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Turn your Oscilloscope into a Reflectometer

Turn your Oscilloscope into a Reflectometer
If you're not familiar with transmission line theory, a reflectometer will probably seem like some sort of magical device to you. But using one, you can find out automatically how far a fault is from one end of a cable, without having to physically access the spot. The little circuit described in this article does a good job compared to expensive test gear.
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Gerber file

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Component list

R1 = 15kOhm
R2 = 150Ohm
R3-R7 = 220Ohm
R8 = 22Ohm
R9 = 47Ohm
C1 = 10nF
C2 = 220?F 16V
C3 = 22nF
C4 = 4nF7
C5 = 1nF
C6 = 220pF
C7 = 47pF
D1 = 1N4004
D2 = 1N4148
IC1 = 74AC14 (Farnell # 1014022)
J1 = BNC connector
J2 = DC supply adaptor socket
K1,K2,K3 = 2-way pinheader
S1 = 5-way rotary switch, Lorlin type PT6422/BMH (Farnell # 1123675)

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