At 08:11 PM 3/17/2007, Howard Klein wrote:
>I'm looking for recomendations for least expensive but dependable TDR's
>usable for antenna phasing. Any comments on the Riser Bond 1205CXA or
>Tecktronix 1503 both of which are available on Ebay in the $500 range or
So, say you want 10 degree accuracy at 30 MHz.. that's a time delay
of 33 ns/36 or about 1 ns precision.
Might be easier to use an antenna analyzer, short the end of the
coax, and look for the dips. A lot more precision at the expense of
a bit more time.
Any sort of CW measurement (i.e. antenna analyzer, impedance bridge,
etc.) is going to have a much better SNR than a pulsed measurement,
and the inherent precision of the measurement will be better.
A TDR is real nice if you're looking for bumps in the response from
bad connectors or crimps in the dielectric, and even then, these
days, a good vector impedance bridge and some software to turn the
frequency sweep into time domain would probably be a better way to do it.
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