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How to do 8510B analyzer calibration with male ports and male standards

Question asked by igouzouasis on Nov 1, 2012
Latest reply on Mar 13, 2013 by Dr_joel
Hi all,

I'm currently using an HP 8510B network analyzer, with the 85052B 3.5mm calibration kit.
Unfortunately, Female (F) Load, F Open and F Short are missing, so i'm left with the male versions, along with the 3.5mm m-m, m-f, f-f adapters, sliding loads and gages.

1) Test ports have been extended by a ~4cm 90degrees angled rigid cable, with male 2.92mm (not sure about that) connector. How "good" is that in terms of loss, calibration and phase delay/noise? A calibration will diminish the drawbacks? Is it better to leave the manufacture version?

2) If i remove this 4cm cable, the test ports are 3.5mm male by manufacture. How can i perform solt calibration using the male standards?