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Any chance of adding 85055A N verification kit support to N9923A?

Question asked by drkirkby on Sep 29, 2012
I own an Agilent N9923A, which is somewhere between Malasia and the UK, so I should get it next week. I also own an old HP 85055A verification kit, which is still sold and supported by Agilent

http://www.home.agilent.com/en/pd-1000000593%3Aepsg%3Apro-pn-85055A/verification-kit-type-n

which supports the 8510, 8719, 8720 and PNA series of network analyzers. 

Is there any chance the firmware of the N9923A could be updated to support the 85055A? 

I bought the verification kit to use with my 8720D, but if it could be used with the N9923A, then that would be a bonus. Given instruments like the Fieldfox are likely to get knocked around a bit (perhaps dropped), it would make sence if there was a way to verify their performance from time to time in a lab. Using the N verification kit seems like the most sensible way, but I assume that would require an update to the firmware. 

I *believe* someone told me on this forum that if the 85055A was returned for recalibration, data could be put on a USB stick for a PNA as well as a floppy for my 8720D. So if Agilent will calibrate it and put data on a USB stick, there seems to me no reason the FieldFox could not read that data to verify it's performance. 

Dave

Edited by: drkirkby on Sep 29, 2012 7:47 PM  

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