The next generation of the world’s only portable, full-featured communications analyzer

 

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A Compact and Lightweight Solution


  • Spectrum Analyzer
  • Signal Generator
  • Sensitive Measurement Receiver
  • High Performance Tracking Generator (optional)
  • SINAD Meter
  • Distortion Meter
  • Modulation Scope
  • Oscilloscope
  • Frequency Error Meter
  • Cable Fault Locator (optional)
  • FM Deviation Meter
  • AM Modulation Meter
  • Receive Signal Strength Meter
  • Broadband and Narrowband Power Meters
  • Audio Counter
  • Audio Generator
  • AC / DC Voltmeters
  • Return Loss / VSWR bridge (optional)
  • DMR (MOTOTRBO™) test mode (optional)
  • NXDN test mode (optional)
  • TETRA subscriber test mode (optional)
  • P25 conventional test mode (optional)
  • P25 trunking test mode (optional)

The Ultimate Radio Test Set

Weight:  14 lbs. Frequency

Range:  250 kHz to 3 GHz (1 GHz standard, 3 GHz optional)

Size:9.4” high x 12.7” wide x 7.5” deep

Display:  8.4” LCD, visible in sunlight, with wide viewing angle Spec. An.

Noise Floor:  -120 dBm (-140 dBm at narrow spans)

RF Input:  50 W 5 Min, 150 W maximum

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Superior Spectrum Analyzer

The R8000 comes equipped with a spectrum analyzer comparable to those found on stand-alone instruments costing as much or more.

With a noise floor well below -140 dBm at narrow spans, super-fast signal acquisition, 4 markers (2 standard), and an available variable vertical scale down to 1 dB per division, the R8000 is the ideal tool for tracking and measuring elusive interfering signals.

Upgradable and Expandable

The software-based architecture of the R8000 lets you add software options and upgrades in the field.

So if your needs change down the line, simply order the feature or protocol you need and enable it by entering a 16 digit option key using the front panel keypad.

Firmware upgrades are available on our website free of charge for the life of the unit.

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The R8000B: Production-Grade Performance, Laboratory-Grade Specifications, Field Portability

Monitor & Control Interface (M&C) & Low Phase Noise for Automated Test and High Performance applications

The M&C consists of proprietary commands as well as support of IEEE standard equipment ID query for automating manufacturing test processes and procedures. This, along with the exceptional phase noise performance of the R8000B’s signal generator, makes it suitable for manufacturing and other high-performance applications, enabling significant reductions in capital costs. The outstanding purity of the R8000 signal generator can be seen in the spectrum analyzer capture on the right.

“Dual Display” lets you see carrier signal and demodulated audio simultaneously

Our unique Dual Display allows you to view the RF spectrum analyzer and modulation scope at the same time, giving you the ability to analyze RF characteristics of the carrier signal and recovered audio from the same screen.  Complete functionality of each instrument is available in Dual Display mode, and al associated measurements are displayed. With Dual Display, you no longer need to go back and forth from the spectrum analyzer to the modulation scope to see everything you need – it’s all on one screen! Included with the Enhanced Spectrum Analyzer option R8-ESA.

High Performance Spectrum Analyzer

Our Tracking Generator option provides an integrated instrument that sets up the RF Generator in a sweeping mode that is lock stepped with the Spectrum Analyzer. The tracker’s extraordinary dynamic range and response time delivers an invaluable tool for measuring and servicing RF filtering and combining networks like IF filters and Duplexers. The R8000’s low Spectrum Analyzer noise floor, FFT processing, and broad selection of display and marker functions assure quick and accurate measurements. Antenna return loss and VSWR measurements can be made with the use of the optional Return Loss Bridge (R8-VSWR).

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Exceptional Phase Noise Performance
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Comprehensive P25 Phase I and II test capability!

The R8000 is the only portable communications analyzer with a comprehensive suite of APCO P25 diagnostics. 

The R8000’s P25 test functions are fully compliant with the TIA/EIA-102.CAAA measurement standard and include:

 

• Bit Error Rate (BER) test patterns

• Symbol Deviation

 • Modulation Fidelity

 • Frequency Error

 • Power

 • Eye Diagrams

BER testing

All 10 TIA specified test patterns for P25 radio receivers and all 7 TIA test patterns for radio transmitters are measured: 1011 Hz Tone, O.153, Busy, Calibration, Silence, Idle, AFC, Symbol Rate (Rx only), Low Deviation (Rx only), and C4FM Modulation Fidelity (Rx only).

P25 signal quality measurements

Modulation Fidelity indicates how far a P25 signal is from ideal theoretical modulation.

Symbol Deviation is a convenient signal quality metric. A P25 radio with a perfect C4FM modulated signal should measure 1800 Hz.

Significant variation from 1800 Hz indicates a potential transmitter problem. Frequency Error displays the difference between a P25 transmission carrier and operator-selected monitor frequency.

P25 Trunking

The P25 trunking option enables the R8000 to become a base station emulator and trunking controller. Default Frequency plans for the VHF/UHF, 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands are provided.The user may modify these plans as needed for channel bandwidth, duplex offset and the bands base frequency offering a complete and comprehensive test solution for all P25 trunked systems. Test functions include: Control Channel Idle, Registration Request, Registration Grant, Traffic Channel Request/ Grant, Voice Channel audio paths, including encryption if fitted, with Voice Loopback, Incoming call alert tone, and Voice call (1011Hz Tone).

Patented Voice Loop

Modulation Fidelity indicates how far a P25 signal is from ideal theoretical modulation.

Symbol Deviation is a convenient signal quality metric. A P25 radio with a perfect C4FM modulated signal should measure 1800 Hz.

Significant variation from 1800 Hz indicates a potential transmitter problem. Frequency Error displays the difference between a P25 transmission carrier and operator-selected monitor frequency.

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Comprehensive P25 Signal Quality Analysis
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P25 Trunking with Eye Diagram

TETRA

The TETRA option allows quick RF performance testing of TETRA radios with a Direct Mode Operation (DMO) channel. Modulation performance can be evaluated using Error Vector Magnitude (EVM) measurements and viewing a constellation display. Receiver performance can be tested using a 1000Hz test pattern.

Radios can be verified to operate on channel and

within timing and power requirements with

measurement of:

 

• Carrier Frequency Offset

• Power Profile

• Unwanted Power

• Modulation Spectrum

The R8000 communications analyzer is the world’s only portable full-featured radio test set with the ability to test TETRA, APCO P25, DMR, NXDN and analog radios across the entire RF spectrum from 250 kHz to 3 GHz!

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TETRA Power Profile
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1.  Bright 8.4” Color LCD with wide viewing angles

2.  User-Friendly, softkey driven operation

3.  Tuning Knob for quick and easy changes of numeric entries: Digital precision with an analog feel

4.  Off-the-air antenna port for sensitive receiver measurements

5.  VGA, Ethernet, and additional USB ports

6.  One-touch mode keys take you directly to the instrument you need

7.  Escape Key returns user to previous screen for easy navigation

8.  Hot Keys for quick navigation from screen to screen

Digital Narrowband: DMR and NXDN Test Options

The migration to 6.25 kHz channel equivalency is moving faster and faster. The R8000 gives you the capability of maintaining radios and radio infrastructure for both major digital narrowband technologies: DMR and NXDN.

The R8000 features a Test option that allows testing of radios compliant with the ETSI Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) standard. The unit measures Bit Error Rate (BER) for all DMR specified test patterns, as well as RF input power and frequency error in both digital and analog modes. The R8000 fully supports MOTOTRBO™ Professional Digital Two-Way Radio System (Motorola’s DMR implementation) using test procedures specified by Motorola engineers.

The R8000 NXDN mode provides a suite of test functions fully compliant with the Conformance Test section of the NXDN Common Air Interface (CAI) standard. These include Symbol Deviation, Modulation Fidelity, BER, Frequency Error, and Power. This option also features the Voice Loopback feature used in the P25 option to provide audio verification of the radio’s end- to-end operation.

The migration to 6.25 kHz channel equivalency is moving faster and faster. The R8000 gives you the capability of maintaining radios and radio infrastructure for both major digital narrowband technologies: DMR and NXDN.

The R8000 features a Test option that allows testing of radios compliant with the ETSI Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) standard. The unit measures Bit Error Rate (BER) for all DMR specified test patterns, as well as RF input power and frequency error in both digital and analog modes. The R8000 fully supports MOTOTRBO™ Professional Digital Two-Way Radio System (Motorola’s DMR implementation) using test procedures specified by Motorola engineers.

The R8000 NXDN mode provides a suite of test functions fully compliant with the Conformance Test section of the NXDN Common Air Interface (CAI) standard. These include Symbol Deviation, Modulation Fidelity, BER, Frequency Error, and Power. This option also features the Voice Loopback feature used in the P25 option to provide audio verification of the radio’s end- to-end operation.

NXDN “Type C” trunking test capability is also available in the R8000. The trunking option emulates an NXDN trunking base station, allowing the user to test signal quality parameters such as power and frequency error and measure receiver sensitivity and audio quality as well.

The R8000 offers a radio service solution that was unimaginable just a few years ago: a multi-purpose communications analyzer with the performance of expensive stand-alone instruments, weighing just 14 pounds. It now adds to this powerful package the ability to test NXDN, DMR and P25 radios, making it the only sensible choice for today’s radio service environment. And if your needs change tomorrow? No problem. The R8000’s revolutionary, software-based architecture lets you add protocols and other options in a matter of seconds!

The R8000 from Freedom Communications Technologies: Comprehensive, state-of-the-art digital narrowband test capability in a portable software-defined analyzer.

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DMR Test Suite: Signal Quality Metrics and Constellation Metrics
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DMR Test Suite: Signal Quality Metrics and Constellation Metrics

AutoTune™ Automated Radio Test and Alignment

The R8000’s AutoTune option performs all recommended factory test and alignment procedures in a fraction of the time needed to perform them manually. Just select your radio model and connect as shown on the R8000, choose the tests and alignments you wish to perform, then enter your operator ID and press the “start button.”

Benefits:

  • Test time reduced by over 80%
  • Consistent manufacturer specified alignments among radios
  • Accurate and repeatable test results
  • Comprehensive test reports show before & after readings, time, date and operator identification
  • Pass/Fail indicators flag radio defects
  • Little or no technical expertise required
  • Results are stored on the R8000 and can be exported to a USB drive for analysis with PC spreadsheet software

 

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R8000 XTS AutoTune Setup Diagram

The R8000 automatically reads key radio information such as model number and serial number, and makes the measurements and alignments needed to bring the radio within factory specifications.

Within minutes you have a complete record of your test session stored on the R8000 in comma delimited form for quick and easy recall. Over time you will build a complete test history for every radio – ideal for large fleets with formal Preventative Maintenance programs. Test reports can be conveniently viewed on the R8000 or exported for further analysis using spreadsheets and other data manipulation programs.

Reduces radio test and alignment

time from an hour or more to

10-12 minutes!

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MOTOTRBO AutoTune Status Screen

Test and Alignments Performed:

Transmitter Tests

  • Bit Error Rate (BER)
  • Reference Frequency
  • RF Output Power

Alignments

  • Reference Oscillator
  • Transmit Deviation Balance
  • Transmit Deviation Limit
  • Transmit Power Level

Alignments

  • Rated Audio
  • Distortion
  • SINAD Sensitivity
  • Noise squelch
  • Voice Modulation
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XTL5000 AutoTune Test Report

R8000 Premier Packages | Coverage Mapping Option

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The Ultimate Radio Service Tool

The R8000B PREMIER PACKAGES are the best values in LMR test equipment.

Both packages include the following options:

 

  • Tracking Generator – NEW High Performance Tracking Generator – Lightning fast response and wide dynamic range makes this a must for tuning cavities, duplexers and filters
  • Enhanced Spectrum Analyzer – Includes our proprietary DualScope display which shows the carrier signal and modulation scope simultaneously
  • Remote Front Panel – Operates all functions from a networked PC
  • Cable Fault Locator
  • Soft Carrying Case

The packages differ only in frequency capability and service coverage. The 3GHz package features operation of all features to 3GHz with a 1 year service plan. The 1GHz package features a 3 year plan. With the R8000B, you have a test set that is not only state- of-the-art, but state-of-tomorrow’s-art. We continue to add capabilities with frequent firmware releases, all of which are available on our web site free for the life of the unit. And if you find yourself needing an option or protocol you didn’t originally obtain? Just order the feature you need, enter the installation key, and in seconds you have your new capability.

The R8000: The World´s Most

Future-Proofed Radio Test Set

Coverage Mapping

Freedom Communications Technologie now offers a coverage mapping software package for use with its R8000 Communications Systems Analyzer. This new ‘Drive-Test’ software, developed for the R8000 by Survey Technologies, Inc., is a customized version of the company’s successful “Field Test 7” product, widely considered the industry standard for two-way radio system coverage mapping.

The FT7 translates thousands of signal measurements into highly customizable contour plots and critical signal strength data which can be exported as an Excel file or as comma or tab delimited data files for subsequent analysis. The maps and data files provide baseline information for analysis of two-way radio communication system coverage and performance; new transmission site setup and maintenance.

The package includes:

  • STI enhanced `Field Test 7´ Software – Including “tile analysis” software and indoor measurement capability
  • GPS receiver/antena
  • Street map data for the U.S and Canada
  • R8000 software driver
  • 1 year STI service and support
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Sample Blended Coverage Map

Specifications

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