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Old 11-18-2010, 07:33 PM
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A friend gave me one of these things with some other stuff. What might I do with it? I ask this in terms of what one does with one practically speaking. . . is it useful?



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That appears to be an RF signal generator. They are very useful for aligning the receiver section of radios.

I used to use a Heathkit model and thought very highly of it. My model was older than the one you have pictured. I now use a B&K precision model, but it's not that much better than the heathkit.

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what he said......used for aligning the receive on radios.

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Do I need an oscilloscope to utilize this thing properly?
(I feel like my ignorance is showing).
If the answer is too complicated no one ought to feel obligated to answer it.
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It is indeed a Heathkit RF signal generator. i have the exact same model but mine does not look as shiny as your's. You can use it to check a receiver however the frequency is not very stable on it nor is the accuracy of output level. I used mine a lot to find the resonant frequency of traps and other coil/capacitors circuits along with an oscilloscope to measure the signal peak or minimum. It's a half decent signal generator for non-critical measurements.
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Thanks, CK,

That one is a borrowed photo from the link I posted. Mine is in the attic. I need to photograph it so you can say, "I have one like that, but mine is shinier than yours!"

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