When possible, we do our best to test the equipment we sell so that you will know exactly what you are bidding on. That being said, we perform basic tests such as overall power consumption, receiver sensitivity, transmitter power output, etc. Depending on what it is we’re selling, other tests might be warranted. If there is a certain type of test you’d like performed on a particular lot, just let us know and we’ll do our best to take care of you. Please note that we do not usually go through every single function on a particular piece of gear (in some cases, that would take a considerable amount of time) but rather the functions that will tell us (and you) whether or not the piece of equipment your interested in, is in basic working order. Does it transmit? Does is receive? Does that piece of test gear you’re wanting to bid on do what it is supposed to do?
In order to provide you with this information, our test environment includes, but is not limited to the following. All of the equipment here is kept in good working order to provide you with the best possible information when anticipating the purchase of a piece of electronic gear. (click on photos below to enlarge)
From the top down, left to right: Advantest R3465 Spectrum Analyzer with external monitor; HP 334A Distortion Analyzer; HP 8657B Signal Generator; HP 5345A Frequency Counter; HP 3310A Function Generator; Heathkit ID-5252 Audio Load; Astron RS-35M DC Power Supply.
LP-100A Digital Vector Wattmeter, by N8LP: This is the latest addition to our bench. One fantastic piece of gear that is currently used in the ARRL test labs and is the only meter with 11 bands of frequency indexed NIST traceable calibration points using a built-in frequency counter. More information can be found HERE.