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    Default BlackCat Watt meter/ Freq meter/ Scope feed back

    Looking for some feed back on these black cat Combination watt meter/ frequency counter/ Oscilloscope From somebody who has had one of these Please tell me what your likes and dislikes are I know that there are several models to choose from just wondering which is best suited for my application .

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    I had one for a few years... A model JB-1001-SFC/M...

    Reads: SWR; output power in 3 ranges, 0-20, 0-200, and 0-2000 Watts; output frequency in KHz and MHz (6 digits, 1000 Hz to 50 MHZ); scope reads output modulation waveforms in sine wave and trapezoid patterns.


    This was a pretty expensive item when new. The 1987 list price was $495.00.

    On E-Ham, it was said that it will operate 80-10 meters on SSB/CW/AM/FM.

    It worked good, but a few things....

    If you put less than 4 watts into it, it barely fired... 5 or more watts it worked great...

    Although mine was in great physical shape, it was pretty flimsy construction. If you drop it, the case and chassis will bend all to hell.

    I have the original operating instructions and schematic that I can scan in if you want to see it.











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    I scanned the instructions and schematic that I have for the one without the Freq. Counter...

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    Remember when they first started appearing in local shops everyone had to have one, I always considered it a overly-expensive piece of eye candy. You would be fortunate to find one in good to near mint condition today. The prices they frequently fetch at auction is absolutely insane.


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    Hey Rife if you could post that manual for it that would be great ! Just purchased it the only problem with it is the scope isnt very bright any ideas ??

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    Kinda like me.. Not very bright...

    Unfortunately, I must have sold the manual along with the meter...

    The manual I posted up (same unit, but no counter) may have the same info for the scope section though...

    I would check the resistors on the scope board. Also, I believe there is a Thyristor in the brightness control circuit you may want to check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippy Control View Post
    Just purchased it the only problem with it is the scope isnt very bright any ideas ??
    I also think the "BLK" position is blanker off, which is only used with low power (CB) signals into the meter. Try that out and see if it improves the brightness (ONLY if you are using a CB).

    You must not have it set on "BLK" if you are running higher power into it.

    Hope that helps...


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