[Boatanchors] [BoatAnchors] To sell, or not to sell, that is the question -- Follow up

J. Forster jfor at quikus.com
Mon Feb 18 13:31:14 EST 2013

An 8405A is a useful instrument, but shipping is a killer. Also, the
probes are easy to blow and non-trivial to fix.



> Be honest now, have you EVER actually used any of those things, or
> anything
> like them?
> Do you know how to fix them, or know anyone who does?
> How many hours of work do you think they are worth?
> I've junked nearly all such stuff, partly because of space/age(mine)
> factors, but a good scope does most of it anyway.
> Breaking up is hard to do, but it feels great once done!
> There's a test equipment traders group on yahoo, but someone would have to
> really want them to pay the expensive freight rates now in effect.
> Take 'em to the hamfest and mark them low.  Don't let the buyers know
> where
> you live...they might want to bring the junk back!
> AND, I have an EXCELLENT RCA 710-A signal generator for sale cheap.
> Unfortunately, it weighs about 30lb!
> 73,
> Wilson
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Sehring
> Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2013 8:57 PM
> To: Boatanchors List
> Subject: [BoatAnchors] To sell, or not to sell,that is the question --
> Follow up
> I should have waited to write my previous note.
> That's because the next item up for possible selling is an HP 8405A Vector
> Voltmeter.
> It's got two probes & can measure amplitude, amplitude ratio & phase over
> a
> broad freq range of 1 MHz to 1 GHz, from 100 uV to 1 V.  "2-channel tuned
> sampling RF millivoltmeter-phase meter which simulaneously measures &
> displays the voltage & phase of 2 signals.
> Looks very complicated, all SS on separate circuit boards. I have the
> complete manual.
> Lights come on, some meter deflection with my fingers holding probes.
> I'm just not sure what I'd do with it.
> -John Sehring  WB0EQ-VE6EQR   nr Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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