[time-nuts] Downsizing dilemma, HP 3335A

paul swed paulswedb at gmail.com
Thu May 23 08:08:38 EDT 2013

It is unfortunate when the time comes to downsize. Even worse as time goes
by at least for me each piece of test equipment from HP seems to get
heavier. Must be dust building up inside. So as Ed says if you need that
fine grain resolution you need them.
But you are also running into the age thing in the gear and that there are
failures that creep in that are really a big problem to figure out.
Especially if some form of programmable logics involved.
Lastly sending them to the dumpster is the worst thing. But then the ole
reality really sets in selling packing and shipping the stuff.
I guess the good news is that today there is a lot of replacement gear that
will do reasonably well thats cheap respectively consumes little power and
can easily be controlled by usb so you don't have to actually stop

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 2:32 AM, ed breya <eb at telight.com> wrote:

> You don't save these kinds of synthesizers for high frequency coverage,
> but for their 10 to 11 digit frequency resolution. If you anticipate
> needing that, then of course they should be kept and fixed. The
> long-obsolete telecom standard connectors and ranges are pretty much
> useless - sacrifice that one first if you need parts for the others.
> If you need to justify keeping them, you can use them for practical
> everyday applications. For example, each one can store a telephone number -
> as long as the power doesn't go out.
> Ed
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