Next Generation Land Mobile Radio Test System for Critical Infrastructure Communications

Leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries, Astronics Test Systems, has released its new next-generation Land Mobile Radio (LMR) test instrument. The Freedom R8200 Communications System Analyzer is meant for use in public safety, maritime, commercial, and critical infrastructure communications systems, the new service monitor is the first test instrument that combines comprehensive digital and analog LMR testing with the ability to measure important RF network characteristics, such as distance to fault (DTF), return loss, and voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR). The R8200 is also the only service monitor with the ability to display RF parameters in a Smith Chart for more complicated network analysis.

Featuring a vector network analyzer (VNA), the Freedom R8200 enables users to return communications assets to the field faster by reducing set-up time associated with multiple, stand-alone instruments when performing subscriber radio and infrastructure testing. Building on the company’s Freedom legacy of LMR test equipment, the new offering is an high-impact product designed to increase operational efficiency.

The Freedom R8200 includes several standard new features, plus a Process Automation Toolkit (PAT), which enables technicians at any level of expertise to compose automated test scripts. Additionally, the remote front panel allows users to monitor and control the analyzer from any networked PC and the extended generate output range simplifies operation by eliminating the need to switch ports for receiver testing.

Astronics, in a live webinar held recently titled, “Enforcing First Responder In-Building Coverage” detailed further applications of Freedom Communications Analyzers, including the Freedom R8200.