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 Post subject: Choices for Spectrum Analyzers under $7k
Posted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 11:11 am 

Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:42 am
Posts: 2
I'm replaceing a less expensive Spectrum Analyzer and I'm looking at these two models; (A version)

I'm primarly using it for OTA (over the air) digital TV signal, measuring and some 2-way radio and Wi-Fi spectrum monitoring.

The LP Technologies and Aeroflex/IFR are both out of Kansas with Aeroflex being the older and more established comapny.

LP Technologies LPT-3000
$6,000 (new) including a Tracking Generator, Preamp, DTV mask & NIC. USB port. Optional software $200
Aeroflex 2399A
$5,000 (demo) including Tracking generator, Hi Stability Timebase, Distance to Fault software, read only software & Quasi Peak Detectors & filters. Floppy drive (believe it or not), Preamp $415 option, but I'm not sure it is available for this version.

Both units are around the same size & weight, have a 6 1/2" Color LCD screen & coverage to 3 GHz. The 'C' version of the 2399 has a USB port, but it is $8,300 new (probably less). Both are available directly from the manufacture.

What I was looking for is input regarding the companies themselves and how important is having a SA with a preamp? (I do know the purpose, but never thought much of amps at the receiver, only to make up for line loss).

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Posted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:26 am 

Joined: Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:42 am
Posts: 2
No one here uses a Spectrum Analyzer? :roll:

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