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Precise Cable and Antenna Measurements in the Field

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10/24/12 1:00 pm to 10/24/12 2:00 pm EDT

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FieldFox Handheld Analyzers Education Series

Title:
Techniques for Precise Cable and Antenna Measurements in the Field

Date: October 24, 2012

Time:10:00 AM PT/ 1:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM UTC

Sponsors:
Agilent Technologies and TESSCO

Overview:
Cable and antenna measurements are often required to verify and troubleshoot the electrical performance of RF and microwave transmission systems and antennas. Measurements are often made along the coaxial cable connecting a transmitter to its antenna and/or between an antenna and its receiver. During the installation, operation and maintenance of a telecommunication system, the connecting cables, adapters and antennas may become damaged or show reduced performance over time. Inherently, in any communication system, it becomes important to have a process and the appropriate instrumentation to verify the performance of the cables and antennas when issues are discovered at the system level.

This webcast introduces measurement and calibration techniques for cable and antenna testing (CAT) using  the new Agilent FieldFox handheld microwave analyzers. We will discuss a variety of measurements such as cable insertion loss, return loss, VSWR and Distance-to-Fault (DTF) testing. Antenna measurements are also discussed and several examples of return loss and antenna-to-antenna isolation will be provided.

Presenter:
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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