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Checking Voltage

Post by Guest on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:32 pm

Just curious what everyone uses to check voltage while working on radios. Do you use a VTVM, analog VOM, or a new digital meter?

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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:35 pm

VTVM. I have three. I have a couple of old multimeters, too, a Triplett and a Simpson. I do not like digital except to measure resistors. The meter bounces around too much for my eyes. An analog meter is easier for me to keep an eye on.

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Post by willy3486 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:38 pm

I use my fluke. I do have a older meter but I need to go through it. I wanted to find a old Simpson, the kind with a case but the one I found that I need to go through is really similar to one and suppose to work. The digital Fluke I have is the best one I have ever used or had. I bought it when they had a lifetime warranty. It does bounce around but it is the meter I have had working for years while my others were dead. I have sent many a meter to a early junkbox grave.

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:45 pm

I have a couple of digital Flukes, we used them in the phone company. Mine are model 8020B and are from the 1980. I have a lot of old Radio Shack analog meters because I collect them. I did have an Accurate VTVM from the late 1960's but have no idea what happened to it.

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Post by N7ZAL on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:47 pm

The main advantage of an analog meter is for "peaking" circuits. To find a dip in voltage it is nearly impossible with a digital. However for accurate voltage measurements a digital has the edge. JMO
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Post by Wildcat445 on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:51 pm

My Fluke died.  Nothing works, and it is not the battery or the fuse.  Are those things repairable, or should I toss it?  I have had the thing 20 years, or more.

I think most people use what they are familiar with and feel comfortable with. As long as you get the job done, the method is immaterial.

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Post by Guest on Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:55 pm

This is the model I own;


http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/fluke_multimeter_8020b.htmlWhich meter do you have?


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Post by Wildcat445 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:39 am

I don't have it here. I bought mine off the Snap-On truck. I had to have it to work on engine management components. Mine just up and died one day. Methinks I put voltage thru it set on ohms. I have been known to do that. That does not hurt analog meters. Sometimes.  Rolling Eyes 

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Post by 35Z5 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:21 am

After using a digital for over 20 years before I retired, they are about all I'll use... After a while you learn how to peak with them but if it's super critical, I'll use a scope(have four of those)... Tektronics w freq counter, Hitachi, B&K & Meguro..

I have two Simpson model 461 LED and a LCD 467 that get most of my quality time, unlike the LCD, the LED can be read at a glance... There's also a ECG LCD and a couple $2.99 Harbor Freight specials that are just as accurate as the Simpsons...  Only working analog meter I have is a old Simpson 260, but there are a couple large Eico VTVM(planning on restoring one), at least one RCA, and probably a half dozen smaller meters from various suppliers...

I paid $20(incl ship) for four 461 on ebay for parts(one was said to work).. Needed a case for the 467, but found two of the 461 were fine, wound up being my favorite meters...
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Post by Doug Burskey on Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:57 am

A vintage  Fluke 8100A with a nixie tube display. and a Hewlett-Packard 400H AC VTVM. Both of these were trash rescues from where I used to work.

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