The sensor contains a current transformer for HF and a hall effect sensor for LF/DC components. The amplifier combines DC/LF and HF signals.
The AM503, introduced about a decade later, is a redesign of the P6042 with removable probes.
|Bandwidth||DC to 50 MHz (−3 dB)|
|Rise time||7 ns|
|Ranges||1 mA/div to 1 A/div (1–2–5) with scope in 50 mV/div|
|Output||to 50 Ω scope input at 50 mV/div|
|Maximum input||10 A DC+peak AC in 5 mA to 1 A ranges, 0.5 A in 1 mA and 2 mA ranges|
|Power||90-136 or 180-272 V, 20 W|
Locking the probe requires pushing past the resistance felt when the core almost closes. This engages a mechanism that firmly presses both core halves together, and extinguishes the "Probe unlocked" indicator.
The P6042's core halves are precision lapped and potted with epoxy. They have Mu-metal screening. The lower (fixed) core also contains the Hall element. Unfortunately, the P6042 probe is quite sensitive mechanically, and in many units offered for sale, the cores are damaged.
The amplifier front-end is constructed using a 156-0014-00 differential amplifier integrated circuit, labelled "M18", which cross-references to a long-obsolete Teledyne "831-BE". Jim Williams' Applicaion Note 61 contains a replacement circuit using LT1228 opamps (page 19).
- $525 in 1967 (~$5,500 in 2022 Dollars)
- Service Scope 46, October 1967
- Tek P6042 page @ amplifier.cd
- Tek P6042 page @ barrytech.com
- Tek P6042 page @ radiomuseum.org
- P6042 repair by Fred, PA4TIM
- P6042 teardown @ EEtimes