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Function Generators

Jan 5th, 19:16

WA4PMA

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Several function generators are on the market with various specifications. What specs are really needed for the amateur who really wants to do some projecting and not break the bank.
Features such as bandwidth frequency, amplitude, sampling rate.....etc. I know some of the answers will be "It all depends what you want to use it for". That is true, but I am looking at some guidance in what to look for. Thanks!!!!

WA4PMA
Jan 6th, 10:53

W1VT

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I used them in school but haven't really seen a need for them in ham radio.
A surplus HP 8640 would be more useful for my needs.
Zak W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Jan 7th, 10:21

AB3FN

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I agree with Zak that a function generator has limited use in ham radio. But if somebody wants to tinker and experiment, its nice to have a variety of signal sources available. There are several extremely cheap function generator kits that will serve the average tinkerer well. A quick on-line search finds some that are in the $10-$20 range, and as a bonus these small kits are also fun to build.
Jan 13th, 20:21

WA4PMA

Joined: Apr 4th 1998, 00:00
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Thanks guys for responding and I apologize for not getting back sooner. I really appreciate the responses. The RSGB magazine RadCom did a review on a function generator in the issue and I just wanted to get some feedback. Thanks again!!!

WA4PMA
Jan 13th, 20:47

WA4PMA

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Should be this latest issue.

WA4PMA

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