[time-nuts] Instrument BASIC

Jim Sanford wb4gcs at wb4gcs.org
Sat Feb 27 19:07:18 EST 2016


John:

I looked and found many implementations of TCL.
Which one is yours, and is there any documentation about using it to 
control instruments over HPIB?  Some of the links I looked at suggest it 
is a general purpose language.

BTW, I'm using an Ethernet to GPIB.  Love it!

Thanks & 73,
Jim
wb4gcs at amsat.org


On 2/27/2016 5:01 PM, John C. Westmoreland, P.E. wrote:
> Magnus,
>
> I used to be responsible for a couple of labs in the late 90's early 2000's
> where we had several of these.
>
> First - do you have this option installed:
> Add Agilent Instrument BASIC 1C2  ?
>
> We automated the VSA's using GPIB and TCL.  I jumped through some hoops to
> make the TCL library
> publicly available on SourceForge - and it is still there.  TCL is a basic
> like language for easy instrument
> control and worth looking at if you want this to be as easy as possible.
>
> I noticed there are some nifty GPIB to USB adapters available now.
>
> We ran 24/7 this way doing low noise analysis.
>
> Best Regards,
> John W.
> AJ6BC
>
>
> On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 8:06 AM, Magnus Danielson <
> magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org> wrote:
>
>> Fellow time-nuts,
>>
>> This is a little off the normal time-stuff, but I wonder if people just
>> happens to have some suitable input to give.
>>
>> I have a couple of HP89410A/89441A and would like to see if it would be
>> nice to see what could be done using the instrument BASIC. How would I be
>> able to enable or install it?
>>
>> Now, don't even bother to write comments about how you can do better using
>> software control from a PC with this and that tool, this is explicitly not
>> part of the question.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Magnus
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