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Reviews Categories | Ham Work Bench Tools & Test Equipment | Rigol DSA815 Spectrum Analyser Help

Reviews Summary for Rigol DSA815 Spectrum Analyser
Rigol DSA815 Spectrum Analyser Reviews: 1 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $1295
Description: 9 KHz to 1.5 GHz Spectrum Analyser, additional (at extra cost) options include: carry case, tracking generator, VSWR measuring and advance measuring kit.
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G4AON Rating: 5/5 Jan 22, 2014 11:22 Send this review to a friend
Great value  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
At a similar price to a 10 year old, or more, analyser by the US and EU manufacturers, you can have a brand new DSA815 analyser with a 3 year warranty. It is outstanding value for money.

I have the DSA815-TG version which includes a tracking generator. The TG version is far more useful to most amateur constructors as it enables relatively easy filter measurement, both loss/frequency plots and also matching... The latter requires an easy and cheap to build return loss bridge, look up VK3DIP who has designs for these on the web.

The analyser is relatively easy to use, starts quickly and returns to the previous settings on power up. In addition programming the front panel green "Preset" button is easy and will return your analyser to a favourite setting in moments.

During the first half hour of use the analyser self calibrates every 10 minutes or so, this will reset any "normalise" settings (used with the tracking generator), in addition it will clear the screen of any trace you are trying to store to a USB memory stick. However, this is only a minor irritation.

There is some cooling fan noise, but not loud enough to be an issue.

Overall, the analyser is delightful to use and hasn't had any software glitches, or other issues, during several hours of use.

Some of the options are very expensive, for example the VSWR kit at $459 does nothing you can't do for $20 with a home made bridge. The VSWR measuring software is enabled for a trial period and doesn't even plot SWR on a graph, you can easily convert return loss plots to SWR yourself for nothing.

In my opinion, the supplied software on CD doesn't add any value, not even the trial version of Ultraspectrum (the full version costs $260).

You can easily find a carry case in the $15 - $20 range, I use a cool bag from a fishing tackle shop. No need to buy the Rigol one for $125.

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