Agilent intros field RF spectrum analyzer

The N9342C HSA is suitable for markets including aerospace/defense, microwave and satellite communication, wireless communication and broadcasting, and spectrum analysis.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies has introduced the N9342C handheld spectrum analyzer (HSA), an instrument designed for RF technicians and engineers performing installation, maintenance and surveillance of RF systems in the field. Agilent says the N9342C HSA makes field testing easier by providing faster, more precise measurements, ease of use, and a range of user customization and ergonomic features.

The N9342C HSA provides fast and accurate measurement of RF and microwave equipment and RF environments from 100 kHz to 7 GHz, tunable to 9 kHz. RF and microwave equipment measurements include transmitter and component test, receiving path signal monitoring and antenna tuning. RF environment measurements include band clearance, signal coverage and interface hunting.
The HSA’s outstanding RF performance ensures first-time measurement accuracy, says Agilent; a featured Task Planner capability may cut test setup time by 95 percent and allows users to boost their work efficiency by automating routine measurement tasks.

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Such capabilities make the N9342C HSA suitable for a variety of markets, including aerospace/defense, microwave and satellite communication, wireless communication and broadcasting, spectrum regulation, and general-purpose spectrum analysis.

“Specifically designed for the field, the N9342C HSA is extremely easy to use and brings RF field test efficiency to a new level,” said Brian LeMay, general manager of Agilent’s Chengdu Instruments Division.

The N9342C HSA provides a set of standard, one-button measurements including ACP, OBW and channel power, which help characterize signal quality. An optimized keypad design allows access to most measurement functions within just two button pushes. A rugged, fanless design makes it well suited for tough field environments, while an optional three-in-one ergonomic backpack ensures comfort and provides true hands-free operation. Moreover, with automatic LCD brightness and keypad backlight control, the instrument’s screen can be easily viewed, day or night.

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For added flexibility, the N9342C HSA can be remotely controlled via a USB/LAN connection and free N9342C HSA PC software. A dedicated user key and customizable frequency channel table, frequency/amplitude correct and limit allow the user to personalize the instrument setup. Other key features of the N9342A HSA include:

--a built-in optional 7 GHz tracking generator;
--a built-in optional GPS receiver and GPS antenna that provides precise location information;
--an optional spectrum monitor with spectrogram record and playback functions;
--optional support for an optional Agilent USB power sensor that offers high-accuracy, power measurement up to 24 GHz;
--an optional user data sanitation feature for security purposes;
--an optional 8 GHz directional antenna that enables users to hunt for interference;
--a built-in power connector for an Agilent active RF probe that ensures precise in-circuit measurements.

The Agilent N9342C HSA is available now at a price of $11,113. More information about the spectrum analyzer is available at Photos of the instrument are available at

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