Rohde and Schwarz Spectrum Rider

New handheld Spectrum Analyser from Rohde & Schwarz

Published: 11th November 2015

Rohde & Schwarz have just released the Spectrum Rider - a new handheld spectrum analyser with impressively low weight and long battery life.

The Spectrum Rider offers solid RF performance and high accuracy for measurements both in the field and the lab. Large buttons and a touchscreen make it extremely easy to operate. The instrument has a frequency range from 5 kHz to 2 GHz, which can be extended up to 4 GHz with a key code.

The Spectrum Rider is a versatile analyser, helping you during RF transmitter installation and maintenance and also supporting measurement tasks in RF development labs and in service. It offers class-leading RF performance with its high sensitivity of –160 dBm and measurement accuracy of typically 0.5 dB between 10 MHz and 3 GHz.

You can extend the frequency range of the R&S Spectrum Rider via software upgrades – a feature unrivalled in this instrument class. The base model covers the frequency range from 5 kHz to 2 GHz. This can be expanded to 3 GHz or 4 GHz to support applications that require higher frequencies such as measuring radio signals above 2 GHz or signals above 3 GHz in TD LTE bands.

The Spectrum Rider has been optimised for mobile use. The unit is lightweight (2.5 kg) and the battery lasts up to eight hours, making it the only instrument of its kind capable of working a full day without recharging. The backlit keypad allows you to work in the dark, and the non-reflective display supports a daylight mode for good readability in direct sunlight. The R&S Spectrum Rider has been field-tested in line with MIL PRF 28800F Class 2 and comes with protected interfaces and ports.

Spectrum Rider is the industry’s first handheld spectrum analyser to offer a large format capacitive touchscreen that allows lab users to easily and intuitively adjust settings such as frequency, span and reference level and to set markers. The large buttons and practical multi-function wheel also make it easy to operate with gloves when working outdoors.

This 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 those with little RF expertise to reliably carry out measurement tasks. Settings and results are saved to a 32 Gbyte microSD card.

A number of options are available for the Spectrum Rider including peak and average power measurements. It’s ideal for both field technicians and lab engineers alike, as it supports everyday measurement tasks in aerospace and defence, wireless communications and broadcasting, and at regulatory authorities.

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