While digital scopes have
made great advances over the last 10 years or so, there is still a place for
capable analog scopes at reasonable prices. In this GW Instek model, we have a
scope with a foot in both camps but with many of the operating attributes of an
At first sight, the GRS-6032 looks quite conventional, as an
analog scope. It uses a conventional cathode ray tube and so it has quite a deep
case. Front panel measurements are 270 x 129mm while the overall depth is 410mm,
including the rear feet which double as power cord storage. The CRT screen is
102 x 85mm and it has a conventional graticule 10 divisions wide and eight
divisions high. Weight of the unit is 8.5kg.
On the front panel there are 11 knobs, four large and seven
small, and there are 28 pushbuttons, some of which have associated illuminated
legends. All of these light up in sequence as part of the scope's self-test
procedure when you first turn it on.
It is not until you start to use it that you realise that the
GRS-6032 is different from analog scopes in the past. It is also a CRT readout
scope in which the CRT text takes the place of much of the labelling on the
front panel controls.