[time-nuts] OT: HP 8590A

Joseph Gray jgray at zianet.com
Sat Feb 20 00:38:50 UTC 2010

Since the list members are familiar with lots of test equipment, I'd
like to ask what the folks here think about the HP 8590A Spectrum
Analyzer. Is this model ok? Are there any particular failures I should
be aware of in this 20+ year old equipment?

I have a chance to buy one locally. The only option is has is GPIB. I
took a preliminary look at it and it passes the simple test/cal
procedure from chapter 1 of the Ops manual. This model only goes to
1.5GHz, but would still be useful for Amateur use. I do wish it would
go up to 3GHz, however. I have never owned a spec an, but am somewhat
familiar with their usage.

Thanks for the input.


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