Archive for the ‘Teardowns’ Category.

Keithley 614 Electrometer Teardown

In this blog post, we will take a look inside a 1980 vintage Keithley 614 Electrometer. While it was designed and built more than three decades ago, its performance is still pretty impressive (10 fA current resolution) even compared with today’s modern standards. Its performance was only rivaled by Keithley 617 in its days. Continue reading ‘Keithley 614 Electrometer Teardown’ »

Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter Teardown

I bought a Wavetek 1045 RF power meter off eBay a few weeks ago. It came with a 13787 detector which is capable of measuring RF power between -50 dBm to 10 dBm with a frequency range of 1 MHz to 18 GHz. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 1045 RF Power Meter Teardown’ »

HP 8642B Teardown Pictures

In my last post, I showed my LED backlight mod of the HP 8642B synthesized signal generator. And during the process, I also showed some pictures of the A1 (keyboard and LCD) module and A2 (modulator) module alone with an intriguing Easter egg message in the firmware. In today’s post, I will do a full teardown of each module and take a closer look at what’s inside. Continue reading ‘HP 8642B Teardown Pictures’ »

Wavetek 907 Repair, YIG Oscillator Teardown

As I mentioned in my previous posting, there was an issue with my Wavetek 907 microwave frequency generator. While everything was fine during my initial testing, the frequency display is now stuck with an out-of-range display and the adjustable frequency range is limited to between around 6.9 Ghz to 7.9 Ghz (instead of all the way up to 11 Ghz). My initial suspicion was that the PTC heater inside the YIGGunn oscillator was malfunctioning. But as it turned out, it was something else. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 907 Repair, YIG Oscillator Teardown’ »

Wavetek 907 Signal Generator Teardown

Since I just got myself an HP 5350B microwave counter and I had fixed it up, I thought it would be great if I could get a SHF generator to test out the counter in the microwave range. So when I saw a super cheap Wavetek 907 for sale on eBay, I simply could not pass it up. Continue reading ‘Wavetek 907 Signal Generator Teardown’ »

MF 10A Analog Multimeter Teardown

Dave did an analog multimeter teardown in his latest episode. I have a Chinese made MF 10A multimeter bought back in the 90’s and thought I’d do a teardown to take a look at what is inside. Continue reading ‘MF 10A Analog Multimeter Teardown’ »

Keithley 197 Teardown and Repair

A few days ago, I bought a Keithley 197 sold as “unknown working condition” on the cheap. The seller said that some of the keys on the meter were unresponsive. I figured that I’d try fixing it if I could. After all, these 5 ½ meters still fetch well over $100 on eBay and for a fraction of that price, I was willing to give it a shot. Continue reading ‘Keithley 197 Teardown and Repair’ »

HP 6113A Teardown And Calibration

A couple of weeks ago I did a teardown of HP 6181C — a precision DC current source made in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This time around, I am going to show some pictures of an HP 6113A precision DC power supply and do a basic calibration using my Keithley 196 multimeter. Continue reading ‘HP 6113A Teardown And Calibration’ »

HP 6181C DC Current Source Teardown

HP 6181C is a lab grade 0 to 250 mA current source manufactured back in the late 70’s and early 80’s. There does not seem to be any pictures on the Internet for this particular model so I thought I would do a teardown here. Continue reading ‘HP 6181C DC Current Source Teardown’ »

Tektronix 2213 Teardown Pictures

I love old Tektronix analog oscilloscopes and I could not seem get enough of them. So when I saw a cheap “untested, unknown working condition” Tektronix 2213 listed on eBay recently, I just could not resist the temptation to grab it. Continue reading ‘Tektronix 2213 Teardown Pictures’ »

Tektronix 2445 Teardown

I bought an old Tektronix 2445 150 Mhz oscilloscope on eBay the other day. It was listed under “For Parts/Not Working” condition. Since the pictures in the auction listing suggested that the scope powers up and shows traces on all channels, I thought I would get it and fix it up. Continue reading ‘Tektronix 2445 Teardown’ »

BK 4011 Function Generator Teardown

I got a used BK Precision 4011 5MHz function generator recently. The 4011 model is rather old and this particular unit was manufactured back in 1996. But BK precision still makes a similar model (4011A) which is identical to the older 4011 spec-wise except for the inclusion of an additional INV button for inverting the output waveform. Continue reading ‘BK 4011 Function Generator Teardown’ »

Topward 6603A Linear Power Supply Teardown

I bought a used Topward 6603A lab power supply from eBay a couple of weeks ago and thought I would do a quick review and teardown and perform some basic measurements to see how well it was built. Continue reading ‘Topward 6603A Linear Power Supply Teardown’ »

MaxiScan MS300 ODB II Reader Teardown

I bought an ODB II code reader to diagnose a check engine light problem of my car. The reader I got was an Autel MaxiScan MS300. This particular model is very popular as it is rather inexpensive, coming in at just around $20. Out of curiosity, I decided to open it up and take a look of what is inside. Continue reading ‘MaxiScan MS300 ODB II Reader Teardown’ »

RSA SecureID Teardown

One of my RSA SecureID tokens had recently expired, so I decided to do a teardown to see what is inside. While there was one such teardowns posted on EETimes a few years ago, I thought it would still be worthwhile to take it apart myself. Continue reading ‘RSA SecureID Teardown’ »