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1999\09\04@111145 by Eric Oliver

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Hey guys (and gals),

A friend of mine just gave me an O'Scope because he doesn't work in the
electronics field anymore.  I've been wanting a scope forever because,
being a visual person, I feel like it's the key to a better understanding
of electronics.

The thing is, this puppy's got more switches and knobs than I've got brain
cells. It does have a manual (which I'll begin reading today) but I'm
hoping someone here on the list might be willing to assist in the form of
mentoring.  I'm not asking or expecting an in depth training course, just
hoping that someone out there might be willing to say "You've got knob xyz
at the wrong setting" type of thing.

If your willing please email me off-list at spam_OUTericTakeThisOuTspamkedcoent.com. I guess
specific experience with this scope will make it easier to help me so here
are the specs:

Tektronix 2230 100Mhz DSO with P6109 10X probes.

I guess my first question is, Is there anything else I'll need to get
started ?  Aside from some sense, that is <bg>.

Thanks for your time,
Eric

1999\09\04@150452 by Brian Gracia

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At 09:42 AM 9/4/99 , Eric Oliver wrote:
>Hey guys (and gals),
>
>A friend of mine just gave me an O'Scope because he doesn't work in the
>electronics field anymore.  I've been wanting a scope forever because,
<SNIP>

>If your willing please email me off-list at .....ericKILLspamspam@spam@kedcoent.com. I guess
>specific experience with this scope will make it easier to help me so here
>are the specs:
>
>Tektronix 2230 100Mhz DSO with P6109 10X probes.
>

I may or may not be able to help you with your scope problems, but you can
count me in.  I would like to say one thing.  Your friend giving you this
scope is like someone giving me a Lexus/BMW/Lotus, just because they no
longer wanted to drive nice expensive cars.  Boy are you blessed!!!!!  I
cannot even afford the worst of the worst of the lowest priced scopes!

Brian
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1999\09\04@195313 by Dave VanHorn

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> A friend of mine just gave me an O'Scope because he doesn't work in the
> electronics field anymore.  I've been wanting a scope forever because,
> being a visual person, I feel like it's the key to a better understanding
> of electronics.


You must live right.
Ask anytime, I run a TDS420 which is different, but similar.
If anything, you may have problems with too much "power"  :)

1999\09\05@151438 by Mike Keitz

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On Sat, 4 Sep 1999 09:42:57 -0500 Eric Oliver <ericspamKILLspamKEDCOENT.COM> writes:

>Tektronix 2230 100Mhz DSO with P6109 10X probes.
>
>I guess my first question is, Is there anything else I'll need to get
>started ?  Aside from some sense, that is <bg>.

You have the scope and probes, that's all you need to make measurements
once you know how to use it.  For that, you could go back to the friend
who gave it to you, he should be at least a little familar withhow to
operate it.  But since he just gave you an item worth at least $1000 it
may not be prudent to pester him with newbie questions.

A decent introductory text is "The XYZ's of Oscilloscopes" published by
Tektronix.  It's available at their web site.  Go to http://www.tektronix.com,
select "Oscilloscopes" then "Application Notes," it should be the first
one on the list.   It's about the only beginner's application note there,
most of the others assume quite a bit of experience.

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1999\09\07@205228 by Eric Oliver

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>
> You have the scope and probes, that's all you need to make measurements
> once you know how to use it.  For that, you could go back to the friend
> who gave it to you, he should be at least a little familar withhow to
> operate it.  But since he just gave you an item worth at least $1000 it
> may not be prudent to pester him with newbie questions.
>

My feelings exactly !  I didn't want to bug him because, to tell the truth,
he's no longer interested in this field.  He's in management and his free
time is spent with his new wife and boat <g>.  Besides,  he used the scope
mainly in applications related to communications troubleshooting.  I'm not
real sure how his experience would translate over this field.

> A decent introductory text is "The XYZ's of Oscilloscopes" published by
> Tektronix.  It's available at their web site.  Go to http://www.tektronix.com,
> select "Oscilloscopes" then "Application Notes," it should be the first
> one on the list.   It's about the only beginner's application note there,
> most of the others assume quite a bit of experience.
>

I have been combing the Net and I've found quite a bit of info.  As soon as
I can swing it ( I'm so broke, I can't pay attention <g>), I'm going to buy
a book I saw about Scopes.

Thanks for the input.

Eric

1999\09\07@213222 by Dave Johnson

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Eric Oliver wrote:

>I have been combing the Net and I've found quite a bit of info.  As soon as
>I can swing it ( I'm so broke, I can't pay attention <g>), I'm going to buy
>a book I saw about Scopes.
BTW, the Art of Electonics, which is worth owning for more reasons I can
possibly count, has a great 5 page appendix on how to use a scope....

Dave Johnson

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