[time-nuts] Tek high voltage probes
camaraq1 at quantacorp.com
Thu Sep 22 17:53:24 UTC 2011
One big difference is that when most of the butane leaked out and
air leaked in, you'd get a very clear indication when arcs occur. I
wouldn't want to be holding it.
I think Tek degrades the P6015 to 13kV without Freon - enough for my
needs. Maybe someone will find out that Home Depot Bathtub Selant #17 has a
breakdown of 60kV and we can all do one last refill...
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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 10:35 AM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Tek high voltage probes
On 09/21/2011 04:57 AM, David C. Partridge wrote:
> Howsabout HFC-236fa - very similar properties to R114 but not banned.
>> Tektronix used a Freon in their 40 KV High Voltage probes. The Vapor
>> pressure of some of those compounds is low at 70F, but they do have to
>> be sealed.
I use several of the Tek probes in my work (and of course am too cheap
to buy the newer solid dielectric ones). When my freon ran out, I
searched around for a replacement fluid and found ordinary butane
straight from the Ronsonol can to be equal to or maybe even better than
the original freon.
About a decade ago I wrote up a procedure on how to do the fill without
introducing condensate into the chamber. I posted it to Usenet. I
think that it's archived at http://yarchive.net.
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