[time-nuts] OT favorite signal generator?

Chuck Harris cfharris at erols.com
Fri Jun 19 15:48:35 UTC 2009

Robert Darlington wrote:
> As John Miles said, no HP signal generator should produce a distorted output
> at low level.  My Tektronix does!

It depends on how they lower the signal level.  If the signal level is
lowered using a traditional attenuator, the distortion will be unchanged,
but if the signal level is lowered by biasing a pin diode attenuator, or
by changing the bias on a gain stage, it will change the distortion all
over the place.

Basically, if there is a pot to adjust the signal level, you can
expect the distortion to change too.  If there is a selector switch
like mechanism, the distortion will probably not be affected.

-Chuck Harris

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