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- How much of the signal is noise and whether the noise is changing with time.
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How to Use it
- The infinite variety of signals out there means you will never operate an oscilloscope the same way twice. Steps you can count on performing just about every time you test a circuit.
- Probe Selection and Setup
- First off, you will need to select a probe. For most signals, the simple passive probe included with your scope will work perfectly fine.
- Before connecting it to your scope, set the attenuation on your probe. 10X the most common attenuation factor is usually the most well-rounded choice. If youare trying to measure a very low-voltage signal though, you may need to use 1X.
- Connect the Probe and Turn the Scope On
- Connect your probe to the first channel on your scope, and turn it on. Have some patience here, some scopes take as long to boot up as an old PC.
- When the scope boots up you should see the divisions, scale, and a noisy, flat line of a waveform.
The screen should also show previously set values for time and volts per div. Ignoring those scales for now, make these adjustments to put your scope into a standard setup:
- Turn channel 1 on and channel 2 off.
- Set channel 1 to DC coupling.
- Set the trigger source to channel 1 no external source or alternate channel triggering.
- Set the trigger type to rising edge, and the trigger mode to auto (as opposed to single).
- Make sure the scope probe attenuation on your scope matches the setting on your probe (e.g. 1X, 10X).
Testing the Probe
Let s connect that channel up to a meaningful signal. Most scopes will have a built-in frequency generator that emits a reliable, set-frequency wave on the GA1102CAL there is a 1kHz square wave output at the bottom-right of the front panel. The frequency generator output has two separate conductors one for the signal and one for ground. Connect your probe ground clip to the ground, and the probe tip to the signal output.
As soon as you connect both parts of the probe, you should see a signal begin to dance around your screen. Try fiddling with the horizontal and vertical system knobs to maneuver the waveform around the screen. Rotating the scale knobs clockwise will zoom into your waveform, and counter-clockwise zooms out. You can also use the position knob to further locate your waveform.
If your wave is still unstable, try rotating the trigger position knob. Make sure the trigger is not higher than the tallest peak of your waveform. By default, the trigger type should be set to edge, which is usually a good choice for square waves like this.
Try fiddling with those knobs enough to display a single period of your wave on the screen.
Or try zooming way out on the time scale to show dozens of squares.