Test & Measurement

Handheld spectrum analyser adapts and grows to user needs

9th November 2015
Mick Elliott

The R&S Spectrum Rider from Rohde & Schwarz 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 -160dBm and measurement accuracy of typically 0.5dB between 10MHz and 3GHz.

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

Rohde & Schwarz has optimised the R&S Spectrum Rider for mobile use. The battery of the lightweight unit (2.5 kg) lasts up to eight hours, enabling it to work 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 instrument has been field-tested in line with MIL PRF 28800F Class 2 and comes with protected interfaces and ports.

The instrument is the industry’s 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.

The 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 spectrum analyser comes with a number of convenient options. These include 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 defence, wireless communications and broadcasting, and at regulatory authorities.

The instrument will make a debut at the productronica exhibition in Munich (November 10-13) in Hall A1, booth 375).


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