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Re: Re: [TCML] SSTC help

Steve is of course right--but I'd suggest a n.l.t. 100 mHz scope--esp. for the relatively small coil Rob Byron has.

And Rob, since you're beginning in this, my take on the process might entertain you (and others). There are (or can be) 5 stages in what we do: Invent it, simulate it on the computer, design it, build it, and make it work. Each stage incorporates going back & re-doing all the prior stages, often numerous times. To a first approximation, each stage is at least twice as difficult as the previous one and twice as time-consuming. And each stage is at best half as enjoyable as the previous one. Do the math...but enjoy it nonetheless.

Ken Herrick

Steve Ward wrote:
Without an oscilloscope you are essentially blind to the world of
electronics.  Only a scope will let you "see" how electronic circuits work.

Seriously, get a scope and learn how to use it (make this a project in
itself), it will make your SSTC project actually possible, rather than just
sticking some components together and watching the result.  If i had to
guess, id say 95% (maybe more?) of "complex" electronic prototypes DONT work
before some initial debugging.  For circuits that operate at more than a Hz
or so, you need a scope to debug.  Its just that simple.

You should be able to "get by" with a 20MHZ bandwidth scope and some cheap
probes, which should be something in the 50-100 dollar range used on ebay.
My first scope was 60MHz and cost 120 bucks on ebay.  Since then ive moved
up to more serious equipment in the >$1k range, but then again i take this
hobby too seriously ;-)


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