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Author Topic: Fluke 8520A GPIB Syntax Issue  (Read 1686 times)

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Fluke 8520A GPIB Syntax Issue
« on: 03-20-2017 -- 21:05:20 »
Programming an old Fluke 8520A in LabView. There is a basic driver, and I am able to get it operating on the bus. I am doing a simple program to use it with an RTD to plot air temperature. I am able to get it into temp mode. The meter does not have the /PRT option (so no Prog #15). I have to do it with Prog #11, which is the RTD mode. I can manually set the meter to read in Degrees F, but the syntax is not listed in the manual for how to do it on the GPIB bus. To manual set to Deg F, I type [SHIFT][PROGRAM][SELECT][.][1][DATA], then [1][1][.][2][DATA] and it goes to Deg F mode. There is no listed syntax for those steps via GPIB in any documentation.

To go into a setting, you type in a lengthy string which contains all the setting parameters. Program #11 is [P][1][1] for example (imbedded in a lengthy string that includes range, filter, reading rate, etc.  But no way to enter 11.2.

Anyone familiar with this particular set of syntax, I would appreciate your thoughts.  I am ending up doing my readings in Deg C, then once I export to Excel, doing a Deg C to Deg F conversion.
"I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind."
Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)
from lecture to the Institute of Civil Engineers, 3 May 1883


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