Subject: Re: Fluke ScopeMeters?
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Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 19:46:01 -0700
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On 22 Sep 2002 20:52:50 GMT, Mike Poulton
>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 bit
>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 a
>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 my
>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 Velleman
>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?
I recently played with a Fluke scope meter from 2 or 3 years back.
Don't remember the model number. That particular unit was fine for
portable applications under 1 MHz where you don't need to see signal
fidelity. For a bench scope, I would go with one of the Tektronix TDS
1000/2000/3000 lunch box units. If you can spring for it, their DPOs
are pretty darn nice. Otherwise, go to EBay or some used-equipment
dealer and get a nice Tek 100 MHz analog scope for under $600.