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Returning to electronics

Postby Rob3705 » Sun Jan 27, 2013 10:21 am

hi There
I am an installation electrician. Many years ago, (35-40) I was a computer engineer, and used a tektronix scope as part of my job. I appreciate things have changed quite a few times since then, but am looking at rekindling my interest in it, and starting the process of in my grandson.

I am returning to electronics as an enthusiastic amateur. Initially, I want something that will help my understand how circuits work, and in addition be able to fault fine on circuit boards in boilers. In my job as an electrician, I come across situations where RCDs are tripped on a random basis. In the future, I want to be able to fault PCs, but if the price difference is too great, buy the cheaper one first and go for a fuller monty later. The equipment must be reliable, and not mickey mouse in any way.

What do you suggest

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Re: Returning to electronics

Postby Martyn » Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:00 am

Providing you are not looking at mains then any of our scopes would fit the bill.

The entry level Picoscope2204 http://www.picotech.com/entry-level-oscilloscopes.html

or, if you need to look at digital signals and decode serial communications, then the PicoScope 2205MSO http://www.picotech.com/mixed-signal-oscilloscope.html

The software is the same for the cheapest to the most expensive scopes, and is free, so if you upgrade at a later date to a scope with better specifications the software will work in exactly the same way.

You can try the software in demo mode by downloading a copy from http://www.picotech.com/software.html just select PicoScope 2204 ate Step 1 and the latest version at Step2.
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