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Freedom R8200 from Astronics Test Systems
August 3, 2020

The Freedom R8200 from Astronics Test Systems is the first test instrument to combine the full functionality of an LMR service monitor with the RF network analysis capability of a Vector Network Analyzer (VNA).  This revolutionary combination of instruments not only allows technicians to carry fewer pieces of equipment in the field and save precious set-up time, but also helps avoid unnecessary investment in additional tools.

 The included VNA has a frequency range up to 6 GHz and enables near-instantaneous measurements of cable/antenna Return Loss and Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR).  The Frequency Domain Reflectometer (FDR) based Distance-To-Fault function sweeps and profiles discontinuities in transmission lines to accurately pinpoint faulty components and signifcantly reduce the time it takes to locate and repair.  Verifying your communications infrastructure performance and rapidly locating impairments has never been easier.

High Performance 6GHz VNA

  • Near real-time measurements
  • 101 to 10,000 trace points
  • Six markers per trace with Absolute and Delta modes
  • Extensive library of calibration kits and cable types
  • Smith Chart for quick visual analysis of transmission lines
  • Measurements:

o   Simultaneous VSWR/return loss

o   Cable Loss

o   RF passive components (filters, duplexers, etc.) test and alignment 

o   Distance to fault

  • Trace Processing:

o   Smoothing

o   Averaging

o   IF Bandwidth

o   Scaling

In addition to the VNA, the R8200 features all of the LMR digital and analog test capabilities found in the R8100, including:

  • AutoTune automated test and alignment capability for every major radio manufacturer 
  • Comprehensive testing options for:

o   APCO P25 Phases 1 and 2

o   TETRA DMO and TMO subscriber and infrastructure 

o   DMR & DMR live repeater

o   NXDN conventional and trunking  

Optional avionics ramp testing and Positive Train Control (PTC) are also available for the first time in an LMR service monitor, only from Freedom by Astronics Test Systems.

Several premium features come standard in the R8200 that are optional on the industry standard R8100 ultra-portable communications system analyzer:

  • Process Automation Toolkit (“PAT”) – PAT transforms radio service and brings automated testing within the reach of every technician.  Virtually every function and test mode of the analyzer can be incorporated into a test script using a simple point-and-click interface. PAT allows any technician to create and store test scripts in a few minutes and execute the results in seconds without knowledge of any particular programming language. 
  • Remote Front Panel – Allows monitor and control of the analyzer from any networked PC.  With this feature, troublesome intermittent site issues can be resolved without the need to keep a technician on site for hours or days.
  • Extended Generate Output Port Range - By extending the output power range down to -125dBm, this feature enables radio technicians to test repeater sensitivity without changing ports, greatly simplifying and speeding up the test process.

There has never been an LMR test product with the comprehensive capabilities of the R8200.   Whether you are testing subscriber units or infrastructure, analog or digital technology, using your test set on the bench or in the field, the Freedom R8200 from Astronics Test Systems is the solution for your LMR test needs.

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