ven. 20 avril 2018

HP8662A Synthetized Signal Generator - Part 3

This is the part 3 on my series about my HP 8662A Signal Generator, and is about the third main problems I found with this unit, as evocated in part 2: Error 04 is lit and there are some very unpleasant spectrums at some frequencies.

Low Fequency Section

If the …

jeu. 12 avril 2018

HP8662A Synthetized Signal Generator - Part 2

This is the part 2 on my series about my HP 8662A Signal Generator. After fixing the PSU, several more problems needed to be addressed:

  • a few sloppy keys on the keypad,
  • the know did not work at all,
  • and more importantly, some very unpleasant spectrums at some frequencies (covered …

sam. 24 mars 2018

HP8662A Synthetized Signal Generator - Part 1

I recently pulled an HP 8662A I bought a while ago from my cellar. I don't remember exactly in what condition it was advertized when I purchased it, but it was most probably advertized as non working (otherwise it would have been cheap enough, more, what the fun in buying …

mar. 03 janvier 2017

HP3562A Dynamic Signal Analyzer

One of my old test gears waiting for my attention in the cellar was a HP 3562A Dynamic Signal Analyzer. Back then I bought this device mainly for doing audio analysis (I was building my HiFi system, mostly based on Nelson Pass' schematics), mainly to display spectrum responses and compute …

mar. 03 janvier 2017

HP3562A Dynamic Signal Analyzer - Part 2

This is the part 2 of the series about my HP 3562A Digital Signal Analyzer, quickly describing the Digital Section of the instrument.

Digital Section

The unit is quite capable, since the main CPU is a 68000 (not exactly of small CPU for the time).

The 8 boards are:

  • A1 …

mar. 03 janvier 2017

HP3562A Dynamic Signal Analyzer - Part 3

This is the part 3 of the series about my HP 3562A Digital Signal Analyzer, quickly describing the Analog Section of the instrument.

Analog Section

The analog section consist in 6 boards:

  • A30: Analog Source
  • A31: Trigger
  • A32, A34: Input ADCs
  • A33, A35: Input

Analog Source

This board is mainly …

mar. 03 janvier 2017

HP3562A Dynamic Signal Analyzer - Part 4

This is the part 4 of the series about my HP 3562A Digital Signal Analyzer, quickly describing the HP 1345A Digital Display unit as well as the repair I had to do on it.

Display

The display unit is a HP1345A Digital Display without the option 714 (wich adds a …

mar. 22 novembre 2016

HP 3456A Digital Voltmeter

A very long time ago, I bought a venerable HP 3456A Digital Voltmeter. Back then, I had no clear idea what kind of device it is; but it was cheap. It worked quite fine (it is indeed not calibrated), but I noticed for a while that it was quite unstable …

dim. 18 septembre 2016

HP 34970A Data Acquisition Unit - communication protocol

In order to build a replacement display for the HP34970A data acquisition unit, I needed to understand the communication protocol between the CPU board and the front panel assembly.

General description

The unit is built with four boards:

  • A1 is the main bard, with the PSU, the main controller and …

sam. 17 septembre 2016

HP 34970A Data Acquisition Unit - part 4

After a summer pause, I'm back on my HP34970A replair project. In the previous post in this series, I've started to reverse ingineer the serial protocol between the CPU board and the fonrt panel, and implement a prototype of replacement display.

OLED display

I bought the bigest OLED display I …

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