While on a buying frenzy at a local radioamatuer gettogether (Holice 2014) I saw an interesting looking PCB - apparently taken from some kind of older HP system, it had some very nice oscillators (500, 525, 100, 126 MHz), some … Continue reading
It's time for something exotic - while at the ham radio get together at Holice in 2014 (great event! Go there.) I bought a cable. Not just any old cable, a really, really well made cable that must have originally … Continue reading
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While going through random electronics on a local flea-market (on the Inter Stadium in Bratislava, 98+% of the items there are of no interest, but the occasional treasure can be found, beware of pickpockets) I found this little device - … Continue reading
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The HP 6010A is a monster of a power supply, capable of providing 1kW. There are three limits: 17A, 200V and 1kW - that means that you can source 200V, but only up to 5A. You can suck 17A, but … Continue reading
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The HP 3476B multimeter is a neat piece of measurement equipment - probably one of the better choices for an economical (sold at 225 USD in 1976, around 1k USD today) 3½ digit digital meter in the later 1970s. It … Continue reading
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The analog part is the real heart of the device - here all of the precision magic and measurement happens. If you are interested in the detailed inner workings of the system, please read the service manual, which is available … Continue reading
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This is the second part of the teardown of the HP 3455A digital multimeter. It will deal with the logic part of the device. You can read the first part of the teardown HERE. And the last part, for the … Continue reading
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The HP3455A is a great device - Old, but great. It is a precision multimeter (voltage, resistance), made by HP in the 1980's. For part 2 (logic and control) CLICK HERE. For part 3 (analog and black magic) CLICK HERE. … Continue reading
The IBM 7864: A data collection terminal. While looking for something else I came upon these buggers. They've all got a 8088 processor, a barcode scanner and fail to boot up. Only 1 of 3 was functional, the rest had broken … Continue reading
I've collected some interesting storage devices over the years. Behold 🙂