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

Magnus Danielson cfmd at bredband.net
Fri Oct 14 18:41:12 EDT 2005

From: "Arnold Tibus" <Arnold.Tibus at gmx.de>
Subject: [time-nuts] Question concerning failure and value of HP 5371A 
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 00:21:38 +0200
Message-ID: <E1EQXxQ-0004Nl-Cc at febo.com>

> Hello everybody, 

Hi Arnold,

> 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 sure you are enjoying the discussion about GPS jammers on German nuclear
reactors? Just ponder a moment what that does to the time and frequency
industry... ;O)

> 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.

Welcome to the gang, you will find yourself at home quite soon I hope.

> 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?

You probably have a bad backup battery. That is easy enought to replace. To be

What you might want to do is to get the HP 5371A service manual of the Agilent

> What is about the value for such a device, more than 600, 1000 ore 
> more $ ?

Keep looking around, but they go in the range 600-1000 USD as I recall it.

> 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

Magnus - who was down to Münich for the Octoberfest

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