I've wanted to try a spectrum analyser for many years but they've been prohibitively expensive. Just as oscilloscopes have come down in price, spectrum analysers are also getting cheaper. I bought an OWON XSA815-TG Spectrum Analyser from Banggood for just under US$1,000.
This one is good to 1.5GHz which should be plenty for my use.
So far, I'm really impressed. It's very easy to use - easier than many CROs. Certainly easier than the TinySA. Here it is showing the local FM broadcast band:
There is lots to learn but I feel that after a CRO, a spectrum analyser is a wonderful piece of test equipment that is now within financial range of some of us lucky hobbyists.
The terrible interference I often see on 40m has just returned. Here's how it looks on the IC-7300:
I think I need to play with attenuation and gain to see what's going on. Much to learn!
Post a Comment