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Is my Fluke 6071A broken, or in need of calibration?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Torin Walker, Dec 31, 2004.

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  1. Torin Walker

    Torin Walker Guest

    Greetings;

    I've been using my Fluke 6071A for a few years with success up until
    yesterday. I turn it on very infrequently, and before yesterday, the last
    time I turned it on was probably well over a year ago. Now when I power it
    on it goes through the usual power-on test but completes with:

    607 1 1360

    I presume the middle display that normally shows frequency is displaying the
    model number, and where the amplitude is displayed, the 1360 is an error
    code. There is no output*, and two indicators, AMPL and UNCAL are flashing
    regardless of what I set the unit to. If I hold the INTERROGATE button, the
    rightmost display shows:

    004

    (I can get a blob of a signal in the lower 50 - 100Mhz, if I tune the
    generator there, but it looks like a deformed speed bump, not a peak as I
    would expect.) Otherwise, nothing I do changes the error. It simply doesn't
    work as it should.

    If you own a Fluke 6071A of your own and have a manual, can you please check
    it and tell me what the hell is wrong with mine? I'd hate to have to send it
    in for repair or calibration without knowing why.

    If you know or work for a calibration service in the Toronto or nearby area,
    please tell me what you can do for me.

    Finally, I'd be glad to send you a couple of bucks if you'd kindly photocopy
    your manual(s) for me, or sell me ones you don't want/need.


    Torin...
     
  2. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    If you look in the instruction booklet for your meter, they give reference
    for Fluke service in your area. They are very reasonable for their service.
    When they service the meter, they will also do a complete calibration.

    When they service the meter, they will give you a new warranty with the
    service. It is also possible to have an extended warranty plan with many of
    their models.

    We have been using Fluke meters for many years, and found them to be very
    accurate over time, and have had great satisfaction with their service and
    calibration.
     
  3. Robert Baer

    Robert Baer Guest

    Ages ago (20 years+) when i worked in the calibration lab at Ford Aero
    Space, we got about 20 brand new Fluke DVMs (small bench models) to
    calibrate.
    *All* of them were an order of magnitude !better! than the specs.
    Six months later, we found that they still were that good.
    Too bad the government contracts demanded a worst case 6 month cal
    cycle; these were so good that a 2 year cycle (or "never") would be good
    enough.
     
  4. NSM

    NSM Guest

    | Ages ago (20 years+) when i worked in the calibration lab at Ford Aero
    | Space, we got about 20 brand new Fluke DVMs (small bench models) to
    | calibrate.
    | *All* of them were an order of magnitude !better! than the specs.
    | Six months later, we found that they still were that good.
    | Too bad the government contracts demanded a worst case 6 month cal
    | cycle; these were so good that a 2 year cycle (or "never") would be good
    | enough.

    Government policy: "If it ain't broke, go ahead and fix it"?

    N
     
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