[AMRadio] Test Equipment Recommendation


James M. Walker chejmw at acsu.buffalo.edu
Tue Aug 24 12:14:03 EDT 2004


Well,
You could go to Harbor freight and buy their high end digital voltmeter,
which does
AC and DC volts, measures inductance, and capacitance as well as resistance
for
39.95. Then buy the Fluke RF-80 probe for around the same cost and there you
have a
fully functional test device.
Jim
WB2FCN

----- Original Message -----
From: "Merz Donald S" <merz.ds at mellon.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 10:21 AM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] Test Equipment Recommendation


Really? Is this the best recommendation that we can come up with? Every one
of these that I see is awfully beat up after 30-50 years. And these were not
especially high quality units to begin with.

On the other hand, I don't know what else to recommend. I am using an old
Radio Shack Micronta VTVM, probably from 1970. I've had a Simpson 303 (these
do not age well--to be avoided) and the RCA VoltOhmyst in several different
flavors, plus several other brands. The Micronta has delivered the most
reliable, accurate service of any of them. But I can't really recommend that
because nobody could ever find one.

Given the advanced age of the VTVMs that survive today, this actually is a
harder question than it first seems.

73, Don Merz, N3RHT


-----Original Message-----
From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net]On Behalf Of Edward B Richards
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2004 11:27 PM
To: bpancake at mindspring.com; amradio at mailman.qth.net
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Test Equipment Recommendation


Bill;

Go to that auction place and buy a Heathkit VTVM. There are usually a lot
of them listed. All are 11 megohm input impedance. Then buy an RF probe.
The later VTVM's have a phone jack input and so do most RF probes. Also
known a demodulator or scope demodulator. Good luck

73, Ed Richards K6UUZ


On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 19:30:22 -0600 (GMT-06:00) Bill Pancake
<bpancake at mindspring.com> writes:
> Would appreciate a recommendation as to make and model of a VTVM that
> will come with an rf probe that is suitable for using when working
> on boatanchor gear.  I just need an idea of what to look for.
> Thanks, Bill, ab0zz at arrl.net
>
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