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Re: [TenTec] Slightly OT - oscilloscope question

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] Slightly OT - oscilloscope question
From: "phil g" <trapperpg@earthlink.net>
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Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 13:35:47 -0400
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I think the Sencore line of scopes(waveform analyzer) were best for bench 
work.  I worked as a TV/audio tech
for over 20 years and the Sencore line of equipment was always top 
shelf...and priced accordingly.
With the SC61, you get waveform and can with push of button, choose to see 
readings for
DC/frequency/Vp-p.  It really speeds up troubleshooting as you don't have to 
count lines and do the math.
The SC61 will do 50Mhz, and the SC3100 will do 100Mhz.  SC61's can be found 
in the $100-200 range,
depending on condition/acc'y. Not bad considering I paid almost $3000 for 
mine in 1990.

Tektronics also makes similar units, but are more costly, and not as easy to 

The downside to the Sencore is they have not been made in years, so any you 
find will
have some miles on it.

I wish I could also be a  cheerleader for the "new" Sencore, but sadly, the 
changed its priorities several years ago,and are of little/no help with the 
older equipment.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Michael Goins" <wmgoins@gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <tentec@contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2010 1:00 PM
Subject: [TenTec] Slightly OT - oscilloscope question

> Reworking the workbench to be a little more builder-oriented and a little
> less as a fix-it area, so I am considering a scope for the first time. 
> I've
> used them very little in the past, but I'm relatively sure that a 50 MHz
> would suffice for me here as I don't operate higher than 6 meters. I do 
> know
> that short probes with minimal capacitance can be important, but I need 
> some
> help with knowing how much to get without overdoing or under doing it.
> What's out there that would work for joe average ham as a decent scope? 
> Cost
> is always a factor, as is relative ease of use and learning curve (English
> major here). Single trace? Dual? Lots of bells and whistles? Few? 
> Particular
> brands? Brands and models to stay away from?
> Especially fragile to ship, or should I stick to looking close to home?
> Mike, k5wmg
> Pipe Creek, Texas
> Fast cars, slow boats, big dogs, old trucks, little radios, and summers 
> off
> to write
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