Alan Wolke W2AEW from Tektronix joins us to talk Oscilloscopes. Alan is a field application engineer for Tektronix, the world's most well-known oscilloscope maker. He also has a YouTube channel that is chock full of great information for those wanting to better understanding oscilloscopes and test equipment in general. Alan joins us for a two part session to deep drive on oscilloscope features and applications. In part one, we introduce the oscilloscope, what it's used for, some introductory concepts, and some comparisons of analog and digital scopes. We also discuss probe quality.
Alan Wolke W2AEW
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/user/w2aew
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Twitter - https://twitter.com/alanattek
Rigol DS-1XXX Z Series: https://www.rigolna.com/products/digital-oscilloscopes/ds1000z/
Great community support from http://www.eevblog.com/forum/
Inexpensive Used Tektronix or HP Scope, Tektronix 465B
Used Tektronix, Hameg, Leader, Kenwood, Hitachi
Don't buy a service grade scope!
Stay away from Vacuum tube models!
Tektronix 465, 475, 485
Tektronix 2215 (2200 series in general) 2225, 2400 series 2445, 2465
Make sure probes are rated for frequency or greater and make sure compensation range contains the input capacitance of the scope
Find Dave Jones video on Proper Probe Usage (how not to blow up your scope!) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaELqAo4kkQ
Pico Scopes: https://www.picotech.com/oscilloscope/2000/picoscope-2000-overview
Bit Scope: http://www.bitscope.com
Digilent Analog Discovery 2: http://store.digilentinc.com/analog-discovery-2-100msps-usb-oscilloscope-logic-analyzer-and-variable-power-supply/
Red Pitaya: http://redpitaya.com
Alan's Best Suggested OScope Video Links for Show Notes
Video Index PDF file
Basic operating and controls tutorials:
Some Useful Applications of a scope in the hamshack and radio workbench: