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Techniques for Precise Power Measurements in the Field
FieldFox Handheld Analyzers Education Series
Title: Techniques for Precise Power Measurements in the Field
Date: March 27, 2013
Presented by: Agilent Technologies
Sponsored by: Techni-Tool
Measurement of RF and microwave signal power is a fundamental test requirement during system installation, maintenance and troubleshooting. The capability and portability of the power-measurement system is critical to fast, repeatable and accurate measurements in the field. While traditional methods of measuring power often require a power sensor cabled to a separate meter or laptop, newer methods include high performance signal analyzers with built-in power measurement capability. These portable signal analyzers have comparable measurement accuracy and dynamic range to external power sensors. Also, these analyzers do not require any warm-up time and maintain the same level of measurement accuracy across the full frequency range and with changes in temperature.
This webcast explores the various types of power sensors and signal analyzers that can precisely measure signal power while operating under harsh conditions and remote locations. Power measurements include average, peak, peak-to-average, channel and ACPR. Measurement examples include signal types such as CW, pulsed and complex modulated waveforms. Accuracy and dynamic range comparisons between power sensors and signal analyzers, such as the FieldFox handheld analyzers, will also be discussed.
Who Should View this Webcast:
Field Service or Installation and Maintenance Managers, Engineers or Technicians in the wireless service, military, medical or regulatory agency areas who are responsible for operating or maintaining their communication infrastructure
Tom Hoppin, Business Development Engineer, Agilent Technologies
Tom started his working career as an electronic aviation technician in the US Marine Corps. After his service in 1973, he joined Hewlett-Packard as a manufacturing technician. During his career at HP, he moved from manufacturing to production engineering and was promoted to engineer in 1989. Since then, he has held a number of engineering and management roles at HP and Agilent, focused on test system design and spectrum analysis. Tom retired in 2009 and has returned to Agilent as a contract application engineer, helping to launch the new FieldFox handheld analyzers. Tom enjoys woodworking, cycling and sailing.