MS2038C - Anritsu Network Analyzers

MS2038C - Anritsu Network Analyzers

The Grand Master of Handheld S-Parameters—VNA Master + Spectrum Analyzer (5/9 kHz to 20/20 GHz)

The title, Grand Master, suggests skill, experience, accomplishment, recognition and "Best in Class.". Anritsu's Handheld Master Instrumentation Product Line is all of those, based on 8 generations of field experience in innovative field test products. The VNA Master, likewise, has some years of field applications, providing unique Vector Network Analysis + Spectrum Analysis in remote locations with enhanced measurement options that enlarge its usefulness to maintenance personnel.

The Anritsu VNA Master MS2038C is the industry's highest performance, handheld solution for 2-port, 2-path measurements, anytime, anywhere. It specifically addresses complex cable and antenna measurement needs in the field with accurate, vector corrected 2-port magnitude, phase, and Distance Domain measurements. MS2038C covers a frequency band from 5 kHz to 20 GHz, which contains a wide variety of radio frequency communications systems, and also many radars and microwave communications systems, both coax and waveguide.

Equally impressive, this measurement tool offers the industry's first 12-term error correction algorithm in a handheld VNA. With a typical measurement speed of 350 µsec per point, this is ideally suited for tuning filters in the field, where multiple S-parameters often interact during tuning. Using a 3-receiver architecture, the MS2038C can measure and display all 4 S-parameters at once with with a single connection to the DUT.

RF engineers and technicians in the field provide installation and maintenance support for aerospace, defense, and general purpose communication systems around the world. These might typically include radars on Navy ships, communications on Army vehicles, flight-line test on Air Force and commercial jets. They support VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR) antennas in radio navigational systems globally. They will be routinely faced with a wide variety of system elements that can cause failures in the overall system: antennas, cables, filters, multiplexers, amplifiers, isolators, circulators, switches, and other sophisticated elements.

VNA Master also serves in new high technology applications such as radome/dielectric tests in the field. Its VNA error-correction functions vital to innovative test fixtures for dielectrics, laminates, ferrites, lossy paints, and more, offered by manufacturers such as Damaskos, Inc. Another novel application is the age-old problem of fault location in aircraft and shipboard wire cable bundles that snake through bukheads and compartments. See Application Note in Library Tab. With an ancillary module, ODTF-1, it can also do DTF on fiber optic cables.

Added Convenience: + Spectrum Analyzer (9 kHz to 20 GHz)
At the test site, the systems contain sophisticated transmitters and receivers, which require characterization of their complex signal interaction for proper performance. These comprehensive signal tests increase the job complexity for the maintenance technician, on top of the VNA tests already needed. A field-friendly spectrum analyzer can greatly simplify this task. Spectrum analysis data are especially critical in microwave systems such as radars, defense electronics and communication systems up to 20 GHz.

The MS2038C VNA Master + Spectrum Analyzer adds a powerful spectrum diagnostic capability in the field to the already powerful MS2028C VNA Master! Don’t let the small footprint fool you; this combined instrument powerhouse offers performance and features that rival bench-top alternatives for simplifying spectrum monitoring, interference analysis, and other general purpose signal measurements in the field. A built-in pre-selector eliminates confusing spurious responses when doing interference test with many signals. They deliver a 30 MHz capture bandwidth, 10 MHz RBW and blazing fast sweep speeds, resulting from better data acquisition and computation.

These new models offer significant new features such as an internal routine which optimizes analysis bandwidth at the fastest possible speed for the most accurate data displays. The VNA Master offers broad spectrum analysis frequency coverage, impressive dynamic range, and excellent phase noise performance from 9 kHz to 20 GHz. Applications include field tests for backhaul microwave, or for measurements of the critical 5th harmonic of 3G cellular base stations.

The VNA Master + Spectrum Analyzer includes many one-button standard measurement sequences, including field strength, occupied bandwidth, channel power, adjacent channel power ratio, and carrier to interference (C/I) ratio. In addition, the built-in AM/FM/SSB demodulator simplifies the task of identifying interfering signals. Overall, the VNA Master + Spectrum Analyzer is a powerful handheld tool for general purpose spectrum analysis anywhere, anytime. Option 0025, Interference Analyzer is particularly valuable for revealing co-location signal problems.

  • Two-active-port, fully-reversing VNA
  • Measures all four S-parameters with a single connection
  • 3-receiver architecture for higher measuring speed
  • 350 usec per data point, ideal for filter tuning
  • 12-term error correction algorithm
  • User-configured 4-quadrant display for up to four S-parameters
  • Vector Voltmeter option, ideal for cable phase matching
  • Time Domain option for precise Time or Distance Domain diagnostics, includes Gated Time Domain, LP Processing, and Phasor Impulse mode
  • Secure Data Operation option for classified data
  • New Polar Impedance display
  • Compatibility approved for radome/dielectric materials measurement with available industry test fixtures
  • Balanced/Differential option for S-Parameters on high-data-rate cables, 1-port
  • High Accuracy Power Meter option
+ Spectrum Analyzer (9 kHz to 20 GHz)
  • Broad spectrum analysis (9 kHz to 20 GHz)
  • Built-in user-selected preselector
  • Fast sweeps and internal routine to optimize speed-width-RBW for best display
  • Powerful markers: 6 markers, 7 marker modes, and marker table display
  • New quasi-peak detector and CISPR bandwidths
  • Traces: Normal, Max Hold, Min Hold, Average, # of Averages
  • Detectors: Peak, Negative, Sample, Quasi-peak, and true RMS
  • Markers: 6, each with a Delta Marker, or 1 Reference with 6 Deltas
  • Limit Lines: up to 40 segments with one-button envelope creation
  • Trace Save-on-Event: crossing limit line or sweep complete
  • Built-in pre-selector for eliminating spurious in displays
  • Interference Analyzer Option: Spectrogram, Signal Strength, RSSI
  • Channel Scanner Option
  • GPS Receiver option, GPS tagging of stored traces
  • Internal Preamplifier standard
  • Frequency Range: 5 kHz to 20 GHz
  • Frequency Accuracy: 1.5 ppm
  • Frequency Resolution: 1 Hz to 375 MHz, 10 Hz to 6 GHz, 100 Hz to 20 GHz
  • Transmission Dynamic Range: 2 MHz to 3 GHz 100 dB, 3 to 6 GHz 90 dB, 6 to 20 GHz 85 dB
  • 350 µsec per data point sweep speed, ideal for fast filter tuning
  • USB/Ethernet for data transfer
  • Store more than 13,000 traces and setups in memory
  • External memory, Limited by size of USB Flash Drive
  • High resolution daylight viewable TFT color display
  • Built-in editable Cable and Signal Standard List
+ Spectrum Analyzer
  • Frequency Range: 9 kHz to 20 GHz
  • Frequency Accuracy: < ± 25 ppb with GPS On
  • Frequency Resolution: 1 Hz to 10 MHz Resolution Bandwidth (RBW)
  • Tuning Resolution: 1 Hz
  • Dynamic Range: > 104 dB in 1 Hz RBW
  • Excellent DANL (with preamp): –160 dBm
  • Superior Single Side Band (SSB) Phase Noise of <–100 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offsets
Instrument Type
Vector, Spectrum, S-Parameter

Low end frequency limit
5.00 kHz

High end frequency limit
20.00 GHz

Output Power Range

Input Noise Level

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