[time-nuts] Question concerning failure and value of HP 5371A

xaos xaos at arachne.darksmile.net
Fri Oct 14 18:32:41 EDT 2005

You might have a bad battery in there.
Sometimes these things save the configuration in
battery backup-ed RAM.


> Hello everybody, 
> my name is Arnold, located in southern Germany, and I am quite new 
> joining this very interesting group - I got as well the fever of precise timing, 
> reading all you comments lot of months back - and learning a lot from all 
> your knowledge and experiences. 
> I am collecting already some nice counters and oscillators, OCXOs and 
> Rb-types. My target is to build a very stable and precise frequency standard 
> applying gps.
> Now I have the possibility to get (perhaps) a time interval counter 
> hp 5371A in very nice condition, but with a small black point:
> When switching on it indicates:
>  " Instrument setup lost, Reset to default, Saved Configurations lost. 
> Press any key to continue".
> Is that a severe problem? 
> Is such equipment a 'must' for serious working?
> What is about the value for such a device, more than 600, 1000 ore 
> more $ ?
> Thank you at the moment in advance, 
> I am sure that I will have to ask you in future more questions, if 
> allowed.
> Best regards from the Lake Constance,
> Arnold, DK2WT
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