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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 5:47:12 PM on 7 July 2019.
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 Location: Penrith, NSW
 Member since 7 April 2012
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Hi all.

I would like to tell you all a little about the multimeter that I reach for on a daily basis.
It is a Fluke 73 series, True R.M.S. meter. I bought this one about the time that Essendon won back-to-back grand Finals, so I guess that was around 1985-86. It is now about thirty-five years old and replaced the earlier model that I used with the multiple push buttons along the left-hand side, and the display that would fail.

I made my own magnetic holder for it, because I could not get a bank loan for the genuine Fluke accessory.
The magnet holds well onto door frames, cable tray, and to metal work inside lift shafts.

Because my meter is such an early version, it does not have a manual range select button in the middle of the range selector switch.
On occasion when I was chasing a tuning fault on a television, and measuring the stabilised voltage to the tuning system, the voltage at thirty volts would cause the meter to switch continuously between ranges, going between the thirty volt range and the three hundred volt range.

It was also borrowed by another tech if he had unexpected readings on his meter. The Fluke 73, being a true RMS meter always gave the correct reading.

My all time favourite Fluke is the 29 series 2. A bit too fragile for me. I have killed two of them. I think that the tracks are too close together in the multi layer board.

Fluke 73


 
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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I had a 73 for about twenty years until a former work colleague stole it. My problem is that I cannot prove it yet I do believe that I know where I can get my hands back on it. The trouble in this day and age is that if I do go back and get what's mine, I become the criminal.

They were a good meter and very easy to use. The uniform dimensions on it made it easy to store too, unlike Fluke's more recent offerings which are a slight wedge shape. I don't think I will ever use another brand for a DMM.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 9:08:10 PM on 8 July 2019.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
 Member since 28 January 2011
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The only Fluke I own is a model 27/FM. Made for the military, it's as tough as an old boot.


 
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 Location: Greenwich, NSW
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Photo uploaded.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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