[time-nuts] Tek to HP conversion... Was: Re: Fwd: FE-5680A Contact FEI

J. Forster jfor at quikus.com
Fri Feb 17 21:36:15 UTC 2012

Tek went into the toilet when Danaher bought them out.

I bought a TDS1002 and could not even get the PC software to download
screen images, even after "registering".

However, registration sure did get me onto their spam list. It took at
least a hald-dozed tries to get their spam to stop.

I have lusted after Tek since about 1962 and have over 100 of their
instruments. The 7000 series and TM500 seriea are masterpieces.

But, never again.




> I was a Tek aficionado for many many years. My first personal scope was a
> tek, my first work scope was a Tek. I've owned at least half a dozen over
> the decades. The three scopes I own today are Tek. But everything else on
> my lab bench has changed over to HP (with the exception of a couple of
> TM5006 mainframes full of specialty plugins).
> The quality, availability, and most important to me, the consistency of HP
> gear has been impressive. I've yet to go into a lab where the majority of
> basic RF equipment, counters, sig gens, spectrum analyzers, etc was not
> HP.
> Unless they were lucky enough to have R&S.
> The ability to get manuals, parts, and just plain guidance on the HP gear
> has been great.
> Now if I can score an HP Primary or GPSDO standard, I'll be happy.
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM, paul swed <paulswedb at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I believe in HPs case a unique situation occurred on the old gear.
>> That is there were and are people at agilent willing to take the time to
>> preserve their history. After all its still pretty fantastic stuff even
>> at
>> 20, 30, and yes I have a piece in the 40-50 years old era. Generally
>> amazingly well built. I do know that when test and measurement was HP
>> their
>> support was top notch both for me professionally and personally. It did
>> effect what I chose to buy for the business. But on the personal side
>> they
>> always helped I was above board about why I was calling.
>> Ahhh for the good ole days.
>> Regards
>> Paul
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