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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32225 on: May 29, 2019, 08:01:50 am »

all my Macs (including the one I'm typing on) are PCs running MacOS.


I've wanted to install MacOS into a VM on my Windows PC just to play around with it a bit, but every web page I've found with instructions on how to do so starts with something to the effect of "Go to a Mac and download the OS install ISO..."   If I had a Mac to do that on I wouldn't be wanting to install MacOS in a VM.   Grrrr....

Erm, I don't think you can complain that pirating a copy of MacOS requires you to jump through some hoops to start from a legitimate copy from a machine where it's supposed to be running. Given you've already decided to cross the line, why don't you just download a torrent of the many hooky copies that are already out there?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32226 on: May 29, 2019, 10:10:35 am »
Seems I brought some cheap RF crustiness, 75 and 50  \$\Omega\$ Attenuators for $5AU pesos for the pair. Anyone got a clue what sort of bandwidth they may be good for? eBay auction: #173910552994



also tacked on a 100:1 Philips probe and a HP 100Mhz one for good measure from the same seller.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32227 on: May 29, 2019, 11:43:45 am »
Well, it's 75Ω/500mW, so my best educated guess would be analog broadcast/CATV frequencies. Probably the lower bands. But then, my mental processes are pretty much crunk; I'm still waiting for my coffee to cool off, since I'm out of milk & HWC.   :o

[EDIT] NM.... you said you got 50Ω AND 75Ω models. AND they're BNC. Looks to me like it's time for some Noise Source abuse.  >:D Hey, I said I wasn't conscious yet.  :P [/EDIT]

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32228 on: May 29, 2019, 11:47:52 am »
Gah in that hole as well. My coffee machine just pissed out water and coffee all over the place >:(

Going out to find a coffee for a bit  :-DD
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32229 on: May 29, 2019, 12:02:37 pm »
Yeah... the older I get, the deeper that hole seems to get... and the more and stronger coffee I need to lift me out of it. Before long, I'll be drinking barrels of coffee thick enough to walk out on top of it.  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32230 on: May 29, 2019, 12:07:22 pm »
That’s what we call marmite here  :-DD
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32231 on: May 29, 2019, 12:10:45 pm »
...also tacked on a 100:1 Philips probe and a HP 100Mhz one for good measure from the same seller.

Dude... you cleaned the guy OUT! Well and truly TEA'd!!!  :-+    :clap: :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32232 on: May 29, 2019, 12:17:24 pm »
@beanflying - that atten unit seems to have some fans in an antique radio blog and some cal services offer calibration of it - I think you have done well.
It has bnc connections so I would guess up to vhf and maybe uhf - so would be very useful.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32233 on: May 29, 2019, 12:17:38 pm »
That’s what we call marmite here  :-DD

Says here... "Guaranteed to raise your blood pressure to hazardous levels, or twice your kidneys back..."  :o

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32234 on: May 29, 2019, 12:25:30 pm »
@beanflying - that atten unit seems to have some fans in an antique radio blog and some cal services offer calibration of it - I think you have done well.
It has bnc connections so I would guess up to vhf and maybe uhf - so would be very useful.
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Oh... so my original half-conscious guess wasn't half-bad after all, eh?  ;D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32235 on: May 29, 2019, 12:39:49 pm »
Yep mopped up the three listed items  ;D 100:1 probe will be handy playing with my Valhalla Calibrator in the next few weeks and the HP  just because.

UHF/VHF will be plenty I did find one reference to 1Ghz from the same case but not much on these two.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32236 on: May 29, 2019, 01:29:53 pm »
Naaaahhh.... I've mellowed a bit in my old age; and my indigestion demands a little buffering. Now I have to squeeze the cow before I put it on a slow roast for dinner.  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32237 on: May 29, 2019, 01:49:11 pm »
Black, no sugar here.

Have fixed the coffee machine. The issue was human error on the part of my eldest who didn't stick the cartridge in properly causing it to piss out everywhere, then she covered that up by cleaning it up and partially dismantling and cleaning it and putting it back together wrong. Of course I came along and coffee everywhere. The truth has been extracted, the machine cleaned and assembled properly and coffee in service again  :phew:
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32238 on: May 29, 2019, 01:55:33 pm »
One single word in that whole scenario tells me that no actual coffee was harmed in your charlie-foxtrot... "cartridge".  :-DD

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32239 on: May 29, 2019, 02:01:51 pm »
It's not terrible. Costa americano via Tassimo. The trick is that it's got the best tradeoff on laziness, flavour and cost. It's actually pretty close to the stuff you get in the actual shop as it's actually vacuum sealed coffee grinds rather than that horrid syrup shit.
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32240 on: May 29, 2019, 02:42:38 pm »
Talking about HP 8566B, Found another unit for sale locally. Unit seem to be in good shape this time, screen is bright. Will try to lowball  >:D  Something like 500$.

Hmm was able to negotiate down to 450$US. Will collect it later today  :)

Edit: Correction it's a 8566B not 8569B.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32241 on: May 29, 2019, 04:34:34 pm »
Capacitor replacement on the OL-1.

Underside, before.



Underside, after. Lots of flying leads. I know I have sleeving somewhere but I couldn't find it. So I made do without. But everything is secure and not moving so I'm going to leave as is.



Topside circuit board, before.



Topside circuit board, after.



The HV supply. Yes Matilda, that terminal strip has approx 1KV on it out in the breeze ready to Darwinize the unsuspecting.



After. New Panasonic .1uf/1.25KV caps.



And here's the trash.



Left to do: still have to rework the B+ aluminum can. Once that's done I can do some initial power on testing. Stay tuned. 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32242 on: May 29, 2019, 04:54:50 pm »
@   tggzzz

https://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ 

You should still be able to repair your partition table or reprovision the drive for GRUB. If you're built on a RAID, you're probably still well & truly fooked, though. Good luck, my friend.

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Oh the wonders of knowing I have all the data I've generated on a different partition to the OS: beat that MS. Actually they might be going along the track to end up where MS was with their first multitasking multiuser OS, i.e. having everything in /users on Xenix.

Now back to playing with the results of GAS...
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32243 on: May 29, 2019, 05:52:05 pm »
So, what have I been playing with? Lots of cheap stuff, naturally.

A newly acquired HP8562B, which I am using to explore the other stuff, and vice versa.

An old fleabay 4351 based synth:
  • up to 4.4GHz
  • USB powered, optional 5V via 0.1" headers
  • eval kit software that runs in XP in VirtualBox in Xububtu

A newer TI LMX2594EVM eval kit that I picked up for £20 in an auction:
  • 10MHz-15Ghz
  • I'm only looking at one unbalanced outputs (two balanced outputs are available)
  • onboard 100MHz source, or external balanced or unbalanced signal source - selectable by changing SMD resistors (hey, it is an eval board!)
  • USB interface with another 100MHz differential output source, but a separate 3.3V 400mA PSU via an SMA connector (what else?)
  • eval kit software only runs in Win7 or later. Changing frequency involves:
    • changing a textbox embedded in the block diagram
    • changing any other parameters that have "turned orange" because of inappropriate values
    • forcing the 2594 to change frequency


So, what does the 2594 look like?

At 15GHz, no spurs visible, and noise level is set by the 8562:


At 4GHz, spurs at +-32kHz, noise is not limited by the 8562:


At 55MHz, also spurs at +-32GHz; is this in the source or the analyser?:


EDIT: see https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/test-equipment-anonymous-(tea)-group-therapy-thread/msg2471700/#msg2471700


So what does the 4351 look like?

By comparison the 4351 looks dreadful at 4GHz, with lots of strong spurs which are sufficient to visibly degrade the stability:


But is that noise from the USB interface? What happens if the 4351 is powered from a bench PSU?

Much better at 4GHz and 55MHz:




Unsurprising moral: don't power a synth from  USB power supply!
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32244 on: May 29, 2019, 09:30:45 pm »
@   tggzzz

https://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ 

You should still be able to repair your partition table or reprovision the drive for GRUB. If you're built on a RAID, you're probably still well & truly fooked, though. Good luck, my friend.

mnem


After many blind alleys using things on that disc, I decided the MBR/GRUB/etc was well and truly hosed. So I followed my initial inclination: find out what partitions are there and where, and reinstall xubuntu. Worked like a charm, no data lost.

Oh the wonders of knowing I have all the data I've generated on a different partition to the OS: beat that MS. Actually they might be going along the track to end up where MS was with their first multitasking multiuser OS, i.e. having everything in /users on Xenix.

Now back to playing with the results of GAS...

Well, at least UBCD helped with that part, right?     ;)


You can specify where your data goes. Apps and their data, that requires paying attention at installation time, but usually still can be done. Or just let Winblows back it all up to OneDriveBy...  :-DD
Yeah, everybody thinks their app is fucking special and MUST be integrated into Windoze.  :palm: While MS encourages this behavior, app developers still CAN make simple executables that run where you plant them.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32245 on: May 29, 2019, 09:41:47 pm »
Anyone fancy a Pizza? I wanna go here and eat a lovely fresh pizza and just soak up all of that lovely atmosphere and gorgeous rich sound. I had thought that the age of pipe organs had long gone. The last one I can remember seeing and hearing it being played was when I was a teenager IIRC, it was a Wurlitzer 3/19 built into the car showroom of a garage in Diss, Norfolk, UK, owned by the Kitchener Bros. Garage. I remember that well as I given a tour behind the scene to see the massive pipes and actual real life instruments like drums, piano, chimes etc., all hooked up to the massive main keyboard console.

It was just sheer joy to experience first hand the beautiful deep bass of those huge pipes, wasn't just hearing that bass, but actually feeling it as well as the entire showroom (could be turned into a theatre for live performances by visiting organists, and even featured on the BBC radio program "The Organist Entertains") was pressurised by this low frequency air coming from the pipes.

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32246 on: May 29, 2019, 09:45:36 pm »
Ive been to Organ Stop Pizza a few times.  The Pizza is just okay from what I remember, but the big organ is impressive (she said).
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32247 on: May 29, 2019, 09:47:55 pm »
@med, that really is looking like a good project and what a massive size difference between the old caps and the new replacements. It should go on to give many years of use and enjoyment to you once completed, well done sir.  :clap: :clap:

Edit.
Are you going to test the old caps just to see how bad they are after all these years?
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32248 on: May 29, 2019, 09:51:51 pm »
Ive been to Organ Stop Pizza a few times.  The Pizza is just okay from what I remember, but the big organ is impressive (she said).

With a stunning centre piece like that to observe and listen to, who cares if the pizza is not even editable (I do actually, love pizza every now and then  :-DD) but seriously, that has to be an amazing occasion dining there.  :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #32249 on: May 29, 2019, 10:12:30 pm »
The Drake SPR-4 arrived! I have to say it really works great at the moment and is in really good condition. The blue LEDs are as bad as the pictures showed. But the good news is the tinting plastic seems to be just fine. My plans for that at this time are to just revert back to type 47 bulbs for the original look.

The rest of the progress will be in the thread I started on the RF, Microwave, and Ham Radio board.  :-+
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