02 Oct 2017

Ethernet controlled Ka-band loop test translator launched

AtlanTecRF, a specialist in RF satcom testing, has launched a new range of Ka-band Loop Test Translators (LTT) with Ethernet Control.

The ALR series of Ka-Band Loop Test Translators address the 27GHz uplink market and feature Synthesised Variable Frequency Local Oscillators (LOs) to provide the user with the most versatile and comprehensive operating configurations for translation of uplink (Tx) frequencies to either downlink (Rx) frequencies or to L-Band, and for L-Band to downlink (Rx).

These new translators simulate the satellite transponder frequency conversion for system alignment without the risk and cost of a live test session and provide continuous quality monitoring.

From input to output the nominal conversion loss is 35dB as standard but there are options to reduce this to 0dB with the addition of internal gain stages. Input attenuation in a choice of 30dB and 60dB ranges is controlled with easy-to-use up/down touch buttons and this is also the case for the synthesised local oscillator (LO) frequency. In addition, this local control can be switched to remote whereby ethernet and a GUI (graphical user interface) permit adjustment of these parameters via the internet.

LO stability is maintained over both time and temperature by either an internal OCXO guaranteeing +/-0.05ppm over 0+50C or by connecting to a system 10MHz reference, in which case the LTT tracks the system variations.

"It is always the aim of AtlanTecRF to offer a comprehensive range of Satcom RF Testing Equipment to meet the different needs of users. With the launch of the Ethernet Controlled Ka-band unit – users can now remotely test satellite signals from L-band right through to Ku, DBS, Ka and Q-band”, said Geoff Burling, AtlanTecRF’s C.E.O.

In addition to the easily recognised 19" x 1U rack mount configuration, the new Ka-band LTTs are also available as portable bench instruments and weatherproof outdoor units and there is the choice of AC 80-240V supply or rechargeable battery power.

Most popular news in Test & measurement

Keysight extends availability of RF test & measurement equipment
Handheld RF analyzer used to test radar for icy moons exploration
Reduce test software development man-hours by almost 90%
5G NR sub-6 GHz device testing platform
First PXI chassis with 58 W of power and cooling per slot

All news in this channel | All news


Share this page


Want more like this? Register for our newsletter









Making light work of 'wireless wires' for the Internet of Things Maxine Hewitt | Alpha Micro Components
Making light work of 'wireless wires' for the Internet of Things
Maxine Hewitt of Alpha Micro Components looks at how ready designed and built RF modules can help bring connected products for the Internet of Things to market faster.









Radio-Electronics.com is operated and owned by Adrio Communications Ltd and edited by Ian Poole. All information is © Adrio Communications Ltd and may not be copied except for individual personal use. This includes copying material in whatever form into website pages. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the information on Radio-Electronics.com, no liability is accepted for any consequences of using it. This site uses cookies. By using this site, these terms including the use of cookies are accepted. More explanation can be found in our Privacy Policy