[time-nuts] Neat toys on eBay for PN measurement

John Miles jmiles at pop.net
Wed Jul 4 11:13:54 EDT 2007

> Mark Kahrs wrote:
> Hey, why not buy a 11848A (160117841068) from the same seller?
> Only 2.6K$!
> Put that in your PN system...

I saw that, but (a) the 11729C already did enough damage to the exchequer,
and (b) I'm not clear on what an 11848A does for you if you don't have the
3048A system software.

I don't believe there is anything in the 11848A box that isn't also in the
11729C, and the 11729 has a lot of stuff (like the microwave downconverter)
that is not present in the 11848.  Maybe Rick K. or someone familiar with
the hardware can speak to that?

I already have a few hundred bucks in a 35601A (the 11848A equivalent from
the older 3047A noise-measurement system) that didn't turn out to be very
practical to mess with, so I'm leery of spending any more money than
necessary on equipment that can't be used without writing a lot of code and
adding yet more hardware.  One nice thing about the 11729 is that it has
front-panel buttons that correspond to all of its GPIB features, so I don't
*have* to write any code before I can try it out.

-- john, KE5FX

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