Agilent introduced a new compact network analyzer last week. The Model E5061B includes an S-parameter test set covering 5 Hz to 3 GHz with 120 dB dynamic range at greater than 1 MHz, a gain-phase test port (5 Hz to 30 MHz) and a built-in DC bias source. The unit is 10-inches deep. It replaces the Model E5061A, which has a more limited measurement range.
The specifications would indicate that the E5061B is not targeted for broadcast antenna evaluation in the field, but the company is offering time domain and fault-analysis as options. Another interesting option is the electronic calibration module. It replaces mechanical calibration standards with a USB-controlled solid-state module that allows the unit to quickly do a full two port calibration with only one connection.
Agilent said the network analyzer is available now, and has a base cost of $31,900.
Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.
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