RF Explorer — Handheld RF Spectrum Analyzer





RF Explorer is a new series of low-cost, portable, RF spectrum analyzers designed by Arocholl that are available in a variety of frequency ranges. Nuts About Nets has been developing diagnostic tools for troubleshooting wireless networks for a number of years and when RF Explorer was first introduced to us we were extremely impressed. The price-performance of these RF spectrum analyzers is truly remarkable and is the best, by far, on the market — nothing else comes close. These RF analyzers operate both standalone as handheld devices, plus they interface via USB cable to a PC running more sophisticated data acquisition and analysis software. Prices for these RF spectrum analyzers (including PC software) begin at $119 USD — which is unheard of in the test equipment industry.

The RF Explorer series of analyzers re-defines the handheld, portable RF spectrum analyzer. The unit is small and light-weight, yet offers performance and features comparable to larger, more expensive devices.

Whereas once the use of RF spectrum analyzers were limited to companies/organizations that could afford their high price tag, the low cost of the RF Explorer now offers every engineer, technician, and savvy hobbyist the opportunity to own an RF spectrum analyzer.

RF Explorer Models And Supported Frequency Ranges


RF Explorer Model Map

When designing, installing or troubleshooting wireless systems it is very difficult to predict the propagation of radio waves and detect the presence of interfering signals without the use of diagnostic, test equipment. Radio waves don’t travel the same distance in all directions — instead walls, doors, elevator shafts, people, and other obstacles offer varying degrees of attenuation, which cause the Radio Frequency (RF) radiation pattern to be irregular and unpredictable. In order for a wireless system to achieve optimal reliability and throughput it is necessary to detect and identify sources of interference that affect its performance. Enter RF spectrum analyzers — the tool of choice for monitoring wireless systems. Check-out RF Explorer’s features, specifications and prices. We think you will be pleasantly surprised, just as we were.

Features:

  • Pocket size and light weight.
  • Solid aluminum metal case.
  • Graphics LCD 128×64 pixels, great visibility outdoors.
  • Spectrum Analyzer mode with Peak Max and Hold, Normal, Overwrite and Averaging modes.
  • Lifetime free firmware upgrades available, open to community requested features.
  • High capacity Lithium-ion polymer internal battery for 16hs+ of continuous run, rechargeable by USB.
  • Can interface to Windows PC running data acquisition and analysis software.
  • Wide band coverage includes: all popular sub-1Ghz ISM bands, 2.4x GHz ISM band (Wi-Fi, bluetooth, Zigbee), 5.x GHz ISM band (Wi-Fi) — with maximum frequency reaching to 6100 MHz.

  • RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer


Comparison Of RF Explorer Models



Please refer to the links below for additional specifications:


  • Model
  • Price
    Price
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    Frequency Range (MHz)
  • Span (MHz)
    Span (MHz)
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    Frequency Resolution (KHz)
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    Average Noise Level (dBm)
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    Automatic RBW (KHz)
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    Graphics LCD (pixels)
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    RF Impedance (ohms)
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    Max Input Power (dBm)
  • Frequency Accuracy
    Frequency Accuracy
  • Frequency Stability
    Frequency Stability
  • Amplitude Stability
    Amplitude Stability
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    Amplitude Accuracy
  • Size (mm)
    Size (mm)
  • Weight (grams)
    Weight (grams)
  • Antennas Included
    Antennas Included
  • 6G Combo
  • Price
    $365 USD
  • Add to cart
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    4850-6100
    15-2700
  • Span (MHz)
    2-600
    0.112-600
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    1.0
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    -105
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    0.5
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    2.6-812
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    128x64
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    50
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    +25
    +30
  • Frequency Accuracy
    0.5 ppm
    10 ppm
  • Frequency Stability
    0.5 ppm
    10 ppm
  • Amplitude Stability
    +/- 1 dBm
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    +/- 3 dBm
    +/- 6 dBm
  • Size (mm)
    113x70x25
  • Weight (grams)
    185
  • Antennas Included
    NA-773
    Whip 2.4G
    R Duck 5.8G
  • WiFi Combo
  • Price
    $270 USD
  • Add to cart
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    4850-6100
    2350-2550
  • Span (MHz)
    2-600
    2-85
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    1.0
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    -105
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    0.5
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    2.6-812
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    128x64
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    50
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    +25
    +5
  • Frequency Accuracy
    0.5 ppm
    10 ppm
  • Frequency Stability
    0.5 ppm
    10 ppm
  • Amplitude Stability
    +/- 1 dBm
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    +/- 3 dBm
  • Size (mm)
    113x70x25
  • Weight (grams)
    185
  • Antennas Included
    NA-773
    Whip 2.4G
    R Duck 5.8G
  • 3G Combo
  • Price
    $269 USD
  • Add to cart
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    15-2700
    240-960
  • Span (MHz)
    0.112-600
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    1.0
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    -115
    -105
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    0.5
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    2.6-600
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    128x64
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    50
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    +5
    +30
  • Frequency Accuracy
    10 ppm
  • Frequency Stability
    10 ppm
  • Amplitude Stability
    +/- 1 dBm
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    +/- 3 dBm
    +/- 6 dBm
  • Size (mm)
    113x70x25
  • Weight (grams)
    220
  • Antennas Included
    NA-773
    Whip 2.4G
  • 3G-24G Combo
  • Price
    $289 USD
  • Add to cart
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    15-2700
    2350-2550
  • Span (MHz)
    0.112-600
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    1.0
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    -105
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    0.5
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    2.6-600
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    128x64
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    50
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    +5
    +30
  • Frequency Accuracy
    10 ppm
  • Frequency Stability
    10 ppm
  • Amplitude Stability
    +/- 1 dBm
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    +/- 3 dBm
    +/- 6 dBm
  • Size (mm)
    113x70x25
  • Weight (grams)
    220
  • Antennas Included
    NA-773
    Whip 2.4G
  • ISM Combo
  • Price
    $179 USD
  • Add to cart
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    240-960
    2350-2550
  • Span (MHz)
    0.112-600
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    1.0
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    -115
    -105
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    0.5
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    2.6-600
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    128x64
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    50
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    +5
  • Frequency Accuracy
    10 ppm
  • Frequency Stability
    10 ppm
  • Amplitude Stability
    +/- 1 dBm
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    +/- 3 dBm
  • Size (mm)
    113x70x25
  • Weight (grams)
    220
  • Antennas Included
    NA-773
    Whip 2.4G
  • WSUB1G
  • Price
    $129 USD
  • Add to cart
  • Frequency Range (MHz)
    240-960
  • Span (MHz)
    0.112-300
  • Frequency Resolution (KHz)
    1.0
  • Average Noise Level (dBm)
    -115
  • Amplitude Resolution (dBm)
    0.5
  • Automatic RBW (KHz)
    2.6-600
  • Graphics LCD (pixels)
    128x64
  • RF Impedance (ohms)
    50
  • Max Input Power (dBm)
    +5
  • Frequency Accuracy
    10 ppm
  • Frequency Stability
    10 ppm
  • Amplitude Stability
    +/- 1 dBm
  • Amplitude Accuracy
    +/- 3 dBm
  • Size (mm)
    113x70x25
  • Weight (grams)
    185
  • Antennas Included
    NA-773