Posts tagged ‘HP 5350B’

HP 5350B Backlight Upgrade

I got myself an HP 5350B microwave counter a couple of years ago and did a teardown of it. The backlight on the LCD is pretty weak and does not provide much contrast however. So I thought I would upgrade the backlight with a few white LEDs and see if I can make the display easier to read. Continue reading ‘HP 5350B Backlight Upgrade’ »

DS3232 Clock Frequency Calibration

DS3232 is an extremely accurate RTC with a guaranteed accuracy of 2.5 ppm (0 °C to 40 °C), which translates into an error of just 80 seconds over the course of a year under the worst case scenario. I had done a few projects using this chip before (you can read about them here). Continue reading ‘DS3232 Clock Frequency Calibration’ »

HP 5350B OCXO Repair

Last time, I did a teardown of an HP 5350B microwave counter. And as I mentioned in my teardown, the oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) did not appear to be working as the OVEN indicator would not go off even after hours of use but the counter appeared fully functional otherwise. So I decided to disassemble the crystal oven and see if this problem can be fixed. Continue reading ‘HP 5350B OCXO Repair’ »

HP 5350B Microwave Counter Teardown

Here is a teardown you do not see very often. I recently bought an HP 5350B 20 GHz microwave counter off eBay. HP 5350B uses harmonic heterodyne down-conversion technique to convert the microwave frequency into the range of its internal low frequency counter. It can measure frequencies from 10 Hz all the way up to 20 GHz via two separate inputs. Continue reading ‘HP 5350B Microwave Counter Teardown’ »