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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47150 on: January 15, 2020, 08:28:23 pm »
Probably best radio one I have ever seen here!

Might bid on that. PRC320 + US command receivers + Heathkit SB lots are probably worth it assuming the fucking tube pirates don't get there first.

The PRC320 does, as you undoubtely know, not contain any hollow state devices, but it's got its fair share of crazy tants, high voltages and lots of complex mechanics. I dread having to open mine.

That's my favourite type of playground! playing hunt the tant inside a Tek 7L12  :-DD





Soooo regret selling that Tek mainframe now  :-DD

UK auction alert: heathkit, some test gear, lots of amateur and vintage radio stuff and lots of cool old scientific instruments: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/david-duggleby-scarborough/catalogue-id-srda10351/search-filter?archivesearch=False

Oh God! I just looked at that and the first few things triggered my desire to start collecting lovely brass and wood old scientific instruments. The TEA is bad enough, I cannot start collecting those as well.  :scared:

Yes anything brass, glass and wood does it for me too. Especially stuff like this (science museum):

 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47151 on: January 15, 2020, 08:36:14 pm »
UK auction alert: heathkit, some test gear, lots of amateur and vintage radio stuff and lots of cool old scientific instruments: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/david-duggleby-scarborough/catalogue-id-srda10351/search-filter?archivesearch=False

Oh God! I just looked at that and the first few things triggered my desire to start collecting lovely brass and wood old scientific instruments. The TEA is bad enough, I cannot start collecting those as well.  :scared:

How about collecting sperm whale teeth?  :o
https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/david-duggleby-scarborough/catalogue-id-srda10351/lot-db347fc4-34bf-474e-86b3-ab41010ace69



*now getting out this IEC thing*  :-/O
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47152 on: January 15, 2020, 08:45:31 pm »
LOL! Cerebus beat me to it! I was thinking the same thing; also amused by the juxtaposition of all this lovely turn of the last century instrumentation with such mundane modernities as a Garmin pocket GPS and a  Fluke PM3082  'scope plopped right in the middle..  :P

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47153 on: January 15, 2020, 09:18:03 pm »
I've looked at that auction, there is a nice Fluke 4 channel scope, with probes and manual with auctioneers estimate of £50 to £80 on it, 100Mhz, I don't know enough to be able to comment on the comms gear on offer.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47154 on: January 15, 2020, 09:42:28 pm »
@mnem - 'that'll do pig..... ' - a great movie 'Babe'

Re teenage boy fantasy - 'Barbara Eden' - a powerful woman but not aggressive - and those eyes! Mmmmmm

That Tek museum destruction is an electronic test equipment rights violation - I hope for the audio-phools the price of oxygen free copper unidirectional cables goes up! Some people have no soul.

Re politics - I try not to pay attention - that's what they want you to do, then they are winning. I have found it rarely makes a big difference to my real life. Except make me upset.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47155 on: January 15, 2020, 09:43:16 pm »
This is the IEC filter, a Schaffner FN326-01/07 which is, of course, discontinued.
Date code is saying 9005 so it is a good idea to replace it.



I'm going to replace it with a Schaffner FN9222-1-07 which I ordered @ Mouser

https://www.mouser.de/ProductDetail/Schaffner/FN9222-1-07?qs=%2Fha2pyFadugBZovmQ3il68%2FGWJCK2LSscwnWd%2FocMdD%2Fu7LiSP7smQ%3D%3D

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47156 on: January 15, 2020, 09:50:57 pm »
UK auction alert: heathkit, some test gear, lots of amateur and vintage radio stuff and lots of cool old scientific instruments: https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/david-duggleby-scarborough/catalogue-id-srda10351/search-filter?archivesearch=False

Oh God! I just looked at that and the first few things triggered my desire to start collecting lovely brass and wood old scientific instruments. The TEA is bad enough, I cannot start collecting those as well.  :scared:

How about collecting sperm whale teeth?  :o
https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/david-duggleby-scarborough/catalogue-id-srda10351/lot-db347fc4-34bf-474e-86b3-ab41010ace69



*now getting out this IEC thing*  :-/O

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47157 on: January 15, 2020, 10:51:20 pm »
Anything above about 10 years old is pushing it. 20 is probably worth shouting Allāhu akbar before you turn it on.

Thanks.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47158 on: January 15, 2020, 10:53:27 pm »
Date code is saying 9005 so it is a good idea to replace it.

Paffner... very wise choice.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47159 on: January 15, 2020, 11:03:48 pm »


That's my favourite type of playground! playing hunt the tant inside a Tek 7L12  :-DD



Soooo regret selling that Tek mainframe now  :-DD


That's a norcal rig, right?  And what is that plug-in?

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47160 on: January 15, 2020, 11:27:36 pm »
That is indeed. It's a souped up Norcal 40A clone. Plugin is a Tek 7L12 100K -> 1.8GHz spectrum analyser in 7603 mainframe which I don't own now  :'(

It's not a tracking generator BTW - that's a noise generator through the LPF and into the SA.

Norcal close up.



Enclosure was replaced after the first photo as I wasn't happy with the board placement.
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47161 on: January 16, 2020, 01:14:33 am »
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I'll admit it... Lucy was one of my first TV crushes.

Yup, her, Barbara Eden and Betty Boop :-DD
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47162 on: January 16, 2020, 01:52:06 am »
Well, I picked up a TLA714 with a TLA7N4 and a TLA7E2. I don't think I needed it, but man, I really wanted it. Can't wait for it to arrive so I can use roughly 1/100th of it's power :)
 

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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47163 on: January 16, 2020, 01:54:57 am »
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I'm new here, but I tend to be pretty gregarious, so if I'm out of my lane please call me out.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47164 on: January 16, 2020, 02:18:17 am »
So while I was away, I became afflicted with a severe case of TN syndrome. This led to extensive ESI and ultimately, the first steps along the road to more serious problems.

Here's how my addiction started....

First I found an HP 3325A...

Added the 3325A and 5443A to the POI along with the OCXO upgrade. :-+
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« Reply #47165 on: January 16, 2020, 02:23:33 am »
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No, no, no... you have that wrong. A volt-mutt is the polar opposite of a volt-nut. The guy for whom "Fluke sez BAM!!!" is good enough... preferably 4-5 digit Flukes at most. ;) You've fallen so far down the rabbit-hole no mutt can dig you out.  :scared:

And...BAM! Added to the glossary. ;D
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47166 on: January 16, 2020, 02:32:24 am »
Me too. Having Lego as a kid I like to make test gear.

Talking of which, this years project is the long talked about DIY HF spectrum analyser. Just dropped some cash on minicircuits stuff (VCO, 2 mixers) to start with. Will work on front end LPF while they’re winging their way to me. Now I’ve got the nanovna it makes aligning bits of it massively easier!

Right on. I'm looking forward to your Lego spectrum analyzer, bd! >:D
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47167 on: January 16, 2020, 02:34:00 am »
Me too. Having Lego as a kid I like to make test gear.

Talking of which, this years project is the long talked about DIY HF spectrum analyser. Just dropped some cash on minicircuits stuff (VCO, 2 mixers) to start with. Will work on front end LPF while they’re winging their way to me. Now I’ve got the nanovna it makes aligning bits of it massively easier!

Right on. I'm looking forward to your Lego spectrum analyzer, bd! >:D
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47168 on: January 16, 2020, 02:43:51 am »
Today my Fluke / Philips PM6681 arrived. Including a nice ring file with the owner's manual and the programmer's manual.

I've powered it on first before I turned it apart. The  vent is a bit loud, perhaps it has some issues with the  bearing.

Front side, feeded in 10MHz from my RTB 2004:


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Excellent! Added to POI. :-+
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47169 on: January 16, 2020, 02:54:42 am »
Happy 2nd birthday this thread  :clap:

Yes. In fact, it's the 3rd!

Happy TEAnniversary you crazy TEAddicts! :-DD :clap: :popcorn:

Now, pardon me while I unbox my HP 53310A. ;D
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47170 on: January 16, 2020, 03:02:30 am »
Yes. In fact, it's the 3rd!

Happy TEAnniversary you crazy TEAddicts! :-DD :clap: :popcorn:

Now, pardon me while I unbox my HP 53310A. ;D

My how time flies when you're having fun!  :clap:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47171 on: January 16, 2020, 03:12:54 am »
And how quickly the lab fills up. Oy! :horse:
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47172 on: January 16, 2020, 03:21:00 am »
Today my Fluke / Philips PM6681 arrived. Including a nice ring file with the owner's manual and the programmer's manual.

Front side, feeded in 10MHz from my RTB 2004:



These Fluke/Plilips/Pendulum counters are nice. Here is a photo of 3 of my counters measuring one of my Rb standards.
 
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47173 on: January 16, 2020, 04:04:57 am »
Gotta love that all-digit agreement!
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Re: Test Equipment Anonymous (TEA) group therapy thread
« Reply #47174 on: January 16, 2020, 04:18:05 am »
From the "Idle Hands Are the Devil's Playthings" Dept...



It's in there. ASUS Radeon HD 3870 in an otherwise bone-stock HP p7-1243 PC. Not bad, considering the stock PSU doesn't have a PCIe power tap... well, it didn't until I carved one out of an old ATX power connector and hacked the PSU to put it in there. >:D

All 4 gigs of RAM now available, instead of 3.3. And streaming video is butter-smooth with none of those horrible APU-video blocky artifacts.

But... there were casualties. A couple mm off the tip of a thumb (just enough to bleed for the bitch ;)) and now she tips the scales at a beefy US$40 (32" screen included). Oh, the horror. :-DD But soon comes the real big ticket item... $17 for another 4GB of RAM off slAmazon...  :scared:

Now that I have it watchable as a TV, I can move on to the next step in my plans for this little beast... to use as a test-bed for the various VPN services available here and see which are actually sufferably reliable to get my Hulu back.  :-+

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