[time-nuts] HP 5342A (18 GHz) vs 5352B (40 GHz) frequency counters

paul swed paulswedb at gmail.com
Fri Nov 21 17:29:53 EST 2014

David a free opinion and thats about what its worth.
The 5342 counter was a good counter but very old now.
I used to use the 5342s for satellite work and always wanted one for home.
But given its age circa 1980 I believe, maybe it works or not at all
I would simply go with the 5352b because at least there is some chance to
find parts if needed.
As I say not a great answer.

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 4:51 PM, Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) <
drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk> wrote:

> I am looking for a microwave frequency counter and won an auction for an 18
> GHz 5342A with the GPIB option today @ £200 (GBP). I have just paid for
> that.
> I also have the chance to get a 5352B 40 GHz counter for £500. That has
> GPIB as standard.
> In the short/medium term I don't see much use for a 40 GHz counter, but I
> am giving consideration to buying the 40 GHz and selling the 18 GHz one.
> I would be interested to know if anyone has any opinions on the relative
> merrits of the two counters.
> Neither of these counters have ovens,  but stability is not a major issue
> given they take a 10 MHz input. That said, foes anyone know if these take
> fairly common 10811A ovens? There is a chance I would use it in places
> where it would not practical to feed in 10 MHz.
> Dave
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