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Offline Groucho2005

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I still love my Fluke 187
« on: August 26, 2020, 07:07:07 pm »
Here's my brand spanking new Keithley DMM6500 compared to my good old Fluke 187 (bought in 1999, Made in USA) which has never been calibrated in 21 years:

 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2020, 09:22:06 am »
What is the voltage reference inside the fluke?
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2020, 10:53:24 am »
What is the voltage reference inside the fluke?
I don't know, I'll have to open it up (unless someone here knows which reference it uses).
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2020, 11:31:47 am »
Looks to be ref43: https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/fluke-187/

PS on the other side, my $5 dt-182 was also spot-on and was never calibrated except on the factory. But it has a bit less counts :).
 
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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2020, 02:54:44 pm »
never been calibrated in 21 years:

It's a youngster. My Fluke 8060A is still good after 35 years.
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2020, 03:13:49 pm »
never been calibrated in 21 years:

It's a youngster. My Fluke 8060A is still good after 35 years.
Amazing. :)
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2020, 05:00:53 pm »
I love my 189's   :)
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2020, 06:57:39 pm »
I like my 188 (something somewhere between a 187 and 189) very much and all the herd of oldies that are still spot on (meaning the standard deviation of the herd is little  ;D).
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2020, 11:26:22 pm »
188 never existed ??
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2020, 01:32:27 am »
188 never existed ??

True, my 187 has identity problems: It has all the functionality of a 189 although it still occupies a 187 housing. 188 felt appropriate... ^-^
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2020, 05:44:57 am »
Oh  you're the one who hacked a 187 into a 189 loll    :-+
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2020, 05:49:12 am »
never been calibrated in 21 years:

It's a youngster. My Fluke 8060A is still good after 35 years.
Amazing. :)

It's the nature of the beast, they're designed that way.

I bet people here still have cheap-ass 1980s Tandy multimeters that are in spec.
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2020, 05:51:43 am »
I love my 189's   :)

+1 , among the 87V, 287 and 189 I own, 189 gets used almost 90%.

 
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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #14 on: August 28, 2020, 07:52:53 am »
Love mine as well.  :-DMM
 

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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2020, 03:40:15 pm »
Does owning a broken 189 count?
Soldering/Rework: Pace ADS200, Pace MBT350
Multimeters: Fluke 87V, 117, 27/FM       >>> WANTED STUFF <<<
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Re: I still love my Fluke 187
« Reply #16 on: August 28, 2020, 04:03:32 pm »
Would love to own one.

As I told before in another post, I would gladly exchange my 289 by a 189.

But why do I worry really?

I'm super happy with my 87V and I don't pretend to sell it. I have a 289, although If I had the chance to exchange it for a 189 in the same condition as mine, pristine basically new I would probably without bat an eye do it. I have the 54II that I pretend to repair after the accident it had, but parts are hard to get by at normal prices and want to buy the 225C Scopemeter because I used one extensively while working in the telecom industry so I got a linking on it. That would basically be all my to do list before I'm to old to enjoy them.

in https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/what-do-you-think-of-the-new-fluke-87-v-max/msg2782518/#msg2782518

The 289 is great mind it, but for some reason with time I started to appreciate more the 189. And when I bought my 289 FVF kit it was the year it was launched as the new "Top of the Line" for Fluke, and Fluke AD in Portugal - AresAgante gave me to choose between the "old" 189 at a discount price or the "new" 289. Being young I choose the most blingy one instead of the workhorse.

Nowardays I kinda regret a little, but really a tiny bit. I can count with the fingers of one hand the times I used the TrendCapture functionality on the 289, most of the time is record and download to the PC, something that the 189 do.

But at the same time I like the big guy still (289). Probably because it was at the time one of my biggest purchases for someone who had started working not long time ago and had helped me to earn money and keep me sane in the bad times.

But whatever, enough rambling. I look like the old guys...
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