4 GHz handheld spectrum analyser for field and lab use, from R&S

November 10, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Rohde & Schwarz has added a handheld spectrum analyser, featuring low weight and long battery life - the R&S Spectrum Rider. The instrument has a native frequency range of 5 kHz to 4 GHz: it can be purchased with 2 GHz upper limit, which is software-expandable. It offers solid RF performance and high accuracy, with large buttons and touchscreen.

The R&S Spectrum Rider assists users during RF transmitter installation and maintenance and also supports measurement tasks in RF development labs and in service. It offers high sensitivity of -160 dBm and measurement accuracy of typically 0.5 dB between 10 MHz and 3 GHz.

The frequency range of the R&S Spectrum Rider can be extended via software upgrades. 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.

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 R&S Spectrum Rider has been field-tested in line with MIL PRF 28800F Class 2 and comes with protected interfaces and ports.

The instrument is, R&S says, the first handheld spectrum analyser 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 analyser 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 R&S Spectrum Rider joins the company's Value Instruments portfolio, and is available from Rohde & Schwarz and distribution.

R&S; www.rohde-schwarz.com/ad/press/spectrum-rider