The Grand Oscilloscope Find!

A friend and I just happened to be enjoying lunch in the city when we happened across the most magical of things - an E-waste Recycling dumpster filled to the brim with equipment! Sadly, we lacked transport and also, who really needs a pile of old office computers anyway? Unless you're trying to build your own supercomputer cluster under your bed, of course. Alas, before we could decide on what to take (difficult when you can only carry so much!), a staff member came to shoo us away. However, I had the temerity to ask what her actions would be if I were simply to grab what I could and run. Kindly, the staff member admitted she was probably not going to react. Thus grabbed the scopes and made a swift exit. oscillo_03oscillo_06 We'd managed to leg it with two BWD 820 scopes. There was slight damage to both - one was missing a button, the other missing a chunk of its timebase dial. From what I gather, they were built by an Australian manufacturer in the 1970s, perhaps very early 1980s. It was easy enough to reattach new plugs to the power cables and we were ready to power up...

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...and we had moderate success! No loud pops or bangs, and the magic smoke seemed to still, largely, be inside. The left scope, missing a button, appears to otherwise be in working order, displaying both channels appropriately. However, the right scope, with some damage to its timebase dial, does seem to have an issue with one channel not displaying properly at all, showing noise and inconsistent responses to input. Further investigation is warranted, but this is a find I am most happy with! Always good to get some interesting equipment on an e-waste run, rather than another hundred old TVs and discarded phones...