It all started when I wanted to calibrate my HP 53131A universal counter, which as it turns out probably has one of the crappiest and most disappointing standard oscillators ever put into a frequency counter, HP you should bow your head in shame….oh of course I forgot, a half reasonable oscillator is an “optional extra” when you by HP/Agilent – of course it is….anyway, on with the job at hand
If you have or want to play with an FE-5680A Rubidium Frequency Standard or an OSCILLOQUARTZ OCXO 8663-XS or a HP 53131A Counter or a Racal Dana 1999 counter or similar then this video will most likely be of interest what I am trying to get is a predicable and reliable frequency and standard for my home lab.
I guess I will let the video do the talking on this one….
Here are a whole bunch of useful links that relate to this video (there are many more too if you search around the web)
- FE-5680A Manufacturer Page
- The (very good) e-bay seller I mention in the video
- KO4BB"s Wiki
- A good document about the internals and programming a FE-5680A by Clint (KA7OEI)
- Another good source of information about programming a FE-5680A by Murray Greenman (ZL1BPU)
- A good FAQ about the internals and programming a FE-5680A by John Beale
- Some more info on the FE-5680A
- A teardown of an FE-5680A by Dave Jones EEVBlog
- An even deeper teardown of an FE-5680A by Mike @ MikesElectricStuff
- A simple interface board for an FE-5680A
- Stability and Performance Notes by John Miles, KE5FX
- |Information on some modifications of an FE-5680A by MMatthias
- Datasheet for OSCILLIQUARTZ OCXO 8663-XS
- Ian Johnston’s Racal Dana 1991 Frequency Counter Repair
Thanks to all of the authors and content creators for the above information. Thanks for watching.
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