Link Microtek has introduced a new portable instrument from Narda Test Solutions that will enable armed forces to pinpoint the source of any suspicious radio signals.
As well as helping to combat the threat of IEDs, the new IDA-3106 interference and direction analyser (IDA) can identify and locate undesirable signals from jamming devices, mobile phones, satellite phones and 2-way radios.
Using its integral GPS receiver and the 3D electronic compass built into the antenna handle, the IDA carries out a horizontal scan to establish the position of the interference source and then either displays the relative bearing in a polar diagram or pinpoints the location on a street map, just like a satnav system.
The IDA is available with a choice of three active directional antennas covering the frequency ranges 20 to 250MHz, 200 to 500MHz and 400MHz to 6GHz.
Capable of analysing broadband signals, the instrument has a resolution bandwidth of up to 32MHz, which is believed to be unique for a hand-held unit. Its fast scan speed of 12GHz/s allows it to capture intermittent signals or burst transmissions.
Optional facilities include a scope mode - offering a time resolution as low as 32ns for analysis of high-speed data transmissions or pulsed signals such as radar - and an I/Q demodulation recorder, which enables signal data to be stored on the instrument and transferred to a PC for further analysis if required.
Ideal for field use, the IDA features a robust case, a keypad designed for operation when wearing gloves, battery hot-swap capability, and a comfortably light weight of under 3kg.
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