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Re: [TenTec] OT: Scopes

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: Scopes
From: "James C. Owen, III" <k4cgy_list@yahoo.com>
Reply-to: "James C. Owen, III" <k4cgy_list@yahoo.com>, Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2012 17:04:05 -0800 (PST)
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I don't know how anyone can easily trouble shoot without a scope. When I was 
gainfully employed it was the one piece of test equipment that was dead center 
on the workbench and it's still center at home.  Scopes can be found cheaply if 
you work the hamfest or watch ebay. My most recent one I wasn't even planning 
to purchase, since I already had four. But at the Frost Fest in Richmond the 
first of the month when everyone was packing up to leave, one guy had a 
Tektronix 7904 for sale. If you're not familar with it it's a 500 Mhz scope 
with space for four plug-ins and 20 years ago cost in the area of $10,000. He 
had a $25.00 price on it and kept trying to get me to purchase it. I kept 
resisting until he said "I don't want to cart it around anymore, you can have 
it for $5.00". Well guess what, I bought it and when checking it out found it 
worked perfectly and even looks to be in or quite close to calibration. My 
point with this  long spiel is, you don't
 have to pay too much if you look in the right places and be patient. Now for 
my recommendations: The Sencore SC-61 waveform analyzer is a 60 Mhz scope with 
built in digital  DC voltmeter, frequency counter and Peak to Peak AC 
voltmeter. You can find it on Ebay usually around $100.00 but if patient much 
less. I have two and paid less than $75.00 each. The next is the Tektronic 465 
or 475 again around $100-$150 or less. Just look at any of the swap sheets and 
wait till a nice one comes along.  BTW you can fine great signal generators as 
well. I picked up my HP-606 for $75.00 on ebay and my HP-608E at a hamfest for 
73 Jim

 From: "Hulett, Russell" <rhulett1@consolidated.net>
To: tentec@contesting.com 
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2012 2:14 PM
Subject: [TenTec] OT: Scopes
I've avoided owning a scope, but the recent discussion about troubleshooting 
low power from an Omni D has me rethinking.  Most of the gear I own now old, 
have managed to diagnose problems without owning a scope.  In one case, the 
problem with an old hollow-state receiver was found by poking around with a 
wooden dowel to expose a poor solder joint.  My main concern is spending more 
money on a scope than my shack is worth, or alternately spending more time 
fixing a used scope than is warranted.  

Would be curious about thoghts from others who repair their own gear about what 
minimum-required scope would be.
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