[lug] OT: Renting/Borrowing a TDR

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Fri Sep 26 13:45:41 MDT 2003

Nick Golder wrote:
> This is off-topic.
> Does anyone know where in the Boulder area that I can rent or borrow a
> Time Domain Reflectometer for testing copper?

Just for the "quick" answer... is RenTelco still in biz?  They used to 
be nation-wide... and they had darn near anything.  Weren't super cheap, 
but saved my butt in the field numerous times with DS1 and DS3 test gear 
when all of ours were already at another customer site or were broken.

(Ugggh... Sage DS1 test set.  Always reseating cards when they fell out 
inside.  Great test set though for it's day.)

TDR is a pretty generic term.  There are specific TDR's for different 
types of cable (RF, Cat-5/6, etc.).  They may quiz you a bit on what 
you're trying to test, or they may just make you give them a specific 
make/model of what test gear you're looking for.  I can't remember how 
they did it.

Nate Duehr, nate at natetech.com

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