Spectrum Analyzer

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by shano80, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. shano80

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    Hello,I recently purchased a used tektronic 496 spectrum analyzer and had some questions.Ive never used a real one and got this for playing around with.I would like to hook an antenna to the 50 ohm input and was wondering what I need to get to look at the FM radio spectrum.
     
  2. beenthere

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    Have you gone to Tektronix to get the manual?
     
  3. SgtWookie

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    That model is too old for Tektronix to have any information about it online.
    The Boat Anchor Archive doesn't have manuals either.

    The Navy NEETS Module 16 - Test Equipment has a tutorial on the use of a Model 492 spectrum analyzer; it is probably reasonably similar to the 496, with a higher freq. range.
    It can be downloaded in PDF format from this page for free:
    http://www.phy.davidson.edu/instrumentation/NEETS.htm
    The Spectrum Analyzer introduction begins in the middle of page 6-37. The front panel is shown on page 6-40, with the controls described on subsequent pages.
     
  4. shano80

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    Thanks for the suggestions. What I really need is some classes on spectrum analyzers but not an option at the moment.The 496, and 492 & 495 were replaced by the 494 & 497 and if memory serves those have been discontinued. The 496 has a frequency range of 1KHz to 1.8GHz.If I can ask one more, would an agilent probe be compatible with the proper power supply and assuming its 50 ohms.
     
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