Perform Guided ECal using SCPI

This VBScript program performs a Guided ECal Calibration. While this example is good to use as a starting point for Guided ECal, the Guided comprehensive cal example has some advanced features that are not in this program.

The SCPI commands in this example are sent over a COM interface using the SCPIStringParser object. You do NOT need a GPIB connection to run this example.

This VBScript (*.vbs) program can be run as a macro in the PNA. To do this, copy the following code into a text editor file such as Notepad and save it on the PNA hard drive as Guided.vbs. Learn how to setup and run the macro.

' Performing a 2-port cal (Ports 1 and 2)
Dim app
Dim scpi

' Create / Get the PNA application.

Set app = CreateObject("AgilentPNA835x.Application")
Set scpi = app.ScpiStringParser

' Specify the DUT connectors
' (for each connector of your DUT, one of the ECal module's ports must have
'  that same connector, or else you cannot achieve the cal using that module).

scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:conn:port1 ""APC 3.5 female"" "
scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:conn:port2 ""APC 3.5 male"" "

' Note: If your PNA has more than 2 ports, you would need to uncomment
' one or both of these next two lines, to explicitly specify this is
' just a 2-port cal.
'scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:conn:port3 ""Not used"" "
'scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:conn:port4 ""Not used"" "

MsgBox "Connectors defined for Ports 1 and 2"

' Specify ECal modules

scpi.Parse "sens:corr:coll:guid:ckit:port1 'N4691-60004 ECal'"

scpi.Parse "sens:corr:coll:guid:ckit:port2 'N4691-60004 ECal'"

' Non-factory characterizations are specified as follows:

'scpi.Parse "sens:corr:coll:guid:ckit:port2 'N4691-60004 User 1 ECal'"

' When two or more ECal modules with the same model number are connected

' also specify the serial number as follows:

'scpi.Parse "sens:corr:coll:guid:ckit:port2 'N4691-60004 ECal 01234'"

' When Disk Memory ECal user characterizations are used,

' specify both the User char and the serial number as follows:

'scpi.Parse "sens:corr:coll:guid:ckit:port2 'N4691-60004 MyDskChar ECal 01234'"

MsgBox "Cal kits defined for Ports 1 and 2"

' Initiate the calibration and query the number of steps

scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:init"
numSteps = scpi.Execute("sens:corr:coll:guid:steps?")
MsgBox "Number of steps is " + CStr(numSteps)

' Measure the standards

For i = 1 To numSteps
step = "Step " + CStr(i) + " of " + CStr(numSteps)
strPrompt = scpi.Execute("sens:corr:coll:guid:desc? " + CStr(i))
MsgBox strPrompt, vbOKOnly, step
scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:acq STAN" + CStr(i)

' Conclude the calibration

scpi.Execute "sens:corr:coll:guid:save"
MsgBox "Cal is done!"

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edited for ECal options