RF Sensor Applications
Real-Time Spectrum Operations
Take Control of Your RF Spectrum
The ability to sense important signals of interest (SOIs) in a crowded spectrum has become more and more difficult for military and government personnel. As spectrum density grows, understanding what is in your environment at any given time has become increasingly complex. This is due to the accessibility, affordability, and popularity of RF transceivers. Background characterization and threat response requirements have driven the need for complete and precise coverage of the spectrum in the missionspace, and accomplishing this with traditional RF acquisition systems has become prohibitively expensive and inefficient.
Monitor the RF spectrum with high fidelity signal capture
RF monitoring provides real-time situational awareness to quickly identify and monitor spectrum violations, such as unauthorized transmission, LPI threats, hazardous power or emissions control conditions, and captures of other SOIsk. Real-time monitoring can keep you aware of the moment to moment changes in the dynamic spectrum, as well as the deeper forensics behind the spectrum behavior.
Traditional spectrum monitoring equipment and techniques no longer adequately address today's RF environments, and more precise methods are needed to overcome the challenges presented by current signaling techniques. To help solve these problems, Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers provide best-in-class real-time performance using our 6th Generation DPX technology, powerful triggering engine, and integrated data streaming capabilities to quickly and accurately discover, capture, and analyze signals that were previously difficult or impossible to find.
Easily integrate, deploy, and scale while reducing project risk
Whether deployed on the battlefield or used for research and analysis in a lab, RF sensors and analyzers must provide the technical capabilities required by the RF environment and mission parameters. Adaptability and ease of integration is also critical. Tektronix offers a wide array of solutions, to provide the backbone of spectrum monitoring and threat detection systems. The compact, portable, and rugged RSA306B spectrum analyzer, can be utilized as a software-defined radio sensor, and deployed everywhere, from remote regions of the battlefield to urban areas of development to monitor, track, and record the RF Spectrum.
In addition to our hardware, Tektronix guarantees test and measurement-class calibration to ensure the highest signal fidelity, and we maintain a robust interface for all our equipment to reduce system integration time and enable remotely deployed solutions.
The ABCs of Interference Hunting
What is interference hunting? Why should I care about it? What should I measure for and how should I measure interference? All this, and more, will be covered in our Interference Hunting ABCs webinar. Even if you’ve been working in spectrum management for a while, this webinar will be a great refresher.
Tektronix Expert Rob Jackman’s highly graphical course will cover:
- What kinds of interference is out there and what does it “look" like
- Why interference impacts your measurements
- How to characterize and ultimately locate the source of interference using today’s tools
Understanding the Basics of Interference Hunting
Spectrum managers and anyone charged with tracking down sources of interference are dealing with noise due to the "interference of things." This means that traditional interference hunting tools - primarily the swept tune spectrum analyzer - are no longer adequate because of their low probability of intercept and other shortcomings. Learn how to make your interference hunting efforts more successful.
Size, weight, and power - all in one devices
Ideal for spectrum monitoring and interference hunting, Tek's rugged, road-ready form factor RSAs, pack tremendous performance. For full comparison details, click on the button below. Some highlights of the RSAs features include:
- 40 MHz acquisition bandwidth enables real time analysis for transient capture and vector analysis
- High speed full-span sweeps (25.0 GHz/sec) for fast setup and discovery
- Standard GPS/GLONASS/Beidou receiver for mapping
Gain Visibility to the RF Spectrum
The RSA5000 Series mid-range spectrum analyzer combines the best-in-class RF performance with up to 165 MHz bandwidth and 6th Generation DPX® Technology to give you the dynamic range you expect for challenging spectrum analysis measurements.
- +17 dBm 3rd order intercept at 2 GHz
- ±0.3 dB absolute amplitude accuracy to 3 GHz
- Phase noise: –113 dBc/Hz at 1 GHz and –134 dBc/Hz at 10 MHz carrier frequency, 10 kHz offset
- High-speed sweeps with high resolution and low noise: 1 GHz sweeps at 10 kHz RBW in
- Real time spurious free dynamic range of 80 dB with HD options
Interpret complex behaviors and interactions
Discover the most difficult, hard-to-find problems with the powerful real-time architecture of the RSA Series. With the advanced DPX® technology, you can see RF characteristics that are practically invisible to a conventional spectrum analyzer.
- Efficient streaming and turn-key software for multi-channel recording at 40MHz per channel
- Fast scanning and low signal POI with best-in-class spur-free dynamic range
- Great API support enables integration into a wide range of custom state-of-the-art solutions