You'll encounter all sorts at hamfests, and find some really decent
people there (as well as monsters). My good scope (needed for my
research) - the guy sold it to me for a price I could afford, but
with extracting a promise I wouldn't try to turn around and sell it
for a profit - that I was going to use it! (Ditto for my BitX20
which I plan to convert to 10 meters.) I've lucked out on a few
other items - and look forward to hamfests starting up again (I've
got a bunch of 'junque' I want to trade off - clear out storage a
bit and have some fun!)
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I'd add to your comments:
For someone seeking 'start-out' test equipment, see if you can find
a local experienced ham in your area who'd be willing to go with you
(maybe even a group - it's been known to happen). Someone who is
really knowledgeable and experienced can often spot the
ugly-as-h*ll-but-a-real-deal items, and know what to avoid. As you
wrote, you might even find someone who enjoys helping out 'newbies'
and would be willing to give someone equipment (I've been known to
do that - and I've known hams who did). Indeed, one of the people
on this server gave me a BitX40! (It's a prized piece, set up for
portable/emergency comm use - doubly so as it reminds me of a
kindness I experienced).
The more people work together and help each other out, the more fun
it can be!
On 5/17/20 12:54 PM, Randy.AB9GO wrote:
Go to a hamfest in your local area when they
return ☣️. It may be hit-or-miss if you find an oscilloscope
but if you ask around I'm sure someone will have one that they
will sell for a reasonable price or since you're starting out
sometimes a freebie comes along that works. It can be a great
source for other test equipment also. If you buy an
oscilloscope locally at least you can try it out and make sure
it works. I have found eBay to be really hit or miss and usually
much too expensive for test equipment. To get started a 20
megahertz analog scope is just fine and usually they're quite
inexpensive. Most of us didn't have anything better than that
until the rash of cheaper Chinese scopes became available a few
years ago. They just cost too much for the experimenter back in
the day. If you can find a used Rigol Ds1102E scope they make
an excellent entry-level scope. Just don't pay too much for it.
would be about the max for it since the
out and commonly available for $350
And for that money it must have all the probes included!
Hopefully you'll be able to find what you need.
One thing to remember at hamfests some people price their
stuff realistically and it always is a good idea to offer less
for the item than the asking price. Most people come down
somewhat. Do a little research and see what things are
selling for on websites like eham or qrz. You always run into
the seller though that will not come down in price and their
asking price is just ridiculous ie eBay prices and higher.
Just move on to the next table. Not everyone is trying to
find a sucker. 😁
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