Handheld spectrum analyzer targets lab and field use

November 09, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
The Spectrum Rider handled specrtrum analyser from Rohde & Schwarz assists users during RF transmitter installation and maintenance and also supports measurement tasks in RF development labs and in service. With its high sensitivity of -160 dBm and measurement accuracy of typically 0.5 dB between 10 MHz and 3 GHz, the analyser offers class-leading RF performance.

The frequency range of the Spectrum Rider can be extended via software upgrades - a feature unrivaled in this instrument class. The base model covers the frequency range from 5 kHz to 2 GHz, which can be expanded to 3 GHz or 4 GHz to support applications that require higher frequencies such as measuring radio signals above 2 GHz or signals above 3 GHz in TD LTE bands.

Rohde & Schwarz has optimized the Spectrum Rider for mobile use. The battery of the lightweight unit (2.5 kg) lasts up to eight hours, making it the only instrument of its kind capable of working a full day without recharging. The backlit keypad allows users to work in the dark, and the non-reflective display supports a daylight mode for good readability in direct sunlight. The handheld analyser has been field-tested in line with MIL PRF 28800F Class 2 and comes with protected interfaces and ports.

The instrument claims to be the first handheld spectrum analyzer to offer a large format capacitive touchscreen that enables lab users to easily and intuitively adjust settings such as frequency, span and reference level and to set markers. Its large buttons and practical multifunction wheel also make it easy to operate with gloves in outdoor environments. The handheld spectrum analyzer can be remotely controlled via USB and LAN. A built-in measurement wizard automates measurements, reducing measurement times and enabling even novice users and operators with little RF expertise to reliably carry out measurement tasks. Settings and results are saved to a 32 Gbyte microSD card.

The Spectrum Rider, which comes with a number of convenient options, is a handy tool for users in diverse industries. Available options include, for example, peak and average power measurements. The instrument will appeal to field technicians and lab engineers alike, as it supports everyday measurement tasks in aerospace and defense, wireless communications and broadcasting, and at regulatory authorities.

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