[time-nuts] Getting GPIB to work on HP5382B Universal

Jerome Peters jpeters at nvidia.com
Wed Oct 14 01:01:26 UTC 2009

Hi Mark,

Thanks for your response, It is good to see that there are some solutions.  However ~$1,250 for the Base version of LabView is a bit steep for tinkering in the garage.  

So it sounds like the NI-Visa and the KE5FX gpib toolkit is all I need to get a graph of the frequencies measured?
Would the HP/Agilent version of Visa work as well?

Best Regards,

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Hello Jerome,

I use Labview with a NI GPIB card.

There are already data logging modules using the HP5328B for labview.

The code is easily modified and using labview you can debug by single step etc.

Even if you have access to an old ISA bus GPIB card only, you can set up a GPIB network server.

All you need is any old machine with an ISA bus and a network card.

You can then access your instruments via NI visa over the TCP/IP.

There is a ton of labview modules kicking around for nearly every instrument with a GPIB port.

There is even a labview module that runs a 5328B counter and a 59501A DAC to control a crystal oven!

Using NI-Visa, you can also run the KE5FX gpib toolkit which is provided by our very own John Miles.

The toolkit provides phase noise measurements among other things.

Best regards,

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I'd very much appreciate any help that I can get in setting up a HP5328B to communicate over GPIB.
The goal is to log/graph the frequency over time of various VFO's projects I'm working on.

I am using the Agilent 82357A USB to GPIB Interface, I have the manual for the counter, so I know some of the basic GPIB commands.
I've downloaded the Agilent IO Libraries Suite 15.5 and it looks like I can send simple commands to the counter, but I am not having any luck reading from the counter.

I'd like to use Visual Basic to send commands and receive the frequency measurements... but need some HP5328B specific libraries?

Thanks/Best Regards,

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