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Ham Radio Workbench Podcast

This podcast is your bi-weekly deep dive on making, DIY, electronics, and technical topics of interest to the ham radio operator. Join your hosts George KJ6VU and Jeremy KF7IJZ as they discuss current developments in ham radio while introducing listeners to a plethora of topics and skills such as test equipment, 3D Printing, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and more.

Aug 30, 2016

Alan Wolke W2AEW from Tektronix joins us to talk Oscilloscopes. Alan is a field application engineer for Tektronix, the world's most well-known oscilloscope maker. He also has a YouTube channel that is chock full of great information for those wanting to better understanding oscilloscopes and test equipment in general. Alan joins us for a two part session to deep drive on oscilloscope features and applications. In part one, we introduce the oscilloscope, what it's used for, some introductory concepts, and some comparisons of analog and digital scopes. We also discuss probe quality.

Alan Wolke W2AEW

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Rigol DS-1XXX Z Series:

Great community support from

Inexpensive Used Tektronix or HP Scope, Tektronix 465B

Used Tektronix, Hameg, Leader, Kenwood, Hitachi

Don't buy a service grade scope!

Stay away from Vacuum tube models!

Tektronix 465, 475, 485

Tektronix 2215 (2200 series in general) 2225, 2400 series 2445, 2465

Make sure probes are rated for frequency or greater and make sure compensation range contains the input capacitance of the scope

Find Dave Jones video on Proper Probe Usage (how not to blow up your scope!) -

Pico Scopes:

Bit Scope:


Digilent Analog Discover:

Red Pitaya:

Alan's Best Suggested OScope Video Links for Show Notes

Video Index PDF file

Basic operating and controls tutorials:

Some Useful Applications of a scope in the hamshack and radio workbench: