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Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs

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Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs

Oscilloscopes are a useful tool in the world of electronics, allowing radio amateurs to “see” the signals inside their equipment. With personal computers and today’s technologies, a variety of analog, digital or hybrid scopes are available to hams for solving problems and testing new ideas in home workshops.

Oscilloscopes for Radio Amateurs is filled with practical information you’ll need for using a scope. It begins with an overview of the oscilloscope and continues on to discuss characteristics, applications, probes, controls, and input modes. If you’re considering adding this piece of test equipment to your ham shack, there is an explanation of scope specifications and features to help you select an oscilloscope that is right for you.

Publication Details

  • Softcover: 128 pages
    Publisher: The American Radio Relay League, Inc.; First Edition (March 2015)
    Language: English
    ISBN: 978-1-62595-023-9
    Product Dimensions: 7 1/4 x 9 inches
    Shipping Weight: .65 pounds

  • Table of Contents

    Why Get an Oscilloscope?

    A Little History

    Every Scope Has These Elements

    Probes and Accessories

    Scope Sections in Detail

    Input Modes

    Let’s Put a Scope to Work

    If You Are Going to Buy One – Specifications

    Software Oscilloscopes — Capable and Free

    Reviews of Several Current Models

  • Foreword

    A popular activity among amateurs is building, modifying, restoring or repairing equipment. During their careers, amateurs assemble a home workshop appropriate for their interests, usually starting with a few basic tools, a good soldering iron and perhaps a multimeter. From there, you might add a power/SWR meter or an antenna analyzer.


    When it comes to working inside a piece of equipment, one of the most useful tools is the oscilloscope. “Scopes” have been around for decades, helping countless amateurs “see” the signals inside their equipment. Is my SSB transmitter properly adjusted? What does my CW waveform look like? Is there ripple on my power supply? Once an expensive tool for only the most technically savvy amateur, today we have access to a variety of analog, digital or hybrid scopes at prices suitable for a home workshop.


    In this book, Paul Danzer, N1II, conveys a wealth of information about these useful tools. Starting with an overview and short history lesson, Paul goes on to discuss oscilloscope functional blocks, probes, controls and input modes and then describes practical applications. He concludes with a chapter to help you understand scope specifications and features so that you can find one that will best suit your needs.

    We hope you’ll find this book a useful addition to your library.


    David Sumner, K1ZZ

    Chief Executive Officer

    Newington, Connecticut

    February 2015

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