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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #275 on: February 17, 2017, 05:24:29 am »
I resistively opened it. Nop, not a standard, something much more fun!  ;D

Hint: it will involve need of oscilloscope   :bullshit:
Some sexy active probe.  8)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #276 on: February 17, 2017, 06:53:13 am »
perhaps a low noise amplifier?

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #277 on: February 17, 2017, 10:55:50 am »
I know, that's easy
It's 1000 100 KXvoltage reference PCB's to spend them to EEVBlog members with more than 37 posts   :)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #278 on: February 18, 2017, 12:47:59 pm »
I'm Fred and I'm a test gear junky.  My route was a bit different
- Become a ham
- start repairing HAM gear
- need more test gear for that,
- a car full defective testgear for parts followed me home from a HAM who cleaned out his house.
- instead of parting, I repaired it all.
- got more stuff and repaired it.
- room started to become a problem upto the moment rearranging was no option anymore.

I love using it to repair testgear but without space it becomes hard.

The solution was a matter of luck and a big part not so much luck. I have been in a traffic accident in my youth (hit by a car doing 80km/h)
I recovered well from it, at least it looked that way. Things started to get worse a few years ago resulting in a 6 month therapy.
A few weeks after that a guy who was looking at his phone instead of the road did not see me and my motorbike standing for a trafficlight and hit me at 50km/h.
After that I could not do my job anymore. Then someone who owns a calibrating company asked me if I wanted to repair a Fluke calibrator. I did that and since them I work on test and calibration gear (and some other, industrial, stuff) I can work only a few hours so it won't make me rich but I love doing it. Most gear is rather exotic without any service doc, ( even a few times custom made )  but it is the best of both worlds, I can repair electronic  gear, get money for it and afterwards the stuff does not consume more lab space because it goes back to the owner.  ;D

It works but I would not advise to follow my way...there are less painfull ways.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #279 on: February 18, 2017, 12:57:12 pm »
Welcome to TEA Fred.
Your path here is similar to mine but without the pain.  :scared:

That our hobby can now provide us with some small income is good.  :)
May you do well.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #280 on: February 18, 2017, 09:14:23 pm »
Triax cables. Oy! They immediately put a CAP (Costly Accessory Phobia) on my GAS.

So many acronyms to learn!  :palm:

TEA (Test Equipment Addict)
TN (Time Nut)
GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)
CAP (Costly Accessory Phobia)


and these -

SCOPE (Serious & Chronic Obsession with Personal Electronics)

DMM (Duplicate Meter Mania)

Keep this up and we could be the poster children for a whole new sub-specialty for the psychiatrists!  :phew:
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I recognized another two at me:

LSUG (Lazy to Sell Unused Gears) no explanation needed
HFO (High Frequency Obsession) may be it's mutation of GAS my gears will never have enough frequency range and I must buy faster scope, better generator, faster spectrum analyzer, faster ..... faster THz  :scared:

I'm failed in TEA therapy also today  :palm:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #281 on: February 18, 2017, 11:35:01 pm »
 Hmm, how about NTSC - Nixie Tube System Collector  :-DD

 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #282 on: February 19, 2017, 12:08:26 am »
I'm BFX
I recognized another two at me:

LSUG (Lazy to Sell Unused Gears) no explanation needed
HFO (High Frequency Obsession) may be it's mutation of GAS my gears will never have enough frequency range and I must buy faster scope, better generator, faster spectrum analyzer, faster ..... faster THz  :scared:

Hey those are great additions to the acronym base. So many disorders!  :palm:

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I'm failed in TEA therapy also today  :palm:
Aeroflex 3025 PXI RF Signal Generator 100 kHz to 6 GHz
Aeroflex 3035C PXI wideband RF digitizer 250 kHz to 6 GHz

It's OK we understand in this group.

I discovered two more disorders today -

GPSDO (Generic Pathological Syndrome Desiring Oscilloscopes)

LED (Lab Equipment Disorder)

I am a Test Equipment Addict (TEA) - by virtue of this forum signature, I have now faced my addiction
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #283 on: February 19, 2017, 06:54:22 am »
Oh, my. I guess we're going to have to start a glossary pretty soon. Perhaps I could add one to the OP.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #284 on: February 19, 2017, 08:16:12 am »
Oh, my. I guess we're going to have to start a glossary pretty soon. Perhaps I could add one to the OP.

Maybe we need to ask Dave to make this an actual forum section? Then we can have a glossary thread pinned to the top of the list for people to easily find to enable quick diagnosis of their exact condition(s)?

Anyway, back to eBay....
I have a weakness for Test Equipment so can often be found having a TEA break (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/test-equipment-anonymous-(tea)-group-therapy-thread/)
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #285 on: February 19, 2017, 08:27:49 am »
Anyway, back to eBay....
:-DD
You're hooked Rach.  :scared:

Is there any real hope/help for you poor poor souls ?  :-BROKE

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #286 on: February 19, 2017, 09:15:50 am »
I just sold something. There is hope.

Then again there is a hole where it was which needs filling.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #287 on: February 19, 2017, 12:28:23 pm »
Oh I forgot one 8)

CCMHA (Cheap China Modules History Accumulator) The urge to document history of engineering progress on small cheap Chinese electronic modules.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #288 on: February 19, 2017, 12:32:51 pm »
I just sold something. There is hope.

Also, I see that you turned down the offer of a free scope . . . .
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #289 on: February 19, 2017, 05:42:38 pm »
Yes. TBH that was primarily because my other half said we could turn it into a day trip with the kids. Which isn't going to be fun because it was 5 hours in the car, a pitiful 11 degrees all day and they're all sick and grumpy. This would inevitably end up in a just about welcome but miserable service station dinner KFC or something but you can't even do that now because Fleet services on the M3 burned down which was the strategic high point between children urinating themselves on the motorway or dying of starvation.

I'd actually rather Yodel drop kicked something fragile over my back fence :)

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #290 on: February 19, 2017, 10:11:26 pm »
Yes, I also..  :(. Last two years I spent some thousands of euros...
I get a CMU200, Stabilock 4032, Bird 43, 2xfull loaded 53131A, Keythley 2015, Rigol DSA-815TG, MSO1074-S, DP832A, Agilent 3GHz active probe, Tek 492BP.... I was very happy  :-+

I'm trying to justify the spent.. Because right now, I do not have the time to use all the equipment...
But, in the years coming, I plan to use it... for sure... 
If my wife do not throw away all equipment by the window..

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #291 on: February 20, 2017, 05:09:31 am »
Oh, my. I guess we're going to have to start a glossary pretty soon. Perhaps I could add one to the OP.

Maybe we need to ask Dave to make this an actual forum section? Then we can have a glossary thread pinned to the top of the list for people to easily find to enable quick diagnosis of their exact condition(s)?

Hmm, if a whole forum was started, that would mean that we've infected a large portion of the EEVblog population. :o

Meanwhile, I've updated my intro post to include a glossary with all the acronyms thus far and a few new ones, such as,

FUSS: Future Usefulness Speculation Syndrome - The inability to part with or sell equipment as a result of rationalization about potential projects for which it will one day be useful.

If I missed any, let me know.

https://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/test-equipment-anonymous-(tea)-group-therapy-thread/msg1114480/#msg1114480
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #292 on: February 20, 2017, 10:51:55 pm »
Forgive me, I was weak. I gave in to a moment of desire and bought a Rohde & Schwarz APN62 audio signal generator from eBay.....

Best Regards,

Rachael
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #293 on: February 20, 2017, 10:54:23 pm »
And I'm now the proud owner of a Fluke 5440B with a dead display.   :o

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #294 on: February 20, 2017, 11:07:47 pm »
Ooh VFD. That would put me right off anything. I owned a VCR years ago that had a duff one and I learned to drive it without a display because I couldn't get a replacement. Did my head in.

Sold another thing. I may have to leave the group. Farewell to the nixie counter and cheap chinese RF gen this week.

Then again, the eBay watch list says otherwise :)
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #295 on: February 20, 2017, 11:51:19 pm »
Forgive me, I was weak. I gave in to a moment of desire and bought a Rohde & Schwarz APN62 audio signal generator from eBay.....

Best Regards,

Rachael

You are forgiven, we all support each other here.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #296 on: February 21, 2017, 12:34:01 am »
Hmm, if a whole forum was started, that would mean that we've infected a large portion of the EEVblog population. :o

That would be a LOT of G.A.S .............

Of course I couldn't let that one go now could I !.

Okay time to get some fresh air ..................... and check the dumpster.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #297 on: February 21, 2017, 01:13:54 am »
Forgive me, I was weak. I gave in to a moment of desire and bought a Rohde & Schwarz APN62 audio signal generator from eBay.....

Best Regards,

Rachael

You are forgiven, we all support enable each other here.

Fixed it for you.    >:D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #298 on: February 21, 2017, 01:20:51 am »
Ooh VFD. That would put me right off anything. I owned a VCR years ago that had a duff one and I learned to drive it without a display because I couldn't get a replacement. Did my head in.

Yes, but it's STONE dead - both the 17 segment array on the left and the dot matrix on the right - not even a hint of light.  And some quick voltmeter checking showed some voltages were way off as in missing - like the filament voltage.  I need to do some power supply exploration.  The VFDs themselves look pristine, and are vacuum tight - getter flash on both is nice and metallic.  Fingers crossed...

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Sold another thing. I may have to leave the group. Farewell to the nixie counter and cheap chinese RF gen this week.

Noooooooooo!  Not the nixies!!    :o :o :o :o

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Then again, the eBay watch list says otherwise :)

evilBay...  I'm TRYING to stay away.  I really should shut off my feed!   |O

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #299 on: February 21, 2017, 01:23:05 am »
Forgive me, I was weak. I gave in to a moment of desire and bought a Rohde & Schwarz APN62 audio signal generator from eBay.....

Best Regards,

Rachael

We need peekshures when it arrives!

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