TEP's Evolving Business Model
Test Equipment Plus (TEP) started 1996 with the belief that providing quality used test equipment, at affordable prices to every customer, would drive growth and foster loyal customers. It did. Then in 2006, TEP expanded their focus by designing and manufacturing a color LCD display retrofit kit to answer the need for CRTs that were no longer available for the aging HP® 8566A, 8566B, 8568A, and 8568B spectrum analyzers. TEP also began offering a repair service for HP/Agilent/Keysight step attenuators. In 2007 TEP designed and began manufacturing another color LCD display retrofit kit to support the HP/Agilent 8560 series spectrum analyzers. At the same time, TEP also decided to play to their strengths, and began offering test equipment repair services, focusing only on HP/Agilent/Keysight spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, and signal generators.
During this same time, TEP designed and built their own 5dB 50GHz step attenuator die to ensure ongoing repair capability for Agilent 50GHz step attenuators. They also designed, and produced by contracting a semiconductor foundry to spin a GaAs wafer, TEP’s own 7 GHz 1 watt GaAs amplifier die, the TEP519B. The TEP519B die is still the only MMIC available to keep the Agilent 836xx line of microwave signal generators viable for ongoing aftermarket repair and support. The repair segment of TEP, even though it is small by choice, is now recognized in the RF and microwave test equipment repair industry as a world class operation.
The LCD kits were so well received that in 2009, TEP decided to design a compact, lightweight, and inexpensive spectrum analyzer. The goal was to provide an economical spectrum analyzer with unparalleled value compared to anything else on the market. TEP achieved that goal with the USB-SA44 spectrum analyzer which was introduced in February 2010, marking the birth of the Signal Hound line of test equipment.
Signal Hound’s latest innovation, the Signal Hound VSG25A, introduced 19 May 2015, is a USB-powered Vector Signal Generator (VSG) that operates from 100 kHz to 2.5 GHz with 100 MHz of modulation bandwidth. It has 18 preprogrammed modulations in the ASK, FSK, PSK, and QAM groups plus there is a pulse generator mode, multi-tone test patterns, noise power ratio test patterns, and arbitrary waveform generation included, all for $495 USD. Microwave Journal magazine endorsed the VSG25A with the distinction of being the Most Valuable Product (MVP) in their May 2015 issue, along with running a feature article about the VSG25A in the same issue.
We Are Also dba Signal Hound
TEP continued marketing the Signal Hound line of test equipment as a brand, until April 2014, when they also began doing business as Signal Hound. This established Signal Hound not just as a brand name, but also as a company.
The Signal Hound side of the business designs, manufactures, and distributes their own popular line of USB-powered spectrum analyzers and signal generators. Visit Signal Hound at their website, www.SignalHound.com.
Every TEP repair and all used parts sales have a 90-day warranty, with the exception of step attenuator repairs that all have a 1-year warranty. Every new part sold by TEP has a 1-year warranty.
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