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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
PostPosted: Jul Wed 03, 2019 3:42 pm 
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I've used as little as a DMM all the way to signal generators, multiple multimeters and digital oscopes when working on and/or experimenting with stuff.

All depends on what I'm doing as to what is required for the job.

Some things I can do with simple test equipment, but find easier/better when using more test equipment.


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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
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My former employer hired a consulting engineering firm for several large plant expansion projects over the course of a couple of decades.
I was pretty vocal about the excess complexity and difficulty of operation for some of the plant process control automation.
They were bad about designing custom one-off automation solutions when there were off the shelf solutions readily available. I accused them of making more money selling us custom solutions than specifying simple, proven, off the shelf solutions.
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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
PostPosted: Jul Sat 06, 2019 4:46 pm 
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
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I have learned on this Forum, that an AA5 radio can't possibly be repaired without a room full of Tektronix test equipment, an HP VTVM, and a General Radio bridge.

Don't forget the 245 lb Spectrum Analyzer and tracking generator. 8)


Stop picking on me, Barry... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
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Like Barry and Peter, I have a wall full of big box stuff, and enjoy collecting, repairing, and using it. It's just another enjoyable facet of electronics. As others have mentioned, I use 3 or 4 pieces of equipment 95% of the time, while the rest just keeps the bench on the floor.

As for the 245 pound analyzer, I still have a couple of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
PostPosted: Jul Sun 07, 2019 2:23 am 
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Mikeinkcmo wrote:
Like Barry and Peter, I have a wall full of big box stuff, and enjoy collecting, repairing, and using it. It's just another enjoyable facet of electronics. As others have mentioned, I use 3 or 4 pieces of equipment 95% of the time, while the rest just keeps the bench on the floor.

As for the 245 pound analyzer, I still have a couple of them.




You're missing the 8445A preselector. Still a few pounds shy of the 245 pound mark, Mike.

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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
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Mikeinkcmo wrote:
Like Barry and Peter, I have a wall full of big box stuff, and enjoy collecting, repairing, and using it. It's just another enjoyable facet of electronics. As others have mentioned, I use 3 or 4 pieces of equipment 95% of the time, while the rest just keeps the bench on the floor.

As for the 245 pound analyzer, I still have a couple of them.

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Agreed

It's nice to have a good bit of equipment even if it isnt used regular as there's always that one time you need it and if you don't have it you gotta make do with something else or get it.


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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
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Mine serves two purposes... it keeps the bench from floating (the don't call it an anchor for nuttin') and it serves as a constant monitor for any termite activity. I figure if the bench is not sagging, no termites. ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Misguided engineering advice on You Tube
PostPosted: Jul Mon 08, 2019 1:06 am 
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It's nice to have a good bit of equipment even if it isnt used regular as there's always that one time you need it and if you don't have it you gotta make do with something else or get it.


that is very true.

it is rare for me to pull anything off the shelf except for my volt/ohm meter, tube tester, and sometimes the signal generator. all the other stuff looks so purrrty sitting up on the shelf for when it is really needed.

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