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Discussion in 'Electronic Equipment' started by John O, Jul 16, 2004.

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  1. John O

    John O Guest

    I've been fooling with Oscilloscope for Windows a bit today, and having
    never seen (or thought about) such software before, and I'm wondering if
    there's anything else out there having controls that more closely resemble a
    real (traditional) scope.

    BTW, this is nifty stuff. Reminiscent of a plug-in module I had for my
    TRS-80 coco...a spectrum analyzer.

    John O
  2. john

    john Guest

    Hi John,

    if you look for the velleman kits, they have both pc based oscilloscopes
    ( single and dual channel) capable of doing 1 giga samples.... ( for what
    that info's worth ;)
    They also have pc based signal generator.... look it up if you feel like
    playing around.


  3. Yes, there is. Real O-scopes (preferably Tektronix) are readily
    available on the used market. You can get a nice 475 or 475A
    luggable/bench unit for around $200-$250 on Ebay, and get yourself up to
    250MHz bandwidth and (if you find one with it) a built-in multimeter.

    Depending on where you live, you may also have a decent used test
    gear dealer in your local area.

    If you'd prefer a full-blown bench or rackmount unit, the
    Tektronix 7000 series is some of the best O-scope hardware ever made,
    and has truly stood the test of Time. Much of it is, once again, widely
    available through used equipment channels.

    The PC, though it does have its uses in the lab, was never
    intended to be a panacea in terms of good-quality test equipment. Why
    limit yourself in terms of bandwidth, triggering, etc. when you could
    get a real 'scope for cheap?

    I guess you have to ask yourself: "What am I measuring, and how
    serious about accuracy am I?"

    Dr. Anton T. Squeegee, Director, Dutch Surrealist Plumbing Institute.
    (Known to some as Bruce Lane, ARS KC7GR,
    kyrrin (a/t) bluefeathertech[d=o=t]calm --
    "If Salvador Dali had owned a computer, would it have been equipped
    with surreal ports?"
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