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Offline BFX

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Agilent 53181A
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:35:07 am »
Hello together,
I bought this counter as broken. Luckily when it arrived it took me 15minutes to repair  :-+ (broken PCB see photos)

What's the problem  >:D
I would like to buy 3Ghz options and there are 3 type on eBay actually.
The old one which is known for a long time
https://www.ebay.com/itm/3GHz-Channel-3-Option-for-HP-Agilent-53131A-53132A-53181A-counters-030-DIY/253972346615?hash=item3b21ee76f7:g:glcAAOSwGDZbZ19W:rk:9:pf:0

and two new
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Compatible-53131A-53132A-53181A-Option-030-3GHz-Frequency-Counter-F-HP-Agilent/113409537838?hash=item1a67bc372e:g:U2YAAOSwyUFb~9hp:rk:1:pf:0

https://www.ebay.com/itm/3GHz-Channel-3-Option-for-HP-Agilent-53131A-53132A-53181A-counters-HPO-030-N/332836434103?hash=item4d7e98f0b7:g:L0QAAOSw~SNbTuL5:rk:5:pf:0


Do you have some experience with those two?
I saw there is also 5GHz/12.4GHz  options for this counter and from the pictures I see this Chinese  one is able to go to minimum 4.2GHz(from picture).

What do you think ...which one? 
« Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 05:15:02 pm by BFX »
 

Offline coromonadalix

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Re: Agilent 53181A
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2018, 10:54:53 pm »
nice repair, but i would have done it slightly different,  the small pcb trace may or will fail eventually due to the bnc stress on the front panel,   hot glue wil never be strong enough to prevent that mechanical stress, i would have put an kinda loose wire up to the smt capacitor  if the pcb want to separate again ???

Or maybe use some kind of bracket maintained by the frame nearby ???  not sure if thoses bnc square casing was solderable ???
 
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Offline JKKDev

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Re: Agilent 53181A
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2018, 11:37:10 pm »
You could also use some epoxy and some fiberglass mesh to reinforce and reconnect the small chunk to the main part. You should probably rough up the surface where the epoxy will be contacting the pcb first. I'd also use a flexible electrical connection (aka a wire :P) as solder is somewhat fragile when it comes to mechanical stresses. Just a suggestion :)
 

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Re: Agilent 53131A/53132A/53181A 3GHz option
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2019, 06:21:12 am »
Reviving this thread because I have the same question: Which of the three 3GHz options makes the most sense? They are still all available on EBay ranging in price from $40-80 and it's hard to tell the difference from just looking at the pictures. Anyone have experience with one of the models?
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Re: Agilent 53181A
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2019, 06:27:56 am »
I don't have a 53132A anymore but added a 3 GHz option to one when I had them. I used the BG7TBL model and it met the gain specifications of the proper HP option. Which makes sense as it looks like a copy. I liked the idea that it worked as well as the original.
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Offline Ordinaryman1971

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Re: Agilent 53181A
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2019, 01:32:08 am »
I think I have three of those options. I have original HP one, and I have two of Chinese ones. They all work fine.
Get the cheapest one notice though that it doesn't come with the BNC connector so you have to get it separately.
Do you have ovenized  TXCO in yours installed?
 

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Re: Agilent 53181A
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2019, 02:50:43 am »
Do you have ovenized  TXCO in yours installed?

No, I will feed it from GPSDO or rubidium if I need the accuracy.
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Re: Agilent 53181A
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2019, 11:25:33 am »
The BG7TBL add-in board in TheSteve's old 53132A is still working to spec.
 


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