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  1. Guest

    AHEM. I wrote "analog." I have digital meters.
     
  2. Guest

    wrote in @g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:
    Why use an analog meter ?


    Please tell me why analog meters are more useful or better.

    dave
     
  3. MOP CAP

    MOP CAP Guest


    An analog meter is like a low frequency oscilloscope. Jerks and
    movement in the needle let you know that there are time variations in
    what you are measuring, extremely useful in trouble shooting. A digital
    meter only tells you what the average value was during the sample time
    of the meter. DVM's are only good for measuring values that are in a
    steady state.


    Chuck P.
     
  4. Smitty Two

    Smitty Two Guest


    An analog meter is like a low frequency oscilloscope. Jerks and
    movement in the needle let you know that there are time variations in
    what you are measuring, extremely useful in trouble shooting. A digital
    meter only tells you what the average value was during the sample time
    of the meter. DVM's are only good for measuring values that are in a
    steady state.


    Chuck P.[/QUOTE]

    I agree, Chuck. Analogs have huge advantages in many circumstances. You
    can also focus your attention on putting the probes where they need to
    be, and "read" the meter with your peripheral vision. Think of the auto
    gauge analogy. When everyone went gaga over digital, the speedometer and
    other instruments on cars went digital. But, an auto instrument panel is
    something you want to be able to monitor subconsciously, not have to
    focus on it and try to decipher the meaning of the digits. That's why so
    many of them have gone back to analog.

    Another good use for an analog is checking a faulty circuit for excess
    current. Touch the probe for a fraction of a second and note, again with
    peripheral vision, how fast the needle is moving towards pegged. Gives
    you time to pull the probe before something blows.

    Finally, I do a lot of go/no-go testing, and the analog is at least five
    times as fast as a digital. I see the needle out of the corner of my eye
    and I know the allowable deflection range, without having to read the
    numbers.

    Jon
     
  5. Customer

    Customer Guest

    wrote in @g49g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:
    A cheap analog meters is at Radio Shack. Or Simpson and Triplett
    for a bit more money.
     
  6. Guest

    GOD Bless You for your non sarcastic and honest reply to an uninformed
    and curiuos creature.


    dave :'>
     
  7. Guest

    I agree, Chuck. Analogs have huge advantages in many circumstances. You
    can also focus your attention on putting the probes where they need to
    be, and "read" the meter with your peripheral vision. Think of the auto
    gauge analogy. When everyone went gaga over digital, the speedometer and
    other instruments on cars went digital. But, an auto instrument panel is
    something you want to be able to monitor subconsciously, not have to
    focus on it and try to decipher the meaning of the digits. That's why so
    many of them have gone back to analog.

    Another good use for an analog is checking a faulty circuit for excess
    current. Touch the probe for a fraction of a second and note, again with
    peripheral vision, how fast the needle is moving towards pegged. Gives
    you time to pull the probe before something blows.

    Finally, I do a lot of go/no-go testing, and the analog is at least five
    times as fast as a digital. I see the needle out of the corner of my eye
    and I know the allowable deflection range, without having to read the
    numbers.

    Jon[/QUOTE]

    A very informative and helpfulll reply. Thanks!.


    I sorta like HUDS.


    One idea is to direct transmit the info into the brain for instantaneous
    feedback.


    dave :'>
     
  8. Michael Ware

    Michael Ware Guest

    Lots of them on ebay.
     
  9. Guest

    MOP CAP phrased it best when he said an analog meter is like a low
    frequency scope.
    With a digital meter I have more trouble telling whether changes in
    readings are normal or due to something significant, but with an analog
    meter I can almost always tell the difference instantly.
     
  10. Guest

    wrote in @g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:
    If you do that much troubleshooting and if readings are so critical for
    analysis, why not buy an oscilloscope ?

    Modern 'scopes are capable of multiple on screen readings as well as visual
    aides to troubleshooting.

    ( you may enjoy being able to repair complex electronics with the aid of
    beerskins and stoned knives :'> )

    dave
     
  11. Guest

    wrote in @g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:
    Here are some good deals >>>


    http://www.shopping.com/xGS-Analog_Multimeter~NS-1~linkin_id-3061545~r-1
    ~CLT-INTR


    http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40
    &satitle=analog+multimeter


    http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&fstype=1
    &from=R10&satitle=oscilloscope&sacat=-1%26catref%3DC6&bs=Search&fsop=1%
    26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search&sargn=-1%
    26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP%2FPostal&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=


    dave :'>
     
  12. Guest

    You may have to copy the above links into a text editor, before you can
    copy and paste into a browser.
     
  13. Guest

    wrote in @g43g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:


    oscope $20 plus $20 shipping (current bid)

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ANALOG-OSCILLOSCOPE-GOS-310-10MHz-Like-
    NEW_W0QQitemZ7579796318QQcategoryZ1504QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem





    more analog meters


    http://business.search.ebay.com/analog-meter_Industrial-Electrical-
    Test_W0QQbsZSearchQQcatrefZC6QQcoactionZcompareQQcoentrypageZsearchQQcopage
    numZ1QQfclZ3QQfgtpZQQfposZQ5AIPQ2fPostalQQfromZR2QQfsooZ2QQfsopZ2QQftrtZ1QQ
    ftrvZ1QQlopgZQQsacatZ92074QQsadisZ200QQsaprchiZQQsaprcloZQQsargnZQ2d1QQsasl
    cZ2QQsbrftogZ1QQsofocusZunknown



    (may need to copy to a text editor before pasting directly to a blowser)

    :">
     
  14. Guest

    Because I don't need a second 4-ch digital scope.
     
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