[time-nuts] Flood of low end priced VNAs on FleeBay

Bob Bownes bownes at gmail.com
Thu Jun 3 15:29:55 UTC 2010

There are a couple of very nice VNA's that can be picked up in
assembled or kit form for < $500. The DG8SAQ and N2PK units both come
to mind.

On Thu, Jun 3, 2010 at 12:58 AM, jimlux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:
> J. Forster wrote:
>> VNAs are very expensive toys. I have an HP 8753 and was just outbid on a 6
>> GHz source assembly.  :((
>> Mine has a very complex multi-chip RF Hybrid that has a partial failure,
>> so it only goes to 3 GHz. That's a serious problem with modern high-end
>> microwave gear, if anything dies, you're prettry much screwed.
> Even something as old as an 8510 has the same problem.  It's not like you
> can get spare boards, assuming you can even figure which board is dead. Or,
> replace parts on the boards/modules.
> OTOH, for <3GHz, less than a kilobuck buys you a pretty impressive PC
> peripheral style VNA.  Yeah, not the performance of a modern PNA, but
> probably better than sweeper/141T or even an 8510 class box in some cases.
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