Technical Short – Oscilloscopes in Radio Servicing sample

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Oscilloscopes in Radio Servicing


When I was a lad, I always wanted an oscilloscope (‘scope) – they just looked so cool, at least in an electro-geeky sort of way – all those knobs to twiddle, sockets to plug things into, buttons to push, technical sounding markings on the panel and, most importantly, a real-time display that apparently showed exactly what was happening in the piece of kit you were fixing such that diagnosing the most complicated problem would become a doddle… or so I thought. I eventually bought my first ‘scope in the 1970’s – a rack-mounted, single-trace Telequipment valve job from ‘AH Supplies’ in Sheffield (model ‘S32R’ I think) – for the princely sum of £10. After fixing the HT circuit (new EHT rectifiers and caps – replacements supplied, along with a schematic gratis by Telequipment, together with a nice letter – I was most impressed!) and a faulty time-base (leaky capacitors), I had a workshop ‘scope that I could finally cut my teeth on. Admittedly, it was a bit limited in terms of bandwidth and it was not the most stable of ‘scopes, however, it did me proud for my outlay of £10 for many years and was only disposed-of when I ....


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