[time-nuts] The future of Telecom Frequency Standard surplus

Jerry Hancock jerry at hanler.com
Wed May 31 20:53:34 EDT 2017

Tom, Another question is will the surplus equipment have the same value to the hobbyist?  I have a lot of old gear like spectrum analyzers, scopes, signal generators, etc that was outdated and sold for cheap.  I keep wondering if the same economics will apply to the equipment that is for instance, currently selling for 40k, 50k or even higher, meaning will it drop to pennies on the dollar like I paid for my 8566B?  For some reason I don’t think it will.  If it does, it will be because some board that is impossible to repair went to smoke.

> On May 31, 2017, at 8:47 AM, Tom Knox <actast at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I think many of us Time-Nuts have played with the wide range of frequency standards surplussed from the Telecom market.
> My questions is, will the quality of future surplus offerings go up or down as 4G and in the more distant future 5G surplus Frequency Standards hit the market? It seems with higher data rates stability and phase noise demands will increase, but will other advances find ways around the expense of a high end Frequency Standard. I know some early telecom systems even want as far as Cesium Standards, but more robust network tolerances seems to have reduced the need for that level of performance. So which way are we headed?
> Any thought? I imagine some members are actually involved in design and implementation of the next generation telecom technologies and will have direct knowledge.
> Thanks;
> Thomas Knox
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> actast at hotmail.com
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