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RF Explorer models

RF Explorer comes in a variety of models to cover different needs and offer maximum flexibility.

See below a detailed map with different models and features.

You can order RF Explorer online starting at $99 including shipping. We have worldwide distributors listed on this page, feel free to contact us for any additional info.

RF Explorer Model map

This is a model map based on frequency coverage that can help you select the right RF Explorer model for your needs.

 

Click on the image for a larger resolution version of this map, or get a huge size high res image in this link valid for large printouts.


RF Explorer Combo - Spectrum Analyzer

Detailed specification comparison chart

RF Explorer Combo models include an expansion module already installed and therefore exhibits two SMA RF ports.

The combination of baseline and expansion module offer complete capabilities for specific use cases (such as dual band WiFi, RC/FPV needs, etc) and are delivered with meaningful antennas for both SMA connectors. 

3G Combo

ISM Combo

6G Combo

WiFi Combo

Spectrum Analyzer Frequency (MHz)

240-960 (left)

15-2700 (right)

240-960 (left)

2350-2550 (right)

4850-6100 (left)

15-2700 (right)

4850-6100 (left)

2350-2550 (right)

Spectrum Analyzer

Span (MHz)

0.112-600

0.112-600 (left)

2-85 (right)

2-600 (left)

0.112-600 (right)

2-600 (left)

2-85 (right)

Baseline Model Installed

WSUB1G

WSUB1G

6G

6G

Expansion Module Installed

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEM2.4G

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEM2.4G

Frequency resolution (KHz)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

DANL typical (dBm)

-115 (left)

-105 (right)

-115 (left)

-105 (right)

-105

-105

Amplitude resolution (dBm)

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Automatic RBW (KHz)

2.6-600

2.6-600

2.6-812

58-812

Graphics LCD (pixels)

128x64

128x64

128x64

128x64

LCD Backlight

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

LCD Contrast

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

RF Impedance (ohm)

50

50

50

50

RF Absolute Max

input power (dBm)

+5 (left)

+30 (right)

+5

+25 (left)

+30 (right)

+25 (left)

+5 (right)

RF Max measurable input power (dBm) **

-5 (left)

-10 (right)

-5

-15 (left)

-10 (right)

-15 (left)

-5 (right)

RF Generator

Frequency (MHz)

Not available

2350-2550 (right)

Not available

2350-2550 (right)

RF Generator

Power (dBm)

Not available

-30 to +1 (right)

Not available

-30 to +1 (right)

Wi-Fi Analyzer

13 channels 2.4Ghz

13 channels 2.4Ghz

13 channels 2.4Ghz

13 channels 5Ghz

13 channels 2.4Ghz

DSP

Filter/Fast

Fast

Filter/Fast

Fast

Frequency accuracy (typical)

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm (right)

0.5ppm (left)

10ppm (right)

0.5ppm (left)

Frequency stability (typical)

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm (right)

0.5ppm (left)

10ppm (right)

0.5ppm (left)

Amplitude stability (typical)

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

Amplitude accuracy (typical)

+-3dBm (left)

+-6dBm (right)

+-3dBm

+-3dBm (left)

+-6dBm (right)

+-3dBm

RF DC decoupled

Yes (both)

Yes (left)

No (right)

Yes (both)

Yes (left)

No (right)

Max RF DC voltage (V)

16V

16V (left)

0.3V (right)

16VDC

16V (left)

0.3V (right)

Windows PC Client tool

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

RS232/USB API

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internal CPU (MIPS)

16

16

16

16

Extra RAM

64KB

64KB

64KB

64KB

Extra ROM

2MB

2MB

2MB

2MB

MSRP

$269

$175

$365

$270

Size (mm)

113x70x25

113x70x25

113x70x25

113x70x25

Weight (grams)

220

220

185

185

Antennas included

NA-773

Whip 2.4G

NA-773

Whip 2.4G

NA-773

Whip 2.4Ghz

R Duck 5.8Ghz

Whip 2.4Ghz

R Duck 5.8Ghz

EVA Case included

Yes

Optional

Yes

Yes

Notes:

  • Some of these features require latest firmware upgrade, please upgrade your unit from download page.

  • (**) Note some frequency ranges may have a more limited, lower measurable range. Please contact us for more details on a particular frequency range if you need to measure input power close to -10dBm. In all cases, using a 20 or 30dB attenuator is suggested in order to lower the input power to a -30 or -40dBm range, as it will exhibit better behavior by limiting spurious and signal overload. If you use an attenuator, you also improve the VSWR of the measurement and can be adjusted in OffsetDB parameter of RF Explorer ATTENUATOR MENU in order to read the exact value on screen, saving you from doing any math.

 

RF Explorer baseline unit - Spectrum Analyzer

Detailed specification comparison chart

RF Explorer baseline units are available for a set of different frequencies and can be easily expanded to a Combo model by adding an expansion module.

6G

WSUB1G

2.4G

915M

868M

433M

Spectrum Analyzer Frequency (MHz)

4850-6100

240-960

2350-2550

910-920

900-930(*)

860-870

850-880(*)

430-440

420-450(*)

Spectrum Analyzer

Span (MHz)

2-300

2-600(*)

0.112-300

0.112-600(*)

2-85

0.112-10

0.112-30(*)

0.112-10

0.112-30(*)

0.112-10

0.112-30(*)

Frequency resolution (KHz)

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

DANL typical (dBm)

-105

-115

-105

-115

-115

-115

Amplitude resolution (dBm)

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

Automatic RBW (KHz)

58-812

2.6-600

58-812

2.6-600

2.6-600

2.6-600

Graphics LCD (pixels)

128x64

128x64

128x64

128x64

128x64

128x64

LCD Backlight

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

LCD Contrast

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

RF Impedance (ohm)

50

50

50

50

50

50

RF Absolute Max

input power (dBm)

+25

+5

+5

+10

+10

+10

RF Max measurable input power (dBm) **

-15

-5

-5

-5

-5

-5

RF Generator

Frequency (MHz)

Not available

Not available

2350-2550

910-920

900-930(*)

860-870

850-880(*)

430-440

420-450(*)

RF Generator

Power (dBm)

Not available

Not available

-30 to +1

0 to +21

0 to +21

0 to +21

Wi-Fi Analyzer

13 channels 5Ghz

Not available

13 channels 2.4Ghz

Not available

Not available

Not available

DSP

Fast

Fast

Fast

Fast

Fast

Fast

Frequency accuracy (typical)

0.5ppm

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

Frequency stability (typical)

0.5ppm

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

Amplitude stability (typical)

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

Amplitude accuracy (typical)

+-3dBm

+-3dBm

+-3dBm

+-3dBm

+-3dBm

+-3dBm

RF DC decoupled

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Max RF DC voltage (V)

16

16

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

Windows PC Client tool

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

32/64 bits

RS232/USB API

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Internal CPU (MIPS)

16

16

16

16

16

16

Extra RAM

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

Extra ROM

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

With expansion

Expansion Options

RFEM2.4G

RFEMWSUB1G

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEM2.4G

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEMWSUB1G

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEM2.4G

RFEMWSUB1G

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEM2.4G

RFEMWSUB1G

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEM2.4G

RFEMWSUB1G

RFEMWSUB3G

Size (mm)

113x70x25

113x70x25

113x70x25

113x70x25

113x70x25

113x70x25

Weight (grams)

185

185

185

185

185

185

Antenna included

R Duck 5.8Ghz

NA-773

Whip 2.4GHz

Whip 915MHz

Whip 868MHz

Whip 868MHz

EVA Case included

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

 Notes:

·         Some of these features require latest firmware upgrade, please upgrade your unit from download page.

·         Models with two connected modules includes two RF SMA connectors. In such case, some differences may apply when comparing left or right SMA connector. This table above include clear details on which is applicable to each connector.

·         (*) This feature or range extension is available with an Expansion Module installed, such as RFEMWSUBxG or RFEM2.4G

·         (**) Note some frequency ranges may have a more limited, lower measurable range. Please contact us for more details on a particular frequency range if you need to measure input power close to -10dBm. In all cases, using a 20 or 30dB attenuator is suggested in order to lower the input power to a -30 or -40dBm range, as it will exhibit better behavior by limiting spurious and signal overload. If you use an attenuator, you also improve the VSWR of the measurement and can be adjusted in OffsetDB parameter of RF Explorer ATTENUATOR MENU in order to read the exact value on screen, saving you from doing any math.

·         (i) The Expansion Module is already installed in this module and therefore there is no room for additional expansion.


Spectrum Analyzer Expansion Modules

Thanks to its modular design, RF Explorer baseline models can fit an optional Expansion Module for further band coverage and enhanced capabilities. You can combine any RF Explorer model with any Expansion Module you wish. The firmware will correctly recognize your configuration and will work in all cases.

Assembling an Expansion Module to your RF Explorer is very easy, check this article for more details and contact us if you need additional information. 

 

RFEMWSUB3G

RFEMWSUB1G

RFEM2.4G

Spectrum Analyzer Frequency (MHz)

15-2700

240-960

2350-2550

Spectrum Analyzer

Span (MHz)

0.112-100

0.112-100

0.112-100

Frequency resolution (KHz)

1.0

1.0

1.0

DANL typical (dBm)

-105

-115

-105

Amplitude resolution (dBm)

0.5

0.5

0.5

Automatic RBW (KHz)

2.6-600

2.6-600

58-812

Graphics LCD (pixels)

128x64

128x64

128x64

LCD Backlight

5 levels

5 levels

5 levels

LCD Contrast

10 levels

10 levels

10 levels

RF Impedance (ohm)

50

50

50

RF Absolute Max

input power (dBm)

+30

+5

+5

RF Max measurable input power (dBm) **

-5–left

-10-rigth

-5

-5

RF Generator

Frequency (MHz)

Not available

Not available

2350-2550

RF Generator

Power (dBm)

Not available

Not available

-30 to +1

Wi-Fi Analyzer

13 channels

Not available

13 channels

DSP

Filter/Fast

Fast

Fast

Frequency accuracy (typical)

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

Frequency stability (typical)

10ppm

10ppm

10ppm

Amplitude stability (typical)

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

+-1dBm

Amplitude accuracy (typical)

+-6dBm

+-3dBm

+-3dBm

RF DC decoupled

Yes

Yes

No

Max RF DC voltage (V)

16

16

0.3

Extra RAM

64KB

64KB

64KB

Extra ROM

2MB

2MB

2MB

Antenna included

NA-773

NA-773

Whip 2.4GHz

EVA Case included

Yes

Optional

Optional

Note: All 2.4GHz models support now an extended frequency band from 2350 to 2550Mhz by a simple firmware upgrade to v1.08 or newer.

Note: WSUB1G and WSUB3G models can work with frequency span higher than 100MHz (up to 600MHz) by a simple firmware upgrade to v1.11 or newer.


Signal and Tracking Generator

The RF Explorer Signal Generator is a powerful, wideband fully programmable RF signal generator. It is the perfect companion for Spectrum Analyzer product line.

As a standalone unit, RFE6Gen can generate CW and Sweep signals by selecting embedded menu options. When connected to a PC, it can be fully programmed with the RF Explorer for Windows software tool. Furthermore, the unit can work as a powerful Tracking Generator when used with RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer connected to the same PC, offering full Scalar Network Analyzer (SNA) capabilities. The SNA feature allows full characterization of filters, amplifiers and any 2-port RF device.

With excellent frequency and amplitude handling, it brings a truly affordable high performance, small form factor signal generator to the RF market. Download full datasheet specification here.

Software and firmware (currently in BETA) are avaiable on this page.


Compliance

All RF Explorer models are complaint with FCC as well as CE regulations.

All RF Explorer Wideband models have been certified under EN/IEC61236 and EN/IEC61000.

All RF Explorer models are RoHS compliant