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

Dave M dgminala at mediacombb.net
Fri Nov 21 19:13:22 EST 2014

Dr. Kirby,

The 5242A Option 001 (high stability) used a 10544 oscillator, which. IIRC, 
is electrically interchangeable with the 10811.
The 5352B Option 010 (high stability) uses the 10811 oscillator.

Dave M

Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) 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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