The kit is your 1.5GHz spectrum analyser + tracking generator.
Scene is repairs -
luckily not involving YIG oscillator. Yay, we found the dead capacitor in the Log-Amp.
Now trying to recalibrate..
We are using one of those AVO-style flexi grab probes,
the kind with two springy wires up a insulated spiral. You push the back plunger, and
the little grabby hooks spring out.
Probe is deep in circuit between mounted
boards, hanging in the hole in a test point tag. At this angle, the darn thing won't
release, so its a bit of a wiggle. Probe releases, and you see SMOKE!
is no way the adrenalin rush and that deep seated sick feeling will be avoided, but
lets not go all out panic. Can't smell it yet......huh....what is this !??
end of probe closely - plunger in - plunger out)
"Smoke" turns out to be little
puffs of proby rust dust, wot wafts upwards between boards when you work the plunger.
Dead ringer for smoke that - real panic - type crap. However harmless in the end, it
took a couple of mins to make all the emotionals go away.