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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44475 on: December 08, 2019, 09:21:21 pm »
The Gorilla's really got to that 184, didn't they?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44476 on: December 08, 2019, 09:24:29 pm »
absolutely. add to that some chemicals that I would definitely stay away from such as hydroflouric acid.

HF is nasty, but it's OK to work with as long as you (1) make sure that you know what you're doing and (2) use all the right safety gear (including having Calcium Gluconate gel on hand for first aid) (3) never, ever take short cuts or be slipshod in your working practices.

It's a bit like working with high voltage - what you can get away with at 100V you can't at 1kV, and what you can get away with with 5M H2SO4 you can't with HF.
Anybody got a syringe I can use to squeeze the magic smoke back into this?
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44477 on: December 08, 2019, 09:36:15 pm »
I will never be off the steep part of the learning cure, I think...
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Now that I have reached an appropriate level of being offended by the damage done to this fine piece of gear, I am afraid it has become a quest: can I return this 184 to its pristine, well-engineered and built pre-bodge condition? And how much money with I have to expend acquiring no-longer-made diodes, transistors, and ferrites in order to do so ?   ;D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44478 on: December 08, 2019, 09:36:38 pm »
Over on the Book of Faces I participate in a group "Old Tek Scopes". Someone brought up the subject of Mr Carlson's videos and it generated a surprising number of negative comments. I happen to think Paul is very knowledgeable and I defended him. Well some individual in need of a tin foil hat to keep out of sight of the black helicopters decided to go toe-to-toe with me and I'll let you read the hilarity.

And I don't care that my real name appears. Most of you know who I am anyway.

Michael Donnelly        Gee, all the hate in here. I don't get it. I have a lot of respect for Paul Carlson. He is extremely skilled and knowledgeable. And he takes the time to completely explain his reasoning, methods, and above all, the dangers. His videos are viewed by individuals who range from complete novices to experts. So he tailors the videos to his least knowledgeable audience. That's just good common sense but to experts like us it may seem condescending. It is not.
…...

Not sure why your workplace need to be a mess to repair something. In my case it's the reverse. When I'm stuck on a problem I need to clean the bench and think. People like to generalize.

I also respect peoples that decide not to clean their bench. It's their choice  :-+
Uhuh. But that shunt is still in there, probably being digested. I think I'll go with the exorcist.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44479 on: December 08, 2019, 09:41:31 pm »
Over on the Book of Faces I participate in a group "Old Tek Scopes". Someone brought up the subject of Mr Carlson's videos and it generated a surprising number of negative comments. I happen to think Paul is very knowledgeable and I defended him. Well some individual in need of a tin foil hat to keep out of sight of the black helicopters decided to go toe-to-toe with me and I'll let you read the hilarity.

And I don't care that my real name appears. Most of you know who I am anyway.

Michael Donnelly        Gee, all the hate in here. I don't get it. I have a lot of respect for Paul Carlson. He is extremely skilled and knowledgeable. And he takes the time to completely explain his reasoning, methods, and above all, the dangers. His videos are viewed by individuals who range from complete novices to experts. So he tailors the videos to his least knowledgeable audience. That's just good common sense but to experts like us it may seem condescending. It is not.
…...

Not sure why your workplace need to be a mess to repair something. In my case it's the reverse. When I'm stuck on a problem I need to clean the bench and think. People like to generalize.

I also respect peoples that decide not to clean their bench. It's their choice  :-+
Uhuh. But that shunt is still in there, probably being digested. I think I'll go with the exorcist.

 :scared:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44480 on: December 08, 2019, 09:45:32 pm »
absolutely. add to that some chemicals that I would definitely stay away from such as hydroflouric acid.

HF is nasty, but it's OK to work with as long as you (1) make sure that you know what you're doing and (2) use all the right safety gear (including having Calcium Gluconate gel on hand for first aid) (3) never, ever take short cuts or be slipshod in your working practices.

It's a bit like working with high voltage - what you can get away with at 100V you can't at 1kV, and what you can get away with with 5M H2SO4 you can't with HF.

I know, we have special HF emergency first aid kits at our location.
Doesn't mean I have to play with it at home (even though I played with lots of nasty acids in my younger days, even with chrome sulfuric acid which is quite ugh)

Not f**king around with it is safer than getting killed just because you have become complacent.

Goes for having a cell phone around explosives, as well.

 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44481 on: December 08, 2019, 09:48:37 pm »
Power meter done. This came from the realisation that I wasn't going to pay MFJ £34 for a piece of inaccurate shit when I can make myself a piece of inaccurate shit for about £15 with a decent sized meter I can actually see.

Turns out this is actually usable to well past 150MHz (!) which was a surprise.

Outside. Caffeine shake wibbly lines FTW.



Guts. Not pretty but that's how you get low VSWR.



Now to build some power attenuators to push it up to 200W!

Uglyness: A+
Tech: Grade: C (at best). 50W range, but power resistor not even screwed to a large heatsink or to the case
150MHz ? Can serve as an indicator.
Cures: AD8307, after some attenuator. Compensation trimmer caps. PCB. Probably also not more than a few bucks. But then the 'art brut' charme is gone  >:D
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44482 on: December 08, 2019, 09:52:40 pm »
5W range  :popcorn:

I’ve got an AD8307 board and AVR based power meter display I designed floating around.  :-+

Edit found picture of prototype. Can’t find picture of final build  :palm:

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44483 on: December 08, 2019, 09:54:09 pm »
absolutely. add to that some chemicals that I would definitely stay away from such as hydroflouric acid.

HF is nasty, but it's OK to work with as long as you (1) make sure that you know what you're doing and (2) use all the right safety gear (including having Calcium Gluconate gel on hand for first aid) (3) never, ever take short cuts or be slipshod in your working practices.

It's a bit like working with high voltage - what you can get away with at 100V you can't at 1kV, and what you can get away with with 5M H2SO4 you can't with HF.

I know, we have special HF emergency first aid kits at our location.
Doesn't mean I have to play with it at home (even though I played with lots of nasty acids in my younger days, even with chrome sulfuric acid which is quite ugh)

Not f**king around with it is safer than getting killed just because you have become complacent.

Goes for having a cell phone around explosives, as well.
Well, yes. HF is not exactly fun. But FOOF is magic. Did you know that bricks can burn?
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44484 on: December 08, 2019, 09:55:53 pm »
...I like to learn stuff. But when it comes to stuff that can easily kill or seriously injure me, I am kinda hesitant and somewhat careful. I mean, I would not check why that class 4 laser does not switch on without the proper eye protection ...
Which reminds me ... where did I put that ......   Anybody have a klystron for some speed trap ecm ?

There are 2 things that I will absolutely not fuck with (actually 3): Magnetrons, lasers, X-Ray tubes.  :scared: :-- :--
X-ray machine would be cool  8)
  Look, only 20$!       It's probably safe right ?  :-DD

Something I have noticed over the last few years is a precipitous drop in the cost of USB Dental X-Ray sensors. As in going from several thousand used to several hundred; I’ve seen working used units in the $300-ish range a couple times.

If I were seriously interested in such, that would probably be the direction I’d investigate.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44485 on: December 08, 2019, 10:01:30 pm »
absolutely. add to that some chemicals that I would definitely stay away from such as hydroflouric acid.

HF is nasty, but it's OK to work with as long as you (1) make sure that you know what you're doing and (2) use all the right safety gear (including having Calcium Gluconate gel on hand for first aid) (3) never, ever take short cuts or be slipshod in your working practices.

It's a bit like working with high voltage - what you can get away with at 100V you can't at 1kV, and what you can get away with with 5M H2SO4 you can't with HF.

I know, we have special HF emergency first aid kits at our location.
Doesn't mean I have to play with it at home (even though I played with lots of nasty acids in my younger days, even with chrome sulfuric acid which is quite ugh)

Not f**king around with it is safer than getting killed just because you have become complacent.

Goes for having a cell phone around explosives, as well.
Well, yes. HF is not exactly fun. But FOOF is magic. Did you know that bricks can burn?

Almost anything will burn, given a powerful enough oxidizer.  >:D
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44486 on: December 08, 2019, 10:03:03 pm »
...I like to learn stuff. But when it comes to stuff that can easily kill or seriously injure me, I am kinda hesitant and somewhat careful. I mean, I would not check why that class 4 laser does not switch on without the proper eye protection ...
Which reminds me ... where did I put that ......   Anybody have a klystron for some speed trap ecm ?

There are 2 things that I will absolutely not fuck with (actually 3): Magnetrons, lasers, X-Ray tubes.  :scared: :-- :--
X-ray machine would be cool  8)
  Look, only 20$!       It's probably safe right ?  :-DD

Something I have noticed over the last few years is a precipitous drop in the cost of USB Dental X-Ray sensors. As in going from several thousand used to several hundred; I’ve seen working used units in the $300-ish range a couple times.

If I were seriously interested in such, that would probably be the direction I’d investigate.

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Under the 'show your TE scores' (or something like that) thread, someone made a score on one.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44487 on: December 08, 2019, 10:09:01 pm »
And funny how you have it going about furrys here today.
Yesterday, when reading KJ7E's post, I remembered one tv crime story (CIS whatever) that I did see per chance in a hotel. Someone got shot.
And right at the end, there was that old geezer, cradling his varmint rifle and saying 'and thats when I saw that coyote down by the highway!'
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44488 on: December 08, 2019, 10:09:46 pm »
Look, only 20$!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/X-ray-Image-Intensifier-Screen-for-experiments-with-x-ray-tube-x-ray-photografy/253987892134?hash=item3b22dbaba6:g:070AAOSwVFlT8niH



It's probably safe right ?  :-DD

That's only the intensifier for the X-Rays. The really dangerous part is this nice little bugger:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/263886853071



Easy to use, small and cheap.  :scared:

As for the chemicals:
I would stay as far away as I could from FOOF and it's brothers and sisters.  :scared:
That stuff is really really nasty, reacts violently with almost everything.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioxygen_difluoride



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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44490 on: December 08, 2019, 10:14:04 pm »
I just saw this post almost after an year, based on the incoming traffic to my Blog  lazyelectrons.com :)
I am a member, but not active I should admit.

Working on a Tek 555 now, more @ https://lazyelectrons.wordpress.com/2019/11/10/tektronix-555-restore/
and it is work in progress, expect to finish it before the end of the year

Not sure if anyone has stumbled over this or if this is one of our members but this is an excellent blog on test gear:

https://lazyelectrons.wordpress.com/
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44491 on: December 08, 2019, 10:14:10 pm »
must .... resist .... urge .... to .... buy .... it .... now ...
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44492 on: December 08, 2019, 10:14:15 pm »
@BU508: And it is fine with me that they gave up on such propellants, as I might end up in such places where they are used.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44493 on: December 08, 2019, 10:15:00 pm »
So I don't want to say TOO much yet, but later this month...if all goes well...there will be a very very awesome TEA day here at my house. There is a very special piece of RF test equipment coming that is still factory sealed and brand new, even though it isn't new.  :-DD  There will be photographs.  :-+

You're just a big tease, aren't you?  ;D

 :-DD  >:D

Well, it's not often that us hobbyists get the opportunity to buy a piece of very very high end equipment that's still factory sealed. So I want it to be a nice surprise for everyone ca Christmas. :)

Is it, by any chance, a Rohde & Schwarz  FSEK spectrum analyzer?  :)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44494 on: December 08, 2019, 10:17:35 pm »
The Gorilla's really got to that 184, didn't they?

They did. I am going to take some photos during the next bench session and post them next to my bench as a caution to myself. And so, once again, I am reminded that...

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44495 on: December 08, 2019, 10:19:22 pm »
@BU508: And it is fine with me that they gave up on such propellants, as I might end up in such places where they are used.

 ;D
Cannot more agree to that.  :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44496 on: December 08, 2019, 10:22:11 pm »
what the hell do you need neptunium hexaflouride for ? Build smaller igniters for thermonuclear devices ? Improvements to Teller Ulam ?
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44497 on: December 08, 2019, 10:25:12 pm »
I will never be off the steep part of the learning cure, I think...

More work on the 184.
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Now that I have reached an appropriate level of being offended by the damage done to this fine piece of gear, I am afraid it has become a quest: can I return this 184 to its pristine, well-engineered and built pre-bodge condition? And how much money with I have to expend acquiring no-longer-made diodes, transistors, and ferrites in order to do so ?   ;D
Well, between all of us, we should have some components here. So tell, maybe somone can shine on that occasion.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44498 on: December 08, 2019, 10:34:25 pm »
must .... resist .... urge .... to .... buy .... it .... now ...

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Anybody got a syringe I can use to squeeze the magic smoke back into this?
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #44499 on: December 08, 2019, 10:40:53 pm »
must .... resist .... urge .... to .... buy .... it .... now ...

One of the disadvantages of this Russian-made cold cathode x-ray tubes is: they have a Beryllium window.
And I'm not sure, if it will make it through the customs etc. with this.

If you want to build a cheap-ass x-ray machine, I have here a suggestion for you.

buy some PD 500 tubes, in the good ol' days they were used as a regulation load in colour TV's in the HV part.
Here is an example from Belgium:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254435716141



If you put around 50kV onto them, they'll produce some "soft" x-rays which are sufficient to
take pictures of the innards of a pocket calculator for example.

Example for a nice 50kV HV power supply module:
https://highvoltageshop.com/epages/b73088c0-9f9a-4230-9ffc-4fd5c619abc4.sf/de_DE/?ObjectPath=/Shops/b73088c0-9f9a-4230-9ffc-4fd5c619abc4/Products/HVSUP_50kV_v2



the ebay store of this guy from Austria:
http://www.ebay.com/usr/highvoltageshop_com

Not that I have any affiliations with one of those above.
And I'm not interested in dealing with HV stuff.

Err, well, currently ....   8)
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