New! RigExpert AA-230 ZOOM - Antenna and Cable Analyzer

100 kHz to 230 MHz
 


The analyzer is designed for measuring SWR (Standing Wave Ratio), Return Loss, Cable Loss, of cable and antenna systems from 100 kHz to 230 MHz.

A built-in ZOOM capability makes graphical measurements especially effective.

An integrated Time Domain Reflectometer mode can be used to locate the precise location of a fault within the feedline system.

The following tasks are easily accomplished by using this analyzer:

 
  • Rapid check-out of an antenna
  • Tuning an antenna to resonance
  • Comparing characteristics of an antenna before and after specific event (rain, hurricane, etc.)
  • Making coaxial stubs or measuring their parameters
  • Cable testing and fault location, measuring cable loss and characteristic impedance




 


 

RigExpert AA-600 / 1000 / 1400 Antenna Analyzers

RigExpert AA-600, AA-1000 and AA-1400 are powerful antenna analyzers designed for testing, checking, tuning or repairing antennas and antenna feedlines.

Easy-to use measurement modes, as well as additional features such as connection to a personal computer make RigExpert AA-1400 / AA-1000 / AA-600   attractive for professionals and hobbyists.

The following tasks are easily accomplished by using this analyzer:

 
  • Rapid check-out of an antenna
  • Tuning an antenna to resonance
  • Antenna SWR and impedance measurement and comparison before and after specific event (rain, hurricane, etc.)
  • Making coaxial lines or measuring their parameters
  • Cable testing and fault location
  • Measuring capacitance or inductance of reactive loads

Analyzer comparison table

Download the RigExpert AA-600/1000/1400 User's manual.
Download the RigExpert AA-600/1000/1400 Software manual.

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RigExpert AA-30 / AA-54 / AA-170 Antenna Analyzers

RigExpert AA-30, AA-54 and AA-170 are powerful antenna analyzers designed for testing, checking, tuning or repairing antennas and antenna feedlines.

Mainly, these are SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) and impedance measurement instruments (vector impedance analyzers).

Easy-to use measurement modes, as well as additional features such as connection to a personal computer (to plot Smith diagrams, etc.), make RigExpert AA-30 / 54 / 170 attractive for professionals and hobbyists. It is quite important that graphical display of various parameters over a wide frequency range is a key feature of these analyzers which significantly reduces the time required to adjust an antenna.

The following tasks are easily accomplished by using RigExpert AA-30, AA-54 and AA-170:

- Rapid check-out of antenna;


- Tuning an antenna to resonance;

- Antenna SWR and impedance measurement and comparison before and after specific event (rain, hurricane, etc.);

- Making coaxial lines or measuring their parameters;

- Cable testing and fault location;

- Measuring capacitance or inductance of reactive loads

                                                                                      Download the RigExpert AA-30/AA-54/AA-170 User's manual.
                                                                                     Download the RigExpert AA-30/AA-54/AA-170 Software manual.

 
                                                                                     Order RigExpert AA-30, AA-54 or AA-170 Antenna Analyzer


 


 

RigExpert AA-230 / AA-520 Antenna Analyzers (discontinued)

Scroll down this page to learn more about new AA-230PRO

AA-200 Antenna Analyzer eHam Product Review

AA-500 Antenna Analyzer eHam Product Review

AA-520 Antenna Analyzer eHam Product Review

AA-230 Antenna Analyzer eHam Product Review

AA-230PRO Antenna Analyzer eHam Product Review

RigExpert AA-230 (AA-520) is a powerful antenna analyzer designed for testing, checking, tuning or repairing antennas and antenna-feeder paths

in 0.3 to 230 MHz (for AA-230) and 1 to 520 MHz (for AA-520) range. Graphical SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) and impedance display is a key feature of this analyzer which significantly reduces time required to put an antenna to rights.

Easy-to use measurement modes, as well as additional features such as memory storage and connection to a personal computer, make it attractive for professionals and hobbyists.

The new MultiSWR≥ and SWR2Air≥ modes are unique for this antenna analyzer. The following tasks are well-accomplished by using RigExpert AA-230 (AA-520):

  • Rapid check-out of an antenna
  • Tuning an antenna to resonance
  • Comparing characteristics of an antenna before and after specific event (rain, hurricane, etc.)
  • Making coaxial lines or measuring their length
  • Cable fault location
  • Measuring capacitance or inductance of reactive loads

Screenshots

Single-point SWR measurement

Multi-point SWR measurement

SWR graph

R,X graph

RigExpert AA-230 (AA-520) connected to the PC

Comparison table of RigExpert antenna analyzers
 

Function
 
AA-30 AA-54 AA-230 AA-230PRO AA-520
 
AA-600/
AA-1000
Frequency range
 
0.1-30 MHz 0.1-54 MHz 0.3-230 MHz 0.3-230 MHz 1-520 MHz
 
0.1-600 MHz
(AA-600)
0.1-1000 MHz
(AA-1000)
 
Frequency entry step size
 
1 kHz
 
1 kHz
 
1 kHz 1 kHz 1 kHz
 
1 kHz
Min. sweep range
 
10 kHz
 
10 kHz
 
10 kHz 10 kHz 100 kHz
 
10 kHz
 
SWR2AIR™ mode
 
- - + +
 
-
 
-
 
MultiSWR™ mode - + + + + +
 
Reactance sign measurement
 
+ + + +
 
-
 
+
 
Antenna connector type
 
UHF (SO-239) UHF (SO-239) UHF (SO-239) UHF (SO-239) N
 
N
 
Output power
 
+13 dBm
 
+13 dBm +10 dBm +10 dBm +5 dBm
 
-10 dBm
 
Output amplifier
 
CMOS logic
chip
 
CMOS logic
chip
 
Transistor stage with additional protection Transistor stage with additional protection
 
Transistor stage with additional protection LVDS logic
chip
Output signal shape
 
rectangular
 
rectangular sinusoidal sinusoidal sinusoidal rectangular
Reference impedance for SWR measurement
 
50, 75 Ohm 50, 75 Ohm 25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm 25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm 50 Ohm
 
25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm
Analog-to-digital converter
 
10-bit 10-bit 12-bit 16-bit
 
16-bit
 
16-bit
 
Batteries
 
two 1.5V alcaline or two 1.2V Ni-MH, AA size
 
two 1.5V alcaline or two 1.2V Ni-MH, AA size removable 4.8V Ni-MH battery pack removable 4.8V Ni-MH battery pack removable 4.8V Ni-MH battery pack three 1.5V alcaline or three 1.2V Ni-MH, AA size
Battery voltage sensor
 
+ + + +
 
+
 
+
 
Built-in battery charger
 
- - + + + -
 
Operation with external power supply (without battery)
 
from USB
 
from USB
 
ext. 9...12V supply
 
ext. 9...12V supply ext. 9...12V supply from USB
 
LCD
 
Monochrome,
128x64
 
Monochrome,
128x64
Monochrome,
128x64
Monochrome,
128x64
Monochrome,
128x64
Color TFT,
320x240
Time Domain Reflectometer mode
 
- *
 
- *
 
Only with AntScope software on the PC Built-in
 
- **
 
Built-in
Flash memory for storing graphs
 
- 100 memory slots
 
100 memory slots 90 R/X or SWR memory slots,
10 TDR memory slots
 
100 memory slots 90 R/X or SWR memory slots,
10 TDR memory slots
Multilingual support
 
-
(English only)
 
+ + + + +
 
Presets for radio amateur bands
 
- + + + + +
 

 

Make sure the latest firmware is uploaded to the analyzer.

 

Specifications (AA-230 / AA-520)

Frequency range: 0.3...230 MHz / 1...520 MHz

Display modes:
- SWR at single frequency
- SWR, R, X, Z, L, C at single frequency
- SWR graph
- R, X graph

Single- and multi-frequency measurement:
- Frequency resolution: 1 kHz / 10 KHz
- SWR only mode: easily-readable bar
- SWR range: 1...10
- SWR display for 50 and 75 Ohm systems
- R, X range: 0...1000, -1000...1000 Ohm / 0...250 Ohm

 

SWR and R, X graphs:
- 100 points plot
- Sweep width: 0.03...230 MHz / 1...520 MHz
- Frequency resolution: 1 kHz / 10 KHz
- SWR range: 1...10
- SWR display for 50 and 75 Ohm systems / 50 Ohm
- R, X range: 0...200, -200...200 Ohm / 0...200 Ohm
- 100 memories to store and recall graphs
- Presets for radio amateur bands

RF output:
- Connector type: UHF / N-type
- Power: typ. + 10 dBm / + 5 dBm

Power:
- 4.8V, 1800 mA∙h, Ni-MH accumulator
- Max. 2 hours of continuous measurement
- Max. 2 days in stand-by mode
- External 9...14V, 200 mA charger
- Full charge time: 10...12 hours

Interface:
- 128x64 graphical LCD with backlit
- 6x3 keys on the water-proof keypad
- Multilingual menus and help screens
- USB connection to the personal computer

Dimensions: 23x10x5.5 cm (9x4x2")

Operating temperature: 0…40 °C (32…104 °F)


Weight: 650g (23 Oz)

In the package:

  • RigExpert AA-230 (or AA-520)
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Soft case with straps
  • Charger
  • USB cable
  • User's manual
  • CD with drivers and software
  • 2 Years Warranty
  •  

    Download the RigExpert AA-230 or AA-520 User's manual.
    Download the RigExpert AA-230 or AA-520 Software manual.


    RigExpert AA-230 and AA-520 were tested to comply with F.C.C. part 15(a) requirements.
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    RigExpert AA-230PRO Antenna Analyzer (discontinued)

    RigExpert AA-230PRO

    Antenna Analyzer (0.3 to 230 MHz) + Time Domain Reflectometer

    RigExpert AA-230PRO is a powerful, laboratory grade antenna analyzer designed for testing, checking, tuning or repairing antennas and antenna feedlines in 0.3 to 230 MHz range.

    Graphical SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) and impedance display are key features of this analyzer which significantly reduce time required to adjust an antenna.

    Easy-to use measurement modes, as well as additional features such as memory storage and connection to a personal computer, make the AA-230PRO attractive for professionals and hobbyists.

    The TDR (Time Domain Reflectometer) mode is essencial for quick cable testing and cable fault location.

    The following tasks are easily accomplished by using RigExpert AA-230PRO:

    Download the RigExpert AA-230PRO User's manual.
    Download the RigExpert AA-230PRO Software manual.
     

      Order RigExpert AA-230PRO Antenna Analyzer

     

    RigExpert WTI-1 Wireless Transceiver Interface (New!)


    Connect your transceiver to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network. Use your laptop to operate phone, CW or digital modes from anywhere in the world!

    RigExpert WTI-1 is a revolutionary new device to interface your transceiver to your computer wirelessly. It provides:


    RigExpert TI-7 USB Interface (New!)

    RigExpert TI-7

    USB Transceiver Interface


    RigExpert TI-7 is a device for operating phone, CW and digital modes using personal computer with USB port. It provides:

    RigExpert TI-5 USB Interface (Discontinued)

    RigExpert TI-5 is an electronic device designed to operate phone, CW, and digital modes using personal computer and transceiver. Previously, a TNC or sound card was needed for this purpose, along with lots of cables, occupying computer sound card and serial ports. All of this is not needed anymore. Following up-to-date technology, USB interface is chosen to connect RigExpert TI-5 to your computer. No additional interface circuit needed for transceiver connection.
     
    RigExpert TI-5 combines:
      • Transceiver audio interface for operating digital modes, voice recording and playback – a totally compatible built-in dual channel sound card for any ham radio software.
      • Ability to connect external microphone and foot switch for using the interface to operate SSB or FM in combination with voice recording software.
      • CAT (Computer Aided Transceiver) system, which controls transceiver frequency, mode and other functions by computer, supporting various models of transceivers.
      • FSK operation to get crystal-clear RTTY signal.
      • Built-in electronic CW keyer (using the popular WINKEY version 10 chip).
    RigExpert TI-5 features:
     
    • Along with any soundcard software, operates phone, CW, PSK31, RTTY, Packet, AMTOR, MFSK, THROB, MT63, Hellschreiber, SSTV, and many other modes. No TNC required!
    • Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7, as well as Mac OS and Linux compatible.
    • Makes free computer soundcard and COM ports previously used for operating digital modes.
    •  USB connection to computer.
    •  Single 25-pin connector for transceiver connection.
    •  CAT interface tested with Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, Ten-Tec, Elecraft and JRC transceivers. The device is able to work with any future type of transceiver.
    •  Transformer coupled audio input and output to minimize interference.
    •  Shielded aluminium case.
    •  Comprehensive documentation and support.
       

    RigExpert TI-5 is FCC C.F.R. 47 (part 15:2005) and ICES-003 certified.

    RigExpert TI-5 eHam Product Review

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    RigExpert Standard USB Interface

    RigExpert Standard is a device for operating phone, CW and digital modes using personal computer with USB port. It provides:

    - Transceiver audio interface
    Analog audio interface is a connection to transceiver audio output (external speaker connector or line output) and transceiver audio input (microphone connector or line input). Audio interface enables operating digital modes, recording and playing voice, as well as other useful functions (such as measuring levels of a signal from the air) by using a computer. Input (two channels) and output volume levels are adjusted by potentiometers on the front panel of the device.

    - CAT interface for various transceiver models
    CAT (Computer Aided Transceiver) system provides control of transceiver frequency, operating mode and other functions by computer software. Normally, modern transceivers have serial (with various signal levels) link providing CAT interface.

    In RigExpert Standard, CAT interface port is seen as a COM port by computer software.

    - FSK output
    FSK (Frequency Shift Keying) is a popular method of transmitting digital messages over radio primarily used in radioteletype (RTTY) mode. Most transceivers provide FSK modulator feature to make the RTTY signal stable and clear.

    A separate COM port is assigned for the FSK output when using RigExpert Standard. The FSK baudrate and polarity are═ fixed and may be reconfigured by jumpers.

    - PTT and CW output functions
    Transceivers provide PTT (Push To Talk) and CW (Continuous Wave) keyer inputs to allow setting the transmitter on or off and operating CW using external device (PTT pedal, CW bug or paddle, terminal node controller, or personal computer).

    In RigExpert Standard, PTT and CW outputs are assigned to the RTS and DTR lines of a separate COM port.

    - Squelch input
    Some software, such as EchoLink, requires the interface to provide a squelch input to detect if the radio channel is busy.

    In RigExpert Standard, the squelch input is assigned to the DCD line of the COM port used for PTT and CW outputs.

    - Additional serial port
    Connecting TNCs or antenna rotors still require legacy COM ports which are unavailable on modern PCs. Having a 9-pin SERIAL connector (TXD/RXD/RTS/CTS lines) will resolve this problem.

    In RigExpert Standard, a separate COM port is assigned to the SERIAL input/output.

    - RigExpert Standard was successfully tested with following programs (to name a few):
    DX4WIN, DigiPan, Echolink, MixW2, Ham Radio Deluxe, MMTTY, MMSSTV, MMVARI, TrueTTY, Logger32, N1MM Logger, CTWin, WriteLOG, WSJT, HamScope, MultiPSK, CQLog, etc...

    RigExpert Standard is FCC C.F.R. 47 (part 15:2005) and ICES-003 certified.

    RigExpert Standard eHam Product Review

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    RigExpert Plus USB Interface (discontinued)

    RigExpert Plus is a device for operating phone, CW and digital modes using personal computer with USB port. It provides:

    - Transceiver audio interface:
    Analog audio interface is a connection to transceiver audio output (external speaker connector or line output) and transceiver audio input (microphone connector or line input). Audio interface enables operating digital modes, recording and playing voice, as well as other useful functions (such as measuring levels of a signal from the air) by using a computer. Input (two channels) and output volume levels are adjusted by potentiometers on the front panel of the device.

    - Optical S/PDIF in/out:
    In addition to the analog audio interface, RigExpert Plus provides optical S/PDIF input and output for modern transceivers such as IC-7800. The optical cables are widely available in HI-FI stores.

    - CAT interface for various transceiver models:
    CAT (Computer Aided Transceiver) system provides control of transceiver frequency, operating mode and other functions by computer software. Normally, modern transceivers have serial (with various signal levels) link providing CAT interface. In RigExpert Plus, CAT interface port is seen as a COM port by computer software.

    - FSK output:
    FSK (Frequency Shift Keying) is a popular method of transmitting digital messages over radio primarily used in radioteletype (RTTY) mode. Most transceivers provide FSK modulator feature to make the RTTY signal stable and clear. A separate COM port is assigned for the FSK output when using RigExpert Plus. The FSK baudrate and polarity are fixed and may be reconfigured by jumpers.

    - PTT and CW output functions:
    Transceivers provide PTT (Push To Talk) and CW (Continuous Wave) keyer inputs to allow setting the transmitter on or off and operating CW using external device (PTT pedal, CW bug or paddle, terminal node controller, or personal computer). In RigExpert Plus, PTT and CW outputs are assigned to the RTS and DTR lines of a separate COM port.

    - Squelch input:
    Some software, such as EchoLink, requires the interface to provide a squelch input to detect if the radio channel is busy. In RigExpert Plus, the squelch input is assigned to the DCD line of the COM port used for PTT and CW outputs.

    - Built-in electronic CW keyer for single or double paddle:
    The keyer produces dots or dashes depending on the direction a paddle is pushed to. If using double paddle, squeezing both paddles gives alternating dots and dashes. The speed a CW message comes out with is set by computer software or a built-in potentiometer. A famous WINKEY micro controller (version 10) was chosen as a CW keyer in RigExpert Plus. In RigExpert Plus, a separate COM port is assigned to the WINKEY controller.

    RigExpert Plus eHam Product Review

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    RigExpert Tiny USB Interface

    CAT+PTT/CW Version 1.3

    Developed by the MixW team, the RigExpert Tiny is a revolutionary new sound card to transceiver interface. Combining complete functionality, simplicity of use, excellent design and low price, the RigExpert Tiny is perfect for all digital modes and CW/Phone. Models built for different transceivers like the Yaesu, Icom, Kenwood and Ten-Tec are now available.

    The RigExpert Tiny interface provides a CAT port (transceiver frequency and mode control using a computer), a second serial port (PTT push-to-talk and/or CW output), as well as the soundcard-to-transceiver audio interface. The transceiver and computer connections are made using pre-wired cables for your specific rig. The computer connection uses the USB port, freeing up your serial (COM) ports for other needs. A separate power supply for the RigExpert Tiny interface is not needed as it is powered by your USB port. Five LEDs on the top panel display the device status, helping set up the computer software and monitor functions during on-air operation.

    The RigExpert Tiny interface is fully compatible with all amateur radio software running under Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003. Also supported are the Linux and MAC OS 8/9X operating systems. Software programs like DigiPan, MixW, MMTTY, MMSSTV, EchoLink, Ham Radio Deluxe, DXBase and CQ-Log just to name a few are fully supported.

    Please Click Here to find out if RigExpert Tiny may be wired for your specific radio model.

    Note: The RigExpert Tiny is being sold as a kit. Pease specify your radio model when ordering and we will wire it for you at no extra charge.

     

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    RigExpert Tiny eHam Product Review