Re: Tek 2236 and the CTM Board


Great job! As for the power supply cover, my scope (2230) was a totally dismantled basket case when I got it, so I had to figure out how to manuver the shield back in place, especially with all of the wiring in disarray. Two of the hinge halves mounted on the chassis for the top board were cracked and the screws could not be tightened. I removed them, super glued the cracks, and tried re-installing them. They broke again at moderate tension. I super glued them again, and began looking for another way to use them. I removed the two mating halves from the circuit board because they are all the same and in excellent condition. I countersunk the screw holes enough so the taper of the flathead screws holding them to the chassis would not bottom out and try to expand the holes. Now the halves on the chassis were secure. I took the repaired ones, drilled out the threads, and ground the heads of two flathead 4-40 bolts to a "D" shape, so they would go into the holes without strain and fit flat on the side tab of the hinges. I put a few drops of super glue on the circuit board, and immediately installed, aligned, and tightened the nuts I applied to the bolts. After a few minutes. I loosened the front chassis hinge half for clearance, installed the board, and tightened the chassis half. This was all before I made other repairs and got the scope working. After trying to install the power supply cover, I realized I had to remove the top board once again to get it in place, this time the hinges were fine and everything went back together after the cover was in place. Can you read the voltage of an input on yours with the digital multimeter while observing it's waveform? That could be a big help for troubleshooting an intermittent problem. The 22XX is light and feature packed, but I don't get the sense of physical ruggedness the older scopes had, even though mine was utterly filthy before I restored it. That has to count for something.

Bruce Gentry, KA2IVY

On 12/4/20 23:04, Jeff Dutky wrote:
I got the 2236 reassembled, but I had to unmount the CTM board in order to get the power supply cover back in place (the CTM board and its back hinge interfered with getting the power supply cover back in, and this was only made more difficult by the fact that the alt sweep board is not removable, at least not without unsoldering a couple dozen pins). The fan sounds a little better than it did, but I've ordered a replacement anyway, because I figure its going to fail eventually, and the replacement was only $5.

After buttoning everything up and playing around with all the toys (it's awfully nice to have a multi-meter/counter-timer that can read what you've got on the screen!) I realized that the x10 mag wasn't working. At all. So I unbuttoned everything (except the power supply) and had a good slow wander through the service manual again. It turns out that the x10 mag function is supported by a handful of passive components hanging off of one IC, and you can pretty much test them all because the x10 mag switch breaks the loop in the circuit. I found that the trim pot was reading 3x what its maximum value should be (it's a 100K pot, but was reading almost 300K). I figured that there was no harm in fiddling with it to see if it could be brought into trim, because I'd have to adjust it anyhow if I replaced it, but when I twiddled it just a little bit it came back into trim. I ginned up a signal that spanned 10 cycles across the reticule, pulled the 10x mag, and trimmed it to show exactly one cycle. Good enough for government work.

I also cross checked the counter-timer against two of my other DMMs that have a Hz measurement feature, and everyone agrees to within 1% so I'm feeling pretty confident in the 2236 CTM features.

So now I've got a 100MHz scope with multi-meter that I can use to check the 475 and 475A, which both still need some attention.

I really feel like I'm getting my sea legs now. I think I'm beginning to really understand a bunch of things that were only the vaguest theory to me before this (transistor circuits are just coming into focus, for example), and I'm getting a lot more confident in both my ability to diagnose problems, and manually perform the work to fix them. I'm also feeling confident enough in my abilities to tackle the two scopes that belonged to my dad without fear that I'll do something stupid and destroy one of them. It's a good feeling.

-- Jeff Dutky

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