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  1. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Hello Folks,

    Does anyone have the 1.3GHz version of this Thurlby-Thandar spectrum
    analyzer and would care to share experiences?

    I am looking for something for EMC pre-compliance on the road. Not much
    more than $1000 because it'll get banged around or might "disappear"
    should security make me check it for flights. The AT6010/6011 looks
    nice, too, but it's large and seems to lack a PC interface for
    documentation purposes (2nd row of pictures):

    I could not find independent reviews for any of them.
  2. Can't you get one demo'd for you. I think Farnell still have demo
    models available (in the uk anyway)

  3. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Not here in the US. You can only order through Newark which then imports
    the desired merchandise from Farnell-UK. I just did that for a new DSO
    (which promptly came with an English power plug...). However, AFAIR it
    said no-cancel, meaning you can't return it. Which was ok for the scope
    because I knew exactly what I needed. Not so for this analyzer.
  4. I've heard a few complaints about farnell from this side of the pond,
    about their rediculous charges on stuff from newark, sort of 15ukp for
    per order.

    Apparently the (she) boss at farnell thinks the customers should
    directly pay for stuff to be shipped over, that is out of stock, think
    it's a couple of containers a day. Some Scam, on stuff they were going
    to ship over anyway

    Now what was the name of that scrawny boss at HP?

  5. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    The other way around it worked fine. I don't remember (could look it up)
    but the fee I had to pay for getting the fairly large and heavy scope
    from Farnell-UK, through customs and into Newark was rather miniscule.
    AFAIR they voided the intra-US shipping charges and even threw in
    overnight air. From customs clearance to arrival here at the door it was
    less than 36 hours. No idea how they pulled that off, blew me away.
  6. The farnell guys on the shop floor seem very good, despite the PHB's,
    who are, after all, only temporary insectoid infestations

  7. I was just reading this months IEEE EMC society newsletter. Ken Wyatt
    (of Agilent) presented an EMC toolkit including this SA. You will find
    a presentation of his techniques (and toolkit on page 18) at:
    Joe Leikhim K4SAT
    "The RFI-EMI-GUY"©

    "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

    "Follow The Money" ;-P
  8. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    Interesting! I wonder how he got away with not using an Agilent analyzer
    while at Agilent. I just emailed him via a form on his photography web site.

    The other peculiarity is that his noise generator uses a step-recovery
    diode (page 42). Wonder where he found those (EBay?).
  9. I wondered as well about the non-Agilent SA. I don't think Agilent makes
    a sub $1K SA. They do have some portable devices though. I have tested
    the Rohde and Schwartz portable SA and it is quite a marvel, though pricey.
    Joe Leikhim K4SAT
    "The RFI-EMI-GUY"©

    "Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
    For if it prosper, none dare call it treason."

    "Follow The Money" ;-P
  10. Joerg

    Joerg Guest

    It's actually about $1.5k. Newark has it but the brand is Tenma, wonder
    if it's the same (the picture says TTi). I've used one of those portable
    Rohde&Schwarz last month. It was nice but had an old IrDA link. Luckily
    there was a cable in its bag that translated to RS232. The bag was
    actually a nice backpack, perfect for climbing masts and stuff.
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