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Richard Erlacher
04/12/13 10:24
  04/12/13 10:24

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Denver, Co

#189656 - Though this is a large and cumbersome instrument ...
Responding to: Joseph Hebert's previous message
I doubt you'll regret having it. I have a wide range of TMS500 and TMS5000 instrumentation not to mention an HP logic analyzer that's as big as (if not more so) the TEK mainframe and plug-ins that you've acquired, yet I've not regretted purchasing any of 'em, despite the fact that I bought most of my stuff back in the '80's.

That old TEK hardware just seems to keep on doing its job. I've had a couple of pieces become pretty weak, e.g. a couple of my old FG504 function generators have deteriorated to the point at which, in the top octave, it's not easy to distinguish sine, square, and triangle waveforms. Everything else works OK, though. I wanted to have someone clean/repair the things, but there's apparently no firm that will admit to being able to restore this particular instrument to its original operating condition.

I've found that there's no instrument available today that will do what the venerable TEK FG504 once did, i.e. generate the three waveforms plus a trigger into 50 ohms, over a bipolar range of 2- volts to either side of common, phase lock to an input, amplitude or frequency modulate its output, using a voltage input, vary the symmetry, etc, etc. Today's much more costly equipment requires a whole rack of 100x as costly gear to do the same thing, and new gear only does what it does to within a "reasonable" tolerance. ... <sigh> ... too bad ... We once had precision instrumentation at our disposal. Today, it's just "close enough for government work."


List of 19 messages in thread
Measuring trace impedance with a TDR?      Joseph Hebert      04/01/13 08:53      
   Maybe there's help here ...       Richard Erlacher      04/01/13 09:23      
      Thanks. Hardware/model specific      Joseph Hebert      04/01/13 10:22      
         Beauty contest      Steve M. Taylor      04/03/13 05:32      
            Growing your own      Joseph Hebert      04/03/13 16:56      
               What information do you want to extract?      Richard Erlacher      04/04/13 10:55      
                  desired information      Joseph Hebert      04/04/13 14:04      
                     "pre-loved"      Steve M. Taylor      04/05/13 12:27      
                        Pre "loved"      Joseph Hebert      04/05/13 16:40      
                        Resolution      Joseph Hebert      04/06/13 13:42      
                           ???      Steve M. Taylor      04/09/13 16:38      
                              Plenty, I'm sure, but ...       Richard Erlacher      04/09/13 21:03      
                              cost      Joseph Hebert      04/11/13 17:31      
                                 Though this is a large and cumbersome instrument ...      Richard Erlacher      04/12/13 10:24      
                     Better than standard solutions?      Oliver Sedlacek      04/08/13 01:59      
                        How do they do so?      Joseph Hebert      04/08/13 10:59      
                           Magic?      Oliver Sedlacek      04/09/13 01:43      
                           signal integrity      Andy Peters      04/16/13 15:23      
                              Exactly      Joseph Hebert      04/16/13 18:41      

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