This counter has a 12 digit 7-segment LED display and what's important for me has an HP-IB computer interface. Measures up to 500 MHz without a plug-in. (Mine measures over 600 MHz at power levels as low as -21 dBm.) It also accepts an external reference between 1 and 10 Mhz. Has a noisy cooling fan and is a heavy 3 Unit high rack mount instrument.
Shortly after turn on the frequency of a 600.0 MHz input signal read high by about 3 Hz. After a few hours of warm up time the frequency is reading low by 0.4 Hz. i.e. 6E-10 error, not bad.
Note that there is no need for adding a 5253A Plug in to the 5345 counter, it will count to over 500 MHz without any plug ins.
Note that the plug ins for the 5345 are larger than those for the 5245 so a 10590A Plug-in adapter is needed.
OperationThis counter has phenomenal resolution! It turns out that internally there are two counters going all the time and the display is calculated by doing math on them. When making a time interval measurement you would not think that the Gate Time control would not have any meaning, but that's not the case. If you are measuring a short time interval, say 1 micro second and set the gate time to 10 micro seconds then the counter will make repeated measurements until the accumulated gate time exceeds the selected gate time, effectively averaging readings and extending the resolution. It's more awkward than a simple averaging type selection, but provides fantastic resolution. You can see femto seconds this way.
I think the sequence for small engineering prefixes is:
<base unit> (E0), milli (E-3), micro (E-6), nano (E-9), pico (E-12), femto (E-15), atto (E-18).
HP Journal June 1974There were a number of new concepts introduced in the HP 5345 and these are covered in the June 1974 issue of the HP Journal.
My web page started Dec 2006 relating to frequency or Time Interval patents.
Mainframe counter, Hewlett-Packard Model 5345A (NSN 4931-01-039-4040);
Frequency Plug-In, Hewlett-Packard Model 5257A (4931-01-040-1492);
Video Plug-In, Hewlett-Packard Model 5261A (4931-01-040-1493);
Frequency Plug-In, Hewlett-Packard Model 10590A (6625-00-544-3971),
Frequency Plug-In, Hewlett-Packard Model 5355A (6625-01-111-1074) AND
Video Amplifier Hewlett-Packard Model K87-59992A (6695-01-129-0246)
11 March 1983, 72 pages
Calibration Procedure for Frequency Counter, Hewlett-Packard Model 5345A AND 5345A/E28
- 0-1267A/USM-207 is a 1 MHz oscillator that plugs into the back of the accessory slot and provides a good timebase for all the counting functions.
- CV1921A/USM-207 is a Frequency Converter that permits measurement of frequencies up to 500 MHz (5253A)
- HP 5251A frequency converter 20-100MHz
- HP 5252A prescaler DC-350MHz
- HP 5253A frequency converter 50-500MHz
- HP 5253B frequency converter 50-512MHz
- HP 5254A frequency converter 300MHz-3GHz
- HP 5254B frequency converter 200MHz-3GHz
- HP 5254C frequency converter 150MHz-3GHz
- HP 5255A frequency converter 3.0-12.4GHz
- HP 5256A frequency converter -7 dBm to +10 dBm 8-18GHz + prescaler 1-200MHz
- HP 5257A transfer oscillator 50MHz-18GHz
- HP 5258A sensitive prescaler 1-200MHz
- HP 5261A 40 dB gain video amplifier plugin 10Hz-50MHz down to 1 mv inputs
- HP 5262A time interval plugin, 100ns resolution
- HP 5263 A - Time Interval unit - with start & stop inputs
- HP 5265A DVM plugin for 5245
- HP 5267A time interval plugin, 12ns resolution, for 5245
- HP 5268A frequency multiplier plugin for 5245
- HP 5355A Automatic Frequency Converter extends the coverage to 1.6 Ghz
- HP 5356 series heads go up to 110 GHz but need the 5355A to work
USM-207() NSN 6625-00-911-6368These had Nixie tube displays and had a single plug in slot that would accept a number of accessories. Measures up to 100 MHz without a plug-in. This is different from the 5245 counter.
page created 19 April 2003