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Vince:

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--- Quote from: Vince on September 23, 2021, 05:14:03 pm ---
--- Quote from: cyclin_al on September 23, 2021, 04:44:21 pm ---In the GWN, the country is officially bilingual, so rotating the jar will reveal the English part of the label.
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Really ?!  :-DD

Oh didn't know that, that's cool !  8)

Here we have more and more stuff that's written in Arabic and / or some incomprehensible eastern Europe language like  Polish or Hungarian or what have you. I guess it costs too much money to make a 100% French label for French stuff....  ::)
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Vince, you are aware that while we are officially subjects of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, these are French colonies, right...? The original 5 colonies were once known known as New France, and included Québec, Hudson's Bay, Acadia, Newfoundland, and Louisiana. These territories were ceded by the French in the Treaty of Paris in 1763 following the Seven Year War. However, the French language is still very much a core part of the cultural identity, as it is with any nation and its descendant colonies.

As a result, pretty much everything here is marked bilingually; not just foods but even buildings and highway signage. Just as in certain regions of Tejas pretty much everything was labeled in both 'merkin English and Mexican Spanish.

It's pretty awesome, actually... I'm learning a dabble of French the same way I learned the little bit of Spanish I know... bumbling around town and just paying attention to labels and signs.  :-DD

mnem
Also it's amusing to sometimes see The Queen's English used where I expect 'merkin English. :o

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Dwagon, you just said it...freaking 1763 !!!!   :palm: Time for people up there to move on and get a life of their own !  :scared:
Imagine if we still lived in 1763 nostalgia herein France, fuck me what a world that would be !!  :scared:
Time passes... let past things... buried in the past. GWN is now much closer culturally and in their day to day life to the USA then they are from France. So if anything they should give up on anything French and speak Spanish too like you did in Texas !  ;D

You've got to let it go Maverick, let it go...

vk6zgo:

--- Quote from: Vince on September 23, 2021, 06:13:17 pm ---BIG TEA moment today... and I mean BIG  as you can see !  :-DD

Another boat anchor... no not a glowing Tek. A glowing Metrix !

A "Wobuloscope"... from what I understand it just means they stuck a little CRT/Scope to vaguely monitor the output of the HF generator. Has modulation capabilitis too.

I alwyas loved thje look of these... wanted one for my futre "vintage" secondary lab/little museum.... that I will arrange in the attic one day, when I get round to turn it into a liveable and presentable space... right now it does not even have a floor, can't even walk up there...

There are several models of such Metrix generators of course, but this one looks like a high end one with its scope addition, and its frequency range... puppy goes up to 800MHz !  :D Right now the fastest signal I can generate it the louxwy 1MHz from my '70s analog  Philips sig gen...

Also, most of these for sale are crusty at best, often void of tubes and/or rusty... yet sellers want hundres for them. 150 at best when yo are lucky... and are willing to do a full restoration on the thing...

So that is to say that so far, I have never found any of these to suit my "value for money" criterion... so to speak.
UNTIL a fewx days ago !

This one popped up, high spec,  looking in good nick from the crappy pics the seller managed to take, guy even sad the CRT /scope was working !
Plus, he was willing to SHIP.. that's also yet another show stopper with these things, people just don't want to ship them.
Best of all... no, it should have cost 500 or more, at todays market price here... but he wanted only 60 Euros for it !!!  :o
AND.. there was a "Buy now " button, so no "I got 20 phone calls, highest bidder gets it " as usually happens... so I rushed to click on the button...
And guy was honest, he DID ship it to me ! Shipping cost me only 6.5 Euros !  :D

I just unpacked it... thze dram continues :for once, the packaging was adaquate, with polystyrene foam all around it, and buble wrap.
At fist I could not even see it because it was covered by.. yes, it came with its original Metrix grey cover ! In good nick too !
So I moved the Tek 575 to the side, so I could put the MEtrix 232 on the bench.... I lifted the cover and.... VOILA !!!  :D

FUCK ME !!! This thing is.... like .... pretty much  NIB !!!!  :scared:     :o

For 65+ Euros delivered !?  :scared:

Just look at this thing !!!  :o

Not a spec of rust, all the bright work looks incredible, only tiny minor pitting when look up close if one is being picky.
Pilot light still looks sparkling. The big / main dial look like new, its clear plastic "arrow"/pointer not broken for a change, and only very slightly opaque, a far cry from the usual heavily yellowed, 100% opaque affair !
Paint on the face plate look like new, no other word for it. Shiny, smooth and clean. Like new.
Power cord : usually these have long been hacked with a power cord hardwired, sticking out the back of the unit. sometimes worse, the original socket is removed... not so here, it's still 100% original, zero hacking. Still has its original power socket, which is a the front on these old Metrix units. PLUS.... the guy STILL HAD the original power cord for it  !  :o
Better : I even get some accessories : came with a viewing hood ! Well kinda, I don't know how you call it..
Didn't take a pic of that though, arf. Depending on public demand...  ;D

Can't believe it... fot 60 Euros I got meself a masterpiece.. my vintage lab is well on it way !  :D 
Imagine a vintage table/bench with this beauty on it, feeding its signal to... a big glowing Tek scope of course !  8)

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Sweet!
Back in the distant past, the technical school I went to had quite a lot of Metrix equipment.

One thing which fascinated me was that the plastic cover on one of them had a "zipper" moulded into it.
It wasn't a real zipper, just several interlocking strips on the mating pieces, but in operation, it did the same job, in that it had a tab you pulled on to zip it up, unlike today's "ziplock" bags.

I wonder if your cover is that type?

Another neat thing on your device is the really sturdy side  carry handles.

At my old work, we had a bunch of Philips Black & white picture monitors which had similar handles.
When they finally went to "The Great Equipment Store in the Sky", a workmate, who was very taken with the handles, removed them all & put them in the Useful Box".

He was very dedicated to "saving" them, although there were a lot of monitors.

I asked him if he was the "handles Messiah" ;D

Vince:

--- Quote from: vk6zgo on September 24, 2021, 01:26:52 am ---
Sweet!
Back in the distant past, the technical school I went to had quite a lot of Metrix equipment.

One thing which fascinated me was that the plastic cover on one of them had a "zipper" moulded into it.
It wasn't a real zipper, just several interlocking strips on the mating pieces, but in operation, it did the same job, in that it had a tab you pulled on to zip it up, unlike today's "ziplock" bags.

I wonder if your cover is that type?

Another neat thing on your device is the really sturdy side  carry handles.

At my old work, we had a bunch of Philips Black & white picture monitors which had similar handles.
When they finally went to "The Great Equipment Store in the Sky", a workmate, who was very taken with the handles, removed them all & put them in the Useful Box".

He was very dedicated to "saving" them, although there were a lot of monitors.

I asked him if he was the "handles Messiah" ;D

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Yeah I like those big handles too, participates in that big heavy duty rugged military look I like !  ;D

Interesting cover you came across !  :o  That does not ring a bell... mine is just a simple cover, as simple as one can think of it... and made of cheap plastic with false leather grain molded to its surface on the outside.

mnementh:

--- Quote from: Vince on September 24, 2021, 01:21:51 am ---
--- Quote from: mnementh on September 24, 2021, 12:05:01 am ---Vince, you are aware that while we are officially subjects of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, these are French colonies, right...? The original 5 colonies were once known known as New France, and included Québec, Hudson's Bay, Acadia, Newfoundland, and Louisiana. These territories were ceded by the French in the Treaty of Paris in 1763 following the Seven Year War. However, the French language is still very much a core part of the cultural identity, as it is with any nation and its descendant colonies.

As a result, pretty much everything here is marked bilingually; not just foods but even buildings and highway signage. Just as in certain regions of Tejas pretty much everything was labeled in both 'merkin English and Mexican Spanish.

It's pretty awesome, actually... I'm learning a dabble of French the same way I learned the little bit of Spanish I know... bumbling around town and just paying attention to labels and signs.  :-DD

mnem
Also it's amusing to sometimes see The Queen's English used where I expect 'merkin English. :o

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Dwagon, you just said it...freaking 1763 !!!!   :palm: Time for people up there to move on and get a life of their own !  :scared:
Imagine if we still lived in 1763 nostalgia herein France, fuck me what a world that would be !!  :scared:
Time passes... let past things... buried in the past. GWN is now much closer culturally and in their day to day life to the USA then they are from France. So if anything they should give up on anything French and speak Spanish too like you did in Texas !  ;D

You've got to let it go Maverick, let it go...
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With all due respect to my homeland, Americanization ≠ Progress. In many respects, it means devolution compared to the societal norms I'm seeing around me every day up here.

Having a connection to your history is not a bad thing; Past is Prelude. It means the roots of the future must get their strength from the past or there will be nothing to build it with today.

It's when we pay lip service to those ideals without really internalizing them that we lose our way.

mnem
Those who fail to learn the lessons of the past are doomed to repeat them.

Specmaster:
I was just about to switch off and go to bed  :=\ when I had an email from eBay ping in, asking if I had got a solution from the seller of that elusive Fluke 85 yet? I replied in the negative and then in a very short order, like seconds, I get more emails informing that they were awarding me a full refund including the postage because of my problem and also the seller did not leave any tracking info which is these days a no-no with eBay.

Oh well, it was always going to be a gamble anyway with something that is badly listed, but it was still worth a punt, I have had some decent results in the past.  :-+

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