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Re: [TowerTalk] impedance meter recommendations pse

To: "Richard (Rick) Karlquist" <>,<>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] impedance meter recommendations pse
From: Jim Lux <>
Date: Thu, 28 Dec 2006 10:49:05 -0800
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At 08:24 AM 12/28/2006, Richard \(Rick\) Karlquist wrote:
>Anyone interested in this topic should read the
>recent QST article on the AIM-4170 antenna analyzer.
>The article has a shoot out of this unit vs other
>ham units and even an Agilent NA.  It is a true
>vector analyzer with a narrowband receiver.  Most
>other analyzers are scalar analyzers that use
>the "3 voltmeter method" to determine phase angle
>(which is why they can't determine sign) and use
>a broadband detector, which is susceptable to BC
>interference.  The N2PK design is similar, but you
>have to homebrew it, AFAIK.

Actually, the 3 meter method can determine phase, except you need one 
more volt meters.  That's really the basis of the 6 port network 
approach (6 ports: 1 input, 1 output, 4 measurement ports)

However, as Rick points out, broadband detectors have their limitations.

>I have purchased one of these and am evaluating it.
>I will report on it on the reflector after I have
>some experience with it.
>BTW, I work for Agilent and am currently designing a new
>Agilent network analyzer, so I have more than a
>casual interest in these units.

How about one that can do phase measurements to 0.1 degree at 35 GHz 
on single 4 ns pulses <grin> with mag(S21) of 0 to -100dB.


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