Date   

tektronix product modification bulletins

snapdiode <snapdiode@...>
 

I was looking at my 1L20 manual and never noticed before that it had two bulletins in its back pouch.
050-0474-00 replacement of Q310, Q340, Q350 for 1L30 1L30 1L40 491
and
050-0348-00 replacement of RF oscillator tube for 1L20 serno 100-519 (the famous 7077 tube)

I couldn't find these with a quick search, is there a place I can dump the scans? There is no "product modification" category at w140.com


Re: 2465B, PSU

Jean-Paul
 

Hello all restoring a fine 2465B opt 06, 09.

The PSU needs recapping and may have other faults.

I would like to have a spare as I have other units.

If anyone has a spare PSU that works, I am interested to get one.

The units from Sphere, Qservice etc are too costly, a big fraction the value of the 2465B!

I have some TM500 and 7000 plugins so perhaps a swap is possible as well.

Many thanks!

Jon


Re: 2465B feet

Jean-Paul
 

Hello all,

I did contact Sphere in Canada no response so far.
The 3D process can reproduce shapes but the materials are always inferior to the original material, due to the 3D process.

Finally a kind TEKer in EU has found them and is sending to me via post.

Many thanks for your replies!
Bon journee,

Jon


Re: Tek 576 Curve Tracer HV Transformer winding

Tam Hanna
 

Hello Folks,

my wife and I might be able to chip in toward the end of the year.


We have a DAN 576 in the office, but currently cannot get to it due to overload. But toward the end of the year, we must.


Tam ( + Annette)

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Cringe of the day - "Oof, my poor buffer board"....

BW
 

... Someone really did a number when they put this 2445A back together.

https://groups.io/g/TekScopes/photo/94526/0?p=Created,,,20,2,0,0

No operational issues as far as I can tell, fortunately.


Re: 502A - Anyone looking to part with one?

fiftythreebuick <ae5i@...>
 

Jason, don't give up! They're out there and will show up sooner or later.

The 502A is an absolutely great audio scope!

Tom

On Fri, Aug 23, 2019 at 11:46 AM, Jason A. wrote:


Hello fellow scope addicts... that is to say... collectors!

Combing through the messages, it looks like I am about 8 years too late to the
party for the batch of 502A scopes that were discovered in 2011. Regardless,
it got me thinking if someone has a 502 or preferably a 502A in relatively
good shape, that's one of the classics I wouldn't mind having for my audio
frequency work. I figured I'd float it out here in case someone just happens
to be cleaning out their ham shack, lab or is being "voluntold" to downsize
their collection - I could provide one a good home. Hit me up if you qualify
and maybe we can work something out.

Thanks and best regards,

Jason


Re: Tek 576 Curve Tracer HV Transformer winding

Craig Sawyers <c.sawyers@...>
 

More details? Who, when?

I thought I was pretty up to speed with 576 posts, but could have missed something...

Craig

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io [mailto:TekScopes@groups.io] On Behalf Of Dave Voorhis
Sent: 23 August 2019 21:55
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Tek 576 Curve Tracer HV Transformer winding

On 23 Aug 2019, at 21:28, drawding@pacbell.net wrote:

One gentleman came here a year or so ago, asked a bunch of questions, got great support from the
group, ended up successfully winding his own, and left. He was asked to put some details together
(pictures, documentation, video, etc), but apparently could not be bothered.

Do you know for sure that he couldn?t be bothered?

Sometimes, with all the best intentions in the world, life unexpectedly and unavoidably intervenes.

Most of us aren?t exactly spring chickens any more, so sometimes death intervenes, too.


Re: Tek 576 Curve Tracer HV Transformer winding

Dave Voorhis
 

On 23 Aug 2019, at 21:28, drawding@pacbell.net wrote:

One gentleman came here a year or so ago, asked a bunch of questions, got great support from the group, ended up successfully winding his own, and left. He was asked to put some details together (pictures, documentation, video, etc), but apparently could not be bothered.
Do you know for sure that he couldn’t be bothered?

Sometimes, with all the best intentions in the world, life unexpectedly and unavoidably intervenes.

Most of us aren’t exactly spring chickens any more, so sometimes death intervenes, too.


Re: 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

Bob Koller <testtech@...>
 

Good deal on the SD-24!
CHIPXS on ebay, is the Tektronix "Country Store", as it used to be called, RAMS now.
They have a physical location, and are open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
I visit almost every time they are open. The items listed on eBay are not available in the store, but there are tons of other stuff!


Re: 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

John Griessen
 

On 8/23/19 3:37 PM, Reginald Beardsley via Groups.Io wrote:
I got an SD-24 yesterday via ebay for $250 + shipping. Return address on the label said "Tektronix, Inc":-) It is*so* sweet.
So it must have been Tek ebay-selling old stock that had been lurking. New old stock!


Re: 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

Reginald Beardsley
 

I'm beginning to think I need to make a femtosecond adjustable trombone line. Though the horizontal display jitter is more important as it says failing part in the video display.

BTW If you'll forgive a gloat, I got an SD-24 yesterday via ebay for $250 + shipping. Return address on the label said "Tektronix, Inc" :-) It is *so* sweet. Now if I can just get an SD-32 for $500.


Re: Tek 576 Curve Tracer HV Transformer winding

drawding@pacbell.net
 

Yes. David Rawding is still here.

: )

I bought five professionally made transformers. One was donated to Bob for his kind help. Two were used by me. Two were sold. I am all out.

Another run is ~ $1k for 5 more. Five is the minimum order. A bit pricey, I know. However, they are made by a professional transformer company. Fully enclosed and potted in silicone. If you consider what technical wages are today and overhead and materials, I would say it is fair pricing. However, at the hobby level, it is pricey.

If we can find five buyers (though this seems unlikely), I will handle the details, and will sell at my cost + shipping.

Also, as you can see from this thread several people have been successful winding their own.

One gentleman came here a year or so ago, asked a bunch of questions, got great support from the group, ended up successfully winding his own, and left. He was asked to put some details together (pictures, documentation, video, etc), but apparently could not be bothered.

I hope you find a solution.

Thanks,
Dave


Re: 502A - Anyone looking to part with one?

Jason A.
 

Thank you John! I'll definitely keep you in mind if I run across one and need help finding any parts to restore it.

For the record, it appears you have quite the collection! I'm also wondering what size electric panel you have after seeing pictures of several classic scopes all displaying traces at the same time! :-)


Re: 502A - Anyone looking to part with one?

John Williams
 

Sorry Jason I only have 3 at present. However if you do find one that needs parts I do have lots of those. I checked eBay and there doesn’t look like there are any there at present. However once summer is over there should be a few show up. You can take a look at mine at:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/vWHUhwHc74o7ed7Q9

Good luck on your quest.


502A - Anyone looking to part with one?

Jason A.
 

Hello fellow scope addicts... that is to say... collectors!

Combing through the messages, it looks like I am about 8 years too late to the party for the batch of 502A scopes that were discovered in 2011. Regardless, it got me thinking if someone has a 502 or preferably a 502A in relatively good shape, that's one of the classics I wouldn't mind having for my audio frequency work. I figured I'd float it out here in case someone just happens to be cleaning out their ham shack, lab or is being "voluntold" to downsize their collection - I could provide one a good home. Hit me up if you qualify and maybe we can work something out.

Thanks and best regards,

Jason


Re: 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

 

For some unexpected reason the formatting of my previous post was lost so here it is again in what I hope will be a more readable version:

Everyone:
The following subject threads with their email responses are "very" or "some what" relevant to this discussion of fixing lost cal data in the 11K series.
These are the TekScopes archive email numbers and the dates they were posted:

VERY RELEVANT
Programming a new NVRAM (Dallas DS1220Y) with a EPROM programmer
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119113 · 10/01/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119111 · 10/01/15

Repairing an expired NVRAM battery in 11A32, 11A33, 11A34, 11A72 plugins
By Vince Vielhaber · #118126 · 08/19/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118121 · 08/19/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118115 · 08/19/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118063 · 08/16/15

Addendum: Repairing an expired NVRAM battery in 11A32, 11A33, 11A34, 11A72 plugins
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118098 · 08/17/15

SOME-WHAT RELEVANT
11801 Sampling Head
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119056 · 09/29/15 ·
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119043 · 09/28/15 ·

Tektronix 11000 series vs. modern scopes. Sampling rate and aliasing questions.
By ditter2 · #96382 · 07/26/13

11A33 - what are possible problems, gotchas, and revisions?
By cheater cheater · #96393 · 07/27/13
By fjh001 · #96406 · 07/27/13

I hope this helps. Often, although it may not be the exact answer to your specific problem, it will guide you to a solution. If that is the case please share it with the forum so we can add it to our "bag of tricks".

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io [mailto:TekScopes@groups.io] On Behalf Of Albert Otten
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2019 9:22 AM
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

[This topic continued from https://groups.io/g/TekScopes/message/158778 ] I know the discussion was about the later CSA803(A/B/C) and 11801(B/C). I have an 803 and an 803A. The U500/U511 batteries in my 803 were dead, so factory calibration constants would have been lost and I could freely experiment with the CCALCORRECTION command. To my surprise this command was unknown to the 803. This is also confirmed by the commands lists in U810/U910 EPROM images. The CSA803 Service Reference is now available at Tekwiki (thanks Håkan!). There is no reference at all in that manual to factory set calibration constants. The corresponding texts in the C version was obviously added later on.
So I am convinced that in the CSA803 nothing is lost when an A5 time base board Dallas chip dies.

[[BTW in the pdf manuals provided by Tek you won't find words in the added text with an ordinary search. Likely Tek used a custom character coding in the added text. If you copy-paste for instance T1331 from the added text into the search field then you will find the other instances of T1331 in the added text.]

Albert
On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 04:21 PM, freemail8877 wrote:


Hi, first post to this forum. I have very much enjoyed browsing, and
thought I could contribute with this information. Thanks guys for
keeping this forum so interesting. The T1331 (loss of battery backed
up information in the Time Base/Controller board NVRAMs) seems to be
an error to avoid, by backing up/replacing the NVRAMs on that board.
See e.g. the topic "Saving A5 Timing Board NVRAM calibration constants
CSA803 (A/C) and 11801(B/C)" for how to. To answer some question
raised there, here is some information from the Tektronix documentation.

In the 11801C User Manual (070-9971-01), on p. 3-112 (p.262/440 of
the pdf), I found this:

"Initializing and Erasing Nonvolatile RAM:
...
The following information is not lost:
...
- Factory calibration constants, which are established at the factory
and cannot be changed by the user or by the 11801C

- Enhanced Accuracy calibration constants, which are periodically
calculated and updated ..."

And in the 11801C Service Manual (070-9972-02) on p. 6-108 (p.244/286)
it is
stated:

"Time Base Calibration Errors:
...
Calibration data to enhance the time interpolator linearity is stored
in NVRAM on the Time Base/Controller board. If this NVRAM fails, a
T1331 error occurs during power-up diagnostics. The values are written
at the factory with the GPIB command CALCORRECTION.

CALCORRECTION<ui>:N

where <ui> = 0..32 and N = -128..+127

CAUTION: The calibration enhancement values are set at time of manufacture.
There is no query form of this command. Do NOT reset these values. If
a T1331 failure occurs during extended power-up diagnostics or you
suspect a time interpolator error, contact Tekronix factory service.

A T1331 failure causes all N values in the 33 ui locations to be reset
to zero. The oscilloscope will still run, but with decreased accuracy
in the time interpolator linearity. Resetting NVRAM with the Teksecure
feature does not affect the Time Base/Controller board NVRAM."

So now the big question seems to be:
Does anybody in the group know, or know who might know, how the
factory calibration procedure is, how the 33 N-values are determined?

Does anybody know how much the accuracy is affected?

Monica A.

PS:
I have for many years been a Tektronix scopes addict, It started with
the fascination in late 60's and early 70's, when I saw and used a 535
with Type CA plugin at my father's workplace. Being interested in
electronics, this was heaven. I now have a 7904a with sampling and
non-sampling plugins, a 7704a which rudely enough let the smoke out of
the power supply, a newly acquired 7603, and a 468. The design and
layout of the fronts are just so great. An 11801C is on the way in, so
I have used search a lot lately. It is said to pass POST, and a
picture shows the graticule on the screen, so hopefully it's OK.




--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator





--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Re: 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

 

Everyone:
The following subject threads with their email responses are "very" or "some what" relevant to this discussion of fixing lost cal data in the 11K series. These are the TekScopes archive email numbers and the dates they were posted:

VERY RELEVANT
Programming a new NVRAM (Dallas DS1220Y) with a EPROM programmer
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119113 · 10/01/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119111 · 10/01/15

Repairing an expired NVRAM batteryin11A32,11A33,11A34, 11A72 plugins
By Vince Vielhaber · #118126 · 08/19/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118121 · 08/19/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118115 · 08/19/15
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118063 · 08/16/15

Addendum: Repairing an expired NVRAM battery in 11A32, 11A33, 11A34, 11A72 plugins
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #118098 · 08/17/15
11801 Sampling Head
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119056 · 09/29/15 ·
By Dennis Tillman W7PF · #119043 · 09/28/15 ·

SOME-WHAT RELEVANT
Tektronix 11000 series vs. modern scopes. Sampling rate and aliasing questions.
By ditter2 · #96382 · 07/26/13

11A33 - what are possible problems, gotchas, and revisions?
By cheater cheater · #96393 · 07/27/13
By fjh001 · #96406 · 07/27/13

I hope this helps. Often, although it may not be the exact answer to your specific problem, it will guide you to a solution. If that is the case please share it with the forum so we can add it to our "bag of tricks".

Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io [mailto:TekScopes@groups.io] On Behalf Of Albert Otten
Sent: Friday, August 23, 2019 9:22 AM
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

[This topic continued from https://groups.io/g/TekScopes/message/158778 ] I know the discussion was about the later CSA803(A/B/C) and 11801(B/C). I have an 803 and an 803A. The U500/U511 batteries in my 803 were dead, so factory calibration constants would have been lost and I could freely experiment with the CCALCORRECTION command. To my surprise this command was unknown to the 803. This is also confirmed by the commands lists in U810/U910 EPROM images. The CSA803 Service Reference is now available at Tekwiki (thanks Håkan!). There is no reference at all in that manual to factory set calibration constants. The corresponding texts in the C version was obviously added later on.
So I am convinced that in the CSA803 nothing is lost when an A5 time base board Dallas chip dies.

[[BTW in the pdf manuals provided by Tek you won't find words in the added text with an ordinary search. Likely Tek used a custom character coding in the added text. If you copy-paste for instance T1331 from the added text into the search field then you will find the other instances of T1331 in the added text.]

Albert
On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 04:21 PM, freemail8877 wrote:


Hi, first post to this forum. I have very much enjoyed browsing, and
thought I could contribute with this information. Thanks guys for
keeping this forum so interesting. The T1331 (loss of battery backed
up information in the Time Base/Controller board NVRAMs) seems to be
an error to avoid, by backing up/replacing the NVRAMs on that board.
See e.g. the topic "Saving A5 Timing Board NVRAM calibration constants
CSA803 (A/C) and 11801(B/C)" for how to. To answer some question
raised there, here is some information from the Tektronix documentation.

In the 11801C User Manual (070-9971-01), on p. 3-112 (p.262/440 of
the pdf), I found this:

"Initializing and Erasing Nonvolatile RAM:
...
The following information is not lost:
...
- Factory calibration constants, which are established at the factory
and cannot be changed by the user or by the 11801C

- Enhanced Accuracy calibration constants, which are periodically
calculated and updated ..."

And in the 11801C Service Manual (070-9972-02) on p. 6-108 (p.244/286)
it is
stated:

"Time Base Calibration Errors:
...
Calibration data to enhance the time interpolator linearity is stored
in NVRAM on the Time Base/Controller board. If this NVRAM fails, a
T1331 error occurs during power-up diagnostics. The values are written
at the factory with the GPIB command CALCORRECTION.

CALCORRECTION<ui>:N

where <ui> = 0..32 and N = -128..+127

CAUTION: The calibration enhancement values are set at time of manufacture.
There is no query form of this command. Do NOT reset these values. If
a T1331 failure occurs during extended power-up diagnostics or you
suspect a time interpolator error, contact Tekronix factory service.

A T1331 failure causes all N values in the 33 ui locations to be reset
to zero. The oscilloscope will still run, but with decreased accuracy
in the time interpolator linearity. Resetting NVRAM with the Teksecure
feature does not affect the Time Base/Controller board NVRAM."

So now the big question seems to be:
Does anybody in the group know, or know who might know, how the
factory calibration procedure is, how the 33 N-values are determined?

Does anybody know how much the accuracy is affected?

Monica A.

PS:
I have for many years been a Tektronix scopes addict, It started with
the fascination in late 60's and early 70's, when I saw and used a 535
with Type CA plugin at my father's workplace. Being interested in
electronics, this was heaven. I now have a 7904a with sampling and
non-sampling plugins, a 7704a which rudely enough let the smoke out of
the power supply, a newly acquired 7603, and a 468. The design and
layout of the fronts are just so great. An 11801C is on the way in, so
I have used search a lot lately. It is said to pass POST, and a
picture shows the graticule on the screen, so hopefully it's OK.




--
Dennis Tillman W7PF
TekScopes Moderator


Re: Looking for Tek 2712 spectrum analyzer parts.

Jeff Woolsey
 

On 8/22/19 5:51 PM, Randy.AB9GO wrote:
I know this may be a long shot but I am looking for an N connector and coax
assembly for a 2712. Also if someone has a good condition plastic end
panel for the back and the feet I'm looking for that also. Most important
thing is definitely the n connector. One side of the center pin is
missing. before I go to the trouble of a recalibration I would like to
have a good female N connector.

An even longer shot would be the stuff for the internal Tracking
Generator option. Failing that, the plumbing to get the LO to the rear
connector for the external Tracking Generator option is another
roadblock, almost as large as auction-site prices for the Tek 2707. 
FWIW, the 2707 has an N connector....

--
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Nature abhors straight antennas, clean lenses, and empty storage.
"Delete! Delete! OK!" -Dr. Bronner on disk space management
Card-sorting, Joel. -Crow on solitaire


Re: Tek 576 Curve Tracer HV Transformer winding

Miguel Work
 

Hi, I have two 221 transformers with broken core, for stress caused by the old epoxy stress. See photos:

https://groups.io/g/TekScopes/album?id=94520


Re: 11801C and the T1331 error: lost factory TB calibration data.

Albert Otten
 

[This topic continued from https://groups.io/g/TekScopes/message/158778 ]
I know the discussion was about the later CSA803(A/B/C) and 11801(B/C). I have an 803 and an 803A. The U500/U511 batteries in my 803 were dead, so factory calibration constants would have been lost and I could freely experiment with the CCALCORRECTION command. To my surprise this command was unknown to the 803. This is also confirmed by the commands lists in U810/U910 EPROM images. The CSA803 Service Reference is now available at Tekwiki (thanks Håkan!). There is no reference at all in that manual to factory set calibration constants. The corresponding texts in the C version was obviously added later on.
So I am convinced that in the CSA803 nothing is lost when an A5 time base board Dallas chip dies.

[[BTW in the pdf manuals provided by Tek you won't find words in the added text with an ordinary search. Likely Tek used a custom character coding in the added text. If you copy-paste for instance T1331 from the added text into the search field then you will find the other instances of T1331 in the added text.]

Albert

On Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 04:21 PM, freemail8877 wrote:


Hi, first post to this forum. I have very much enjoyed browsing, and thought I
could contribute with this information. Thanks guys for keeping this forum so
interesting. The T1331 (loss of battery backed up information in the Time
Base/Controller board NVRAMs) seems to be an error to avoid, by backing
up/replacing the NVRAMs on that board. See e.g. the topic "Saving A5 Timing
Board NVRAM calibration constants CSA803 (A/C) and 11801(B/C)" for how to. To
answer some question raised there, here is some information from the Tektronix
documentation.

In the 11801C User Manual (070-9971-01), on p. 3-112 (p.262/440 of the pdf),
I found this:

"Initializing and Erasing Nonvolatile RAM:
...
The following information is not lost:
...
- Factory calibration constants, which are established at the factory and
cannot be changed by the user or by the 11801C

- Enhanced Accuracy calibration constants, which are periodically calculated
and updated
..."

And in the 11801C Service Manual (070-9972-02) on p. 6-108 (p.244/286) it is
stated:

"Time Base Calibration Errors:
...
Calibration data to enhance the time interpolator linearity is stored in NVRAM
on the Time Base/Controller board. If this NVRAM fails, a T1331 error occurs
during power-up diagnostics. The values are written at the factory with the
GPIB command CALCORRECTION.

CALCORRECTION<ui>:N

where <ui> = 0..32 and N = -128..+127

CAUTION: The calibration enhancement values are set at time of manufacture.
There is no query form of this command. Do NOT reset these values. If a T1331
failure occurs during extended power-up diagnostics or you suspect a time
interpolator error, contact Tekronix factory service.

A T1331 failure causes all N values in the 33 ui locations to be reset to
zero. The oscilloscope will still run, but with decreased accuracy in the time
interpolator linearity. Resetting NVRAM with the Teksecure feature does not
affect the Time Base/Controller board NVRAM."

So now the big question seems to be:
Does anybody in the group know, or know who might know, how the factory
calibration procedure is, how the 33 N-values are determined?

Does anybody know how much the accuracy is affected?

Monica A.

PS:
I have for many years been a Tektronix scopes addict, It started with the
fascination in late 60's and early 70's, when I saw and used a 535 with Type
CA plugin at my father's workplace. Being interested in electronics, this was
heaven. I now have a 7904a with sampling and non-sampling plugins, a 7704a
which rudely enough let the smoke out of the power supply, a newly acquired
7603, and a 468. The design and layout of the fronts are just so great. An
11801C is on the way in, so I have used search a lot lately. It is said to
pass POST, and a picture shows the graticule on the screen, so hopefully it's
OK.

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