MWC2017: Cable and antenna analyser performs one-port measurements

Posted By : Mick Elliott
MWC2017: Cable and antenna analyser performs one-port measurements

When installing and maintaining mobile communications antenna systems, the key is to perform one-port measurements quickly and correctly the first time. The new handheld R&S Cable Rider ZPH cable and antenna analyser from Rohde & Schwarz has that capability. With its fast measurement speed, intuitive operation and long battery life, it is ideal for use in the field.

The instrument helps infrastructure manufacturers and network operators efficiently install and maintain the steadily increasing number of mobile communications antenna systems.

It offers a measurement speed of 0.3 milliseconds per data point and features a fast boot and warm-up time.

The analyser allows users to start taking fast measurements just over a minute after switching on the R&S Cable Rider ZPH. Moreover, there is no requirement for calibration due to temperature and frequency changes, which saves time.

Another time-saving feature is the use of the wizard function that guides users through measurements in easy-to-follow steps.

All settings and measurement steps can be preconfigured. Field technicians only need to execute the test sequences as shown on the display.

The wizard helps inexperienced field technicians to avoid operating mistakes when performing antenna and cable measurements.

Since there is no need to change settings manually for different measurements, the analyser reduces test time during installation and maintenance.

The R&S Cable Rider ZPH is ideal for use in the field. Thanks to its light weight of only 2.5 kilograms and a battery life of nine hours, users can handle a full day’s work without interruption.

Users will not be delayed due to the battery running down in the middle of a measurement. Furthermore, the analyser has a large colour touchscreen with familiar smartphone-like operation. For example, markers can be placed by double tapping signals on the display.

Extra-large, widely spaced keys allow easy handling even when the user wears heavy-duty work gloves.

The R&S Cable Rider ZPH base unit covers a frequency range from 2MHz to 3GHz. Extending the frequency range to 4 GHz is straightforward with the R&S ZPH-B4 option, which is enabled via a key code.



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