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HP Agilent 8935/E6380A questions

Question asked by KC8QVO on Oct 20, 2011
Latest reply on Oct 28, 2011 by tabbott
This is my first post here and I am diving in to my first service monitor. I got an HP Agilent 8935/E6380A. It is still in transit so I haven't powered it up yet.

A couple of questions -
The screen looks nice and bright but how good is the resolution? Is there anything that it won't resolve to an acceptable level?
Is there a way to run it through a computer? Is software easily attainable?
Is there a way to input modulation to the RF generator (digital, analog - audio)?
What kinds of programs (if any) would be useful for this unit? I suppose that would depend on what all I am trying to do... but ideas anyway?
Why is there a frequency gap between 1.0 and 1.7gHz? In other words, it won't monitor the GPS band around 1.5gig.

I am sure I will be in for a lot of learning. I hope I made a good purchase. I am a Ham and would like to get some decent test equipment, but I also work with RF in my career and need better tools.

Steve, KC8QVO