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RF Explorer improves DSP and processing speed

RF Explorer firmware v1.11 final version is available.

 

 

A new, much improved DSP algorithm is included for WSUB3G and 3G Combo models. With the new DSP the 3G unit can properly detect rapid change signals such as WiFi and Bluetooth while at the same time filtering all spurs. Even better, the new DSP Auto makes it transparent for the user to work with the best possible filtering-fast algorithm combination everytime.

 

We also upgraded a lot of sensitive code to low level Assembly to make it more responsive when lengthy operations are taking place when large 300-600MHz spans and calculator settings are active, in all models.

 

More details available on the Release Notes document.

 

This release includes also a significant amplitude accuracy improvement for WSUB3G and 3G Combo model, as well as bug fixing. You can get it from the download area.

 

As usual, this new feature comes free of cost; all you need to do is upgrade the firmware of your unit, following these simple steps: Firmware upgrade.

Nuts About Nets - Online distributor in the US

We are happy to welcome Nuts About Nets as a distributor of all our product line in the US. They not only distribute all models but also have a nice RF Explorer accessories kit with USB cable, charger, SMA termination, etc. They setup a RF Explorer dedicated online shop and can accept orders since today.

Furthermore they are also developers of software for wireless monitoring and have been working hard to produce specific, high quality software for RF Explorer. The Touchstone software for Windows comes in two flavors: Touchstone (free download) and Touchstone Pro ($49). Both include detailed waterfall display, selectable resolution bandwidth, and other nice features. The paid version extend that with playback/record, topographic and delta graphs, etc. You can even evaluate the paid version to check if covers your needs.

Nice PC Pro article on the "radio soup"

You can't miss the latest magazine PC Pro / March 2013 issue, where Paul Ockenden summarizes in a nice article the technical challenges we face in modern wireless world.

He explores the increasing complexity as we move up in the frequency spectrum to allocate more and more traffic. It is a great introduction for any newcomer who wants to get a global idea of what the different radio bands do in practical terms.

 

To close the circle, the article includes a detailed description of the different RF Explorer models, and how you can use this device to detect signals in the radio spectrum. Or, to paraphrase his words, a tool that will help you on "drinking the radio soup".

 

An online version of the article is available on Paul's blog here.

RF Explorer extended span up to 600MHz

After a significant development to improve firmware algorithm, we can offer now a frequency extension of up to 600MHz on a single screen, both in the RF Explorer device as well as on the Windows application. In this way, users in need of a larger, wide area coverage can detect frequency activity of a significant wider spectrum area than before.

A sample screen with a 600MHz spectrum span looks in the RF Explorer for Windows just like this, tuned with a test signal at 1400MHz:

 

(Click on the image for a larger view)

 

 

More details available on the Release Notes document.

This release includes also a significant amplitude accuracy improvement for WSUB3G and 3G Combo model, as well as bug fixing. You can get it from the download area.

As usual, this new feature comes for free, all you need to do is upgrade the firmware of your unit, following these simple steps: Firmware upgrade.

 

RF Explorer direct interface to RF Guru

The guys from Stage Research, creators of RF Guru - a Windows application for wireless microphone frequency planning - is announcing a direct connection to RF Explorer and other devices, when using a new tool just launched: RF Scanner.

 

The new tool allows for continuous monitoring of the spectrum, as well as alerting when some signals goes beyond a programmable thresold. There is additional information on the user guide online.

 

All RF Explorer models can be connected to the RF Scanner software tool, including the latest 3G Combo model.