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Offline 0culus

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My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« on: December 26, 2021, 03:20:49 pm »
I picked up my new baby just before Christmas! Can’t wait to get this home to the lab. I was able to set it up temporarily while I’m out of town though.  ;D Not shown: 8515A test set and 8340B synthesized sweeper.
 
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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2021, 04:58:00 pm »
Looks like Santa was good to you.
 
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2021, 08:42:33 pm »
Looks like Santa was good to you.

Indeed, even if Santa in this case was me and my own wallet!  :-DD
 

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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2022, 03:19:08 am »
OK, time to turn in that 90 day TEA chip..... Start over :)
 

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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2022, 05:54:31 am »
Such a nice toy.

Now on to cables, connectors, adapters, torque wrenches, calibration kits, frequency doublers, DC blocks, attenuators and more!
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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2022, 02:39:06 am »
Such a nice toy.

Now on to cables, connectors, adapters, torque wrenches, calibration kits, frequency doublers, DC blocks, attenuators and more!

Microwave is very much a pay to play game.   :-DD
 

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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2022, 10:27:33 pm »
Suhner clicky wrench! Pavlovian condition yourself to torque everything correctly ;D

 
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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2022, 12:41:55 am »
Suhner clicky wrench! Pavlovian condition yourself to torque everything correctly ;D

Ah man, I want one of those but the prices are steep.  :o
 

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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2022, 04:03:33 am »
Yeah. Sometimes they drop in batches on ebay. It's definitely worth setting an alert, but they'll never be cheap.

Actually, come to think of it, it looks like the N size Suhner wrenches are not too bad. I bet an enterprising individual could make an adapter. Material strength is the big problem with resin printing wrenches, but if it's hugged by N size jaws on all sides I bet that problem goes away. Hmm.
 

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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2022, 04:37:30 am »
Yeah. Sometimes they drop in batches on ebay. It's definitely worth setting an alert, but they'll never be cheap.

Actually, come to think of it, it looks like the N size Suhner wrenches are not too bad. I bet an enterprising individual could make an adapter. Material strength is the big problem with resin printing wrenches, but if it's hugged by N size jaws on all sides I bet that problem goes away. Hmm.

I need to get better test port cables before I upgrade torque wrenches though. My Maury Microwave 5/16" wrench is good enough for right now.
 

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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2022, 05:04:08 am »
Yep, a tool in hand is worth two in the bush.
 

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Re: My Microwave Lab is Taking Shape!
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2022, 12:45:45 am »

now is the time to go through your connectors and trash the ones that are not good quality

these are normally highly chromed or gold chrome  instead of gold plated 
also be weary of cheap connectors as the pin can be offset or even covered with insulation
these will destroy your connectors on the front of the HP test equipment and these are not cheap to replace
Paul
 


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