Tag Archives: test equipment

RoadTest: Pico Technology PicoScope 2205A

It’s been a little while since my last post – one of the reasons was feeling somewhat unwell, but another reason was that I’ve been putting a mammoth effort into reviewing the Pico Technology PicoScope 2205A – a budget 25Mhz … Continue reading

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Review: TBS TBS6925 PCI-e Professional Satellite Tuner Card

It’s been a very long time in the making – prior to purchasing this card in 2011, TBS had been in contact with me as I was helping them with some bug-fixing for a different model of card, and they … Continue reading

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Salvage: HP 5243L/5245M/5426L Frequency Counter Plug-in Modules

Time’s always been an issue – but salvage doesn’t wait for a blog post! A month ago, while visiting the Electrical Engineering (is not a) dumping ground at UNSW, I came across four modules, each inside its own cardboard sleeve … Continue reading

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Salvage: Newtronics Model 200SPC Sweep/Pulse/Function-Generator

It feels like we’re on a roll today – here’s another “salvage” thanks to the Electrical Engineering “dump pile” at UNSW. This unit will be familiar to most of the Electrical Engineers of UNSW – it’s a Newtronics Model 200SPC … Continue reading

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Review: Manson HCS-3102 1-36v/0-5A Switch-Mode Benchtop Power Supply

One of the most basic pieces of test equipment in the arsenal of an Electrical Engineer is the humble benchtop power supply. While I have gotten away with using old plugpacks, AT/ATX power supplies as surrogates, they have never had … Continue reading

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Salvage: Axiom Technology AX5411/AX5411H DAQ Card

A little while back, I salvaged these cards from boxes just outside of UNSW Electrical Engineering Room 201. Special thanks goes to Mr. Chris Lu for giving me permission to remove these and keep them. AX5411 (specs from here) 60kHz … Continue reading

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Salvaged: Dranetz Series 606-3 Line Disturbance Analyzer

Another day, another salvage – this time, a Dranetz Series 606-3 Line Disturbance Analyzer. Just a forewarning – this post is image-heavy! Anyway, this is another one of those items being thrown out by UNSW Electrical Engineering, who can resist … Continue reading

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Saving the Adret Electronique CS201 Frequency Generator Synthesizer

So I salvaged an Adret Electronique CS201, but I wasn’t able to test it owing to the fact that the power connection was made by an odd connector. One could always give in now and just throw it out or … Continue reading

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Salvage of the Day: Adret CS 201 Generator Synthesizer

As the beginning of the year comes, it seems like everyone in EE at UNSW is cleaning out. One thing I managed to lug home today is an Adret Electronique CS 201 Generator Synthesizer. I’ve never heard of the brand … Continue reading

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Seeedstudio DSONano v2

This is probably my most favourite piece of test equipment for the past year. It’s a Seeedstudio DSONano v2. I got mine from Little Bird Electronics for about $100 a year ago. (Nevermind the scuff on the screen – that’s … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: Tektronix 1106 Oscilloscope Battery

Those who are my direct friends on Facebook and have been following the comments on the BWD 141 Function Generator posts would have seen my friend Charith talk about this. Also thrown out in the same pile of trash in … Continue reading

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Tech Flashback: BWD 141 Signal Generator

Just the other day, roaming around UNSW’s Electrical Engineering building, I saw an old signal generator carelessly discarded into a pile of rubbish. Look at it – it is so pretty. It looks like an old radio! Nice large analog … Continue reading

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