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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12875 on: July 07, 2018, 12:46:07 pm »
Think I'd rather have the beer today :D

Playing with WSPR today. This is the lazy test gear obsessed side of ham radio. Two things are important: (1) doesn't require any human intervention due to beacon mode operation thus is lazy as hell and it's too hot to move today and (2) requires time nuttery as frequency accuracy and stability is important. The latter is starting to get pretty heavy for me. A proper, non hacked up OCXO frequency standard is now required.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12876 on: July 07, 2018, 03:37:23 pm »
I don't give up easy. Channel 1 now working. Twas a cold solder joint right at the input BNC. D'OH!!!  :palm: :palm:
 
The DM44 is working too. I had to disassemble that to remove the vertical board...or so I thought. In reality it can remain in place..

Channel 2 is still fubar. Don't have time to work on it further this afternoon. I'll start fresh in the AM. But I think I know what the problem might be. Stay tuned.



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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12877 on: July 07, 2018, 03:48:26 pm »
Nice one  :-+

Never give up!

Edit: talking of which I better get on with these d83’s :)
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12878 on: July 07, 2018, 04:01:49 pm »
Comes with lots of probes............

You'd kick yourself if there were some current probes amongst them !

Yep.

The probe pocket on top is literally bulging.
It could be filled with multiple probes or just a few big ones.
Either that or it’s just glad to see ya...

 This is TEA - you know we’re all Jones’n to see what’s in there! >:D
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12879 on: July 07, 2018, 04:06:32 pm »
My tek 465 came with lots of probes. As in at least 8. I got two good ones after spending three hours swapping bits of them until they (a) actually worked and (b) met their specification.

 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12880 on: July 07, 2018, 04:28:41 pm »
This is tempting. Cortland Manor is in Westchester County just above NYC. About 1.5 hours away...give or take traffic which usually sucks down there.

But a close up of the photo shows the LCD for the DMM to be fubar and probably unobtanium. And why would a friend just "give it to you"? Sounds fishy like it's stolen or something shady. But it would be a nice piece and they are not very common.

Gonna pass.  :--
Comes with lots of probes............

You'd kick yourself if there were some current probes amongst them !

Stop! I don't wanna know!  :-DD :-DD

OK, been thinking about this one all morning. I'm gonna play it like I did with the recent 2465 purchase. Let it sit for 2 weeks and see if he sells it. If he does, my loss. If he doesn't, toss a low ball bid. If he accepts then see if he'll meet me halfway distance.

I want to see what's in that probe bag too.  :-DD 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12881 on: July 07, 2018, 04:37:39 pm »
Another probe bag story to put you off.  A few years back I was talking to someone at work who’s father had some electronic stuff to get rid of, to quote him. So I went over there one fine Saturday afternoon to a rotten house in Sandhurst and had a look.

There was a 465B sitting there looking in pristine condition. Seemed to have intact feet. So I asked about it and he said to take it and the rest of the stuff for £20 for some beer money.

So I go over to the 465B looking rather excited completely unaware I could only see one side of it. Turned
It round and the probe bag was black and green. It had been stored in the shed which had leaked on top of the probe bag and had run down the back. We opened the bag and it and it was full of mouse shit. There were once probes in there but they had combined with the instructions and turned into mush.

I left everything there. It was all wrecked. The shed roof had a leak in it which hadn’t been looked at for 20 years. Didn’t fancy carting back several kg of mouse shit and mould.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12882 on: July 07, 2018, 04:47:31 pm »
Crap bd139, you sure know how to ruin a TEA members day.. :'(
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12883 on: July 07, 2018, 07:11:22 pm »
Crap...

Quite the appropriate exclamation given the circumstances, I must say. :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12884 on: July 07, 2018, 07:16:43 pm »
Great job with the progress on that 465, med.

OK, so with all the recent Tek talk, for long term use and maintenance, which is the better option, a 465 or a 475 (or no difference in this series)? Of course, more bandwidth is nice with the 475, but at some point the number of unobtanium parts makes old scopes less desirable. I'm just not sure at what point that occurs with the good ol' Teks.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12885 on: July 07, 2018, 07:28:54 pm »
Great job with the progress on that 465, med.

OK, so with all the recent Tek talk, for long term use and maintenance, which is the better option, a 465 or a 475 (or no difference in this series)? Of course, more bandwidth is nice with the 475, but at some point the number of unobtanium parts makes old scopes less desirable. I'm just not sure at what point that occurs with the good ol' Teks.
Maybe it's time to start looking at Philips then as they use more standard parts and thus should be able to be kept running correctly with ease?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12886 on: July 07, 2018, 07:35:29 pm »
"Mouseshit & Mould"

read it too quick and thought you were refering to a law firm I once dealt with in philadelphia.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12887 on: July 07, 2018, 07:36:48 pm »
After partially convincing the wife that the extra 9 at the end of the string of 9's is important, and with a 15% ebay coupon I decided to buy it.       

I saw a couple of mentions of this coupon, but I guess it was a short-lived promo as I never saw it. Do update us on the outcome of your DMM score.

It wasn't an ebay seller scam after all.  I was pleasantly surprised this morning when an actual new-in-box, perfectly functioning, Siglent SDM3055 that I got at a discount plus with an eBay coupon arrived on my doorstep.  A rare win for me!  :-+

The problem now is that while I justified the purchase by saying I'd sell the other meter, the TEA in me believes I should keep it as well.  >:D

I think I have enough stuff on the bench now, that she won't know the actual equipment count anymore.  :)

   
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12888 on: July 07, 2018, 07:39:34 pm »
Great job with the progress on that 465, med.

OK, so with all the recent Tek talk, for long term use and maintenance, which is the better option, a 465 or a 475 (or no difference in this series)? Of course, more bandwidth is nice with the 475, but at some point the number of unobtanium parts makes old scopes less desirable. I'm just not sure at what point that occurs with the good ol' Teks.

465B is the better scope in the series.

You’re already at the point of no return with 4xx scope parts. You need two scopes to keep one alive. Possibly even three.

I would agree with Philips if you want something old that works. PM3267 is a nice bit of kit. Unfortunately Europe is where you win with these.

Actually thinking about it, if you’re in the US, 465B is better. If you’re in Europe PM3267 is better.

Edit: tek 2235/2236 is better than both though if you can find one.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12889 on: July 07, 2018, 07:40:19 pm »
After partially convincing the wife that the extra 9 at the end of the string of 9's is important, and with a 15% ebay coupon I decided to buy it.       

I saw a couple of mentions of this coupon, but I guess it was a short-lived promo as I never saw it. Do update us on the outcome of your DMM score.

It wasn't an ebay seller scam after all.  I was pleasantly surprised this morning when an actual new-in-box, perfectly functioning, Siglent SDM3055 that I got at a discount plus with an eBay coupon arrived on my doorstep.  A rare win for me!  :-+

The problem now is that while I justified the purchase by saying I'd sell the other meter, the TEA in me believes I should keep it as well.  >:D

I think I have enough stuff on the bench now, that she won't know the actual equipment count anymore.  :)

 

Nice win  :-+
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12890 on: July 07, 2018, 07:45:26 pm »
After partially convincing the wife that the extra 9 at the end of the string of 9's is important, and with a 15% ebay coupon I decided to buy it.       

I saw a couple of mentions of this coupon, but I guess it was a short-lived promo as I never saw it. Do update us on the outcome of your DMM score.

It wasn't an ebay seller scam after all.  I was pleasantly surprised this morning when an actual new-in-box, perfectly functioning, Siglent SDM3055 that I got at a discount plus with an eBay coupon arrived on my doorstep.  A rare win for me!  :-+

The problem now is that while I justified the purchase by saying I'd sell the other meter, the TEA in me believes I should keep it as well.  >:D

I think I have enough stuff on the bench now, that she won't know the actual equipment count anymore.  :)

 
Forget the TEA rabbit hole you're already in.....the volt nuttery rabbit hole awaits.........  :scared:
SDM3065X next ?

For a while I had all three models but took the plunge and got a 3065X with the 16ch logging card so I think I'm set for a bit.....unless they bring out a 7.5 digit one !  :rant:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12891 on: July 07, 2018, 07:55:42 pm »
After partially convincing the wife that the extra 9 at the end of the string of 9's is important, and with a 15% ebay coupon I decided to buy it.       

I saw a couple of mentions of this coupon, but I guess it was a short-lived promo as I never saw it. Do update us on the outcome of your DMM score.

It wasn't an ebay seller scam after all.  I was pleasantly surprised this morning when an actual new-in-box, perfectly functioning, Siglent SDM3055 that I got at a discount plus with an eBay coupon arrived on my doorstep.  A rare win for me!  :-+

The problem now is that while I justified the purchase by saying I'd sell the other meter, the TEA in me believes I should keep it as well.  >:D

I think I have enough stuff on the bench now, that she won't know the actual equipment count anymore.  :)

 
Forget the TEA rabbit hole you're already in.....the volt nuttery rabbit hole awaits.........  :scared:
SDM3065X next ?

For a while I had all three models but took the plunge and got a 3065X with the 16ch logging card so I think I'm set for a bit.....unless they bring out a 7.5 digit one !  :rant:
I'd love a 6.5 digit, even though I have no need for one so I'll have to wait for a steal like my Fluke 8840A to come along I think. It's not voltnuttery, I love seeing digits, especially ones that glow [emoji48]
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12892 on: July 07, 2018, 08:05:27 pm »
For a while I had all three models but took the plunge and got a 3065X with the 16ch logging card so I think I'm set for a bit.....unless they bring out a 7.5 digit one !  :rant:

Oh, have little ambition! You know you want at least 8 digits
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12893 on: July 07, 2018, 08:08:39 pm »
...even though I have no need for one...

Ahem. Consider the company you are in, and whether you might lose the respect of you peers.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12894 on: July 07, 2018, 08:11:30 pm »
For a while I had all three models but took the plunge and got a 3065X with the 16ch logging card so I think I'm set for a bit.....unless they bring out a 7.5 digit one !  :rant:

Oh, have little ambition!
I have, a new SVA on the way.....and a couple of their new 8A PSU's as I have thoughts of joining the bd139 club of blowing shit up !  >:D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12895 on: July 07, 2018, 08:14:21 pm »
Edit: tek 2235/2236 is better than both though if you can find one.

Why is that ?

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12896 on: July 07, 2018, 08:24:12 pm »
Mainly less likely to be dicky and a whole generation of hardware design newer and a lot lighter. Annoyingly short of graticule illumination but that’s it.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12897 on: July 07, 2018, 08:34:53 pm »
Mainly less likely to be dicky and a whole generation of hardware design newer and a lot lighter. Annoyingly short of graticule illumination but that’s it.

I have offers locally here and also a pristine working 485 that I keep ignoring for quite sometimes now ... both prices are reasonable.  :'(

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12898 on: July 07, 2018, 08:40:31 pm »
I’d take a 485. That’s a special one.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #12899 on: July 07, 2018, 08:43:39 pm »
Mainly less likely to be dicky and a whole generation of hardware design newer and a lot lighter. Annoyingly short of graticule illumination but that’s it.

I have offers locally here and also a pristine working 485 that I keep ignoring for quite sometimes now ... both prices are reasonable.  :'(

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