EMRFD Message Archive 1943
Message Date From Subject 1943 2008-08-14 13:39:15 wk73ch portable Spectrum analyzer I followed the discussions in QST and EMRFD about homemade spectrum
analyzers and would like to own such a unit. But, as I am a slow
builder, by the time, I would finish such a SA, I would be a
Methusalem at least. So I look for other options: Have you looked at
http://www.tti-test.com/psa/rf-spectrum-analyzer.htm and may be, do
you have practical experience with such a unit ?
Thank you for your advice and comments
73 Werner, HB9BNK
1944 2008-08-14 15:13:10 Wes Hayward Re: portable Spectrum analyzer Hello Werner,
I have looked at the on-line information on this and similar spectrum
analyzers. This one looks like it would be a wonderful instrument,
and the price looks like it is within reason for a new instrument.
That is, it is a lot of money, but the approximately 1200 Euros is
probably reasonable. I have no direct experience with this
With this amount of money, I would be tempted to look for some second
hand instruments. A lot of good stuff shows up on EBay and I'm
sure that most is just as advertised. I have friends who have
obtained some great instruments through EBay.
Another thing to keep in mind is a software based spectrum analyzer.
Some of the digital oscilloscopes include a built in FFT routine that
will provide a readout. This is often quite useful. You can also
do wonderful things with a computer sound card, a mixer, and a signal
source. This is covered in EMRFD Chapter 7.
If you purchase a spectrum analyzer, you will miss out on the fun and
education that come with constructi
1947 2008-08-15 08:35:37 wk73ch Re: portable Spectrum analyzer hello Wes,
thank you very much for your comments. I have also received a comment
from a german om DL7LA, which has worked with the unit: it is fine for
work in the field but less convenient for lab work.
For a similar amount of money there are indeed units on ebay for
instance a Anritsu MT8801B containing a spectrum analyzer. I will look
further into this ... Of course, having built a SA one self, trouble
shooting would be easier.
I have in fact built the block converter from EMRFD, also the power
meter and at the current time I am working on the 17m XCVR from
chapter 11. Your book looks pretty worn out here - it is really excellent.
Thanks and 73
1956 2008-08-15 23:47:15 jr_dakota Re: portable Spectrum analyzer 1957 2008-08-16 06:51:39 wb7dmx Re: portable Spectrum analyzer 1960 2008-08-16 14:49:07 ehydra Re: portable Spectrum analyzer Where do you find it for this price?
1961 2008-08-16 15:30:13 bob bailey Re: portable Spectrum analyzer I got mine from here, it only took 6 days to get here from Beijing.
they are down right now because of the Olympics but will so