[time-nuts] HP5384A Freq Counter

Rick Karlquist richard at karlquist.com
Wed Jan 18 15:31:24 EST 2012


The 5386 is the really good counter in that genre.
I worked closely with its designer at the time.
Its prescaler is much better than the other models mentioned.

Rick Karlquist N6RK


Magnus Danielson wrote:
> Dear Rob,
>
> On 01/18/2012 11:45 AM, Rob Kimberley wrote:
>> I've seen one of these advertised, and wanted to know if any fellow Nuts
>> had
>> any experience.
>
> We have one at work, which we got as extra goodies when buying another
> instrument. It's a very basic counter which may be useful as such, but
> not very spectacular. Just the other day I adviced a colleague to use a
> HP5335A instead of the HP5384A for measurement work. It's like a 3 1/2
> digit DMM, they are good to know where you are, but if you want to do
> more qualitative measures, you sure want a better counter for that work.
>
> I still like my HP5335A despite having much more precise counters at
> hand. Having the C channel input, it beats the HP5384A in every aspect
> except size and weight.
>
> Cheers,
> Magnus
>
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