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Using E8358A PNA with a standalone sweep oscillator

Question asked by PavleM on Jul 2, 2007
Latest reply on Jul 3, 2007 by odanzy
Hello all,

I'm in charge of a microwave measurement lab course. For pedagogic purposes, one of our experiments has the students measuring S-parameters "manually", by feeding incident and reflected waves into R and A inputs of an old HP 8756A scalar network analyzer. In order to produce those signals, the 8756A controls the HP 8350B sweep oscillator using Sweep, Pos. Z Blank and Stop Sweep connections, as well as the GPIB bus.

I would like to know if same functionality can be achieved with our modern Agilent E8358A PNA, since it has A, B, R1 and R2 inputs, but no Sweep etc. connections at the back?