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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4225 on: May 29, 2020, 06:19:35 pm »
  • Tektronix TDS 320 digital scope - needs help

Just out of curiosity, what's wrong with it?

I've got one of those too.

Neat. All of the cool kids (the TEA crowd) seem to have an old Tek, so why not?
  • Front panel module stops responding to input after the unit warms up for 30 seconds.
  • Viewing a square wave on Channel 2 displays a huge (~3x vpp) overshoot
  • BNC for Channel 2 has been physically abused
  • Handle missing, cosmetic issues

The manual has voltages and good information to start troubleshooting. I guess I'll start with ye olde upside-down-canned-air trick. I'll make a post in the "Repair" board once I get into it. Shout out to Kurt who runs the tekwiki: https://w140.com/tekwiki/wiki/Main_Page. I added the specs on the TDS 320 page. Hope to add more info.

LOL - I need to recalibrate my concept of 'old'!  'Old' test gear to me is like pre-1970.  Just looked at the TekWiki page and realized that the TDS 320 was introduced in 1994, so it could be as much as 26 years old.   :o :o :o  Where has time gone - the mid 90s seem like yesterday!  I think my head skipped a few decades along the way!

I wish you success with repairing your 'old' scope!   :-+ :-+

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4226 on: May 30, 2020, 01:53:43 am »
I second all of that, Pat. I just about fell over when I first heard someone say that 80's rock was "classical rock". :scared:
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4227 on: May 31, 2020, 08:22:40 am »
This isn't mine, but is probably the best idea I've seen in terms of organising electronics components.



I have a feeling I'll be copying this idea very soon.
 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4228 on: June 01, 2020, 02:38:59 am »
I did a similar thing, except using 3mm ply.
Generally I leave the components in their original shipping bags.
I add an extra label with manufacturer, part number and short description in a large font – saves me having to put my reading glasses on to find something.
I use partsbox.io for inventory management (no affiliation).
The location schema is “D” for Drawer (I have “B” for Box also).
Then the drawer number, in the photo are drawers 1 and 2.
Then a column letter – A to D
Then a depth number – 1 to 5, 1 being the first hole at the front.

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4230 on: June 01, 2020, 05:21:05 am »
I did a similar thing, except using 3mm ply.
Generally I leave the components in their original shipping bags.
I add an extra label with manufacturer, part number and short description in a large font – saves me having to put my reading glasses on to find something.
I use partsbox.io for inventory management (no affiliation).
The location schema is “D” for Drawer (I have “B” for Box also).
Then the drawer number, in the photo are drawers 1 and 2.
Then a column letter – A to D
Then a depth number – 1 to 5, 1 being the first hole at the front.

I like the naming of columns and drawers idea. Having software that tracks all your parts is also a must, I agree.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4231 on: June 01, 2020, 05:21:11 am »
I have far too many and getting to old to work on them anymore. Here are a couple more pictures.

GEEZ!! You could give everyone on the forum 2 each and you'd still have TOO many!  :-+

Now we know who has been helping raise par for oscilloscopes to 19 :)
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4232 on: June 01, 2020, 08:14:51 am »
I did a similar thing, except using 3mm ply.
Generally I leave the components in their original shipping bags.
I add an extra label with manufacturer, part number and short description in a large font – saves me having to put my reading glasses on to find something.
I use partsbox.io for inventory management (no affiliation).
The location schema is “D” for Drawer (I have “B” for Box also).
Then the drawer number, in the photo are drawers 1 and 2.
Then a column letter – A to D
Then a depth number – 1 to 5, 1 being the first hole at the front.

I like how you put the effort to do this thing rather than just toss them "there" like I do. I have a big travel bag full of stuff but random.

What I wanted to ask is: how do you buy these items? from aliexpress and ebay? do you buy when you need something or have a collection to collect?

Finally, this partsbox service is not free thus for me, if I ever made a stock control system, that would be an excel sheet.


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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4233 on: June 01, 2020, 08:31:16 am »
Defpom offers an open source parts management package:

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4234 on: June 01, 2020, 08:32:46 am »
Finally, this partsbox service is not free thus for me, if I ever made a stock control system, that would be an excel sheet.

I didn't look up how much partsbox costs but I imagine not cheap, looks quite professional. Excel will work admirably. That's what I have been using for some stuff. But eventually I want to consolidate all my storage systems into one nice one.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4235 on: June 01, 2020, 09:41:12 am »
prefering this kind of drawer organisation (although I don't like any cloud based systems... if you could do the same with all local electronics ?)

 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4236 on: June 01, 2020, 09:58:59 am »
I can navigate my drawers faster than google can start to repeat the command.  >:(
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4237 on: June 01, 2020, 12:14:40 pm »
I especially like the idea of lighting each desired drawer using an addressable led. I already have a small database for my components, ( and still have a lot to store there...) but the idea of a light to show where is the component I'm looking for is interesting. certainly not using google at all !

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4238 on: June 01, 2020, 12:31:39 pm »
I guess you could have two possible systems. A computer based and a voice based. If you have a computer based system, you can simply write which box the components are stored in. If you prefer talking to the thing, then you don't need a software version although I get the fact that talking to the thing requires software. Just that it's a different kind of software.
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4239 on: June 01, 2020, 12:31:50 pm »
edit: there is this simpler ( and cheaper) one :

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4240 on: June 01, 2020, 01:47:47 pm »
I posted here earlier, but there have been some lineup changes.

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4241 on: June 01, 2020, 08:15:45 pm »
My blah...

I like how you put the effort to do this thing rather than just toss them "there" like I do. I have a big travel bag full of stuff but random.

What I wanted to ask is: how do you buy these items? from aliexpress and ebay? do you buy when you need something or have a collection to collect?

Finally, this partsbox service is not free thus for me, if I ever made a stock control system, that would be an excel sheet.

I generally only purchase components from Mouser.
Sometimes I will get passives from Ali, but never actives. I had a bad experience once.
I always buy more than I need unless they are a particularly expensive component.

There is a free hobbyist plan at partsbox.io.
You need to scroll down the page past the paid plans.
The free plan limitations are not too bad. I can live with them. Cannot remember the exact limitations now...
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4242 on: June 04, 2020, 10:35:55 am »
  • Tektronix TDS 320 digital scope - needs help

Just out of curiosity, what's wrong with it?

I've got one of those too.

Neat. All of the cool kids (the TEA crowd) seem to have an old Tek, so why not?
  • Front panel module stops responding to input after the unit warms up for 30 seconds.

Same as mine. It was just dirt in the membrane keyboard. The rubber keyboard is easy to clean (soft soap and water) but the graphite contacts in the PCBs are VERY delicate!

Now I'm running with dirt in the Volts/Div encoder but it is not that annoying so far. Nothing that a couple of squirts of DeOxit can't deal with...
 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4243 on: June 06, 2020, 04:02:59 am »
I posted here earlier, but there have been some lineup changes.

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You must have great faith in the strength of that shelf with that setup on the right hand side!
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4244 on: June 08, 2020, 10:53:09 pm »
That's exactly what I was thinking!  I have both of those units.  Each piece is like 80 pounds??
 

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« Reply #4245 on: June 08, 2020, 11:47:01 pm »
That's exactly what I was thinking!  I have both of those units.  Each piece is like 80 pounds??

I just looked at this on the computer rather than the iPad - yeah, that extreme right shelf is certainly undergoing a stress test!  The 8644 is around 125 all up, the synthesized signal generator underneath it is probably about 70, and that Systron-Donner counter on the top must be close to 30.  I figure you're north of 225 lbs (~102.25 kg) in that stack alone!   :o

Nice, sturdy bench you have there! 
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4246 on: June 09, 2020, 11:15:19 pm »
I posted here earlier, but there have been some lineup changes.

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You must have great faith in the strength of that shelf with that setup on the right hand side!

The table is full torsion box construction and legs/supports are all mortised lap joint connections with carriage bolts.  The shelf is similar, but barely visible are center supports as well.  I have the heavies on the end specifically to get them over the supports.  Surprisingly, I can stand on the table to make rear connections with hardly a discernible motion.
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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your Lab.
« Reply #4247 on: June 10, 2020, 12:07:15 am »
I posted here earlier, but there have been some lineup changes.

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You must have great faith in the strength of that shelf with that setup on the right hand side!

The table is full torsion box construction and legs/supports are all mortised lap joint connections with carriage bolts.  The shelf is similar, but barely visible are center supports as well.  I have the heavies on the end specifically to get them over the supports.  Surprisingly, I can stand on the table to make rear connections with hardly a discernible motion.

Good job overbuilding.  :-+ Personally, I try to leave enough room to get behind so I don't have to climb on things.  :scared:
 

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Re: Whats your Work-Bench/lab look like? Post some pictures of your
« Reply #4248 on: June 10, 2020, 02:04:23 am »


Good job overbuilding.  :-+ Personally, I try to leave enough room to get behind so I don't have to climb on things.  :scared:

Believe me I’ve considered moving it out from the wall.  Room gets really small if I do though.
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« Reply #4249 on: June 10, 2020, 02:37:33 am »


Good job overbuilding.  :-+ Personally, I try to leave enough room to get behind so I don't have to climb on things.  :scared:

Believe me I’ve considered moving it out from the wall.  Room gets really small if I do though.

That's fair. And you know if you get a bigger space you'll fill that too!
 


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