The Grand Master of Handheld S-Parameters—VNA Master (5 kHz to 6 GHz)
The title, Grand Master, suggests skill, experience, accomplishment, recognition and "Best in Class". Anritsu's Handheld Master Instrumentation Product Line is all of those, based on 8 generations of field experience in innovative field test products. The VNA Master, likewise, has some years of field applications, providing unique Vector Network Analysis + Spectrum Analysis (see MS2036/8C) in remote locations with enhanced measurement options that enlarge its usefulness to maintenance personnel.
The Anritsu VNA Master MS2026C measures and displays 2-port 2-path S-parameters with no need for cable swapping and covers a frequency band from 5 kHz to 6 GHz, which contains a wide variety of radio frequency communications systems and also many radars and microwave communications systems, both coax and waveguide. Also in the VNA Master Family, the MS2036C and MS2038C models offer a high-performance spectrum analyzer with ultra-low noise floor.
Equally impressive, this measurement tool offers the industry's first 12-term error correction algorithm in a handheld VNA. With a typical measurement speed of 350 µsec per point, it is ideally suited for tuning filters in the field, where multiple S-parameters often interact during tuning. Using a 3-receiver architecture, the MS2026C can measure and display all 4 S-parameters at once with with a single connection to the DUT.
RF engineers and technicians in the field provide installation and maintenance support for aerospace, defense, and general purpose communication systems around the world. These might typically include radars on Navy ships, communications on Army vehicles, flight-line test on Air Force and commercial jets. They support VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR) antennas in radio navigational systems globally. They will be routinely faced with a wide variety of system elements that can cause failures in the overall system: antennas, cables, filters, multiplexers, amplifiers, isolators, circulators, switches, and other sophisticated elements.
VNA Master also serves in new high technology applications such as radome/dielectric tests in the field. Its VNA error-correction functions vital to innovative test fixtures for dielectrics, laminates, ferrites, lossy paints, and more, offered by manufacturers such as Damaskos, Inc. Another novel application is the age-old problem of fault location in aircraft and shipboard wire cable bundles that snake through bukheads and compartments. See Application Note in Library Tab. With an ancillary module, ODTF-1, it can also do DTF on fiber optic cables.