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Old 24th April 2002, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default scopes, generators, meters - what do you use?

(also posted to the solid state forum...)

just curious what everyone out there uses for test equipment. i haven't gotten much past a variac and multimeter myself, with my ears doing the rest of the "measuring," but as my projects get more complex i'm looking to get a decent set of tools. few questions for you all:

- a good analog scope is still the way to go right? e.g. i'm looking at a used Tektronix 465...

- what's a good low-distortion signal generator? do some of you own one? am i better off using a test CD and a regular cd player/DAC to generate my test signals?

- are there any relatively affordable distortion analyzers out there that provide any useful resolution? if not, i guess i'll have to stick to my ears and eyeballing the scope...

i saw fragments of answers to these questions when searching the forums, but i'm interested in surveying what kind of equipment all you fellows use.


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The stuff I find using almost all the time are: Beckman DVM, Heath Sig Gen (much-POOGE'd), 5 amp Variac, Tek 7704A scope and an HP339a analyzer (with its great signal generator), a Heath RLC bridge and a more acurate self-built RLC meter, several Heath regulated power supplies (some of them POOGE'd). I would say that this stuff is used daily.

I have entirely too much junk, however. Stuff like a GenRad random noise source, Wavetek sweep gen, a couple high end HP DVM's, an HP 5334 counter, a Heath IMD analyzer, a Tektronix storage scope with spec analyzer, an HP3581C wave analyzer, a RatShack DVM/data-logger, a B&K RF signal generator-- most of the stuff aquired at garage sales, hamfests or on EBay.

Lastly, I have the same EICO VTVM I built when I had a technician class ham license in the 1960's! This is great unit as it will measure up to 1500 VAC.
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