Ham Radio: Workbench-6 OSCILLOSCOPES, Part 2

This week, join George KJ6VU, Jeremy KF7IJZ, and Alan W2AEW is they continue their discussion on Oscilloscopes.  In Part 2, the conversation shifts to focus on Digital Oscilloscopes and their uses.


Pacificon 2016:  http://pacificon.org
Don W6GPS Videos on the Kenwood TH-D74:  https://www.youtube.com/user/w6gps
Interview with Don W6GPS on the Kenwood TH-D74:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIlLnll6TGc
TH-D74 Manual (from Japan) Here
KF7IJZ’s Raspberry Pi Cluster Setup Part 2:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ5uX-JJbyY

Special guest Alan Wolke W2AEW

https://www.youtube.com/user/w2aew

http://www.qrz.com/db/W2AEW

Practical buying advice

Favorite models, why?  Price?

KF7IJZ:  Rigol DS-1XXX Z Series:  https://www.rigolna.com/products/digital-oscilloscopes/ds1000z/

Great community support from http://www.eevblog.com/forum/

I own a DS-1104Z-S

DS-1054Z is a steal at $400

KJ6VU:  Inexpensive Used Tektronix or HP Scope, Tektronix 465B

Rigol 1054z 50 MHz, can be software hacked to 100 MHz

W2AEW:  Used Tektronix, Hameg, Leader, Kenwood, Hitachi

Don’t buy a service grade scope!

Stay away from Vacuum tube models!

Tektronix 465, 475, 485

Tektronix 2215 (2200 series in general) 2225, 2400 series 2445, 2465

Make sure probes are rated for frequency or greater and make sure compensation range contains the input capacitance of the scope

Find Dave Jones video on Proper Probe Usage (how not to blow up your scope!) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaELqAo4kkQ


Headless USB Scopes and tools


Alan’s Best Suggested OScope Video Links for Show Notes

Video Index PDF file

Basic operating and controls tutorials:

#242: How to use an oscilloscope on antique radios | NJARC

#160: Oscilloscope Basics, and how they can be used in the hamshack | tutorial

#11: Tektronix Oscilloscope Triggering controls and their usage

#10: AC / DC Coupling on an Oscilloscope

#238: Oscilloscope Vertical Position and Offset explained

#206: Importance of 10X Probe Compensation with your Oscilloscope

#9: Basic 1X and 10X Oscilloscope Probe tutorial

#179: How to make a peak to peak voltage measurement on a scope

#96: Tutorial on Digital Oscilloscope sample rate, record length and data processing

#69: Basics of Analog Oscilloscope Bandwidth

#68: Oscilloscope Probe Ground lead length affects on signal quality

#65: Basics of using FFT on an oscilloscope

#43: Analog Oscilloscope Basics: Making a Frequency Measurement

#35: Using the ADD/INVERT mode on an analog scope to view differential voltages

#33: Oscilloscope AUTO Triggering explained

#31: Analog oscilloscope ALT, CHOP, ADD, INVERT vertical controls

#25: Analog Oscilloscope bandwidth considerations


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