Yeah, I believe that about the 7T11/7S11 pair, Chuck; I have a 7S12 and a 7S11, with a couple of S-4 sampling heads and S-51 and S-53 for triggering. PITA to get them to display anything on the 7904! At some point, I will look for an 11800 series scope like the one I had at work a few decades ago. I don't remember any issues with triggering back then. And the SD-24 sampling head got top marks for pulse fidelity from PicoSecond Pulse Labs (sold to Tek in 2014, IIRC) back then. Just got to run the purchase by the finance committee (my wife)! She can't say anything about the space it takes up; I have that covered with a 19-inch rack next to my bench....
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From: "Chuck Harris" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 12/7/2020 9:32:49 AM
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Calibrating a PG506 w/o Sampling System
I do the PG506 calibration on a tek 11801C. It reveals
But, using a 7104 will only make things worse, best not
done. As Raymond says, a PG506 adjusted to a pretty
waveform on a 7104 looks like something you could spear
fish with on a 11801C.
The 7T11/7S11 pair is supposed to be adequate with the
proper sampling head, but I have never been able to get
such a pair to work reliably. It kind of drifts into
a measurement, and drifts out. I never found the problem
to be worth investigating. If someone wanted to, I am
sure that my 7T11/7S11 pair could be had for a reasonable
price... whatever that is these days.
Raymond Domp Frank wrote:
On Mon, Dec 7, 2020 at 05:17 PM, Jean-Paul wrote:
First of all: Unless the edge settings have been changed, it's probably not necessary to adjust them because your work hasn't influenced them. I certainly wouldn't touch them without the right equipment.
From transient CAL of 2467B, I can say its a tricky and iterative process, and
the correct gens and fixtures are essential.
You may get by with a 1 GHz digital scope but not the Chinese, HP, TEK or
OTOH, the transient response calibration of a PG506 is a very simple adjustment, *if* you have the right equipment and perform the procedure correctly: One capacitor for the positive edge (C1000) and one for the negative edge (C940); optimize overshoot for both. That's it. Capacitor refs. are for SM "Late Model": S/N B040000 up.
However, since you're adjusting a rise/fall time <= 1 ns (that's spec, in practice usually 700 ps or better), your 'scope (as a rule of thumb) needs to have a rise time of at most 20% of that: 200 ps. That means a BW for a 'scope with Gaussian behavior of at least 1750 MHz, about 1400 MHz with many digital 'scopes.
So, using a 1 GHz BW digital 'scope won't crack it: The edge may look fine on it but probably will have serious overshoot, which you won't see on your (too slow) 'scope.
In practice, I'd consider 2.5 - 3 GHz to be the minimum BW required, taking into account that actual rise/fall time of most units is about 700 ps.