Subject: Re: Fluke ScopeMeters?
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Date: Sun, 22 Sep 2002 22:08:22 GMT
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Organization: EarthLink Inc. -- http://www.EarthLink.net
"Mike Poulton" wrote in message
> I am in a rather dubious position here. A few years ago, our house and
> everything in it was destroyed by toxic mold. Our insurance company won't
> pay, but we expect them to once the litigation is over -- the contract
> clearly covers such damage. That means I will get to replace all my old
> stuff with new stuff. That's good, except that I am presently without
> stuff! It took years to collect all that. I have started replacing it
> by bit, but I have held out on all the major test equipment. I had a
> Tektronics 20MHz dual trace analog scope, a 2MHz function generator,
> several small DMM's, and a great Fluke DMM (don't remember the model, but
> it was one of the best). Now I have two cheap DMM's from Radio Shack and
> handheld scope from Velleman.
> The question is this: Should I replace my scope and DMM's with a Fluke
> ScopeMeter? I can get a Fluke 199C ScopeMeter for about the cost of all
> previous test equipment. Most of my work is in audio and IF frequencies,
> and also way up in the UHF range (no scope for that!). I love the
> handheld scope, but it is nearly useless for anything serious. What have
> been people's impressions of the ScopeMeters? Are they good scopes, or
> have compromises been made to enable portability? Is the DMM function as
> good as other Fluke DMM's?
> Mike Poulton
> MTP Technologies
> Not only do I speak for my company, I AM my company!
> Live free or die!
I've used several portable scopes -- including those from Fluke, Leader, and
Tektronix. While the Fluke's seemed to offer a lot due to their built-in dmm
functions, the overall scope performance was very dissapointing, and the
display quality was rather poor.
On the other hand, the Tek scopes are excellent. I haven't used their new
1000/2000 lines (which are comparable in cost to the Fluke's), but those in
the 3000 family are remarkable. In fact, I prefer them to large bench scopes
(unless I need to look at stuff above 1GHz).
If I were you I would look at the lower-cost Tek's, and use a separate dmm
when you need it.