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Re: Introduction of myself!

Brian Bloom
 

Raymond,

I was referring to the "Firmware upgrade and ROM reliability improvement" part of the "Tek mod kits and parts replacement" page you sent me the link to for the 7T11/A mod parts list. I surfed thru it for a few minutes and looked at the parts that pertain to equipment I have - so I know what should have been done if they were properly updated before I obtained them.

That specific update for the 7854 sounds to me to be a fairly important, and possibly critical one after all the time that has passed since the year it should have been updated in.

This is the link to the specific Mod page I was speaking of:

http://www.hakanh.com/dl/docs/kitinstructions/045-0056-00.pdf http://www.hakanh.com/dl/docs/kitinstructions/045-0056-00.pdf

Also, this is the specific unit I purchased. B030771 S/N - My guess is that this is of the early version production.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-7854-Oscilloscope-Mainframe-with-Waveform-Calculator-for-Repair-/291679909626?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=cZheso%252BTqMILxftiQZIuAGiBXu4%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tektronix-7854-Oscilloscope-Mainframe-with-Waveform-Calculator-for-Repair-/291679909626?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&nma=true&si=cZheso%252BTqMILxftiQZIuAGiBXu4%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc




---In TekScopes@..., <hewpatek@...> wrote :

> Were the memory boards changed as part of an upgrade to older models?
>
I don't know the answer to your question, i.e. I don't know if an upgrade was available from Tek.

For a full upgrade the rear panel (with the fan opening and keyboard socket) would have to be replaced as well, since the two backup power banana sockets would go and a switch installed to allow selecting either running on backup power (Li battery) or restarting with system test after power up. The difference is obvious between the original version and the new version rear panel.

I do know that it's quite easy to modify the computer main board to accomodate the new integrated ROM/RAM board: Only one power supply wire need be connected to an unused connector main board pin. The old boards will work in the new model but not vice versa without installing the (power) wire.

One of my 7854's is a late version separate ROM/RAM version with new GPIB software ("1.03") in non-Mostek ROMs. Apart from the apparently improved GPIB handling, replacing the deteriorating Mostek ROMs could be an advantage. So, the OP could be lucky on two levels: Old Mostek separate ROM/RAM, old non-Mostek separate ROM/RAM, new integrated Li-backup ROM/RAM board.

Raymond


Re: Bringing up to snuff a Tek 465M

 

The reason I think it is secondary emission and not an optical effect
I see both the outer, constant and abruptly delimited shape, which speaks for the secondary emission, *and* intensity-dependent amplitude and spread of bleeding around the trace, which I see as the scattering/dispersion in the phosphor and aluminium coating. Interesting to discuss this, David! Unfortunately, I think I'll have to stop soon since my observations aren't very sharp at this late hour...

Raymond


Re: Probes for 2445A

Malcolm Hunter
 

I did reply directly to you, but your replies came back to the list. Not
sure why that happened.

Malcolm


On 16 February 2016 10:51:27 p.m. "@Raymond [TekScopes]"
<TekScopes@...> wrote:

One has a small broken spot on the housing on one side and a sticker on the
other.
The other one has neither. Unless they removed the sticker (the side that's
broken would be
face down in the other picture so that's hard to tell), I think they're
different.
Sorry to have caused the noise. Doing too many things at the same time
(freq. compens. aof a 7A26 as well) and it's almost midnight here. I guess
I should stop...

Raymond



Re: CRT article

ae5i@...
 

You are certainly right about the Micro Channel Plate CRT! That's a true wonder to behold....

I'd lot rather use one of them than anything with an LCD display. One of the great things about the 7104 is that it just displays what comes in the inputs. The operator interprets what's there. With any digital scope, the scope is showing you what IT thinks is coming in the inputs. I'd rather do the interpreting myself.... :-)


Tom AE5I


Re: Probes for 2445A

Malcolm Hunter
 

However the second one has damage to the plastic of the connector as well
as a crack in the casing.

I'd opt for the Texas probes if the Tek ones were over $50 each, but I do
prefer the Tek. It also appeals to my slightly OCD nature.

Malcolm


On 16 February 2016 10:45:16 p.m. Malcolm Hunter
<malcolm.r.hunter@...> wrote:

Yes, I'm pretty sure they are different.

Malcolm


On 16 February 2016 10:29:04 p.m. "Barry n4buq@... [TekScopes]"
<TekScopes@...> wrote:

One has a small broken spot on the housing on one side and a sticker on the
other. The other one has neither. Unless they removed the sticker (the
side that's broken would be face down in the other picture so that's hard
to tell), I think they're different.

Thanks,
Barry - N4BUQ

----- Original Message -----
From: "@Raymond [TekScopes]" <TekScopes@...>
To: TekScopes@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:15:16 PM
Subject: [TekScopes] Re: Probes for 2445A

I found these two P6131s in the States: #361487515390 and #121890749622
AFAI can see, this is the same item twice. Same photograph even or am I
wrong? I share your views on the way the cable is tied. One of the worst
things one can do to probe cables is cause damage by torsion.

David H is right where he states that all the accessories would be there with
the (new) Texas probes.
Disadvantages of these Texas probes: More expensive than our most recently
addressed items, less flexible cable, slightly bigger probe body.
The P6131 (and other probes in this family) allows HF adjustment as well,
after removing the plastic cover of the attenuator block. This is how you
"modify"the probes for better behaviour with non-24XX 'scopes.

Raymond




Re: Probes for 2445A

 

One has a small broken spot on the housing on one side and a sticker on the other.
The other one has neither. Unless they removed the sticker (the side that's broken would be
face down in the other picture so that's hard to tell), I think they're different.
Sorry to have caused the noise. Doing too many things at the same time (freq. compens. aof a 7A26 as well) and it's almost midnight here. I guess I should stop...

Raymond


Re: Probes for 2445A

Malcolm Hunter
 

Yes, I'm pretty sure they are different.

Malcolm


On 16 February 2016 10:29:04 p.m. "Barry n4buq@... [TekScopes]"
<TekScopes@...> wrote:

One has a small broken spot on the housing on one side and a sticker on the
other. The other one has neither. Unless they removed the sticker (the
side that's broken would be face down in the other picture so that's hard
to tell), I think they're different.

Thanks,
Barry - N4BUQ

----- Original Message -----
From: "@Raymond [TekScopes]" <TekScopes@...>
To: TekScopes@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:15:16 PM
Subject: [TekScopes] Re: Probes for 2445A

I found these two P6131s in the States: #361487515390 and #121890749622
AFAI can see, this is the same item twice. Same photograph even or am I
wrong? I share your views on the way the cable is tied. One of the worst
things one can do to probe cables is cause damage by torsion.

David H is right where he states that all the accessories would be there with
the (new) Texas probes.
Disadvantages of these Texas probes: More expensive than our most recently
addressed items, less flexible cable, slightly bigger probe body.
The P6131 (and other probes in this family) allows HF adjustment as well,
after removing the plastic cover of the attenuator block. This is how you
"modify"the probes for better behaviour with non-24XX 'scopes.

Raymond




Re: CRT article

 

Hi Dwayne,
The "ideal" filter in high ambient light conditions is a circularly
polarized filter. The ambient light passing through it is circularly
polarized in one direction (CW or CCW, I don't remember which), but when it
reflects (off the glass CRT in this case) the direction of circular
polarization is reversed. So none of it is able to get back through the
filter. The light from the phosphor goes through the filter (and is also
polarized) but since it doesn't reflect before getting to the viewers eye it
is not blocked.
The filter improves the CONTRAST, but any filter (including this one)
reduces the BRIGHTNESS. There are situations where this is an acceptable
compromise. The viewing hood is another good compromise. For analog scopes
the best solution by far was the Micro Channel Plate. But then with the
advent of digital scopes CRTs were quickly replaced with LCDs which had the
additional advantage of color.
Dennis Tillman W7PF

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 7:13 AM
Subject: [TekScopes] CRT article
<snip>
I was also intrigued by the notation that most scopes came with a grey
filter. In my very limited experience, I have not seen one remain with the
scope over the years, or tried one. How effective are they? I found some
used ones (incorporated into a light hood) for my 475 on eBay.
------------------------------------
Posted by: Dwayne Verhey <tekscopes@...>
------------------------------------


Re: Bringing up to snuff a Tek 465M

 

The reason I think it is secondary emission and not an optical effect
is that it cuts off abruptly at the edge of the halo and the diameter
of the halo does not change with intensity. The elections always hit
the phosphor with the same energy from the total acceleration creating
the same secondary emission; intensity just varies how many of them
there are.

On 16 Feb 2016 14:26:45 -0800, you wrote:

I totally agree with you, David re. the bleed not being caused by the mesh. I totally missed the dot-concentric nature of the "halo". and the brightness tapering off nicely instead of the interference-like rings that accompany the mesh' effect. Secondary (electron) emission is a possibility but photon scattering/dispersion and bleed within the phosphor could be part of it. The video was made in relatively low light as well.

Raymond


Date set for next Sphere Stuff Day/Ham Swap Meet

 

After lots of data collection, historical weather checking, and polling, Saturday, APRIL 9th
is the date for the next Sphere Stuff Day and Okanagan Valley-wide Radio Amateur swap meet. This gives those in Washington & Oregon time to recover from Puyallup, and should be good weather for both travel and display for everybody. This will be at Sphere Research, in West Kelowna, BC, about 4 hours from Vancouver. See our website for all the contact details and exact address. Starts 9am, but set up for those to display starts at 7am, and we can accommodate 2 Rvs and some limited overnight guests.

We will have tons of test equipment, (Tek, HP, Boonton, Fluke, PMI/Wavetek and much more) spare parts, plug-in modules, manuals and salvage units. Also tons of free electronic goodies of all kinds, as well as dirt cheap items, PLUS a wide range of ham gear and related items from ICOM to Collins for selling, swapping and testing. There is a lot of very cool stuff we are clearing out to make space, so whether you want RF parts, transmitting tubes, test gear, CRTs, nicads, scopes, meters, parts or what-have-you, you WILL find it here. There will also be solar panels, tons of high quality panel meters, Tek 11K items, time code systems (for that home launch pad you've been working on), and a huge assortment of crystals, filters and precision oscillator modules. Susan will also provide Visa/MC and Paypal services for payments if needed.



Want space to show and sell your gear, just CONTACT WALTER to reserve a spot, strictly first come, first served. Trunk/truck sales are fine, or you can set up a table, as you wish. We can provide power for some locations, and we will have some interesting test gear to allow you to demo and verify your stuff. YES, we take requests for specific items you may be interested in, and YES we will post a list in advance of some key items and prices for those that just can't get up here, but shipping costs can be annoying for big items, which is exactly why we suggest showing up in person. Those that have been here in the past have had a great time, so we invite you to drop by and snorkel through the goodies to your heart's content. Plus, who knows what fabulous treasures others will bring to trade?



We may also be able to set up a BBQ spot for snacks, and we will have off-air frequency checks, RF power testing, and a master frequency reference to let you check your counters and other gear. Plus, lots of help and advice from a great cross-section of people you don't get to see so often.


All in all, it should be a great time. RSVP if you need exhibit space, or just to say hi, and remember that we do take requests to set out just the items you need (we have 4 storage buildings, we can't set it ALL out). If you have been missing a good surplus store experience for a while, come by and get that taken care of here!


Remember, Saturday, April 9th. I will post again as we get closer to remind you of the date.



all the best,
walter & susan (walter2 -at- sphere.bc.ca)
sphere research corp.
http://www.sphere.bc.ca/test


Re: Probes for 2445A

n4buq
 

One has a small broken spot on the housing on one side and a sticker on the other. The other one has neither. Unless they removed the sticker (the side that's broken would be face down in the other picture so that's hard to tell), I think they're different.

Thanks,
Barry - N4BUQ

----- Original Message -----
From: "@Raymond [TekScopes]" <TekScopes@...>
To: TekScopes@...
Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 4:15:16 PM
Subject: [TekScopes] Re: Probes for 2445A

I found these two P6131s in the States: #361487515390 and #121890749622
AFAI can see, this is the same item twice. Same photograph even or am I
wrong? I share your views on the way the cable is tied. One of the worst
things one can do to probe cables is cause damage by torsion.

David H is right where he states that all the accessories would be there with
the (new) Texas probes.
Disadvantages of these Texas probes: More expensive than our most recently
addressed items, less flexible cable, slightly bigger probe body.
The P6131 (and other probes in this family) allows HF adjustment as well,
after removing the plastic cover of the attenuator block. This is how you
"modify"the probes for better behaviour with non-24XX 'scopes.

Raymond




Re: Bringing up to snuff a Tek 465M

 

I totally agree with you, David re. the bleed not being caused by the mesh. I totally missed the dot-concentric nature of the "halo". and the brightness tapering off nicely instead of the interference-like rings that accompany the mesh' effect. Secondary (electron) emission is a possibility but photon scattering/dispersion and bleed within the phosphor could be part of it. The video was made in relatively low light as well.

Raymond


Re: Probes for 2445A

 

I found these two P6131s in the States: #361487515390 and #121890749622
AFAI can see, this is the same item twice. Same photograph even or am I wrong? I share your views on the way the cable is tied. One of the worst things one can do to probe cables is cause damage by torsion.

David H is right where he states that all the accessories would be there with the (new) Texas probes.
Disadvantages of these Texas probes: More expensive than our most recently addressed items, less flexible cable, slightly bigger probe body.
The P6131 (and other probes in this family) allows HF adjustment as well, after removing the plastic cover of the attenuator block. This is how you "modify"the probes for better behaviour with non-24XX 'scopes.

Raymond


Re: Bringing up to snuff a Tek 465M

 

On 16 Feb 2016 13:45:13 -0800, you wrote:

Does anyone know if the "bleed" on the screen is normal for a CRT screen like the one on the
465M? Here's a video of mine as I turn up the intensity:
Yes, it is perfectly normal. It is partly caused by normal scattering, partly (mostly the halo-like disc) by the scan expansion mesh that these CRT's use to increase the horizontal and vertical deviation sensitivity (and possibly reduce the deviation sensitivity to PDA acceleration voltage).
You'll find that intensity is fully satisfactory in almost all cases long before this effect becomes disturbing. Standard good practice is to not increase intensity beyond a level that permits good visibility, for a number of reasons.

Raymond
It looks normal to me.

I think the ghosting directly surrounding the bright parts of the
trace is secondary emission from the electrons hitting the screen; the
high anode voltage from the PDA (post deflection acceleration) pulls
them back where they strike the phosphor surrounding the current beam
position. All oscilloscopes with PDA display this behavior.

The scan expansion mesh creates a ghost which is *not* aligned with
the beam (except in the very center) and is not normally visible. If
you want to see it, remove the input signal and use a slow sweep so
that you can watch the beam progress across the screen. The ghost
from the scan expansion mesh will follow the beam position catching up
at the center of the screen and then precede the beam to the right.


Re: Probes for 2445A

 

That is about the same price as a new Chinese made Texas probe which
would also work. Texas is either the OEM for the current crop of
Keysight oscilloscope probes (and Rigol and probably others) or they
are both made by the same company.

<http://www.ebay.com/itm/Two-new-250MHZ-Oscilloscope-clip-probes-w-readout-pin-/220306079644>

If you buy those, then you get all the little probe tip accessories as
well. They have two high frequency adjustments on the compensation
box so they can be adapted to different oscilloscopes although I did
not have to adjust mine for use below 200 MHz.

On Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:56:17 +0000, you wrote:

Hi,

Before I spend $200 on 4 P6133 probes (ebay #351442258034) shipped to the
UK, am I getting the correct ones for my Tek 2445A? Is that a good price?

Thanks,
Malcolm


Re: 7904 - Very Dim Trace

 

Thanks to David DiGiacomo for correcting me on this. I did not even
notice that the DC restorers are on a separate board from the z-axis
amplifier. I have not had my 7904 apart that far.

The z-axis board includes the amplifiers and adjustments including the
grid bias control. I think you could get by with just making
measurements to verify proper operation but changing it should do no
harm and looks to be the easiest thing to do.

On 16 Feb 2016 06:39:38 -0800, you wrote:

Right. So far, I've not torn into the HV sections of the power supply. Replacing/Fixing the Z-axis board is on the path of least resistance...
On Mon, 15 Feb 2016 22:56:40 -0700, you wrote:

On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 10:31 PM, David <@DWH> wrote:

agree that your proposed steps are the way to go. The z-axis DC
restorer is the most likely suspect so replace or rebuild the z-axis
board
Except the DC restorer is in the high voltage module, not on the Z-axis board...


Re: Bringing up to snuff a Tek 465M

 

Does anyone know if the "bleed" on the screen is normal for a CRT screen like the one on the
465M? Here's a video of mine as I turn up the intensity:
Yes, it is perfectly normal. It is partly caused by normal scattering, partly (mostly the halo-like disc) by the scan expansion mesh that these CRT's use to increase the horizontal and vertical deviation sensitivity (and possibly reduce the deviation sensitivity to PDA acceleration voltage).
You'll find that intensity is fully satisfactory in almost all cases long before this effect becomes disturbing. Standard good practice is to not increase intensity beyond a level that permits good visibility, for a number of reasons.

Raymond


Re: Bringing up to snuff a Tek 465M

eliya gwetta
 

Does anyone know if the "bleed" on the screen is normal for a CRT screen like the one on the 465M? Here's a video of mine as I turn up the intensity:

https://youtu.be/0qielKd25RE https://youtu.be/0qielKd25RE


Re: Probes for 2445A

 

it's a 2 metre.
>
Yeah, I had seen that and I'm not sure if it could be accomodated in a 1.3m without component change. These probes have several adjustments "under the hood", for those with the right equipment.

Re Probe suitability:

Googling "Tektronix P6131" shows a link to a useful pdf at Tek.com. In my Google results, it's at #2.

Raymond


Re: Probes for 2445A

Malcolm Hunter
 

On 16 February 2016 at 20:23, @Raymond [TekScopes] <
TekScopes@...> wrote:

I confirmed to the seller that I would like to buy them if they are good
(cable etc.)
The seller is on this Marktplaats for 6.5 years, which usually means that
they are ok. He's got some other "serious/professional" stuff for sale ATM
as well.
I'll let you know as soon as I get a response.

​Thanks Raymond​

You know there are several versions of these probes? Firstly, there are
different cable lengths: These are all "nice and short" 1.3m length, i.e.
highest BW. Also, there's an Option 25 (I think), which has the larger,
more traditional (6 mm) tip. AFAI could see, these are not Option 25.

​I thought that was the P6133 with the Option 25?



Should you want to (start with) a spare cable: There's one for sale "brand
new" from Israel on Ebay # 231844909513.
​Tempting. I might get that if I have a P6131 complete - it's a 2 metre.

Malcolm​


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