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NAVIGATION: To make your life easier, and help you find exactly what you want, we have broken the on-line equipment catalogs into smaller sections. Just CLICK on the item you are looking for at the left, to see the matching catalog. Large graphical catalogs are a bit SLOW, so please give them a bit of time to load. The top header of each catalog is largely the same, so don't think you are stuck in one place!
You can order anything here just by picking up the phone, and calling (250) 769-1834 during normal office hours, 8:30AM to 4:30PM PST, or FAX to (250) 769-4106. OR, Email your order to Susan HERE.SHIPPING: Preferred and Alternate Methods as of June 4, 2013, CLICK for FULL DETAILS ON OUR FAQ Page. Rates are now changing rapidy, often with little notice to us, so all the data has been transferred to the FAQ page for speedy updating.
E-Mail Susan if you want a quote for shipping to other destinations, or for something heavy. Sorry, we can't safely send most individual small parts in a regular letter envelope, they get destroyed by the automated handling equipment. Sometimes we can ship very rugged parts in a small padded envelope by letter post. Ask Susan.
There is a packing charge for large or heavy equipment, see the FAQ for details.
If we have your valid data on file, you can just click on the ORDER email link to place an order and indicate your approval to bill, and we will do the rest. We keep your active information for ONE YEAR for your convenience.
If this is the first time you have dealt with us, you can phone +1 (250) 769-1834 or FAX +1 (250) 769-4106 to supply the billing info, or send it by the email link, as you prefer. We accept VISA/MC, international money order, Paypal (to Susan@Okanagan.net), and bank wire transfer. Please note that there are transaction fees with Paypal and wire transfer payments, the wire transfer fee is frankly horrifying.
Manual and Parts Sites
Visit Artek Manuals NEW SITE for a wide range of digitized (PDF) Tek and HP manuals, very good quality, and a big selection, highly recommended. Often a very practical alternative to heavy and expensive printed manuals, and some can be emailed if you can receive large files. They will also provide access to government public domain test equipment manuals at no charge. Say hi to Dave from us when you visit! Always excellent quality and service, we have used them often.
Anritsu/Wiltron older system manual archive, a very handy place to find wickedly hard to find manuals, and they are free. CLICK HERE!
Looking for Radio Equipment Manuals? HERE's a great source called MODS DK loaded with everything from Icom to Azden manuals for downloading. Also has modifications for popular Ham gear, pictures, and more. Very useful for anybody working on RF gear.
Looking for Hi-Fi Equipment Manuals? HERE's a great source called HiFi Manuals loaded (65,000+) with decades of great audio gear manuals. I even found the Beosound 4000 manuals I wanted there, wahoo!. Very useful for anybody working on HiFi gear both new and old.
TO-WAY DOT COM, This site has a wealth of downloadable manuals about Rubidium standards, frequency measurement and calibration, GPS time standards, and much more. Follow all the links for info on Arbiter, HP, FTS, (Ball) Efratom, Trak, Kinematics and more. A unique resource for this information, it's located HERE. Have a look!
Precise Time and Frequency, an amazing site in Japan with data on all kinds of precision time and frequency standards. Very hard to find data all in one convenient place. CLICK HERE to visit.
A Great source for everything related to the venerable old Simpson VOM series. Manuals, Schematics and Pictures, and many free downloads. Worth a visit! CLICK HERE to see.
The Triplett factory manual download page, everything from their oldest VOMs to the latest DMMs, a truly wonderful resource to keep your Triplett gear working, like that classic Model 630 VOM (my personal fave of all time). Worth a visit! The download titles are sometimes not as clear as they might be, but literally everything is here.CLICK HERE to see.
KO4BB - Didier Juges, A familiar helpful source to Tek list members, he has a wide range of Radio, Test Gear and General Info manuals on his web site. Some very useful items! He has just updated the entire site which is easier to navigate, and beautifully laid out. An amazing source of free manuals and general reference information.
The Valve PageThe Valve Page, A fascinating UK site loaded with hard to find British test gear manuals for Telequipment, Marconi, Farnell, Cossor, Avo and others, plus lots of useful tube (valve) reference info and TV servicing data. Worth a visit.
TUBE TESTER Info! This is a very valuable resource for those looking to use, fix or cal that tube tester they have or want to get.
Precision and similar Testers, CLICK to visit!
Supreme Tube Testers, CLICK to visit!
Hickock Tube Testers, CLICK to visit!
Looking for FREE downloadable HP/Agilent/Fluke/and Other manuals in PDF form? Try HERE, Kurt's site was down for a while, but is back again, one of the biggest storehouses of useful manuals on the net! Things you will never find anywhere else.
Our collection of 4Gb+ 210 semiconductor/tube/applications databooks can be had HERE thanks to John Allen. Beautifully laid out and easy to get just what you want, or the whole thing. Some amazing reference stuff collected here from TTL data to analog applications and Tube reference information.
Looking for FREE downloadable HP/Agilent manuals in PDF form? Try HERE at Agilent, lots of very useful PDF manuals, all free of charge. Can't guarantee this location will stay static, so let me know if it changes! Many cookies and scripts, some browsers may have trouble. There is also a temporary FTP site with many recently scanned HP manuals for older gear located HERE at ftp.agilent.com/pub/manuals. Also has many HP Journal Issues in a subdirectory. There is a similar site at Tektronix, LOCATED HERE. Not as much information, but sometimes you may get lucky! There is also a similar site at FLUKE for Software and Manual Downloads, not easy to use, but sometimes productive. Because the root BAMA site is down, try this mirror at EDEBRIS (bonus, it has less limitations and download restrictions): http://bama.edebris.com/manuals/ A fantastic resource for many items!
Free downloadable HP, Tek and Reference Manuals Try the MONOMAN site, for Manuals, An amazing free resource, with a very wide range of files (25GB),please observe the daily download limit to keep your access privilages intact. The HP and Tek indexes have full service manuals, with schematics.
Looking for free downloadable test equipment and other electronic service manuals in PDF form? Try the nicely liad out and categorized site at EBAMAN www.ebaman.com/. Please note that registration is required, and there may be some issues with some mail accounts getting that to work, so read the entry page carefully. Created by Tomas Larsson in Sweden.
Looking for a really deep index of free PDF equipment and test gear manuals? SCHEMATICS UNLIMITED is an amazing variety of free manuals, schematics, parts info, code dumps and more. Very useful if you get stumped elsewhere, and all best of all, free.
Here's something VERY useful, downloadable Tektronix Catalogs from the early 50's to 1981. A real treasure trove of useful data, just CLICK HERE. It even includes some Telequipment manuals! Be careful, many of these PDFs are 1/4 Gb.
Have a look at the BOAT ANCHORS FAQ, which includes lots of contact info for old manuals (especially amateur radio gear), and good advice on how to restore older equipment. Good source for consumer equipment manuals that can be tough to locate.
Ed Matsuda, Generally by e-mail (preferred) or phone, very highly recommended by me personally. Has mainly Tek manuals and reprints, but also some HP and others. Usually needs at least one day to search and reply. You can also send regular mail to Ed, his address is:
P.O. Box 3728, Visalia, CA 93278.
Phone: +1 (559) 739-8489
Ed said we could include his E-MAIL Address for you, so here it is, just CLICK to email him. Say Hi for us.
AND, Where to get those Unobtainable HP Equipment Cables:
If you have gone insane trying to find the weird D-sub coax cables that interconnect 141T spectrum analyzers, 844x series tracking generators, 8501 and 8750 storage normalizers, well, ta da! You can now get brand new ones from George at GLK Instruments excellent quality and reasonable prices.