal imaging cameras
Non contact professional temperature measurement equipment with logging
CCTV cameras for low light working
Professional lab grade C mount MCP image intensifiers with controllers and camera interface tubes
X-Ray cameras with built in MCP image intensifier
Cased RF amplifiers modules (Mini-Circuits, Avantek etc)  ..... lots !
HF Marine transceivers (unissued units)
HF/VHF and UHF monitoring receivers including IC-R9000’s

There is likely lots more that I cannot remember. Most is modern and none is boat anchor sized or valve based. It has all got to go.

Fraser











Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Mr. Scram on April 20, 2019, 04:08:44 pm
The Unhoarding begins!

Trying a more casual approach sounds like a good experiment to be sure.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 04:23:49 pm
That is what I thought. I am wanting this to be as pain free as possible for all concerned but especially me  ;D

I need to dispose of all the excess kit in a sensible manner without giving myself a burn-out in the process. If I list it all and invite offers of interest then I can discuss fine detail with interested parties in slower time.
Some kit may be of little interest to forum members so no point in lots of research and detailed listings for no good reason.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 20, 2019, 04:24:02 pm
Wow, just the overview is quite a list. I say give your proposed approach a try and then adjust your method as needed/wanted.

All the best on the TE re-homing project, Fraser. :-+
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Wilksey on April 20, 2019, 04:26:10 pm
Serious question...where the bloody hell do you store all of your stuff?!  I've barely got room for a soldering iron.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Ian.M on April 20, 2019, 04:40:15 pm
Very few members except dealers will be both interested in bidding on, and have the cash available for the contents of an over-equipped workshop as a single lot.   The specialist items outside their usual business will basically be considered at scrap value.    IMHO if you don't want to go fully down the individual item route, you at least need to break it up into reasonable size lots for someone starting out or upgrading, and group related specialist items in separate lots.

e.g. bundle:
* beginner-friendly lots: a reasonable DSO, couple of multimeters, signal generator, bench PSU and a basic soldering station.
* Full rework setup lot:  High end soldering/desoldering stations, board preheater, gooseneck inspection camera, (+ monitor if available)
&etc.

Also, location, Location, *LOCATION*.   A lot of the stuff would be a real PITA to pack for courier delivery if you didn't hoard the original boxes and packaging + expensive to ship, so you'll get better offers 'buyer collects' from locals, and less work for you.   At the very least you'll need to disclose your nearest major city, and your general availability for buyers to collect.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: TheSteve on April 20, 2019, 04:44:30 pm
Icom R9000 - so cool!!!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: DaJMasta on April 20, 2019, 05:27:07 pm
The Unhoarding begins!

Trying a more casual approach sounds like a good experiment to be sure.

Unhoarding?  I've seen the TEA thread, this is just a rehoarding  :D


I'd certainly be interested in seeing some stuff, but with the international shipping it could be more challenging.  Maybe something like offering up known-choicer bits individually and then offering the big deals for those who can pickup locally or who can be shipped to inexpensively?  Since it's more modern gear, at least international shipping is possible, but if you have a bunch of smaller things (like the RF amps), maybe small lots where you just throw a half dozen together and take a picture would keep the shipping cost/posting effort to a minimum while still getting  a good amount of stuff moved.

There are a lot of ways to approach it, but it sounds like it could be a lot of effort to post about and ship, so maybe giving the edge to someone who can show up with a car would be simpler for you.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Bicurico on April 20, 2019, 05:28:02 pm
Hi.

Just posting to get automatic notificatons.

Fraser has a great amount of cool stuff! And I absolutely love to read his tear-downs and repairs.

Fraser - I sincerly wish you success in seeling your surplus equipment. I know this can be hard - I never sold any device I own. But I wish I would be able to do so...

Take it slow and sell without pain.

Regards,
Vitor
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: ElectronicCat on April 20, 2019, 05:45:17 pm
I may be interested in some of the RF stuff, particularly if there's a ~3GHz spectrum analyser for a reasonable price
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Towger on April 20, 2019, 05:52:13 pm
Icom R9000 - so cool!!!
I always wanted one, built in spectrum analyser.  Cost a small fortune and were basically designed/priced for government work. 
Problem is they don't appear to have aged well since they were state of the art 30 years ago.  Still want one, but maybe when I retire and have the means to make proper use of one. [emoji848]
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 20, 2019, 05:52:54 pm
The Unhoarding begins!

Trying a more casual approach sounds like a good experiment to be sure.

Unhoarding?  I've seen the TEA thread, this is just a rehoarding  :D

It's certainly a TEA enabling. :D

Quote
maybe giving the edge to someone who can show up with a car would be simpler for you.

Now that sounds like TEA to me. Volume buying.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Ian.M on April 20, 2019, 06:06:06 pm
<TEA_enabling>
There's no point in showing up with a car when you can show up with a hi-roof van or a box truck!
</TEA_enabling>

 >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: worsthorse on April 20, 2019, 06:07:00 pm
That's a pretty amazing list. Adding this to watch the thread.

Fraser, do you want PMs about particular categories?  I will be interested in some of the smaller gear (like a VNA) as long as shipping to the US isn't prohibitive.   
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bd139 on April 20, 2019, 06:09:40 pm
Aaand subscribed.

Interested in SA and monitoring receivers and R&S CMU :)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 06:14:11 pm
Just to clear up any confusion. I am not selling it as one huge lot 😄

I just want the easiest way to sell the stuff. Often buyers already know exactly what the kit is, it’s realistic value and how much they want to pay. I am not intending to auction the stuff to the highest bidder or silly stuff like that. It will just be a list...... a very long list ! of equipment that needs a new home. The items are for individual sale or may be combined into one ‘lot’ by a buyer wanting to make a combined lot offer. That does not mean I am giving it away for free though as I need to recover some of the investment where able. To make price expectations clear. I have been very lucky to buy some great kit at sensible prices over the years. Such as two very nice condition Advantest 3132 3GHz colour LCD screen Spectrum Analyzers that I bought for £700 and serviced. I will sell them at similar prices as I am not looking to fleece anyone. As stated, I cannot afford to give good stuff away, but I am friendly and more than happy to discuss ‘package deals’ . Collection in person is fine and would attract a ‘convenience discount’ :) (no packing for me to do)

Hope this makes the situation clear. I could dump it all on eBay but I said some time ago I would offer it in the forum first and not at eBay silly prices either. eBay is the backstop option though.

I will begin compiling the list of equipment and posting it in the forum for members to scrutinise. If something takes a persons fancy, a quick message to me will receive a friendly response and more information where needed.

And for that forum member who liked the IC-R9000 ...... I have two to rehome and they will be a bargain for someone. They are very special units that were improved by a professional communications equipment supplier, not your common R9000 😉 Cost a small fortune new and still command high prices on eBay. As stated though, they will be rehomed at a very friendly price as I no longer need them. This is just a single example of what we are dealing with here...... lots and lots of test and radio equipment I never use and that needs a new home 🙂

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 20, 2019, 06:17:41 pm
Announced in the TEA thread. ;)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 06:32:19 pm
Bitseeker,

That is like waving a cigarette under the nose of a reformed smoker.... you are so cruel 😄

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: PA0PBZ on April 20, 2019, 06:37:22 pm
Icom R9000 - so cool!!!

I still have one, bought new in Japan where they were almost affordable ;) Not fired up in years so I guess I should try it out and see if it still lives.
Also subscribed now!!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: capt bullshot on April 20, 2019, 06:40:13 pm
Waiting for the list. Though my lab is full, one never knows.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 20, 2019, 06:42:48 pm
Bitseeker,

That is like waving a cigarette under the nose of a reformed smoker.... you are so cruel

Fraser

I know. Life's hard. ;D

However, TEA homes are good homes for orphaned equipment. :-+
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 06:48:00 pm
Just in case anyone is concerned.

I have asked, and received, Dave’s permission to list a lot of used equipment on this Buy/Sell section of the forum. I would never abuse his hospitality on the forum.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: crispus on April 20, 2019, 08:00:50 pm
Do you have a more specific list?
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Bicurico on April 20, 2019, 08:03:38 pm
Wow... Two IC-R9000...  :P
And enhanced?
Definitely interested...
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 08:18:13 pm
Crispus et al,

As previously stated, this thread was a question about whether to just produce a long list of available equipment, or list it separately with lots of detail per unit. I am hoping to go with a long list in the first instance so I only have to document equipment of interest to a potential buyer. The list will be very long and take some time to create. I may release it in instalments as I work my way through the masses of equipment that I am disposing of. I have a garage, lab, shed, second shed, Office, spare room and attic to work through !

I cannot start detailing individual equipments until,I have a decent list released as I will focus on that first. Do not underestimate the task ahead of me.... we are talking serious amounts of equipment and very little is old enough for me to just chuck in the bin as ‘not worth the effort’. I have already binned most of the old kit in previous sort outs when I was trying to compress the amount of storage I needed.

The list creation begins tomorrow. Each entry will detail the following information:

Manufacturer
Model Number
Condition
Number of available units
Any special comments

Photography is a PITA so will be provided when a serious offer is under discussion. The equipments specifications etc will be easily found on the internet for those willing to make the effort. Where not available, I will see if I can help.

Watch this space

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: philpem on April 20, 2019, 08:22:26 pm
I am about to start my major equipment disposal as I have a silly amount of test kit and cannot use it all.

I am thinking of just listing the equipment in a post and inviting offers on it as opposed to researching market values and posting forum friendly prices. Would this type of ‘sale’ be of interest or would members prefer that I list items individually and put an asking price on each ? That is more work for me so I may be less flexible on the asking price.

The equipment will include, but is not limited to,  the following......

(snip)
Signal Generators AF and RF
Function Generators
PC based VNA’s
Logic Analyzers (compact, not boat anchors !)
Lab Power Supplies
PCB pre-heaters (Pace)
Cased RF amplifiers modules (Mini-Circuits, Avantek etc)  ..... lots !

Fraser,

I'd definitely be interested in some of the above - my only worry is that I might accidentally lowball the price and offend you!

So all I'd say on that front is, if you have an idea of what you'd accept, please post it :)

The VNA and Mini-Circuits modules very much sound of interest for my ham antics, and possibly the preheater too.

Cheers,
Phil.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Specmaster on April 20, 2019, 08:28:21 pm
@Fraser, I'm interested in a reasonable RF signal generator to cover all the domestic wavebands with AM and FM modulation, so I'm eagerly awaiting the list and as someone has already mentioned your location would be a distinct advantage as those that lived close enough could elect to collect their items of choice which would further reduce your workload as no packing etc to worry about. Good luck with your clearing out of surplus gear.

And I for one, am glad to hear that it's not of the boat anchor type because I don't have the space for that, nor the strength these days to lug that kind of gear around.  :-+
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: kripton2035 on April 20, 2019, 08:29:10 pm
more or less interested in a huntron, so I'm subscribing to this thread !
thanks Fraser.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 20, 2019, 08:59:02 pm
I may be interested in some equipment. Since I'm in the UK, it may be possible for me to come and pick it up.

My preference would be for you to provide a single complete list, since that would simplify "bidding" and thereafter transportation. Basically, if I'm going to have to come a long way, e.g. Scotland, then I'd prefer it was for a decent amount of equipment.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Gyro on April 20, 2019, 09:24:59 pm
Just when I've told the wife that she's we've been spending too much!  |O
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: DC1MC on April 20, 2019, 09:38:58 pm
Hi Fraser, the LA from you was and still is a little wonder, so I'll definitely be interested.

 Cheers,
 DC1MC
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: jpb on April 20, 2019, 09:48:03 pm
Like many others, I am interested in several items but suspect I don't have the budget for some - e.g. a "modern spectrum analyser".
Others I would be interested in if they are better or at least similar spec to what I have already, e.g. frequency counters can vary between ones that are a few £10s ebay prices to ones that are £1000s even second hand.

It would be good to have a list of individual models and perhaps rough age/condition. A ball park price would be good but I understand that is adding to the work load.


jpb
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 09:53:41 pm
I will work on the longest list possible over the next few days and provide it here. It will take a while to do, as you can imagine. I will basically be listing almost all of my test kit as I just do not do the work that needs it any more. I have a very nice Tektronix 200 / Huntron 210 tracker unit for DSO use that I have not fired up in years .... such a waste ! There is some nice high end R&S kit as well. It is nice to own but a waste if not used :( For those who have shown an interest on the R&S communications analyser...... it is the gorgeous CMD not a CMU :) I have several nice compact Marconi 2022 RF sig gens, N R&S RF sig gen and a very nice modern Agilent RF Sig Gen :)

So much kit... it becomes mind boggling. I used to be very involved in RF work but that has been replaced by thermal imaging cameras these days. The RF kit just sits unused, but still cared for ! I tended to buy “one and a spare” where able so there is a lot of equipment duplication :)

There will also be the smaller stuff that can prove useful like HF High Voltage probes for oscilloscopes. We are talking real HV as well, not wimpy 500V stuff! There will be all manner of weird stuff for sure. You never know, it might be exactly what you were looking for. I will be rehoming some HP LogicDart logic analysers with their probe sets that are as rare as hens teeth these days :)

This could end up to be good fun and I promise, I will not be insulted by offers that are too low for me to accept. I will just be very honest and we still may be able to come to a price we can both live with :) I am not looking to fleece anyone, only trying to recover some investment to keep the bank manager (my wife) happy. This could be a great opportunity for someone wanting to set up their own electronics lab. I basically have enough kit for maybe a dozen well equipped labs :)

There will be some thermal cameras being re-homed as I have too many of them, but they will likely be a separate ‘sale’ as I will have to do some serious soul searching to part with some of them.

Before anyone gets worried for my mental health..... no I am not having some sort of crisis. I have had health issues that I am recovering from that limited my electronics activity and the loss of my favourite cat rocked my World recently. Putting life into perspective, I have far too many material things that I do not use or need. It is better that I liquidate them and use the money raised to enjoy life with my family :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bd139 on April 20, 2019, 10:00:31 pm
An excellent perspective on life. I've tried to do the same recently but failed over and over again :(

Put me down for a Marconi 2022 :)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 20, 2019, 10:04:51 pm
I am owned by my possessions.

Too many fun things to do, too little time to do them. We live in a time where, compared to our childhood, there is an embarrassment of riches.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bd139 on April 20, 2019, 10:06:21 pm
<< insert: Pink Floyd - Time >>
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 10:19:05 pm
Correction, the R&S communications unit is a CMS and not a CMD. I think it is the CMS 52. It can test both transmitters and receivers .... lovely bit of kit in perfect condition.

I do have the Advantest branded R&S CMD but as many will know, this is a digital test kit that is not really much use for anything except what it was intended for. That will be sold very cheaply ! Nice condition so good for parts and the case.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Mr. Scram on April 20, 2019, 10:33:54 pm
I mildly hate you for timing this exactly wrong. ;D
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: _Wim_ on April 20, 2019, 10:43:00 pm
So cruel of you telling us about this list BEFORE you made the list. How can we sleep now and risk we miss your post  :scared:

Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 10:46:24 pm
I can always post a warning that the list will be uploaded at a specific time, on a specific day then you are forewarned about it :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: digsys on April 20, 2019, 10:47:24 pm
Quote from: Fraser
... major equipment disposal as I have a silly amount of test kit and cannot use it all ... 
WTF is a "silly" amount of equipment ??? Have you had a brain scan recently ? Like asking a wife if she has enough shoes !!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: wilfred on April 20, 2019, 11:24:13 pm

Photography is a PITA so will be provided when a serious offer is under discussion. The equipments specifications etc will be easily found on the internet for those willing to make the effort. Where not available, I will see if I can help.

Watch this space

Fraser

I really think good photos will generate serious offers more than without them. I also encourage you to consider casting a wide net on Ebay. My experience has been for stuff that is occasional on Ebay as opposed to unusual you will more than cover the Ebay/Paypal fees. You just need two cashed up buyers interested.

Since you have a large amount you will find after the first dozen or so you get into a rhythm.  Photos are not hard if you set up a permanent place to do it. At the very least you should show every thing that is included. People see that much more than a list of things. They'll still ask questions but that is as much about seeing if, or how, you respond.

My other advice is to break the task up into manageable portions of related stuff. What you want to do is get buyers interested in multiple things so that they think about amortising the travel cost to collect over multiple items. Also this means buyers (on Ebay) will see one thing and look at what else you are selling.

By all means try and get a fair price on the forum but you don't want to be looking back wondering. Well I wouldn't.
 
Good luck.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 20, 2019, 11:59:46 pm
Fair comments.

The problem with eBay these days is that they force you to become a business seller if you sell too much over a short period of time. No thanks to that. Then there is the eBay buyer demographic...... it seems to have changed. There are a lot more dishonest buyers on there these days. I do not need the hassle of parts thieves and scammers claiming fictitious issues with equipment :( eBay used to be great but I fear it has become a far more risky place to sell. I will be shifting large amounts of kit over a relatively short period of time. That is my objective and sadly eBay may not be the best solution for me at this time.

I always said I would list the equipment here first to give people the opportunity to gain a piece of equipment at a sensible price. I am not giving it away though :)

I will make my list and consider the photographic side of things. I had always intended to provide full details and pictures to forum members who showed genuine interest in kit but documenting to that level for every piece of kit will be a mammoth task. I will think carefully about what can be achieved easily and the ‘advertising’ format. Thank you for taking the time to provide good advice.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: harnon on April 21, 2019, 02:32:21 am
Aw man my test equipment consists of a 15y.o. multimeter and a $6 logic analyser, it must take serious dedication to accumulate so much cool stuff :) I'm considering taking the plunge for a DSO, so I'll be watching in case you have anything "entry level", assuming you are willing to ship internationally?
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: IconicPCB on April 21, 2019, 02:38:04 am
 :popcorn:
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: VK5RC on April 21, 2019, 03:37:10 am
Thanks for the heads up. :)
Rob
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: _Wim_ on April 21, 2019, 05:45:12 am
I can always post a warning that the list will be uploaded at a specific time, on a specific day then you are forewarned about it :)

Fraser

From reading the messages, I think you should ask Dave to add additional EEVBlog server capacity first to handle the user peak ::)

Maybe you should first buy some more gear (around a 100 of well-equipped labs comes to mind  ;)), because it is not like most of us consider owning "only" a single lab of gear sufficient, so we still need plenty of gear!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: nfmax on April 21, 2019, 07:51:18 am
Fraser,

I admire you but do not wish to emulate you  ;)

I will keep an eye open for your lists. One thing attracted me instantly - the gooseneck camera(s). My partner's visually handicapped mother lost all her magnifying and OCR to speech equipment in a recent house fire. Have found a new reader, but infuriatingly it will only display the page unmagnified. This might do the trick, if it doesn't take up too much space.

And thanks for all your advice on thermal imaging over the last couple of years!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Brumby on April 21, 2019, 10:46:28 am
Oh my.  This is cruel... empty pockets and more than 10,000 miles.

Bring on the list!  :D
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 21, 2019, 12:15:07 pm
I am glad that I started this thread as I have received some very good feedback and advice. Thanks to all who have commented.

It has been suggested by more than one person that I am setting myself up for the ‘perfect storm’ and upon reflection this seems to be true.

If I produce just a basic list detailing equipment, I will likely receive many requests for information, postage quotes and pictures.This combined with managing incoming offers and dispatching equipment to buyers could prove unmanageable for me.

With this in mind I will have to be sensible about how I list the equipment. I can avoid some question duplication by providing pictures and an estimated value on which to base offers. I may also be able to include approximate postage for the UK as well. This is all going to take time and updates on progress will appear here. It is very likely that there will be a ‘batch release’ system employed to manage the incoming communications, responses and dispatching of items. This will not please those wishing to gather together several items but I have to manage the workload or it will turn into Chaos.

Watch this space

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: jpb on April 21, 2019, 12:21:41 pm
Perhaps you should borrow a disused town-centre shop then it could be like the Harrods Sale in the old days with people queuing and fighting each other to get the TV on offer! :)

I'm looking forward to the fun, and am already practicing self-restraint exercises in case I go mad and buy a room-sized X-ray machine or some other fun but not fit-able into my study piece of kit!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 21, 2019, 12:38:27 pm
With this in mind I will have to be sensible about how I list the equipment. I can avoid some question duplication by providing pictures and an estimated value on which to base offers. I may also be able to include approximate postage for the UK as well. This is all going to take time and updates on progress will appear here. It is very likely that there will be a ‘batch release’ system employed to manage the incoming communications, responses and dispatching of items. This will not please those wishing to gather together several items but I have to manage the workload or it will turn into Chaos.

Yes, managing the chaos is a key consideration!

Photos are optional for me, except where there are many accessories included. I would be content with looking up full information elsewhere, and content that you would state anything that might reasonably be seen in a photo.

I think an "estimated value" is sensible. You might like to phrase that as "open for tender bids, suggested minimum, but might entertain lower offers". The latter would allow:
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: mnementh on April 21, 2019, 03:59:57 pm
*wibble* 

mnem
:scared:
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: grizewald on April 21, 2019, 06:00:15 pm
Thank goodness it's pay day in four days time. Hopefully, there will be something left!  :scared:
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 21, 2019, 06:13:42 pm
The equipment details will likely take until the end of this month, or very close to it, to produce :) Payment date is negotiable anyway :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: woodchips on April 21, 2019, 07:33:55 pm
Interesting, does it all work?

Where did it come from?

I ask because I was in a similar position about 10 years ago, to clear hundreds of bits of test equipment bought from the government sales, mainly Ramco. I had a 40' container stuffed full, all went on ebay which, as has been said, worked in those days.

To be honest your best bet is simply to give it to an auction house and let buyers fight over it there. Some will even buy the whole lot off you so you know what you will end up with.

Been asked, no reply, where are you in the UK? Nearest town?

What a lot of work! Been there, been tired! Bought lots of cardboard boxes and bubble wrap, not now thanks.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: aargee on April 21, 2019, 10:40:34 pm
Hmmm.. trip to the UK coming up in June/July. That's a possible financial/baggage concern on top of the travel, let alone SWMBO.  ;D

Good luck with the sale, I'll try to be considerate with any interest I show.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: nctnico on April 22, 2019, 09:41:53 am
I am glad that I started this thread as I have received some very good feedback and advice. Thanks to all who have commented.

It has been suggested by more than one person that I am setting myself up for the ‘perfect storm’ and upon reflection this seems to be true.

If I produce just a basic list detailing equipment, I will likely receive many requests for information, postage quotes and pictures.This combined with managing incoming offers and dispatching equipment to buyers could prove unmanageable for me.
MCS Testequipment listed a whole bunch of their excess equipment a while ago. The had a single lines per item which listed manufacturer, model number, options, state and (fixed) price. I think we can be sure your equipment is in pristine condition or according to the description so pictures may not be necessary. If something doesn't sell you can lower the price. Don't have several bidding wars on your doorstep.

Most of the work will be in packaging and postage but most of the tarrifs are weight and destination based. The postal service should have a table which lists the postage costs in an easy table (usually local, EU, Europe and world wide).

Maybe you can ask Toploser for help? He seems to be setup for sending all kinds of equipment.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: mikeselectricstuff on April 22, 2019, 10:09:34 am
. (Example: I've just picked up a dekatron counter merely because I don't have any dekatrons; I wouldn't pay much for that!)

Dekatrons and other obsolete digital displays are quite sought-after - if you pick up an old dekatron counter for junk prices, chances are you can make a decent profit parting out the tubes and sockets.
More so for rarer displays like projection & edge-lit units. nixies less so unless they're big.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bd139 on April 22, 2019, 10:35:06 am
Indeed. The prices are ridiculous as well. I am lurking for an SP353 panaplex display for a Heathkit calculator. Not worth paying £30 for one module!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Psi on April 22, 2019, 11:02:16 am
You could post a basic thread per item with image / model number/ condition. People can look up specs themselves
Then people can post to say "I'm located in country/city ZYZ and i'd pay $xyz for that"
You can just pick someone and accept their offer whenever you decide to.

The important thing with this method is that you are in control.
You don't have to pick the person with the highest bid, you can use other factors in your decision
You can pick someone who is located nearby if you don't want to ship the item far etc..
You can pick someone right away if you want to sell fast, or wait a week or two for more offers if its something you want to take some time with.
You can pick someone who has a genuine use for the item according to what they say in their post.
It's also very easy for you to just ignore posts.

I think that would be easier than trying to sort out 1000's of emails or PMs
Or trying to do it in a single big thread
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: wilfred on April 22, 2019, 11:10:24 am
I think we can be sure your equipment is in pristine condition or according to the description so pictures may not be necessary.

The old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" was never more apt than when posting a for sale notice. People who have no reason to trust Fraser also have money to spend. The benefit of photos is both to extract money and to help lessen the aggravation that comes from not having them. It is better to let people see the condition in a photo than to hope their imagination is accurate.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Psi on April 22, 2019, 11:11:58 am
Yeah, unfortunately (for him) i do think he needs to take pics
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Towger on April 22, 2019, 11:48:19 am
Yeah, unfortunately (for him) i do think he needs to take pics

You just want me tempted for photos of IC-R9000's, which I should buy because:
1. I can't afford 1k+
2. SWMBO.
3. No time/children.
4. 90+ capacitors which may need replacing.  Especially if was used for years for Her Magesty's listening pleasure.
5. They run hot.
6. CRT and related problems.
7. They are large and heavy.
8. R9500 is better.
 
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 12:08:13 pm
Thanks guys, very helpful posts 👍

From very recent experience (over the past few days, it is amazing how trusting people have been towards me on purchases involving significant sums of money ! I must have an honest face :)

I like the idea by Psi of making individual listings and just inviting interest. I can still include a ‘filter’ by asking for offers over £xxx to help potential buyers. I agree on the picture front and it saves me posting pictures to individual interested parties :)

This is all excellent food for thought and I really appreciate the xcellent advice. My health dictates how quickly I can operate so I do need some sort of sensible plan in order to not become overwhelmed. I am, after all, effectively doing a ‘technical house clearance sale’. I have accumulated an awful lot of goof quality equipment as part of my ‘addiction’ and it is really quite scary when I see just how much have to work through.

To answer a few questions that have been placed in this thread.

1. All the equipment is mine from my accumulation over the years.

2. I buy nice kit and not junk and I care for it

3. I am essentially selling all of my personal lab test equipment as I am just not that involved in R&D electronics any more. I am 51 and moving into a new phase in my life with new priorities. I will keep the  essential tools of the trade to work on and repair electronics but I find that I do not need the very expensive and advanced test equipment for that anymore. I can repair most equipment with my eyes, nose, decent multimeter, oscilloscope, logic analyzer and solder rework stations :)

4. I will continue to enjoy working with thermal imaging equipment but even on that front, I need to rehome the excess as owning over 80 thermal cameras is a little excessive :) I am not a museum or exhibition after all :)

5. Regarding operating condition. All my lab test equipment is in good working order. I do have ‘for parts’ or ‘repair project’ equipment I have never got around to looking at but these are not my test equipment. They were bought to amuse me or for repairing other equipment. I can put such equipment up for sale but where values are low I may be better served to either send it to the scrap recycling or place it on eBay to help someone in the world repair their faulty kit. If the return is not worth my time to pack and dispatch, sadly the kit goes in the bin. I gave little other option. I could group faulty kit into bulk lots but return could still be low compared to the effort of packing. I pack all equipment properly and it can take me a mist of an evening to pack a large heavy piece of equipment. For one known faulty equipment will be either binned (basically rubbish projects that never got started) or left until the good kit has gone and I have more time.

6. I am non commercial..... just an electronics technician who is/was dedicated to his hobby and spent too much on ‘toys’ by multiple duplications of capability! As a non commercial seller of the equipment, I ask to be treated fairly with offers. I am not just ‘ditching’ a container load of ex MoD equipment onto the market or trying to make a fast buck. The difference between this request on this forum and saying it on eBay is that my experience has shown forum members respect that request in many cases. I have already received firm and fair offers on two pieces of expensive equipment that I have advertised and have accepted them. It is important to me that both parties are content with a deal :)

7. It is true to say that this is an excellent opportunity for someone to effectively buy a decent electronics lab in one purchase if they so desire. I have multiple equipment duplications as already stated. It offers an opportunity to ‘cherry pick’ from one source of quality equipment rather than trawling eBay for years as I have to accumulate such kit. It cannot be for free or even bargain prices however as I cannot afford to give away equipment when it can provide essential funds for my life going forwards. This is why offers on equipment that I sold in the past have caused mr some concern.Students offering $100 for an equipment that sells used for over $700 are likely to be disappointed as. Just cannot work with such an offer. It is not that I am being mean, I just have to be practical. I am not working and have financial commitments  so I am effectively worse off than many students :)

8. Collection ? Absolutely ! I welcome equipment collection and would look favourably on offers that involved collection as it makes my life so much easier and equipment can be shown working.  I am located near Milton Keynes so in the midlands.

I hope this little post is helpful in understanding what is going on here. Just a professional tech who also had electronics as a serious hobby for over 40 years and who’s life is taking a change of direction whilst maintaining basic repair and maintenance capabilities :) In my experience, my most powerful and capable tool is my mind. It has served me well and was trained to be highly adaptable in specialist in some technical areas. I do not need masses of test equipment to serve that mind and no, it is not included in the sale :)

Finally .... I made a poor taste joke with my wife about me dropping dead or her getting fed up with me and wanting a divorce...... her response ...... NOT UNTIL YOU CLEAR ALL YOUR GEAR oUT IF THE HOUSE !

She still loves me really :) She is right though, If I dropped dead, there would be an awful lot of kit to shift to the local recycling centre !

I attach a photo of me in case people like to see the face of the person they are dealing with. I am friendly, honest, kind and honourable :) I have a very strong and active moral compass. I can be very professional, unemotional and ‘hard’ in my professional life. It just went with the territory in my job role. Very much like a Soldier has to be...... just look at the Facebook pictures of soldiers rescuing kittens..... we can be hard as steel one moment and soft as butter the next, as the situation requires. I do not normally bite :)

Fraser



Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: dunkemhigh on April 22, 2019, 12:37:45 pm
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MCS Testequipment listed a whole bunch of their excess equipment a while ago. The had a single lines per item which listed manufacturer, model number, options, state and (fixed) price.

The problem I have with their listing is that I have no idea what the product numbers mean. There are FAR too many to Google and after ten or so I'm off to something more interesting, like watching paint dry.

But I often buy stuff I didn't know I needed before I saw it. A single photo might get my interest (and they're a lot quicker to scan than Google some weirdo aphanum, though I appreciate they're more hassle to list). Failing that, just tell me what the damn thing is and even that might spark my interest.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 12:49:48 pm
Towger .... just to wreck you day....1K ? Naaaaaah think waaaaaaay less than that. Not 24/7/365 used, CRT’s have some minor burn-in (as would be a expected) but still bright. I also have a spare CRT ;) Heavy ... yes, large.... yes...... knackered capacitors ? No idea. They worked fine last time I fired them up and it is the PSU capacitors that got cooked in Government units. As part of the upgrades carried out on my two, they had PAPST mains powered fans on their rear air port to forced air cool them throughout their operational deployment :) These are special units and likely unique :)

Price ? South of £500 ..... maybe a lot less :)

Sorry if I have put a ‘worm’ in your brain :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Psi on April 22, 2019, 12:59:46 pm
She is right though, If I dropped dead, there would be an awful lot of kit to shift to the local recycling centre !

Yep, i had the misfortune of seeing that happen to someone.
I heard about a massive amount of electronics being sold because the person who had collected it for 60 years had passed away and their wife had no idea how to get rid of it all. 
I visited there maybe 5 times buying lots of good stuff. We are talking about a massive 3 story house packed to the brim with electronics components.  In my life i have never seen that much electronics packed into a house like that and i doubt i ever will again.

Anyway, after a few months of sales around 1/3 the stuff was sold but still a massive amount remained. Including an entire room we couldn't really get to because it was full of boxes floor to ceiling blocking entry.

Sadly there was a house fire and the house got badly fire damaged.

The guy who passed away had all sorts of random powered up electronics running all throughout the basement and no one knew what it actually did. Wires running into boxes with leds/buttons on them. I'm guessing some of that stuff shorted out from all the foot traffic and people buying stuff and that caused the fire, but i dunno for sure.

Here's a video of the basement level that a friend took http://y2u.be/eUbnS-vcDQs (http://y2u.be/eUbnS-vcDQs)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 01:01:42 pm
Towger,

Just to be really cruel, I will also be rehoming an AOR AR3000A PLUS, an AOR AR5000A PLUS, AOR SDU5000’s (cheap!) , AOR SDU5500’s, ICOM PCR1000 (PC Radio), ICOM PCR2500 (PC Radio), ICOM 7000, ICOM7100, TENTEC 320 HF PC radio. Lots of AOR active loop aerials and a Brand new RF Systems DX One MKII :) (the eggbeater loop) Then there are a large number of Lowe HF receivers, accessories, RF Systems active whip antennas and masses of spares :) (I was one of the main UK sources of HF150 spares).

I will be selling an ‘as new’ boxed TRIO KENWOD R1000( I always liked that receiver) and  Yausu FRG1 in great condition :) I have a lot of radio equipment to sell as I was an RF tech and Amateur Radio enthusiast early on in my career. It all needs new homes now :)

Fraser

Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bd139 on April 22, 2019, 01:03:21 pm
BRB getting a mortgage sorted :-DD
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 22, 2019, 01:14:48 pm
I have accumulated an awful lot of goof quality equipment...

Tee hee.

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Regarding operating condition. All my lab test equipment is in good working order. I do have ‘for parts’ or ‘repair project’ equipment I have never got around to looking at but these are not my test equipment. They were bought to amuse me or for repairing other equipment. I can put such equipment up for sale but where values are low I may be better served to either send it to the scrap recycling or place it on eBay to help someone in the world repair their faulty kit.
...
For one known faulty equipment will be either binned

I don't think you have much to lose by listing it, especially if you mark it "faulty, for collection only". Let other people save you a trip to the tip!


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7. It is true to say that this is an excellent opportunity for someone to effectively buy a decent electronics lab in one purchase if they so desire. I have multiple equipment duplications as already stated. It offers an opportunity to ‘cherry pick’ from one source of quality equipment rather than trawling eBay for years as I have to accumulate such kit. It cannot be for free or even bargain prices however as I cannot afford to give away equipment when it can provide essential funds for my life going forwards. This is why offers on equipment that I sold in the past have caused mr some concern.Students offering $100 for an equipment that sells used for over $700 are likely to be disappointed as. Just cannot work with such an offer. It is not that I am being mean, I just have to be practical. I am not working and have financial commitments  so I am effectively worse off than many students :)

Very reasonable.

As a buyer I don't know how to get around the issue of offering a price, especially if I would like more than one piece but only have money for one piece.

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8. Collection ? Absolutely ! I welcome equipment collection and would look favourably on offers that involved collection as it makes my life so much easier and equipment can be shown working.  I am located near Milton Keynes so in the midlands.

Bugger. That's nearer than I was expecting.

I'd be happy to pick stuff up in the afternoon of Sunday 19th May.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 01:23:28 pm
Oh and for the ‘time-nuts’ I will be selling both my Thunderbolt GPSDO’s complete with the LCD display unit and a ice cream cone amplified GPS antenna :). I also have a 5MHz GPSDO from Racal ? I forget the manufacturer. Nice fully cased unit complete with software :)

I also have a Brand new professional and very nice GPS time server :)

For ‘volt-nuts’ I have a small TIME variable voltage reference unit. Measures around 4” x 3” x 1” and has a multi turn dial on the front.

It will all get listed on this forum first so keep your eyes open :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: exe on April 22, 2019, 01:38:35 pm
Writing here just to be subscribed (too many notifications from this thread to my email).

Not sure what I'd like to buy, but let's see. Not attaching any pictures yet because I don't think people need to see my face :). Anyway, this is a clever marketing. Nothing is on sale yet, yet many people are watching the thread every day :)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 02:16:25 pm
‘Marketing’ is not my forte 😄 Maybe people just cannot resist the chance of a very nice piece of equipment at a very fair price ? 😉

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Ero-Shan on April 22, 2019, 04:44:08 pm
Oh and for the ‘time-nuts’ I will be selling both my Thunderbolt GPSDO’s complete with the LCD display unit and a ice cream cone amplified GPS antenna :). I also have a 5MHz GPSDO from Racal ? I forget the manufacturer. Nice fully cased unit complete with software :)

I also have a Brand new professional and very nice GPS time server :)

For ‘volt-nuts’ I have a small TIME variable voltage reference unit. Measures around 4” x 3” x 1” and has a multi turn dial on the front.

It will all get listed on this forum first so keep your eyes open :)

Fraser

All this teasing ain't good for my health ...

For me, a likely obstacle will be the method of payment, as I do not have a PayPal account. However, while the UK is still in the EU, money transfer might work also.

My eyes are wide open!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: SeanB on April 22, 2019, 05:44:04 pm
Fraser, you have a solid reputation here on this forum, so are going to have a good sale, like Ian does when he gets stuff.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 22, 2019, 06:14:57 pm

6. ... As a non commercial seller of the equipment, I ask to be treated fairly with offers. I am not just ‘ditching’ a container load of ex MoD equipment onto the market or trying to make a fast buck. ...

7. ... It cannot be for free or even bargain prices however as I cannot afford to give away equipment when it can provide essential funds for my life going forwards. This is why offers on equipment that I sold in the past have caused mr some concern.Students offering $100 for an equipment that sells used for over $700 are likely to be disappointed as. Just cannot work with such an offer. ...

Hi Fraser,

Since you've mentioned the gist of the above a few times in the thread, it may be beneficial to adjust the title of the thread from, "Frasers equipment disposal begins," to something that sounds less like you're having a fire sale or skip filling weekend. For example, "Fraser's equipment rehoming sale begins," or if you want to spice it up more, "Fraser's equipment rehoming extravaganza begins," may suffice.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:37:44 pm
Thanks for the comments :) Post title 'tweaked'  :)

OK, I had to dig a PC VNA out of my lab for a buyer today so took the opportunity to snap some quick pictures of the sort of kit that will be up fro re-homing. The pictures are quick and dirty and the equipment is straight out of my storage so dusty etc. It will be cleaned before sales pictures etc.

There is a LOT more of this type of equipment in my spare room and office so this is really just a teaser or sampler to provide an insight into what I have. I have a stack of Marconi test equipment in the spare room that was just too much effort to get to so that will appear in the proper selling posts.

Before anyone comments... these pictures are just for fun and teasing, they are not the formal offers of sale that will be a description and proper pictures on multiple sides.

Enjoy :)

Fraser

Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:39:54 pm
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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:41:40 pm
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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:44:20 pm
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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 22, 2019, 06:47:30 pm
Wow! Now who's being cruel? :-DD
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:47:42 pm
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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:49:56 pm
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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:51:33 pm
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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 06:52:33 pm
Last pictures......
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 22, 2019, 06:59:23 pm
 :scared:

I guess it's a good thing (for me my wife) that we're separated by an ocean. ^-^
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: PA0PBZ on April 22, 2019, 07:00:06 pm
Come on Fraser, you have enough items there, there's no need to double post  ;D

(The R&S APN62)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 22, 2019, 07:13:06 pm
Oooops, I obviously selected the wrong image :) I will delete it :)

All of that kit was in just three cupboards and a couple of racks in my lab ! There is so much more in storage because I did not use it often. My back is killing me just from today's activities.... this equipment sale could be the death of me  ;D

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 22, 2019, 07:30:30 pm
Save your back by not taking such good photos on a desk. Auction houses just take photos of the stuff on a shelf, with adjacent items partly shown in the margins.

Save your back by doing a "Salvage Hunters", and let wannabe Drew Pritchards wander around, chat and discuss offers.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Specmaster on April 22, 2019, 07:37:02 pm
Wow Fraser, thats a huge load of some very good kit there, most of it is way above my level but there are a couple of items there that caught my eye and I would be very interested in but as a senior citizen, funds are considerably tight so it would for me all hinge upon the sort of price your looking for them. The 2 items of interest to me are the Marconi 2022 and the Uni-T UT81.

I'm in Essex, Chelmsford to be precise and depending on where you are, I'd be happy to come and pick them up so no packing etc to get involved in providing you're within 2 or 3 hours or so drive from me.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: eb4eqa on April 22, 2019, 07:40:56 pm
Reply notification on...

I shouldn't be doing this, I hate myself.
I shouldn't be doing this, I hate myself.
I shouldn't be doing this, I hate myself.
I shouldn't be doing this, I hate myself.
I shouldn't be doing this, I hate myself.


Best regards!
Roberto EB4EQA
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: orion242 on April 23, 2019, 01:14:16 am
What do you want for the handheld Tek scope?
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 23, 2019, 01:19:05 am
I didn't know Tabor was an OEM for Global Specialties. I knew they were for Keithley, Fluke, Wavetek, etc.

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/frasers-equipment-disposal-begins/?action=dlattach;attach=713409;image)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Brumby on April 23, 2019, 06:56:22 am
Wow! Now who's being cruel? :-DD

Indeed.  This is not a tease ... it's torture.

:scared:

I guess it's a good thing (for me my wife) that we're separated by an ocean. ^-^

Same here.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: mnementh on April 23, 2019, 01:39:32 pm
*Passes out* *THUDDDD-WHUMMMP!!!*

*Picks self up off floor, shaking head groggily*

Only three things keep me from invading and clearing you out by the truckload...

1) "The Pond"

2) Already mortgaged to the hilt

3) Moving, so wife would kill me... after I beat myself insensible with a clock mallet.

mnem
*insensible*
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Brumby on April 23, 2019, 01:57:37 pm
My interests are modest.  A thermal camera with a moderate resolution is the only thing I would seek.  Doesn't need to be sophisticated, although some features would be nice.

My problem is simple - funding.  Embarrassingly so.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: mnementh on April 23, 2019, 01:58:49 pm
She is right though, If I dropped dead, there would be an awful lot of kit to shift to the local recycling centre !
Yep, i had the misfortune of seeing that happen to someone. (SNIP) Here's a video of the basement level that a friend took

http://y2u.be/eUbnS-vcDQs (http://y2u.be/eUbnS-vcDQs)

*cringe* And that guy was mostly interested in stuff for gold reclamation value...  :palm:

The horrifying part for me is that I'm well on my way there... my back office and garage are/were (I've hoed out the office twice since starting this move... about halfway through the garage now) very MUCH very similar textbook examples of JENGA (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/test-equipment-anonymous-(tea)-group-therapy-thread/) and it is only this cross-country, hopefully international move that is making me re-evaluate my natural junk hoarding tech treasure collecting predilection. And I've been chipping away at my own hoard for over a year already... |O

mnem
Pray for me.



Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: dkozel on April 23, 2019, 02:06:16 pm
Does any of the equipment you're planning on selling go up past 3/4 GHz? I'm local and could do a pickup. Interested in a pair of RF Siggens/vector siggens mostly. Any chance you have a USB spectrum analyzer that's going to make the sell list?
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 23, 2019, 04:07:20 pm
@dkozel,

No sadly I stopped at 3GHz for R&D and never went after higher frequency kit except 10GHz radar and satellite kit.

No USB SA's either.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Bicurico on April 23, 2019, 04:26:35 pm
I was day-dreaming and this scenario popped up in my mind: if the "Frasers equipment re-homing" would take place in a regular shop, people would probably get into a huge fight over the equipment...  :-- I guess that is just human nature, though, and I am no better than the next one.

Also, in my humble opinion, people should refrain from trying to reserve this or that equipment, by posting here saying that they particularily want a given item. I understand that is not easy to overcome, due to the many teasers provided by Fraser...

I think the best would be Fraser to simply list what he wants to sell, perhaps with a minimum price and have people make offers per PM. Fraser could then select the best "customer" for each item, based on price, shipping, friendship, whatever.

Also, instead of having Fraser go through all the trouble documenting each single item with pictures and what not, I would recommend to just make a list of the devices:

- brand
- model
- state (working/not working, as new/good/bad cosmetic appearance - this is probably not even necessary, as I assume all devices are in prestine condition)
- extra info when required (full options, special edition, etc. - anythinig that could raise the value of the device)
- minimum price expected

Fraser has such high reputation, I honestly go by his word and don't require any picture, should I be interested in any item.
And if pictures make a difference, they could be requested by PM - most items would be already sold by then, without a picture...

But I have to say, that my main concern is with Fraser himself:

I hope you are well - I got worried when you mentioned health problems at age 51! Hopefully it is nothing serious and you get well, soon.

I understand the need to get rid of too many items and revert them back to money. Just take care to not sell any item that you will miss afterwards!

Plus, don't let this be any mid-life crisis driving you out of a temporary emotion.

Otherwise, I admire anyone capable of parting with material objects which are no longer required. I am currently not able to do that, as I give each item "my value" instead of the much lower "real value"...

And on topic: Please do make an effort to specify a minimum price and then allow people to make offers. I would not want to give you any insultingly low offer for any of your devices and would actually rather prefer to refrain from making any offer at all!

This puts me in a conflict: wanting get more test equipment at low prices (because that would be the only reason to get them in the first place, as I definitely don't need more test equipment) without having a bad feeling in regards of you (because I truly respect you for your contributions to this forum).

Kind regards,
Vitor
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 23, 2019, 08:46:10 pm
Fear not, no mid life crisis, just a significant change in life priorities !

I have been putting off selling kit for ages and the loss of my Ollie cat just focused my mind on what was truly important to me.

I used to do a lot of weird and wonderful electronics related stuff at work and at home. I progressed from a practitioner to a manager at work and maintained my interest in electronics as my hobby. For the record, having a hobby that is basically an extension of your work life can be unhealthy ! Whilst I was working I earned overtime on special duties and that enabled me to buy the odd piece of equipment, AV equipment and my beloved Mini Moke. I do not seem to have any built in limiter when it comes to buying things I like. As a Gemini, perfectionist and Pessimist, I like to buy "one and a spare"  in case one fails but I often bought several pieces of equipment that had basically the same capability. That could be called greed, but I prefer to say , I just liked nice equipment !

Move forwards to my current situation. I am managing a nasty illness called M.E. aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and it has taken seven years to function relatively normally but I know my limits. Hence why I have to be very careful to not become overwhelmed by sales requiring packing of kit. I take great care with packing and it tires me. I still repair the odd item and delve into new purchases as readers of my posts will know. I have found that my lab is stuffed to the gunnels with sophisticated equipment that I do not need to carry out reverse engineering and repairs. Equipment diagnostics and repair requires surprisingly little sophisticated equipment compared to R&D that can require a vast range of signal generation and monitoring systems. I do not want to do R&D at home any more, it turns me into an antisocial hermit and I would rather be paid to do that sort of work at my old employer if that is the way life takes me. My old employer had a name for guys like me who developed technological solution for the Office whilst at home.... "Men in Sheds" they even started an official MiS program to encourage techs to be inventive at home as well as in the office. That was how a lot of clever kit was developed in the "good old days". I am burying that part of my life as its time has come and gone. For me my family now comes first and my long suffering wife needs to see these piles of equipment heading out of the door rather than sitting collecting dust in two rooms of our house ! I have no argument against that desire.

So fear not readers, Fraser has not "lost the plot" and I will keep enough essential core equipment to carry out the sorts of repairs and reverse engineering that I still enjoy. I will continue with my interest in thermal imaging technology but even that needs some  sorting and selling of excess kit. That will be hard as I love the technology. There is a lot of money tied up in cameras that never leave their Pelicases though !

TTFN

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: tautech on April 23, 2019, 08:57:09 pm
My interests are modest.  A thermal camera with a moderate resolution is the only thing I would seek.  Doesn't need to be sophisticated, although some features would be nice.
+1 when Fraser gets around to his spare thermal stuff.  :)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Mechatrommer on April 23, 2019, 11:05:20 pm
Move forwards to my current situation. I am managing a nasty illness called M.E. aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and it has taken seven years to function relatively normally but I know my limits.
thats bad, have you tried to do something about it? for example https://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-secret-to-healing-from-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.html (https://www.care2.com/greenliving/the-secret-to-healing-from-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.html) for years i experienced back pain that i cant walk straight, until i found the right supplement for it a couple of years ago. i blame myself for being a computer addict sitting 24/7 since i own one 20+ years ago i've been considering a computer is my 1st wife and my wife is the 2nd wife. now i'm combatting the pain with a supplementary pill every day, another pill for the eyes. my eyes also starting up (cannot focus both far and near objects, although i play with near objects like soldering and tinkering every time. and sometime a strain of weird colorful crystals fly over my eyes side to side when its not actually there. i guess at 40+ of age all kind of sickness revealed and being a mechatrommer (jack of all trades) is tough i think. maybe we can change idiom "life begin at 40" to "sicknesses begin at 40". luckily there's not yet a major disaster that can cripple my major work, so i'll try to stay healthy while i can by getting sweat out of my body from time to time, too long inside it can get poisonous. "yoga" or "meditation" to higher spirit several time a day, didnt they the doctor or phd guys study that we need to pause work during the day to stay effective? do not skip sleep, do not consume things that can affect our brain function etc etc. i wish you a much healthier life. cheers.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: zucca on April 24, 2019, 06:10:31 am
I'm local and could do a pickup.

To all locals there, please maybe go there and help Fraser with packing, and maybe ship the stuff for him.
Even if there is nothing for you, a nice chat with him and a walk in his IR Camera Museum it is something you will not find anywhere.

Also,
Quote
X-Ray cameras with built in MCP image intensifier
this is something I would die to buy it from his hands. Do I really need it or do I have room in my lab for it?  No of course. :horse:

Fraser I wish all the best for the future, if you will be in Munich one day PM me, I would love to buy you a beer.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: jpb on April 24, 2019, 08:24:36 am
Fraser I wish all the best for the future, if you will be in Munich one day PM me, I would love to buy you a beer.
My geography is getting a little rusty, but you list your country as Italy! :) I guess you take it as country of origin rather than current location?
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: zucca on April 24, 2019, 08:30:36 am
Yes!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: jpb on April 24, 2019, 08:32:23 am
Move forwards to my current situation. I am managing a nasty illness called M.E. aka Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and it has taken seven years to function relatively normally but I know my limits. Hence why I have to be very careful to not become overwhelmed by sales requiring packing of kit. I take great care with packing and it tires me.
I am sorry to read that.
My wife and younger daughter both have M.E. and have to be very careful what they do. My wife used to run marathons but now has to be very careful not to overdo even comparatively ordinary tasks.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Specmaster on April 24, 2019, 09:03:44 am
Yes!
Well I would have thought that its far better to show your current country of residence as opposed to where you where born?

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Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Mr. Scram on April 24, 2019, 09:07:59 am
Well I would have thought that its far better to show your current country of residence as opposed to where you where born?

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It does explain some quirks of the people you're dealing with. You can take the Italian out of Italy..
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 11:35:51 am
OK,

After all the helpful comments here, I have finalised my selling advertisement plan :)

Here is the précis version of said plan.

1. Items will be listed in this thread to keep things in one place.
2. Items will be photographed and any significant case damage photographed in close-up
3. There will be a basic description that will state what the unit is, it’s basic spec and my opinion of its condition. Any known faults or issues will be detailed.
4. Where shipping restrictions exist, these will be stated.
5. There will be a clear statement detailing “offers over” to provide potential buyers with an idea of where to place offers. I reserve the right to accept offers that are not the highest received. This can be due to offers of collection (no packing) or other helpful aspects of an offer, such as multiple item purchases.
6. Collection is welcomed but not essential in most cases.
7. Shipping will be by UPS due to their excellent rates and quality of service. Other carriers may be discussed on a case by case basis.
8. No warranty is offered or inferred. Any item that is deemed ‘not as described’ may be returned to me for a full refund including postage costs. I am not a cold corporation and want buyers to be happy with their purchases. I have to trust that this offer does not get abused.
9. I will require patience on the part of buyers. I can likely only pack 4 parcels per day due to my illness. I will keep buyers advised of progress and in most cases aim to ship the day after payment is received.
10. Payment will be in one of the following forms and preferably in GB Pounds (£)

Cash On collection
PayPal friends and family (as you are all my friends !)
Bank Transfer, either domestic or international.
Other methods that are safe and do not incur fees for me.

Well I think that covers what I have in mind. Comments are welcomed but please understand the reasons behind this unusual approach and remember I have no intention of fleecing anyone. I have an awful lot of equipment to sell and a challenging health situation so I need to be creative :)

For information.... the offers process does seem to work well. I was contacted via PM regarding some items including a DRS Ultra 6000 camera I advertised. I asked what the buyers wanted to pay for such an item and all of them proposed very fair (not too low or too high) offers. I have been known to counteroffer a lower amount when I think someone is offering too much ! I believe in being fair :) All four items were sold to the buyers at the offer price and both parties are happy with the deal. I have parcels going to Scotland, USA, France and Canada today so you can see I happily ship internationally. I am aware that my sales plan places buyers ‘on the spot’ but, as I have already stated, I am friendly and only get irritated if someone plays a dirty trick on me ! Making an offer that is too low is not insulting. It is just what the buyer wants to pay. Nothing wrong with that. Hopefully my ‘Offers over’ sales entry will help buyers. There will be no harm in offering a little less than the “offers over” figure but some discussion may be needed between us. Do not be afraid of insulting me... remember, this is a friendly forum where talk is good and the buyer is part of a good solution for my current situation :)

Note that responses to offers will not normally be instant. Please be patient.

Best Wishes

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Psi on April 24, 2019, 12:23:26 pm
Will offers all be done via PM or via posts in this thread?
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 12:29:11 pm
Oh definitely by PM. I am not intending to run an auction, that would be unfair !

I will also likely accept the first reasonable offer and will not hang out for the best possible offer.... that would also be unfair.

Best Wishes

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 12:34:02 pm
For those wondering when all this will ‘kick-off’ ..... I intend to start later today  :)

I am out all afternoon so will set up the photo booth and start posting this evening hopefully.
I am going on a. Expedition into the spare room so will likely be posting a lot of Marconi equipment plus some FLUKE and Advantest bench multimeters. There is another Advantest R3132 Spectrum Analyser In there as well but that may appear another day? Small beginnings for now. If I can easily get to some small stuff in the lab, like multimeters, I will see if I get time to include them as well.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment disposal begins
Post by: Towger on April 24, 2019, 02:04:50 pm
Just to be really cruel, I will also be rehoming an AOR AR3000A PLUS, an AOR AR5000A PLUS, AOR SDU5000’s (cheap!) , AOR SDU5500’s, ICOM PCR1000 (PC Radio), ICOM PCR2500 (PC Radio), ICOM 7000, ICOM7100, TENTEC 320 HF PC radio. Lots of AOR active loop aerials and a Brand new RF Systems DX One MKII :) (the eggbeater loop) Then there are a large number of Lowe HF receivers, accessories, RF Systems active whip antennas and masses of spares :) (I was one of the main UK sources of HF150 spares).

I have seen AR3000A's going for very good/low prices and resisted buying one.  Back when I was a lad they were expensive.  Still no where near a IC-R9000, which was the price of a cheap house.  As for the SDU5000, I remember seeing an article announcing it, but they never appeared for sale?  I just did a quick search to find the release date but nothing jumped out, must have been several years later.

I was saving up for a HF-150 at one stage, but ended up getting a n'th hand Yaesu FR101D, which never worked right :-(  I still have the Yaesu and matching speaker (hopefully in my parents attic), must be worth a 2nd look at now service manuals etc are available online.

The car insurance renewal quote arrived today, I don't know what hole they pulled €632 from |O How high a risk can middle age man & wife with a sensible car and low mileage be!

Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: CatalinaWOW on April 24, 2019, 02:52:32 pm
Fraser, my two cents worth.  The pictures you have posted are more than good enough.  No need to improve.  Also as mentioned by others, when the gear can be seen on shelves just snap it there.  Finally, if those pictures are what "dirty" equipment looks like you have done wonders in maintenance.  No need to clean before sale and shipping.  Save your back and energy.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: capt bullshot on April 24, 2019, 05:04:46 pm
Fraser, my two cents worth.  The pictures you have posted are more than good enough.  No need to improve.  Also as mentioned by others, when the gear can be seen on shelves just snap it there.  Finally, if those pictures are what "dirty" equipment looks like you have done wonders in maintenance.  No need to clean before sale and shipping.  Save your back and energy.

I second that. I'm really tempted to make an offer for one of the R3132s - it's hard to resist.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 06:36:53 pm
OK, quick forum etiquette question......

I normally attach images and forum members choose to open them, or not.

Some forum members past the image into the free form box so it is instantly visible at a reasonable size.
Should I insert the images into the free form box, and if so, how do you do it. I hit the image insertion icon and it just comes up with image start and stop ‘bookends’. Is such I age insertion bad for some users on limited connection speeds ?

TIA

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 24, 2019, 06:46:31 pm
OK, quick forum etiquette question......

I normally attach images and forum members choose to open them, or not.

Some forum members past the image into the free form box so it is instantly visible at a reasonable size.
Should I insert the images into the free form box, and if so, how do you do it. I hit the image insertion icon and it just comes up with image start and stop ‘bookends’. Is such I age insertion bad for some users on limited connection speeds ?

Do whatever is easiest for you, and we'll work it out!

Probably simplest to just "add attachments" and leave it at that.

If you have more than one item in a post, please set the filename to something vaguely informative before you upload it. Even "tek200-1.jpg", "tek200-2 .jpg" etc is sufficient.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: capt bullshot on April 24, 2019, 06:48:33 pm
Many users do it that way:
Attach the picture as usual and submit.
Then edit your post.
Add the image tags to the free form box and paste the link to the uploaded picture (get it by right clicking the thumbnail)
Looks like that (a randomly chosen picture of one of your previous posts):

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/frasers-equipment-disposal-begins/?action=dlattach;attach=713142;image)

Otherwise, I agree with tggzzz. The pictures you've uploaded before were just fine the way you did, no need to do anything beyond that.

Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 07:02:36 pm
Excellent. Thanks guys. I have my photo booth set up and I am about to start the ‘shoot’  ;D

Watch this space ........
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 07:38:23 pm
The "For Sale" List begins  :scared:

First sale posting coming next.............
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 07:45:12 pm
Make: AGILENT (HPAK)
Model 1252B
Type: Multimeter
Includes: All original leads and charger Plus optional U1177A Class 2 BT wireless module
Condition : New Old Stock. Never used.
Offers Over : £200 (By PM please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: This multimeter was purchased as New Old Stock and has been tested for functionality. Its calibration year is 2012. A brand new high quality rechargeable battery was fitted by me after purchase. IIRC I purchased VARTA.
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:17:04 pm
Make: KEYSIGHT (HPAK)
Model 1231A
Type: Multimeter
Includes: All original leads
Condition : New. Never used.
Offers Over : £25 (By PM please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: This multimeter is New. Its calibration year is 2017.
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:27:12 pm
Make: FLUKE
Model: 8840A
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 0009
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £50 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: AC09 and IEEE 05 options are NOT fitted. Handle and handle cheeks not fitted

Specifications: https://nscainc.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/F_8840A-AF.pdf (https://nscainc.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/F_8840A-AF.pdf)
Manual: https://www.artisantg.com/info/PDF__466C756B655F38383430415F4D616E75616C.pdf (https://www.artisantg.com/info/PDF__466C756B655F38383430415F4D616E75616C.pdf)
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:29:16 pm
Make: FLUKE
Model: 8840A
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 8031
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £60 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: AC09 and IEEE 05 options ARE fitted.

Specifications: https://nscainc.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/F_8840A-AF.pdf (https://nscainc.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/F_8840A-AF.pdf)
Manual: https://www.artisantg.com/info/PDF__466C756B655F38383430415F4D616E75616C.pdf (https://www.artisantg.com/info/PDF__466C756B655F38383430415F4D616E75616C.pdf)
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:31:48 pm
Make: FLUKE
Model: 8840A
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 3107
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £60 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: AC09 is NOT fitted. IEEE 05 option IS fitted.

Specifications: https://nscainc.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/F_8840A-AF.pdf (https://nscainc.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/F_8840A-AF.pdf)
Manual: https://www.artisantg.com/info/PDF__466C756B655F38383430415F4D616E75616C.pdf (https://www.artisantg.com/info/PDF__466C756B655F38383430415F4D616E75616C.pdf)
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:40:12 pm
Make: Advantest
Model:R6441A
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 0675
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £35 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: Includes AC measurement

Specifications: https://www.valuetronics.com/pub/media/vti/datasheets/Advantest%20R6441%20Series.pdf (https://www.valuetronics.com/pub/media/vti/datasheets/Advantest%20R6441%20Series.pdf)
Manual: https://elektrotanya.com/advantest_r6441_dmm_user_manual.pdf/download.html (https://elektrotanya.com/advantest_r6441_dmm_user_manual.pdf/download.html)
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:41:46 pm
Make: Advantest
Model:R6441B
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 4298
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £40 (by PM please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: Includes AC measurement

Specifications: https://www.valuetronics.com/pub/media/vti/datasheets/Advantest%20R6441%20Series.pdf (https://www.valuetronics.com/pub/media/vti/datasheets/Advantest%20R6441%20Series.pdf)
Manual: https://elektrotanya.com/advantest_r6441_dmm_user_manual.pdf/download.html (https://elektrotanya.com/advantest_r6441_dmm_user_manual.pdf/download.html)
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:48:27 pm
Make: Advantest
Model:TR6845
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 1276
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Fair
Offers Over : £20 (by PM please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: Includes AC measurement. Small chip in plastic on left side at front (pictures)

Specifications: ?
Manual: ?
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 09:50:11 pm
Make: Advantest
Model:TR687
Type: Bench Multimeter
Serial Number: 1571
Includes: Multimeter only
Condition : Fair
Offers Over : £20 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: Includes AC measurement.

Specifications: ?
Manual: ?
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:01:07 pm

UNDER OFFER


Make: Anritsu
Model: MF1601A
Type: Bench Frequency Counter - 0.1mHz to 1GHz
Serial Number: 5284
Includes: Frequency Counter unit only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £60 (by PM please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: Contains OCXO, Rear feet have been removed. Small dents in display plastics (pictured)
Note: Internal test display shown in the pictures is correct, there is not a missing digit !

Specifications:

http://usedpribor.ru/data/Anritsu_MF160xA.pdf (http://usedpribor.ru/data/Anritsu_MF160xA.pdf) 
 
https://testequipmentconnection.com/specs/Anritsu_MF1601A.PDF (https://testequipmentconnection.com/specs/Anritsu_MF1601A.PDF)

Manual: ?
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:12:12 pm
Make: Marconi
Model:2022
Type: Bench/portable RF Signal Generator with OCXO -  10kHz to 1GHz
Serial Number: 9013
Includes: Signal Generator only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £250 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments: IEEE option fitted, Fan is slightly noisy and may need a lubrication service. Handle removed but a replacement can be provided if needed.

Specifications: https://www.sglabs.it/public/Marconi_2022.pdf (https://www.sglabs.it/public/Marconi_2022.pdf)
Manual: https://web.mit.edu/8.13/8.13d/manuals/marconi-2022-signal-generator.pdf (https://web.mit.edu/8.13/8.13d/manuals/marconi-2022-signal-generator.pdf)
 
Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:21:04 pm
RESERVED but I do have another one if anyone wants one of these.
SECOND UNIT UNDER OFFER

Make: Marconi
Model:2610
Type: Bench/portable True RMS Voltmeter - 5Hz to 25MHz
Serial Number: 2926
Includes: True RMS Voltmeter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £30 (by PM please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments:

Specifications: http://www.testequipmenthq.com/datasheets/Aeroflex-IFR-Marconi-2610-Datasheet.pdf (http://www.testequipmenthq.com/datasheets/Aeroflex-IFR-Marconi-2610-Datasheet.pdf)
Manual: http://eww.ko4bb.com/getsimple/index.php?id=manuals&dir=Marconi (http://eww.ko4bb.com/getsimple/index.php?id=manuals&dir=Marconi)

Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:27:43 pm
Make: Marconi
Model:2437
Type: Bench/portable Universal Frequency & Period Counter - 100MHz
Serial Number: 7072
Includes: Frequency Counter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £20 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments:

Specifications: https://www.sglabs.it/public/Marconi_2437-38_.pdf (https://www.sglabs.it/public/Marconi_2437-38_.pdf)
Manual: http://eww.ko4bb.com/getsimple/index.php?id=manuals&dir=Marconi (http://eww.ko4bb.com/getsimple/index.php?id=manuals&dir=Marconi)

Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:33:51 pm
Make: Marconi
Model:2435
Type: Bench/portable Frequency Counter - 2GHz
Serial Number: 7018
Includes: Frequency Counter only
Condition : Good
Offers Over : £30 (by PM Please)
Shipping : At cost to worldwide destinations

Comments:

Specifications: ?
Manual: http://www.ko4bb.com/getsimple/index.php?id=manuals&dir=Marconi (http://www.ko4bb.com/getsimple/index.php?id=manuals&dir=Marconi)

Pictures attached
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:39:46 pm
End of listings for 24 April 2019

Night Night everyone  :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 24, 2019, 10:48:03 pm
I just revised down some of the "Offers Over" guide prices  :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 25, 2019, 05:45:26 am
Good morning all  :)

Last nights postings were pretty painless so I think I have the format right, for me anyway :)
The photography is easy once you have a ‘photo booth’ set up with decent lighting etc. I can recommend those fold up photo booths that come with lighting stands (I am using 5W LED lamps in them) .... very neat.

Today will be a challenging day for me as I have some painful dental surgery at 11:00. I have no idea how I will feel afterwards and such will effect when I upload some more sales posts. It may be in the evening again. I hope to list the two very nice Advantest R3132 3GHz Spectrum Analysers so if they are of interest, keep your eyes open on this thread :) The R3132 is a real SA that performs. Very different to the budget Rigol offerings, and it should be as they cost over £10K new. The two 20GHz microwave Frequency Counters will also likely appear in today’s sales posts :)

The sharp eyed will spot that the Marconi 2610 is reserved. This is at the request of a forum member as he hopes to purchase more items over the course of the sale postings. I have no problem reserving items in this way to help people. The price is agreed and the item reserved on my spreadsheet and the posting annotated there is no holding deposit required.

If someone missed out on the Marconi 2610, I have one more in the lab as my previous teaser pictures showed :) Contact me if interested in it.

TTFN

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 25, 2019, 05:58:02 am
I will try to include some ‘budget’ items in the Sales Posts for those who are on a limited budget. These will include AF and RF signal generators, multimeters, frequency counters and digital oscilloscopes. There is a lower limit of £20 on item values that I do not want to drop below as the work involved in packing and dispatching exceeds the return on the item. Later on I may put together multi unit packages that include the key items for those setting up their fist lab or workbench.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Specmaster on April 25, 2019, 06:02:18 am
Fraser, the format is absolutely fine, just make sure that you don’t over except yourself, take your time and work at a pace to suit you, we’re all ok with that. Good luck with your dental procedure today, nobody I know enjoys a visit to their dentist, it always fills me with dread as I have very sensitive teeth.

I agree with light tent, my son is a keen photographer and he often uses his light tent to photograph his model collection and also of course my wife’s sugar paste creations by way decorative flowers for cake decorations etc.

Take care.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Mechatrommer on April 25, 2019, 06:26:39 am
Last nights postings were pretty painless so I think I have the format right, for me anyway :)
i think the minimum price offer is golden so we will not shy away to make an offer. the pdf spec is a bonus although not necessary as anyone with interest should be able to find it in the net. big thumbs up :-+
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: zucca on April 25, 2019, 06:31:50 am
This thread should be a sticky one in the Buy/Sell/Wanted section.

The the minimum price offer deserve a Nobel prize.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: tggzzz on April 25, 2019, 06:48:26 am
Last nights postings were pretty painless so I think I have the format right, for me anyway :)

Today will be a challenging day for me as I have some painful dental surgery at 11:00. I have no idea how I will feel afterwards and such will effect when I upload some more sales posts.

The sharp eyed will spot that the Marconi 2610 is reserved.

Excellent format for us.

We can wait a few days :)

Reserving is a good idea.

Don't lower your prices too quickly.

Someone collecting items might be prepared to pick up small items that you "have lying around", thus saving you some trouble.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 25, 2019, 06:58:44 am
Thanks all.

I am happy with providing “Offers Over” guidance prices. So far the offers are very fair and people are not just going in with the minimum. That is nice to see. The “offers over” price is set realistically as the minimum I would likely accept on an item, but I obviously hope for a better price. Most “Offers Over” prices represent a significant loss on my investment but that is something that I can live with if the current market value is such :) An item is only worth what someone will pay for it and all that :)

My thanks to those who have already made offers and are awaiting my decision.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 25, 2019, 08:43:33 am
One of the two Advantest R3132 3GHz Spectrum Analysers has been sold, after some negotiation, for £800.

I will also let the other unit go for the same fixed price. Both are in very good condition. Pictures will be provided later.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 25, 2019, 06:53:21 pm
No new sales posts today guys, I am feeling very battered after surgery. More tomorrow.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: PA0PBZ on April 25, 2019, 06:54:26 pm
Don't push it, take your time, we'll be here all week  :popcorn:

And feel better soon!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: CatalinaWOW on April 25, 2019, 07:13:57 pm
I don't know all of the reasons you are disposing of this, but thinking of the years it took to accumulate them I certainly wouldn't worry if it took a few weeks or months to get them up and disposed.  Getting a couple of new items a week will keep interest up.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: mnementh on April 26, 2019, 04:12:41 am
So... how much for the exaByte cleaning cartridge? And will you ship to the US?  :-DD

Thanks for the effort posting all these fabulous tools... and for making them available so equitably. For the most part, I am content to let my UK friends have their day of deals, but of course I am still a little jealous. Which means, I think, that you're doing things right.  :-+

mnem
*vicariously in Houston*
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: JPortici on April 26, 2019, 04:03:05 pm
Gloating. And keeping an eye :)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 08:30:24 pm
I am still feeling somewhat battered after yesterdays surgery, but I have decided to post something a little special (to me anyway) that may interest those wanting a portable and safe DSO. This is a quality FLUKE-Philips PM97 portable LCD DSO  :-+

So why is this unit "special" ?

FLUKE went into partnership with Philips to produce a very advanced (for its time) portable DSO with LCD screen and excellent safety aspects to protect the user from high voltages. This DSO became the darling of anyone working on mains powered PSU's, Electrical systems and Automotive diagnostics. It found a welcome on the benches of mobile and fixed techs as a convenient and well made DSO on which they could rely. The unit was designed and built in the 1990's but still has a following in the 21st Century. This is testament to its reputation and quality.

This particular example that I am offering up for re-homing is special in another way as well..... it is virtually as-new  :)

This PM97 was one of a pair that I owned. I bought two in order to have a spare in case of failure. The failure never happened and I sold my 'daily use' unit a couple of years ago for close to £120. It was well used and nowhere near as nice as this unit. This PM97 has NEVER seen active service beyond occasional charging and testing. The screen is unmarked and the marks on the yellow case rear feet only come from sitting on a bench whilst charging. so whilst I cannot state that this PM97 is new, I can state, with some confidence, that it is likely the best condition unit you are ever likely to find outside of the FLUKE museum !

The unit comes with the extended set of test leads and adapters that cost a small fortune on their own. This is a comprehensive test lead set that suits the varied use of such a portable DSO  :) The DSO scope probes alone cost upwards of £60 each normally.
I have also included spare scope probe earthing cables as these do take a beating in normal use. The probes and cables have been unpacked but are unused.

I do have some more optional accessories for this DSO but they are not included in this sale. They may be made available in future posts or if the buyer requests first refusal on them.

The battery pack in the PM97 was just four Ni-Cad 'C' cells with a tab on the positive that connects to a charging plate in the battery bay. The NiCad battery pack failed many years ago (as they do when not used). I have tested the unit with some standard Nicad 'C' cells and all is well with it. The new owner can either use some nice Ni-Mh 'C' cells in the unit or buy a ready made battery pack. I can include the 'C' cells that are currently fitted but I offer no guarantee on their remaining capacity so budget for buying four 'C' cells.

Battery hacking information is provided here:

https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/other/4306687/Hacking-Old-97-Part-1-Batteries (https://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/other/4306687/Hacking-Old-97-Part-1-Batteries)

As can be seen in the pictures, the LCD display is perfect with sharp definition and a nice bright backlight that may be switched on and off as desired. There is no age related degradation evident in the display or the backlight.

This is a lovely example of the FLUKE-Philips PM97 and I see no reason why it should not perform well for its new owner for many years to come. I doubt another will be seen in this amazing condition any time soon, if ever. Remember, it has just been dry stored all its life since new !
 
OK, now the usual information for potential buyers:

Make: FLUKE-Philips partnership
Model: PM97
Type: Portable 50MHz LCD Scopemeter DSO
Condition: As New, or as close to it as possible  ;D
Offers Over: £??? See Below
Shipping: At cost to Worldwide destinations

Comments: Provided above.

Specifications:

http://www.original-heuss.de/de/privat/Download/Philips-Fluke_ScopeMeter_PM93-95-97_web.pdf (http://www.original-heuss.de/de/privat/Download/Philips-Fluke_ScopeMeter_PM93-95-97_web.pdf)
https://www.testwall.com/wp-content/uploads//2015/09/FLUKE_90SERIES94925.pdf (https://www.testwall.com/wp-content/uploads//2015/09/FLUKE_90SERIES94925.pdf)

Manual: http://argentinosenalemania.de/ebay/pm95/pm95.pdf (http://argentinosenalemania.de/ebay/pm95/pm95.pdf)

Service Manual:

https://elektrotanya.com/philips_pm93_95_97_fluke_93_95_97_sm.pdf/download.html (https://elektrotanya.com/philips_pm93_95_97_fluke_93_95_97_sm.pdf/download.html)
http://bee.mif.pg.gda.pl/ciasteczkowypotwor/Fluke/PM97.pdf (http://bee.mif.pg.gda.pl/ciasteczkowypotwor/Fluke/PM97.pdf)

OK, so why no "Offers Above" guide price ?

Well this is a rare opportunity to buy an amazing condition FLUKE Scopemeter and I honestly do not know what guide price to set. This is a problem as I do not want to over price it , yet I know it is a special unit that is worth more than the £120 I sold its heavily used brother for two years ago. I propose that in this case, any interested parties seriously consider what they would be willing to pay for this unit and send me your offers. I will be fair about this but do want to raise a sensible sum for this unit. I have kept it this many years as I could not bring myself to sell it. My gut feeling is that it is worth at least £200 but I leave that to those interested in owning it.

ABEX in the UK are advertising a used PM97 with failed backlight for £395  :o

https://www.abex.co.uk/esales/test/philips/oscilloscope/pm97/dm5971524_s02421/index.php (https://www.abex.co.uk/esales/test/philips/oscilloscope/pm97/dm5971524_s02421/index.php)

Pictures attached

Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 08:32:48 pm
Continued.....
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 08:34:21 pm
Comprehensive test lead pack.......
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 08:36:56 pm
Backlight demonstration. Good contrast and bright  :)
The last two images are with a torch shone on the DSO, yet no LCD backlight wash-out  :-+
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 10:05:03 pm
 SOLD

OK, another unusual listing for today  ;)

This is a SPARES OR REPAIRS sale listing

I used to use a Tektronix 2710 1.8GHz Spectrum Analyzer until one day it switched on and POP! it died  :(

This is around 10 years ago so I am working on my failing memory as to what happened next.

I recall that I obtained the service manual (I believe I still have it) and I investigated the power supply section of the analyzer.
Visual inspection revealed failing mains input filter capacitors but no obvious other capacitor failings. Tests showed the power supply section to be totally dead. It uses an inverter and that was not running. I tested the drive transistors in the inverter and they had both failed. I took a pretty holistic repair approach that involved replacing many of the electrolytic capacitors, the main switching transistors, controller IC and some other IC's in the power supply that could have been damaged when the inverter drivers failed. I did what checks I could before re-applying power. I was told that these power supplies do not like a test variac slow supply increase so I went for a straight power on and .......... POP! Ther was that horrible smell of fried silicon again  :-[

I investigate what had died and discovered that a second pair of switching transistors in a later stage of the power supply had failed and I believe take the new 'upstream' transistors with them. I can only think that the 'downstream' transistors had caused the original fault or were damaged by the failure earlier in the inverter stage. I felt very daft as I am not sure that I tested those downstream switching transistors and and as they take a lower voltage supply (IIRC it is approx 60V) from the previous inverter stage I could probably have live tested them with a power supply. I was was very miffed with myself I can tell you. It was a classic case of hurrying a job and I paid for it. Faced with replacing both pairs of switching transistors, the controller IC and other IC's once again, I ran out of time and interest and put the unit back together to await a day when I had more time and patience. That day never came as I bought a lovely Advantest R4141 that I used and so forgot all about the TEK 2710.

Well that poor sick 2710 has been unearthed in the lab and needs to find a new home where it can either become a repair project, or valuable spare parts fro another 2710 SA  :-+ From what I have seen over the years, spare 2710 PCB sell quite well on eBay but I have no desire to gut this nice analyzer. If someone else does, fine, but it is not my style.

Prior to the failure I had fitted the very expensive big 'flying saucer' shaped Lithium battery. This was done in the recommended way with a current limited supply across the Lithium battery rails during battery replacement. The 2710 worked fin afterwards. Those special Lithium batteries are really expensive  :( I did not get much use out of the new battery before the POP! ended play  :(

OK, so I am listing this TEK2710 here for rehoming. It is a lightweight' SA so can be shipped overseas but the cost may still be quite high, depending upon destination. The unit is sold as SPARES or REPAIR and I can offer no repair help or guidance. It will be your project... enjoy  :)

I have photographed as much as I can of the unit, it's power supply section and the removed components. I refitted all of the case screws and buffers in preparation for travel.

The usual listing details follow.

Make: Tektronix
Model: 2710
Type: Portable Spectrum Analyzer 10KHz to 1.8GHz
Condition: SPARES OR REPAIR Definitely a fault in the power supply. Other faults not known. Rear feet damaged.
Offers Over: £60 (By PM Please)
Shipping: At cost to Worldwide destinations

Comments: Provided above.

There is a TEK Wiki for this unit !

http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/2710 (http://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/2710)

Specifications: https://testequipmentconnection.com/specs/TEK%202710%20SPECS.PDF (https://testequipmentconnection.com/specs/TEK%202710%20SPECS.PDF)

Manual: http://w140.com/tek_2710_operator.pdf (http://w140.com/tek_2710_operator.pdf)

Service Manual: http://w140.com/Tektronix_2710_Spectrum_Analyser_Service_Manual.pdf (http://w140.com/Tektronix_2710_Spectrum_Analyser_Service_Manual.pdf)

Pictures follow.....
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 10:07:37 pm
Continued......
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 26, 2019, 10:09:09 pm
Continued.....
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 27, 2019, 12:20:02 am
I just had a quick look at the 2710 Service Manual to refresh my memory.

Page 361 of the service manual referenced in my previous post shows the relevant schematic.

The Power Supply uses a pre-regulator stage. It was switching transistor Q480F that had initially failed.
The pair of transistors that failed after my attempted repair were Q453F and Q355F. I am sure I checked them at the time and they were initially OK, but then failed. The pair of switching transistors form the transformer drive that is supplied with 60V from the pre-regulator stage driven by Q480F.

Looking at this now, I am almost tempted to revisit it and repair the power supply. It does not look that difficult  ;D. In truth though, I have better things to do with my time. This could be a very cheap and nice Spectrum Analyzer project for someone though   :-+. PSU faults can be pigs to diagnose and may look scary, but they are eminently repairable in most cases  :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Towger on April 27, 2019, 07:14:13 am
For those with less will power than me, a
Tek 2710 power supply board is available from China: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F251417186295

It is not your every day 'simple' SMPS.  :-)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: nfmax on April 27, 2019, 07:37:00 am
PSU faults can be pigs to diagnose and may look scary, but they are eminently repairable in most cases  :)
Especially if you have a PM97 handy! ;)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Towger on April 27, 2019, 08:10:41 am
And buy multiples of all replaced parts.  The spares come in handy each time you are 'sure' all blown parts are replaced.  On each attempt add additional replacement candidates...

The PM97 becomes useful when beyond the bang stage!
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: DuPe on April 27, 2019, 06:04:30 pm
Hello Fraser,
does the R3132 come with option 74 (tracking gen.)?
Cheers
Peter
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 27, 2019, 06:24:12 pm
@ DuPe.

No tracking Gen fitted.

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: DuPe on April 27, 2019, 10:16:58 pm
Thanks a lot for the fast reply
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 27, 2019, 10:52:47 pm
There will be a break in proceedings until 7th May as duty calls elsewhere. Small items that I am due to get shipping quotes on will likely be dispatched as planned.

As Arnie Schwarzenegger would say ...... I’ll be back  :)

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 28, 2019, 09:01:53 pm
(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/frasers-equipment-disposal-begins/?action=dlattach;attach=720075)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: bitseeker on April 29, 2019, 01:40:12 am
Nice store sign, Fraser. ;D
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: kripton2035 on April 29, 2019, 06:19:40 pm
happy customer of first batch of Fraser's lab re-homing.
this baby has a new home.
thanks Fraser !
(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/buysellwanted/frasers-equipment-disposal-begins/?action=dlattach;attach=713313)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 29, 2019, 07:10:35 pm
kripton2035,

You are most welcome. I am pleased that it has gone to a good home where it will get some use !

I must find the schematics for you. I have them in my archive. If you need the electronic copy of the user manual, just let me know.

Best Wishes

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: kripton2035 on April 29, 2019, 07:14:26 pm
I already found the user manual online, but I would like the schematics if they are available. thanks.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: extide on April 30, 2019, 02:52:35 am
Wow, awesome deals here. Very tempting but the whole shipping to the US thing... Hrmm, will wait to see what else comes up. :-+
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: kripton2035 on April 30, 2019, 05:55:53 am


Quote
You are most welcome. I am pleased that it has gone to a good home where it will get some use !

well it has already found a defective component on a board that was sitting here for some months ...
the comparaison mode between two boards is a killer feature ... (if you have a spare working board !)
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: zucca on April 30, 2019, 06:56:58 am
Now I know what a Huntron Tracker is and I want one.  :horse:

Well... maybe my Keithley 2400 can do it.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on April 30, 2019, 09:26:29 am
The 210 is a modern, more advanced Huntron Tracker designed for modern low voltage chips. It is just a progression in the development of the very old octopus I-V testers. The original Huntron Tracker was/is loved by service techs as it can either show the lissajous display for components or compare the lissajous signature for any point on a PCB with that on a known good board that is the reference. The display switches back and forth between the reference and the board under test. In this way it quickly identifies faults in power supplies, discrete component boards and even I/O gates on chips.  The 210 was developed as an accessory for oscilloscopes rather than a complete unit with display. This lowered its cost a little, but it was still expensive ! Additional low voltage ranges were added to work with today’s modern low voltage logic. An internal stimulation voltage generator was also added as a convenience for testing gated components whilst monitoring the lissajous figure. I bought the 210 with high hopes for it, but sadly it really did not get used. I have used the original Huntron Tracker a lot and it is a very convenient little package. A lot of research went into whether a Huntron Trackers test voltage and current could damage sensitive silicon junctions. The results showed no damage or degradation in the junctions under test as the limited current prevented overheating. With the advent of very low voltage logic, Huntron did advise caution as such components could be very fragile. Hence the new low voltage Huntron Tracker testers were developed. Great bits of kit, one and all  :-+

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on June 23, 2019, 01:28:04 pm
To all who have been monitoring this thread or have been in communication with me regarding buying items, my apologies. Sadly my life hit a bump in the road as my father became grievously ill and we were not sure what the future held for him. He has Terminal Ideopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis but a virus struck him down and he ended up as an emergency admission to Hospital in the intensive care unit. Very worrying times for me and my family but thankfully he is now home and showing good recovery from the Virus.

I hope you will all understand that family and well-being must come before my hobby etc.

For those unaware my beloved cat, Ollie, also became very ill with Pancreatitus a few months ago. With great sadness I must report that he unexpectedly passed a week after treatment began. He passed away at 3am whilst resting on my shoulder and I had my heart shredded by the loss. He got me through some very difficult times in my life when I was very ill and he was only 7 years old. Everything possible was done to treat his illness but it is suspected that a serious pathogen was at work within his little body. I know not everyone likes cats but, for me, it was little different to losing a member of my human family.

Some happy news to finish with though. I had contacted our local cat rescue charity 12 weeks ago to ask if they could place me on the waiting list for a Ginger boy kitten to return our feline family to a Quartet.  No cat could replace our Ollie but we could give a loving home to another cat in need of such and kittens do help to heal the broken heart. Long story cut short, the rescue charity had two pregnant mums ( that were capable of producing Ginger kittens) when I called and they produced a total of 9 kittens. Only one was a ‘ginger’ boy and I felt it was meant to be. Though he is officially a Ginger he is actually more like the colour of a sand cat. He was adopted into our family on Friday and I have been with him day and night in our spare room ever since :) He is adorable in every way and is doing a great job of helping me cope with the recent difficulties and subsequent sadness. I know this forum is not about cats but I include some pictures of Bailey taken at bed time last night. He is rightfully high on my priority list but I hope to revive this sales thread like a Phoenix from the Ashes very soon. Life must go on and all that.

So sorry to those who expected to hear from me regarding items they wanted to buy and I hope you will forgive me in the circumstances.

Best Wishes

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Brumby on June 23, 2019, 02:02:44 pm
The loss of a furry friend is always sad and can be devastating.  Our 13 year-old pup had been going downhill for some time and we knew the time for doing the kind thing was getting closer.  Making the decision was extremely hard - but the knowledge that she was no longer suffering was little consolation.  The personality no longer in the household was (and still is) sorely missed.

While there are many of us who will understand your loss, we can never fully know just how special Ollie was to you.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Fraser on June 23, 2019, 02:40:40 pm
Thank you for your very kind words Brumby  :)

Sorry for your loss 😢

I would never have believed that I could become so attached to a cat. My wife introduced me to being a cat Guardian (you cannot ‘own’ a cat) Ollie was a Rescue kitten, born in the care of the RSPCA. We adopted him and soon after I contracted a virus that changed my life. I ended up with M.E. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Ollie was with me throughout the whole awful painful and fatigued journey from start up until his passing. I used to be sat in bed or in a chair trying to come to terms with my inability to do anything physical due to fatigue and little Ollie would come to find me and keep me company. He became my little buddy and we had a closer bond than I thought possible with a cat. His sudden passing was such a shock as there was no warning of a crisis approaching. The vets were doing their best for him but even they were shocked when he died. It was likely that his heart could no longer take the strain. I carried out full CPR on him but later discovered that such is almost always futile, even whilst in a Vet hospital environment. We lost two of our older cats to illness in 2017, within a month of each other. I was very sad but realised that the time was right for them. Ollie was too young to die but the same is true of many human deaths. He was around 44 years old in human terms. I felt like my heart had been ripped out and the sky had fallen in on my otherwise happy family world. Thank goodness I have a wonderful wife, family and three other very sociable cats to comfort me. This is an electronics forum but we are all human and some of us have illnesses or suffer losses and this forum is a welcome distraction to what can be a pretty awful world. I have maintained my link with this forums thermal imaging section but, in truth, my mind has been elsewhere.

Hopefully the new life that has entered our family in the form of Bailey will give me a kick up the A*se and get me motivated to start living life again  :-+

Fraser
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: Bicurico on June 23, 2019, 05:50:43 pm
Dear Fraser,

While I don't know you personally, I must say that I have the highest consideration for you - you strike me as a very noble human being.

I wish you the very best and hopefully you can win over your syndrome, I hope your father has a long life with good quality and you enjoy your new cat.

This year I had to put down our oldest cat (we have two more) and I know how painful it is. Even months after she died, tears roll when I think of her. A cat can be such a good and honest companion. Having her put down was one of the three sadest things I had to do or witness in my life.

Take good care.

Regards,
Vitor
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: blackbird on June 23, 2019, 07:48:05 pm
Sorry to hear this sad news. Hopefully the sun will shine again soon.

He passed away at 3am whilst resting on my shoulder and I had my heart shredded by the loss.

I totally understand this. Years ago a guinea pig died while resting on my chest, just over two years old. She was born almost on my lap, I think you can understand the emotional bond with such an little critter. Two weeks before her passing she went through an experimental chemo therapy because of the diagnose of lymphoma. The therapy costed in the region of 500 euro. Some people thought I was insane but to me it does not matter if it is an Arabian thoroughbred or just a guinea pig, if you chose to take care of an animal you have to do everything possible as long as it does not hurt the well being of this animal and can help them.

Take your time, family goes before work and hobby.

Kind regards
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: bitseeker on June 23, 2019, 08:14:21 pm
Sorry to hear about the very challenging times you've had recently, Fraser. Glad to see that Bailey is doing a great job being the family cheerleader.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: BU508A on June 23, 2019, 09:52:42 pm
My dear Fraser,

since I do not know you personally I want to say thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings for Olli. I can understand you very well in this respect. Cats have something with them, which makes me thinking of them as soulmates. Yes, cats are predators. Yes, cats can be cruel, Yes, they can really get you on your nerves and can be very annoying. But! They have something which touches my soul (and I think the soul of everyone who has a cat and loves her).

It's about more than 25 years ago I had a black male cat, Mohrle was his name. One day, during summertime, I was sitting on the stairs in front of our house and a thunderstorm was rising. Then, to my suprise, my cat jumped onto my shoulders, lay down in my neck and started licking my hair while it was heavily raining, lightnings striked and thunder was rolling. I had the feeling, that he was trying to comfort and protect me of the thunder storm. I know, this is silly to think but we were sitting there, looking at all the rain and lightnings and I felt kind of ... don't know how to describe ... protected and safe. I do really miss my Mohrle after that long time.

And now, since more than 12 years there is another male cat which accompany me and he is really a joy to me. His name is Max, you can find a picture of him here:
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/post-a-picture-of-a-cat!/msg1248272/#msg1248272 (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/post-a-picture-of-a-cat!/msg1248272/#msg1248272)

I hope, that Bailey will be a soulmate to you, too.

All my best wishes for you, your family and your cats for long lasting and happy life.

Mounty

P.S.
One of my all-time favourite Authors, Sir Terry Pratchett, wrote once:
“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”

P.P.S
Please excuse my not so good english.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: exe on June 23, 2019, 10:39:18 pm
We recently lost our cat too. I think it was the worst day in my life. Still recovering from that...

I can't even describe what we went through together, the cat traveled with me five countries where I had a job or a study.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: blueskull on June 23, 2019, 10:51:14 pm
I also lost mine. She didn't pass though. She found a forever home and I finished my part being a foster family.

She's my first cat, but since I can't be sure if I will have the commitment of forever taking care of her, I signed up for fostering.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: SpencerTC on July 03, 2019, 05:18:28 pm
Following, I will surely make an offer on some of your stuff. You have such a nice collection.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: GreyWoolfe on July 04, 2019, 11:52:50 pm
Very sorry to hear of your loss, Fraser.  Your compelling story made me tear up a bit and I am certainly not a cat person.  My Sheppard mix will be 9 October 16th.  She was my comfort during a dark time in my life.  I cried many tears into her fur and received much face licking, her way of telling me it will be alright.  I dread the day she crosses the rainbow bridge.  Mrs GreyWoolfe understands how devastating that will be for me.  I hope 'ginger' boy will be all you need in your healing process.
Title: Re: Frasers equipment re-homing begins
Post by: MosherIV on July 06, 2019, 09:41:06 pm
My condolances on your loss.
Bailey looks lovely. Hope he bring lots of love and joy to you.
MosherIV