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.
Special guest Alan Wolke 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
Bit Scope: http://www.bitscope.com
Red Pitaya: http://redpitaya.com
Alan’s Best Suggested OScope Video Links for Show Notes
Basic operating and controls tutorials:
Some Useful Applications of a scope in the hamshack and radio workbench: