[volt-nuts] Cropico DO4A Digital Ohmmeter

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Sun Apr 29 19:10:52 EDT 2018

Fractional and even Ohm resistors- 

Once, in a package from Russia, with some items totally not related to
this group discussion, the seller included 2 boxes of 1/2% 200 ohm
resistors with a note of thanks for the purchase. Each box contained
several cardboard carriers with 25 resistors lined up in idividual
precise slots. 

At that time I checked them with the bench Simpson 260 and sure enough
they were 200 Ohms. Checked several and they were all 200 Ohms. On the
Simpson VOM all tested were remarkably the same, so next they were
checked on the bench Simpson 463, a 3 1/2 digit .1% (I think) digital
meter. There they were again, 200.0. 

That's when I decided to put them away for a future project, aside from
the usual resistor stash (I almost said TRASH!). 

Reading this thread today prompted a second look at them, this time with
updated equipment 

Each sample tested read between 200.2 and 200.7 Ohms. A random sample of
10 tied in parallel read 200.0529. Interesting. 

Next step was to figure out what combinations 10 or 20 of those could
created if hooked together with clip leads, in various clusters of
series/ parallel groups. 

Simple calculated that from 1 to 10 in parallel would yield 10 different
resistances, same # for series. So 20 different combinations divided
over 2 groups of 10 resistors. 

Next I tackled the possible combinations that utilized one set of series
plus one set of parallel possibilities, in series. This yielded 100

I didn't even begin the possible combinations in parallel. 

There are some very interesting numbers on that list, which include
22.22222, 33.33333, 66.66666 266.66666 along with many the normal whole
numbers starting at 10. 

This is where my research stalled (read: mind=boggled) and decided to
ask the computer experts here if they can do a spreadsheet that would
calculate all the possibilities of 20 ea. 200 Ohm resistors. 

I can envision two smallish boards with two rows of 10 terminal each,
one row on each side and the resistors soldered across the terminals
ladder style or maybe criss-crossed so they would all be in series

Clip leads to do the dirty work, and a spread sheet for "programming"

If this or some similar would be of interest to the traveling
calibration folks, I will donate 100 resistors to the cause, enough for
5 pairs. 

George Dowell 

On 2018/04/29 04:35 PM, Bob Albert via volt-nuts wrote:

> I have a few very low resistance resistors (around 50 milliohms), four terminal of course, rated at .05% or maybe better.  I built a low resistance Ohmmeter but don't use it since I got my HP3456A with very good resolution.  I can measure the resistance of a screwdriver shaft with it, although there can be issues with contact potential.  It has a function to eliminate that error but I am not too confident.  Measuring using AC would be a good solution.
> I bought some cheap Kelvin test clips but they don't hold on too well, and I don't know how to modify them for more solid clamping.  (They are similar to ordinary clips but each jaw is insulated separately so you can use them for 4 terminal measurements.  The DIY meter simply uses four clips.)
> Bob
> On Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:18:50 PM PDT, Dr. David Kirkby <drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk> wrote:  
> On 29 April 2018 at 21:57, Nigel Clarke via volt-nuts <volt-nuts at febo.com>
> wrote:
>> Sorry, I realise now I could have explained better, I do know what
>> transistor it is but that's not the problem, this looks to be quite a
>> complex power suply/charger circuit, with at least three unmarked
>> adjustment pots so if I change the device, even for the same part number,
>> it's quite possible it will need readjustment and that's what I don't have
>> any information on.
>> Nigel, GM8PZR
> I see this is a low-resistance (10 u ohm resolution) ohmmeter. Have you any
> idea how you are going to check the calibration? I just bought a Simpson
> 444, which has 1 u ohm resolution. I have not got it yet, but are wondering
> how I am going to check the calibration.
> 0.005% resistors are available from Farnell in a fairly limited number of
> values, but certainty not in the range of values needed for a milli/micro
> ohm meter.
> Dave
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