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Looking for front cover for 465 and/or 485


John Brown
 

I know. The whole world is looking for covers. Thought I'd ask anyway.
--
W0MPM John


Dave Daniel
 

485 covers don’t have part numbers embossed on them. You have to measure the dimensions of the metal rim around the ‘scope panel and look for a cover that has those dimensions on the inside of the cover.

DaveD

On Aug 14, 2020, at 19:28, John Brown <W0MPM.John@...> wrote:

I know. The whole world is looking for covers. Thought I'd ask anyway.
--
W0MPM John



Roy Thistle
 

On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 04:28 PM, John Brown wrote:


The whole world is looking for covers
.... well... I'm out here in the colonies (not in CONUS) ... so if someone has covers for 400 series scopes... out here in the colonies... P.M. me... I'd like to get some.
As an aside... it's odd behaviour, to throw out the oscilloscope; but keep the cover! (Keeping the probes is an annoyance I can contemplate.)


Dave Daniel
 

Most covers were separated from their ‘scope when the company that bought the ‘scope started using it. When the ‘scope was retired, the cover remained in a cabinet or whatever and was later tossed because there was no associated ‘scope with it (or, for all I know there are thousands of ‘scope covers still sitting in cablnets all over the world).

DaveD

On Aug 15, 2020, at 15:23, Roy Thistle <roy.thistle@...> wrote:

On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 04:28 PM, John Brown wrote:


The whole world is looking for covers
.... well... I'm out here in the colonies (not in CONUS) ... so if someone has covers for 400 series scopes... out here in the colonies... P.M. me... I'd like to get some.
As an aside... it's odd behaviour, to throw out the oscilloscope; but keep the cover! (Keeping the probes is an annoyance I can contemplate.)



Mike Harmon
 

I'd love to have a front cover for my 485 as well if someone is fortunate enough to find multiples!

Mike Harmon, WB0LDJ
mharmon at att dot net


Colin Herbert
 

Isn't the 485 a bit like the 453, in that the cover is made of metal and is held in place by catches on either side? The other 400-series scopes have a plastic cover that just clicks into place. There are two types of plastic cover, one which is fairly plain and simple and the other which has the "penthouse" extension. The "penthouse" extension is used with scopes that have an attached DMM and with the 468, which has the extra circuitry on top for the digital memory.

Colin.

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io [mailto:TekScopes@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Harmon
Sent: 16 August 2020 01:41
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Looking for front cover for 465 and/or 485

I'd love to have a front cover for my 485 as well if someone is fortunate enough to find multiples!

Mike Harmon, WB0LDJ
mharmon at att dot net


Dave Daniel
 

The cover for the 485 is similar to those that fit the 465 and 485 (I know because I owned a 485 with a cover). That is, plastic, no catches other than a molded clip on either side that snaps over the ‘scope’s outer rim. It’s outer dimensions are, of course, different than the 465 and 475 covers.

I have never seen a 485 with a DMM option.

DaveD

On Aug 17, 2020, at 12:54, Colin Herbert via groups.io <colingherbert=blueyonder.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:

Isn't the 485 a bit like the 453, in that the cover is made of metal and is held in place by catches on either side? The other 400-series scopes have a plastic cover that just clicks into place. There are two types of plastic cover, one which is fairly plain and simple and the other which has the "penthouse" extension. The "penthouse" extension is used with scopes that have an attached DMM and with the 468, which has the extra circuitry on top for the digital memory.

Colin.

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io [mailto:TekScopes@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike Harmon
Sent: 16 August 2020 01:41
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Looking for front cover for 465 and/or 485

I'd love to have a front cover for my 485 as well if someone is fortunate enough to find multiples!

Mike Harmon, WB0LDJ
mharmon at att dot net







n4buq
 

I wonder if Tek had made the covers for the 400-series scopes more like the one for the 465M, where there's a somewhat useful storage compartment built-in, whether the covers would have stayed with the scopes better over time.

Thanks,
Barry - N4BUQ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dave Daniel" <kc0wjn@...>
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2020 12:40:15 PM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Looking for front cover for 465 and/or 485

The cover for the 485 is similar to those that fit the 465 and 485 (I know
because I owned a 485 with a cover). That is, plastic, no catches other than
a molded clip on either side that snaps over the ‘scope’s outer rim. It’s
outer dimensions are, of course, different than the 465 and 475 covers.

I have never seen a 485 with a DMM option.

DaveD

On Aug 17, 2020, at 12:54, Colin Herbert via groups.io
<colingherbert=blueyonder.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:

Isn't the 485 a bit like the 453, in that the cover is made of metal and is
held in place by catches on either side? The other 400-series scopes have
a plastic cover that just clicks into place. There are two types of
plastic cover, one which is fairly plain and simple and the other which
has the "penthouse" extension. The "penthouse" extension is used with
scopes that have an attached DMM and with the 468, which has the extra
circuitry on top for the digital memory.

Colin.

-----Original Message-----
From: TekScopes@groups.io [mailto:TekScopes@groups.io] On Behalf Of Mike
Harmon
Sent: 16 August 2020 01:41
To: TekScopes@groups.io
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Looking for front cover for 465 and/or 485

I'd love to have a front cover for my 485 as well if someone is fortunate
enough to find multiples!

Mike Harmon, WB0LDJ
mharmon at att dot net









victor.silva
 

On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 07:28 PM, John Brown wrote:


I know. The whole world is looking for covers. Thought I'd ask anyway.
--
W0MPM John
There's some on ebay.


greenboxmaven
 

I think many people consider the covers as shipping material and don't take care of them later unless the scope is used as a portable. A scope sitting on a bench would be sold off later, the cover was "somewhere around here", and got thrown out later once the scope was long gone. For any military test gear from about fifty years ago, covers were deliberately tossed or taken/sent home if possible. The first-term enlisted (often draftee) techies didn't want to deal with keeping everything in inspection order. Once the equipment started coming out as surplus, or slipped through the supply system cracks, they had the covers and rarely used accessories to make a nice instrument for themselves at home. We restore and treasure the TEK gear we have now, but a good portion of it was used in a daily, down and dirty get-it-done environment. As long as it was working well enough to get the particular job done, little else mattered. With the fast obselescence of a lot of communications and industrial equipment, longevity of test gear was not a great concern, and mangement considered the Carbon Unit cost too high to justify anything more than the minimum time needed to keep it functional. That is very different from a lab, broadcast station, or post-Vietnam war military environment. That's my real experience!

Bruce Gentry, KA2IVY

On 8/17/20 3:50 PM, victor.silva via groups.io wrote:
On Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 07:28 PM, John Brown wrote:

I know. The whole world is looking for covers. Thought I'd ask anyway.
--
W0MPM John
There's some on ebay.



dabono@...
 

Here's an interesting one - custom-made from clear acrylic. IMO it's a bit expensive ($85), about what you'd pay for an original Tektronix front cover.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/TEKTRONIX-465B-465-OSCILLOSCOPE-FRONT-COVER-CUSTOM-MADE-CLEAR-ACRYLIC/283951063134?hash=item421ccd605e:g:j5kAAOSwSiZfEbTg


Tom Gardner
 

I've considered making custom covers from laser-cut birch ply.

That should be trivial given the ability to generate finger joints, e.g. https://en.makercase.com/#/basicbox (no recommendation, simply the first I googled)

On 20/08/20 07:07, dabono@... wrote:
Here's an interesting one - custom-made from clear acrylic. IMO it's a bit expensive ($85), about what you'd pay for an original Tektronix front cover.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/TEKTRONIX-465B-465-OSCILLOSCOPE-FRONT-COVER-CUSTOM-MADE-CLEAR-ACRYLIC/283951063134?hash=item421ccd605e:g:j5kAAOSwSiZfEbTg


Roy Thistle
 

Yes... I mean go for it, if its a project you want to do... but, it's not the same really... is it?
I reckon, most Tek scope covers go missing because people don't need the cover. And I second reckon, most people who want a bonafide Tek scope cover...well... they want the veritable cover not because they need it; but just because, they want it.
Like the famous (and now the very rich) have often lyrically opined... at far too many decibels too (as I now unfortunately know,) "You don't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need!"


Dave Daniel
 

On Aug 20, 2020, at 11:46, Roy Thistle <roy.thistle@...> wrote:
[snip]

I reckon, most Tek scope covers go missing because people don't need the cover.
[/snip]

Well, I have a bunch of Tektronix ‘scopes and one of the things that drives me crazy is the dust that collects on the controls of uncovered ‘scopes, so I consider some sort of cover to be essential. I use plastic bags on ‘scopes for which I don’t have a Tektronix cover.

DaveD


Renée
 

on my shelf I have a towel to use as a dust cover.. (works on all my stuff to keep the dust off), for the portable scopes I am fortunate to have a ( one) cover for my 475....I obtained it at a surplus electronics house using them as parts bins!.....had I known that in the future they would be so desired....I would have absconded ( i think it was a $1 USA) with all of them for later distribution....
Renée

On 8/20/20 9:54 AM, Dave Daniel wrote:

On Aug 20, 2020, at 11:46, Roy Thistle <roy.thistle@...> wrote:
[snip]

I reckon, most Tek scope covers go missing because people don't need the cover.
[/snip]

Well, I have a bunch of Tektronix ‘scopes and one of the things that drives me crazy is the dust that collects on the controls of uncovered ‘scopes, so I consider some sort of cover to be essential. I use plastic bags on ‘scopes for which I don’t have a Tektronix cover.

DaveD