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Operation; Operating Procedure; Operation With Pulse Input Signals3-1; Operation With High Impedance - HP AM-4380/U 5261A Technical Manual

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3-1.
MOLEL 5261A CONTROLS.
3-2.
Figure 3-2 indicates the functions of the
connectors, meter, and SENSITIVITY control on the
Model 5261A front panel.
3-3.

OPERATING PROCEDURE.

3-4.
The Video Amplifier plug-in unit is ac-coupled but
does not change any functions of the counter in which it
is installed.
Using the plug-in, period, multi-period,
frequency, totalizing, and ratio measurements can be
performed with input signals as low as one millivolt. Since
the measurements can be made with or without the
Video Amplifier installed, only frequency measurement is
illustrated in Figure 3 3.
procedures, see the Operating and Service Manual for
your Electronic Counter. Table 3-1 lists the frequency
resolution for all settings of the counter TIME BASE
control (Figure 3-3, item 3).
TABLE 3-1. Frequency Resolution
INPUT FREQUENCY = 11.1223344 Mc
TIME BASE
Setting
1 µs
1 µs
10 µs
.1 ms
1 ms
10 ms
.1 s
1 s
10 s
3-5.
OPERATION WITH PULSE INPUT SIGNALS.
3-6.
The Video Amplifier is designed to amplify
sinusoidal input signals.
can be amplified if the output signal is monitored to
ensure a satisfactory output to the counter.
signal at the OUTPUT
oscilloscope and set the Video Amplifier SENSITIVITY
control for a level which results in satisfactory counter

operation.

Because the output level meter is an
average-responding device, it will read low with a pulse
input signal.
Do not use the meter as an output level
indicator when amplifying pulses.
For other measurement
Counter Display
and Resolution
no display
11. Mc
11.1 Mc
11.12 Mc
11122. kc
11122.3 kc
11122.33 kc
11122. 334 kc
11122. 3344 kc
However, pulse input signals
Monitor the
50Q
connector with an
SECTION III
OPERATION
FIGURE 3-1. Input Impedance vs Input Frequency
3-7.
OPERATION WITH HIGH IMPEDANCE PROBE
3-8.
The (hp) 10003A 10:1 divider probe can be used
with the Video Amplifier. The 10:1 divider probe serves
to decrease the effects of resistive loading on the
external circuit at low frequencies.
probe, Video Amplifier sensitivity is decreased by 1 10.
As a result the maximum sensitivity of the Video Amplifier
is 10 mv.
3-9.

VIDEO AMPLIFIER INPUT IMPEDANCE.

3-10. As illustrated in Figure 3-1, Video Amplifier input
impedance decreases at higher frequencies.
This decrease is due to the capacitive loading effect of
the amplifier input Thus when a signal source of fixed
impedance is connected to the Video Amplifier INPUT, a
meter at the signal source will not indicate the correct
input level at the Video Amplifier. To avoid this error,
monitor the input level at the Video Amplifier input with an
RF Voltmeter such as the (hp) Model 411A to ensure a
satisfactory input level. The Video Amplifier input can
also be terminated in the signal source characteristic
impedance but at frequencies near 50 Mc capacitive
loading reduces the input impedance, the signal source
is no longer terminated in its characteristic impedance,
and a meter at the signal source is incorrect. Thus, the
simplest method of ensuring a satisfactory input to the
Video Amplifier is to monitor the signal level at the Video
Amplifier input.
3-1
Model 5261A
Section III
Paragraphs 3-1 to 3-10
When using the

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