Rohde & Schwarz Launches Fast and Efficient Cable and Antenna Analyzer

When installing and maintaining mobile communications antenna systems, the key is to perform one-port measurements quickly and correctly the first time. That's exactly what network operators, infrastructure manufacturers and their service providers can do with the new handheld R&S Cable Rider ZPH cable and antenna analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz. With its fast measurement speed, intuitive operation and long battery life, it is ideal for use in the field.

This handheld R&S Cable Rider ZPH cable and antenna analyzer helps infrastructure manufacturers and network operators efficiently install and maintain the steadily increasing number of mobile communications antenna systems.

With a measurement speed of 0.3 milliseconds per data point, it is significantly faster than other instruments available in the market today. It also has a super fast boot and warm-up time, allowing it to start taking measurements just over a minute after being turned on. Moreover, there is no requirement for calibration due to temperature and frequency changes, which saves time.

Another time-saving feature is the use of the wizard function that guides users through measurements in easy-to-follow steps. All settings and measurement steps can be preconfigured. Field technicians only need to execute the test sequences as shown on the display. The wizard helps inexperienced field technicians to avoid operating mistakes when performing antenna and cable measurements. Since there is no need to change settings manually for different measurements, the analyzer reduces test time during installation and maintenance.

The R&S Cable Rider ZPH weighs only 2.5 kilograms and has a battery life of nine hours, allowing users to handle a full day’s work without interruption. Furthermore, the analyzer has a large color touchscreen with familiar smartphone-like operation. For example, markers can be placed by double tapping signals on the display. The analyzer can also be operated via the extra-large, widely spaced keys that allow easy handling even when the user wears heavy-duty work gloves.

The analyzer covers a frequency range from 2 MHz to 3 GHz. Extending the frequency range to 4 GHz is straightforward with the R&S ZPH-B4 option, which is enabled via a key code. The new R&S Cable Rider ZPH cable and antenna analyzer is now available from Rohde & Schwarz.