[time-nuts] Test Equipment

Pete Lancashire pete at petelancashire.com
Mon Feb 1 22:45:52 UTC 2010

sounds like you are off to a good start. the 5345A is a great counter other
then size and the fan, check the Yahoo
Tektronix group for changing all the nasty caps in the 2465, they have a
habit of failing and destroying the circuit
board. I believe someone even has the parts list of what to replace. As to a
signal source the two biggies are
noise and upper freq, for the SA if you want higher the 2-3 Ghz it is going
to cost a lot, lot more. Mine is based
on the HP 70000/MMS and for now I'm happy with the 2.9 Ghz front end. ..
join the Yahoo Tek and HP groups
and have fun !


On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:35 AM, John Foege <john.foege at gmail.com> wrote:

> I realize that this e-mail is somewhat off topic, however, I also
> believe that I will get some of the best answers from the members of
> this list:
> I have recently started to build an electronics lab, and am currently
> trying to acquire test and general equipment for my little basement
> workshop of horrors. So far, being on a limited budget, I have
> acquired a Tek 2465A in good working order, a Fluke 1953A counter, and
> my little gem (ok not quite so little) HP5345A with the 4-ghz freq
> converter plugin w/ opt 11 & 12.
> I'd just like to ask everyone what they would be, if they were in my
> shoes, attempting to acquire. Unforunately, however, I am just out of
> engineering school and not working with much of a budget here. I'd
> kill to have all the fancy gear some of you nuts have.
> I'd really love a DSO instead of the Tek 2465A I have. I'd kill for a
> good spectrum analyzer or VNA etc.
> Any suggestions on what I should acquire and/or suggestions for
> economical equipment that I should make that is a must have? I am a
> good DIYer when it comes to building equipment, so often I attempt to
> build that which I cannot afford.
> I appreciate everyone's' opinions in advance. Thank you.
> Sincerely,
> John Foege
> starving-engineer!
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