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spectrum analyzers

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Rick, Jul 15, 2003.

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  1. Rick

    Rick Guest

    I have been thinking about adding a spectrum analyzer to my home lab. I
    think the ideal model would be an HP8568B. I know this is an old model, but
    I get the impression that it was one of the better SAs of yesteryear. Does
    it still have any support from HP/Agilent and if not, are there any high
    failure custom ICs no longer available like in the 246x tek scopes? I could
    go for a tek plugin for my 7104 scope (like a 7L13 or something) but I am
    not sure if that would be a better route. Other options are something like
    a tek 492 or 496, or an HP8591 or something older, like a 141T with
    pluggins. I would rather pay more now in money than frustration later, but
    there is a it $3000 or so.

    Thanks for any tips,

  2. Jim Yanik

    Jim Yanik Guest

    With respect to TEK spectrum analyers,if they are listed as 'obsolete',you
    are not going to get ANY parts support from them,period.TEK has just about
    departed from selling spectrum analyzers(TEK-made),as the majority of TEK's
    product line is another company's product.The TEK 2711,12,14,15 were the
    last SA's made -by- TEK,AFAIK.

    And for 7K mainframe SA's,I personally preferred the 7L12 over the 7L13.

    Most of the TEK SA's used custom hybrid front ends and LO's that are long
    unavailable except from parts units.(cannabalized parts)
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