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Re: [TenTec] OT: O'scopes

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Subject: Re: [TenTec] OT: O'scopes
From: Barry N1EU <barry.n1eu@gmail.com>
Reply-to: Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment <tentec@contesting.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2012 10:25:33 +0000
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Because of minimal shack space, I bought a highly regarded Rigol DSO.  I
think they're going for about $400 now in 100Mhz flavor.  To make a long
story short, I sold it about a month later.  It's a very different animal
than an analog scope where you can just pick up a probe, twiddle vert and
horiz knobs (and maybe trigger) and get a nice trace.  And because of the
digitization, the trace doesn't look smooth like an analog scope.  Steep
learning curve.  I understand lots of folks like these DSO's, but it just
wasn't my cup of tea.  I went searching for a smallish analog scope and
ended up with a slightly used BK 2160.

Barry N1EU

On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 9:24 AM, Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP <Rick@dj0ip.de> wrote:

> I have a question for anyone with  direct experience  using non-traditional
> O'scopes.
> I have just a tiny shack, small radios (ie Eagle & FT-900), and only a
> small
> amount of room to place accessories.
> I sold my Tek 475 when I moved overseas and would like to find a tiny
> replacement which will fit my needs.
> I only used my 475 three or four times in 10 years, but when I needed it, I
> needed it, not a voltmeter.
> My needs:  to do what Scott did yesterday when troubleshooting his old
> Omni,
> trace signals through a HF rig, and perhaps look at some audio signals.
> Nothing more.
> Now my first question: how well do these new tiny hand held devices
> (scopemeters) work, such as a DSO 1060? Any recommendations along these
> lines?
> And the second question: how well do these tiny black boxes work that
> connect via USB to the laptop and use the laptop's screen for a display?
> Any recommendations on these?
> Tnx.
> 73
> Rick, DJ0IP
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