HP 8018A SERIAL DATA GENERATOR
I bought this 'damaged' unit on eBay UK for £8. This is a dual channel 50MHz serial data generator with a 1024 bit memory capacity per channel. Word mode A&B, Data mode A&B, PRBS mode A only, Mixed mode A only. Option 001 HP-IB (not fitted), Option 002 Card Reader (connector available for punched cards!). The original cost was $3,475 in 1980. A Operating and Service Manual was downloaded.
Top view with cover removed
Bottom view with cover removed
The unit is in fairly good condition and needs a good clean-up. Some switches are damaged on the front panel. Hopefully, when I get round to repairing this unit it will provide some specific pulses that I need for another project.
Stripped down to assembly level and all cleaned-up. Of the 45 push-button switched, 6 have their plastic hoods broken. The Manual/Reset switch is broken.
The 'Line' power bulb is blown, replaced with a LED and resistor.
Replaced the Manual/Reset Switch. Tested the various data outputs and all ok.
About to start performance testing and found that Sections 3 to 7 are missing in the Manual. So need to find complete Operating and Service Manual.
After a long delay, still using the 8018A but no missing Manual Sections yet.