[time-nuts] Timelab & Agilent 53230a

Magnus Danielson magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Tue Jul 8 18:14:43 EDT 2014


On 07/08/2014 10:49 PM, David Tang wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> This may be a rookie question...  I am trying to measure phase noise using Timelab and Agilent 53230a but I get a "This plot contains xDEV/phase/frequency data only -- no phase noise or AM noise records".  I tried the following settings and other variations but still get the same result.  Can someone point me to how to measure PN with a 53230a?  Thank you very much for your time.
> In Time Lab
> Measurement:  Phase noise
> Acquire from HP 53220A/53230a at specified IP address
> Data Type:  Time Interval  (also tried Frequency)
> Input Frequency:10e6
> Scale Factor 1.0
> Bin Density 29
> Bin Threshold: 4
> Trace History:1
> Trace Duration: 10 min
> On the Counter
> Period
> Auto (also tried Continuous)

Have to break it to you, you can't make phase-noise measurements using 
TimeLab that way. You either have to have a TimePod or similar to get 
the phase-noise record.

The 53230A will just provide you with time-records. You want to use the 
time-interval measurement for that.


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