Today, the amateur experimenter's workshop requires a variety of test equipment to successfully build circuits at home and get them working to a reasonable level. Either homebrew or surplus commercial test gear will do in most cases. In recent years I've had regular access to commercial test equipment, in particular, a General Dynamics R8000B Communications Analyser which I used at my work place. It's an all-in-one piece of equipment with an expensive price tag. As I no longer have regular access to it, a Siglent SSA3021X-TG Spectrum Analyser with an internal tracking generator purchased. It's a welcome addition to the test bench and quite easy to use. It's not a professional class piece of test equipment but intended more for the hobbyist. It's nice to be able to visualise the output of a transmitter or a filter's response etc. and know that all is well with a circuit and that it is working as intended. It compliments some other test gear I have acquired in recent times.
In years gone by, and without access to suitable test gear, I've not been confident enough to build anything too complex. Over the last couple of years however, I've been playing "catch-up" in the homebrew radio area and really enjoying the challenges and feeling of satisfaction when a project is completed and works as intended.
Page last updated 15th May 2018
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This is one of two work areas in my shack. It's the main test bench and where I debug my homebrew radio and electronics projects. A mixture of old and some newer equipment. Since relocating to Maitland I've had to scale back the physical size of the workshop to fit into the available space. Hams of yesteryear managed to do a lot with much less than this. I've always admired their skills in being able to build equipment and get it on-air successfully. A Siglent SVA1015X VNA has just been added to the line-up.
The parts collection below. I've just recently consolidated them into a 20 foot shipping container.