Need help to set up an RF microwave lab

#1

Dear all,

I’m in the process of setting up an RF and microwave lab and need to build the lab from scratch basically. We even do not have toolboxes in the lab. I have already purchased big items such as VNA, Oscilloscope,… however I have not purchased small items. Could you please recommend me a few items that I need to buy for such a lab, anything as simple as wire strippers, resistor book,… will be helpful. I just wanna have the lab up and running,

I very much appreciate all your help,

Best regards

#2

One idea you may want to look at is the items in the Instalab kit.

https://www.digikey.com/en/blog/digi-key-instalab-helps-you-create-the-future-of-electronics-design

InstaLab Contents

Manufacturer Part Number Description Buy Now
WAVEACE1002-ND O-SCOPE 60MHZ 2 CH 500MS/S Buy Now
BK4053B-ND FUNCTION GENERATOR 10MHZ LCD Buy Now
T0053250699N-ND WS81 SOLDER STATION 230V Buy Now
BK1671A-ND PWR SUP 0-30VDC/12VDC/5VDC 0-5A Buy Now
290-1987-ND DMM HANDHELD 3.75D LCD BAR GRAPH Buy Now
1742-1246-ND VOLTAGE DETECTOR CAT IV 600V Buy Now
290-1957-ND CALIPER 6" ELECT DGTL STEEL Buy Now
82-124-ND 97SC 400 2% .032DIA 20AWG Buy Now
CQNTRM-ND FLUX REMOVER (NON-FLAMMABLE) IN Buy Now
431-1006-ND SCREWDRIVER SET PHIL/SLOT 7PC Buy Now
16-1294-ND PROBE SET MULTI TIP STN STEEL Buy Now
243-1056-ND TWEEZER ASSORT 2A 3C OO AA 5 7 Buy Now
3M156004-ND 33+SUPER-3/4X20FT Buy Now
PA1123-ND GRIPP 10&20 CUTTER/STRIP BUNDLE Buy Now
243-1191-ND EYE LOUPE 20X Buy Now
BKPB-83E-ND EXT PWRD BREADBOARD 830 TIE-PNT Buy Now
1568-1358-ND HOOK-UP WIRE ASSORT STRAND 22AWG Buy Now
PCB-RULER-ND PCB-RULER-12INCH Buy Now
R-1220MLLBLACKF-ND CASE PLSTC BLK 28.31"L X 22.33"W Buy Now
16-1235-ND MAT PORTABLE W/WRISTSTRAP 18X22 Buy Now
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#3

thanks a lot for the advice

#4

I bought the 243-1056-ND tweezer assortment a year or so ago and they are excellent quality tools, I highly recommend them. Digi-Key also has the same set for a couple dollars less in plain stainless steel, but I think the colored coating on the handles makes them easier to handle and much easier to find the desired size/shape while working at the assembly microscope.