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Review Category: Tools & Test Equipment for the amateur radio work bench

Product NameReview CountLast ReviewMSRP $
40dB Tap Attenuator12006-02-1927.00
Almost All Digital Electronics Digital Frequency Displays82016-03-0749.95
Almost All Digital Electronics L/C Meter IIB462014-09-1499.95
Almost All Digital Electronics Precision Frequency Reference22014-12-0249.95
AN/URM-25D R.F. Signal Generator Set12011-11-21
AnaTek Blue ESR Meter Kit52013-01-13$79.00
Andy Crimp from Quick Silver Radio Products62013-11-23129.73
Atten ADS1102CAL Oscilloscope32013-02-09530USD
ATTEN Model 937b12011-06-12
Auburn Metrology Lab22018-02-23
AVO 832011-08-13
AZD Technology Wideband Preamp12014-03-2320
Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber42013-03-048 -$12 depending on size
Caig DeoxIT92011-02-289 to 20 or more (varies accordin
Caig ProGold32009-03-1915 to 25 or more
CEM DT-337 Clamp Meter 1ma Resolution12013-09-3080
Chicago Electric 41169 Butane Pencil Torch12014-06-189.99
Circuit Specialists CSI-Station1A Soldering Station52011-09-08$40
Coax Cable Cutter12012-01-07$8.99, often on sale for less
Cognio Spectrum Expert12007-02-083,995
Cold Heat Cordless Soldering Tool492011-09-2019.99
ComTekk Signal Generator22018-07-1549.95
Craftsman (Sears) #82141 Digital Multimeter12007-10-1319.99, on sale as low as $9.99
Craftsman Single Speed Rotary Tool 572.61083022006-02-28About $40
Cushman service monitors12016-08-04$50-$400 used at ham fests
DE-5000 LCR/ESR Meter 12016-04-16130
Digital Frequency Display DD-10312014-02-10135.00
Dremel Cordless62019-01-25$79.95 - $99.95
DX Engineering DXE-UT-808X Stripping Tool for RG-8X22016-07-1242.95
Eagle 382-301C Coax crimp tool12006-11-0628.95
Edsyn 951SX22010-10-02119.95
Eico 232 VTVM12012-06-2629.95
Eico 315 RF Generator12012-06-2639.95
Eico 710 Grid Dip Meter12012-06-2629.95
Elecraft 2T-gen Two-Tone Test Oscillator22008-02-1559
Elecraft CP1 Directional Coupler32014-01-1639
Elecraft N-Gen Wideband Noise Source82009-09-2339
Elecraft XG1 Receiver Test Osc.132009-09-2339
Elecraft XG2 Three-Frequency Receiver Test Osc.102010-09-1859
Elecraft XG3 RF Signal Source72016-10-26169.95
Electronics Revisited, LLC12017-10-07
Electronics-DIY LC Meter22015-01-2369.95
Electronics-DYI L/C Meter Kit22010-07-2259.95
ELENCO F-2800 analog frequency counter12006-12-0399
Elenco XP752A Variable Voltage Supply12016-04-30233.25
ESD mat Industrial Grade Engineer's Desktop 60x40cm set32012-09-1325
EVB brand ESR/low ohms meter42018-08-02<100 assembled also in kit fo
Extech 22-81612010-05-13
EZM FG-100 DDS Function Generator12014-04-1536.88
Fluke 27/FM digital handheld multimeter22012-05-14450.00 in 1988
Fluke 73 / 77 Series Digital Multimeter202016-12-13151, Model 73; $199, Model 77
Fluke 8040A Multimeter12011-02-2450-$75 Used
Fluke 87 series I digital multimeter12014-10-22
Fluke 87 Series IV92007-09-19
Fluke 87 V Multimeter142019-08-31$443.00
FPM-1 Universal Frequency Counter/RF Power Meter Kit52009-11-10169.
G4HUP Distribution Amp DA1-4HL22014-09-2240 GBP
GB multi tester12007-11-11$ 9.95
Geppetto Electronics 10 MHz GPSDO12017-09-29289.99
GW Instek model GSP-830TG Spectrum analyzer12010-06-055,518
Hakko 472D22015-02-01$599.00
Hakko 808 Desoldering Station132016-08-25175.52 from
Hakko 936 ESD Safe Temp Controlled Soldering Station202016-08-2575 to 90
Hakko FR-300 Desoldering System12015-12-15305
Hakko FX-888D soldering station52015-10-07107
Hakko FX-90112006-03-3032.00
Harbor Freight Wire Storehouse12016-08-3140
Heathkit GD-1 Grid Dip Oscillator (GDO)22008-09-0625
Heathkit HO-10 Monitor Scope12015-09-2059.95 (1962)
Heathkit IT-11 Capacitor Tester12003-03-0929.95
Heathkit SB 614 monitor scope32015-11-10
Henry Radio RF Attenuator12013-12-21130
Hewlett Packard 8654B12016-05-07
Hewlett-Packard (HP) 8656B RF Signal Generator22016-05-06
Hewlett-Packard 200CD Oscillator32009-03-1920.00 or so
Hitachi V-509 60 MHz Dual Trace Oscilloscope12011-05-25
HP 3200B VHF Oscillator12013-11-25
HP 3312A Function Generator12006-02-28200 on the used market
HP 3586C Selective Level Meter42014-06-1511,000
HP 410B VTVM12011-12-03245
HP 6114A Precision Power Supply12006-07-06HP = High Price
HP 8601a Generator/Sweeper12005-02-08400.00
HP 8924c Service Monitor32012-10-2730,000
HP Agilent 8901A Modulation Analyzer12012-02-26
HP-8640B92013-11-17Available used.
Ideal Test-Pro multimeter 36012004-03-0459.85
IFR service monitors 1000-1500 series12016-08-04$300-$1000 depending on model
JBC AD 270012005-06-03399
Kenwood SM-220 Station Monitor52015-09-10
Kenwood SM-230 Station Monitor42017-11-051099.95
Knight G30 Grid dip oscillator12007-12-20
Komec 936 Soldering Station12012-02-08
LC100-S Digital L/C Meter32015-01-0236.50 shipped home
LDB-TFC2700L Frequency Counter12011-06-20< 100 (with free shipping)
Leo Bodnar Electronics GPSDO Precision Frequency Reference142019-06-15250
Lincoln Power MIG 140C welder12009-06-24625.00
Logger Head Tools Bionic Wrench32018-05-2329.95
M-Cubed LCRZ Meter92011-03-03$169.00
M-Cubed Semiconductor Analyser ver 2.032009-11-1049.95 + 6.95 for the case
M-Cubed Semiconductor Analyser ver 3.152009-11-1049.95 + options
M3 Electronix Component Analyzer32009-11-10$55
Mag-Torch MT78012014-06-1834.99
Mastech MS8203/Circuit Specialists CSI8203 DMM12005-02-14
MAT Electronics MUL3333 ESR Meter12011-06-25<50
Mega32812019-10-06$15 (with case)
Metcal soldering station72014-07-15100.00 used
MFJ -852 AC Line Noise Meter92019-05-1399.95
MFJ 762 Attenuator12017-10-2689.95
MFJ-224 2-Meter FM Analyzer42016-03-18180.00
MFJ-4422 DC Volt/Amp Meter with Power Poles12016-04-0135 USD
MFJ-66 Dip Meter Adapter12013-11-2924.95
MFJ-7404 Coaxial Cable Stripper12017-08-05$19.95
MFJ-856 Line Noise Meter w/ 3 Element Beam102019-04-15150
MFJ-886 Frequency Counter32014-05-09120
MikroElectronika Easypic512008-12-13129
Military TV-7 Tube Tester52014-05-25
Military VOM ME-297/U12008-07-01
Mini RF power meter/counter/LC meter12012-11-19$59
Motorola R2003 Service monitor12008-05-25
MW Instruments ProDeterminator Semiconductor Analyser V4012005-06-16~50 (39.90 euros) + options
NIKKAI 10 DIGIT 1MEG TO 3 GHZ12002-11-02£69
NORCAL FCC-1 Frequency Counter Kit22014-04-2335.00
Optoelectronics Cub42008-11-0599
Owon PDS 502212010-02-14325.00
OWON PDS 6062 DSO12007-03-10500
Peak ATLAS Component Analyzer32001-11-26~$85 incl. airmail
Peak DCA55 semiconductor analyser12017-02-1640 GBP
Peak ESR meter42017-02-16$169 (US)
Peak LCR Passive Component Analyzer52016-03-1179 UK - 130 US
Philips ECG J-500KT Butane Soldering Iron Kit12001-09-2639.99
PreciseRF 2-Tone Generator12013-04-21239.50
Precision 612 Tube Tester12011-01-23
Protek 608 Digital Multimeter12007-05-31118
PWRcrimp from West Mountain Radio112008-09-26$49.95
Radio shack butane soldering iron22008-07-11$10
Radio Shack heavy duty 230/150 watt soldering iron12008-05-1729.95
Radio Shack Soldering Stations132010-11-0969.99
RadioShack Adjustable Butane Soldering Iron #64-218822011-02-19
RCA Institutes RF signal generator12017-07-05Unknown
REK TSG-17 RF Signal Generator22015-08-24100.00~145.00
RF Calibrator for FPM-1 ( NOT A KIT )22009-11-1089.00 XDM NSE15-2 noise source12017-01-07120.00
Rigol 1052 50MHz Digital Storage Oscilloscope32015-04-10399 street price
Rigol DSA815 Spectrum Analyser52018-11-101295
Rigol DSG815 Signal Generator12018-08-281709 GBP + tax
Ronson butane torch/soldering iron12007-11-1534.95
Sencore IN/OUT-OF-Circuit Capacitor and Inductor tester22016-12-03$4000
Siglent SSA3021X Spectrum Analyzer12017-12-311595
Signal Hound USB-SA44B spectrum analyzer and measurement receive62017-09-09 919
Simpson 260 VOM272016-11-21200.00
Smart Tweezers22012-06-29299.
SMT-Pro Station Monitor22016-05-20219.50
Solder Pro 12082008-01-17109
Solder-It Products72009-03-16N/A
Solderpro 70 Butane Isotip Model 797412010-01-2239 on Amazon
Solomon SR-976N Soldering Station22012-01-2239.00
Spectran HF-6080 (1MHz to 7GHz) Low cost Spectrum Analyser22008-03-251,390
Sprague Tel-Ohmike TO-5 Capacitor Analyzer12007-11-1183.90 in 1960.
Stanley maxlife 369 flashlight12007-11-11$39.95
Tektronix 453 Oscilloscope12004-01-20$2,050 in 1969
Tektronix 465B Oscilloscope12014-08-15750 refurbed
Tektronix 7854 Oscilloscope22015-08-0115,000 new, about 300 used
Tektronix TDS210 Digital Storage Oscilloscope22007-01-281195
Tenma 21-7945 Soldering Station22009-01-0229.00
Tenma Universal Test Center12006-04-28549.00
ThermoHAWK-200 Touchless Thermometer12007-04-1534.99
Thurlby Thandar PSA1301T spectrum analyser12008-03-251,500
TPI-1001-B Signal Generator12018-04-13395
Velleman DVM810 mini multimeter12015-11-2410
Vichy VC9912011-06-15aprox 33
Victor Frequency Counter VC-3165112018-10-1689.95
Victor VC60B+ Insulation tester.12014-01-09Approx. 47 on E-bay. DMMCheck32018-05-2435.50
Wa1eso board extenders12013-02-11varies by model
Wall Soldering Gun LG400C12005-05-2279.00
WalMart Hyper Tough 4 Ft. Led Shop Light 5000 Lumens12019-06-28 $21.84 US
Watt''s Up WU100 DC Power Analyzer42015-11-2559.00
Wave tek 2000 series of sevice monitor12016-08-04$100-$ 400 used god cond.
Weller Battery Operated Soldering Iron BP64552012-03-2312.00
Weller EC1002S Electronic Soldering Station32005-07-08199.95
Weller PortaSol P1K Butane Soldering Kit62012-08-1355.00 (approx)
Weller SM-1 Solder-Mate12005-02-0610.00
Weller WCC100 Soldering Station12007-12-28120.00
Weller WES50/WES51 Soldering Station172018-02-24139.99
Weller WESD51 Soldering Station (WESD51D for 240 V version)32012-04-03158.00
Weller WLC100 Solder Station72007-05-27$42.99
Weller WTCPT Soldering Station102016-08-25130.00
Windfreak Technologies RF Signal Generator12011-01-31249.00
X-TronicTM 4000 Series - Model #404022015-08-25129.80
XYtronic 137ESD 60 Watt Professional Soldering Station22010-02-10167.95
Xytronic 168-3C Soldering Station32013-12-31110