RF Explorer Touch - User Manual - Configuration Options

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Configuration Options

Display

Display Options

Alphanumeric Keypad

Define preference to use a virtual alphanumeric keyboard, useful in touch capable tablets and laptops.

Numeric Keypad

Define preference to use a virtual numeric keyboard, useful in touch capable tablets and laptops. Note Frequency and Amplitude numeric dialogs are always active.

Fill Trace

Display a filled area in all signal shapes except Realtime signal.

Smooth

Use soft splines to join data sweep points in order to present a calculated soft curve

Thick Trace

Display trace with extra width

Show Grid

Show grid inside spectrum analyzer graph

Dark Mode

Set a black background skin, closer to desktop instruments and easier to read in certain environments.

Realtime

Raw data as captured with no post-processing.

Average

Arithmetic media of all the last iterations sampled.

Max Peak

Maximum value of all the last iterations sampled.

Max Hold

Maximum value of all captured samples regardless Iterations value.

Minimum

Minimum value of all the last iterations sampled.

Iterations

The number of sweep data iterations to perform calculations on including Average and MaxPeak.

Amplitude Units

Select amplitude units between dBm, dBµV or Watt to display data in analyzer graph.

Device

Device Options

Enable Remote Max Hold Buffer

Enable this to increase chances of fast changing signal capture, such as WiFi. Disable for extra accurate signal capture.

Automatic LCD Off

Automatically switch the LCD off for faster updates and help increase LCD lifetime. This option only will be enabled for RF Explorer devices with screen (Not supported for RF Explorer IoT).

Automatic Amplitude Update

Use this option to force the RF Explorer device to update amplitude visual range, or disable for fast local updates with no need to remote updates. This option is only available for RF Explorer devices with embedded screen (Not supported for RF Explorer IoT).

Enable RF Connector

  • Left SMA: Use this option to enable remote device port on the left RF connector (Main board).
  • Right SMA: Use this option to enable remote device port on the right RF connector (Expansion board). (Not supported for RF Explorer IoT).

Input Stage

Select input stage to enable Direct, Attenuator or LNA (Only supported in PLUS models and IoT).

  • Direct Input: Low loss signal path to standard sensitivity, use for linear measurements up to -25dBm.
  • Attenuator 30 dB: Nominal wideband attenuator, use for linear measurement up to 0dBm.
  • LNA 25 dB: Low noise wideband preamplifier, use for linear measurements up to -40dBm.
  • LNA 12 dB: Low noise 12dB preamplifier available in 2.4G PLUS connector for ISM COMBO PLUS model.

Note: The RF Explorer 6G COMBO PLUS model includes a 60dB additional attenuator. This is not currently supported by RF Explorer Touch but can be selected in the device menu.

Reinitialize Data Buffer

Internally re-initialize the MaxHold buffers used for cache data inside the RF Explorer device.

Record Manager

Provides functions to store in computer sweeps stored in internal spectrum analyzer memory. For more details visit Record Manager help page.

Sweep Points

Resolution data points for each captured sweep in spectrum analyzer device. This feature is currently supported in PLUS, ProAudio and IoT models only.

Supported values:

  • Windows, Linux and MacOS: 112, 240, 512, 1024, 2048, 3072 and 4096 points
  • Raspberry Pi: 112, 240, 432, 1024, 2048, 3072 and 4096 points

File

File Configuration

Save RFE Data File on Close

Save a RFE data file every time application is closed. If “Enable Continuous Log” option is enabled, this feature will be enabled automatically.

Enable

Enable continuous log to save RFE data or CSV files periodically in seconds as selected in “Auto Save Delay (s)” option. Also this option save a RFE data file in each configuration change in device and when application is closed.

Auto Save RFE Data

If “Enable” option checked, save a RFE data file every number of seconds selected in “Auto Save Delay (s)” option.

Auto Save CSV

If “Enable” option checked, save a CSV data file every number of seconds selected in “Auto Save Delay (s)” option.

Auto Save Delay (s)

Number of second for Auto-Save feature.

Auto Delete (Days)

Number of days for Auto-Delete old and unused files in user folder

Auto Save Folder Path

Directory where .RFE and CSV files will be stored if Auto Save feature is active

CSV File

config CSVfile

Field Separator

Delimiter to use for CSV file generation. Supported separators: Comma, Division, Semicolon, Space or Tabulator.

Decimal Separator

Delimiter to use as decimal separator. Supported separators: Comma or Dot.

End of Line

End of line to use in for CSV file generation. Supported end of lines: Line Feed (\n) or Carriage Return and Line Feed (\r\n).

WSM Sennheiser Compatible

When option is checked, CSV files generated can be imported directly in WSM Sennheiser software.

CSV Trace

Selected data trace used to generate the CSV file. There are multiple traces available (such as Real Time or Average) so it is important to select the right one for your needs.

Important: The selected trace must be visible in the Spectrum Analyzer graph, if there are multiple visible the tool will select one by this priority order:

1. Average trace
2. Max Peak trace
3. Real Time trace
4. Max Hold trace
5. Minimum trace

CSV Header

Insert descriptive header inside generated CSV files.

Fields included are: 

  • Receiver
  • Date/Time      
  • RFUnit
  • Owner
  • ScanCountry 
  • CRC

Radio Standards

radio standard

Feature custom definition of Radio Standard channels. You can now import standards or define your own channels to be included in the Spectrum Analyzer graph of RF Explorer Touch. Each channel in a Radio Standard will display:

  • Channel name
  • Visual shape of the actual bandwidth and channel position
  • Computed individual power channel

Radio Standards

All parameters of a Radio Standard can be configured in the menu option Config -> Radio Standards -> [Configure...]
This will open a configuration dialog to setup parameters, select which Radio Standards are visible (up to 10 at any given time), import new Radio Standard definitions, etc.

rs settings

File format

These files are text files you can edit or create with the tool of your choice (e.g. notepad – although we recommend some better editor such as Notepad++)

rs file format

How to enable Radio Standard

  • Go to “Config” menu.
  • Select “Radio Standard” option.
  • Click on [Configure…] button.
  • Check intended Radio Standard on the list. Note: A maximum of 10 Radio Standards can be selected as visible at any given time.
  • You can include a suitable description, change color and channel shape, rename it, etc.

How to import Radio Standard from file

  • Go to “Config” menu.
  • Select “Radio Standard” option.
  • Click on [Configure…] button.
  • Click on [Import from File…] button.
  • Navigate to Radio Standard file with extension “RF Explorer Radio Standard files” (*.rfers) and click [Open] button to import.
  • Radio Standard configuration will appear in list.

Display Options

To configure Radio Standard display options go to Config -> Radio Standard and click on [Display Options…] button.

rs display

Appearance

“Show Channel Shape” option: Enable/Disable Radio Standard channel shape display.

“Show Background” option: Enable/Disable shadow among channel bandwidth display.

“Line Style” option: Define how channels will be drawn. Values:

  • Solid Line
  • Dashes Line
  • Dotted Line
  • Dash and Dot line

Text Settings

“Text Name Channels” option: Enable/Disable channel name display.

“Text Amplitude Values” option: Enable/Disable channel power values display.

“Size” option: Select channel text font size

Limit Lines

An advanced and powerful tool in the spectrum analyzer mode is the ability to work with Minimum and Maximum Limit Lines. These are fully configurable, visual and optionally audible alarm feature with multi-data point lines to determine power limits.

config limit lines

Operative Limit Line

Limit Lines are fixed thresholds, and only one pair of Max / Min limit lines can be specified at any given time.

These settings apply to one limit line type at a time: maximum or minimum. Use to define or change parameters of each limit line as required.

Different limit lines can be loaded from file or generated from a signal trace anytime.

Limit line type

  • Max: select to apply changes to maximum limit line.
  • Min: select to apply changes to minimum limit line.

Build from signal

Generate maximum or minimum limit line from a currently selected signal trace specifying a positive offset in dB. This offset will be added or subtracted depending on limit line type selected

Save to file

Save maximum or minimum limit line to a limit line file (.rfl).

Read from file

Load maximum or minimum limit line from a limit line file (.rfl).

Remove

Remove maximum or minimum limit line from spectrum analyzer screen.

Common

These settings apply in common to both maximum and minimum limit line

Sound alarm

To enable or disable an audio alarm for as long as the condition is not met

Note: The alarm sound type is preconfigured, but can be easily customized by replacing the file notify.wav from the RF Explorer application data folder (%appdata%\roaming\rfexplorer). The file can be any valid .wav file. The minimum duration of the audio alarm is that of the duration of the .wav sound file.

Grips

To enable or disable circle gripped in limit line traces. For high resolution mode, circles might make it hard to see how close limit line trace from signal trace is.

Tecnical Support

Create a compressed ZIP file with activity logs, configuration files and report files in order to diagnose application issues. Only required if requested by RF Explorer Tech Support. 

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How to change application appearance

  1. In main menu, click on [Config]
  2. Click on [Display] button to see display options.
  3. Check or uncheck “Dark Mode” option.
  4. The software will change its appearance with a black theme or white theme including background screen.

Note: In macOS, appearance will change after [Back] button is clicked and returned to main screen.

     Dark Theme       Clear Theme

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