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Correlating Microwave Measurements between Handheld and Benchtop Analyzers

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FieldFox Handheld Analyzers Education Series

Title: Correlating Microwave Measurements between Handheld and Benchtop Analyzers

Date: July 24, 2013

Presented by: Agilent Technologies

Sponsored by: MetricTest


For the first time, technology breakthroughs have enabled high-performance measurement capabilities in a handheld analyzer. High-accuracy microwave measurements of spectrum, power and frequency can quickly be made using modern all-in-one analyzers with results that correlate to benchtop instruments to within hundreths of a dB. These handheld analyzers do not require any warm-up time and using built-in calibration and automatic alignment techniques will maintain this high level of measurement accuracy across the full frequency range of the instrument and under changing environmental conditions.

During this webcast, we will discuss the capabilities of modern handheld analyzers and we will show measurement comparisons between the handheld FieldFox and several benchtop instruments including signal analyzers, power meters and vector network analyzers. We will describe the MMIC circuit technology that is the foundation of the highest performance handhelds on the market today. We will discuss the calibration and alignment techniques found in the FieldFox, namely CalReady, QuickCal and InstAlign, that provide high accuracy and repeatability in all test environments ranging from harsh outdoor conditions to indoor laboratory settings. Measurement comparisons will include amplifier gain, return loss, bandwidth, harmonics, spurious, and RF power.

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

Presenter Bio:

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.


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