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Pbassred 10th January 2006 06:03 PM

Hatfield Herts UK Inductance meter
I don't have one,
We don't have one at work,
The guys in the design house next door don't have one.
My subcontractors don't have one,
I only want it once. (ok maybe twice).

Could anyone measure a coil for me please?

kelticwizard 10th January 2006 11:37 PM

I do not know how exact this coil measurement must be.

Unless you need it amazingly accurate, you can measure a coil yourself using a simple multimeter, analog or digital. Such multimeters are available quite cheaply, going as far down as $10 here-probably not much more there.

You would need the use of a signal generator.

Here is an excellent online signal generator. Audio Tools =>Sweepgen

pinkmouse 10th January 2006 11:46 PM

If you're still coming down to Chatham I'll measure it for you. :)

jackinnj 11th January 2006 01:01 AM

you can do this with one dual-opamp:

The sound card impedance tester
The LMS test set uses a dual opamp to compare the voltage drop across an unknown impedance and an acurately known resistor. It is remarkably simple.

You can test inductors, capacitors, transformers, negative impedances, etc.

A PDF of the QEX article is available at

the code can be downloaded at
just look about 1/3 down the page

Pbassred 11th January 2006 08:33 AM

Al, I get down that way about once a fortnight. If I don't get any joy in the next 2 weeks I'll deffinatly take up your offer. The gig I was going to was cancelled because the guitarist broke his arm. There will be others sometime though.

Thanks to the other guys. I don't really want to get into special projects for this. I'd probably need to borrow a meter to varify the calibration anyway!

One of my suppliers has a huge flying probe PCB test machine. I might call in that favour. ;)

dhaen 11th January 2006 09:47 AM

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I have an old Marconi Instruments RLC bridge TF2700 you could use. I'm located in Leighton Buzzard, Beds.
Send me an email if you are interested.

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