Aeroflex Unveils Portable Radio Test Set for Vehicle Radio Systems

Aeroflex has launched the 3500 radio test set, a lightweight and portable radio test set designed specifically to test vehicle-based radio systems used predominantly by first responders. The Aeroflex 3500 radio test set incorporates the latest technology in rugged design, portability, battery life and high performance. The new test set allows the user to test all aspects of the vehicle’s system – from the radio to the cable and the antenna – with powerful features typically found only in bench-top radio test equipment.

With a built-in generator and receiver, the Aeroflex 3500 radio test set operates from 2MHz to 1GHz and it is capable of measuring high power (up to 200W with an external attenuator) as well as finding faults in antenna, power amplifiers and interconnects. It performs a wide variety of AM/FM transmitter and receiver tests including RF power, RF frequency error, AM modulation, FM deviation, Receive Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI), distortion and SINAD/sensitivity.

“Aeroflex’s 3500 is the most comprehensive vehicular test system available and meets the needs of a variety of radio vehicle tests and commercial radio applications,” said Rob Barden, Director of Product Marketing, Aeroflex Test Solutions. “The 3500 allows technicians and engineers to quickly find and isolate radio system failures, including cable and antenna problems, more quickly than other test sets because it features a built in VSWR meter and other test capabilities that allow the User to test the entire radio system.”

Since many radio system faults actually originate in the cabling or antenna rather than in the radio, the Aeroflex 3500 radio test set conveniently allows the user to measure the Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) of both the cable and the antenna. A large VSWR can indicate a high return loss caused by a bad cable, connector, or antenna. Isolating the problem in the cable, connector or antenna prevents the user from returning a good radio to the manufacturer or depot for repair, thus avoiding unnecessary extra cost as well as the inconvenience of radio system down time.

The Aeroflex 3500 radio test set weighs just 8.5lbs. (3.86Kg.) including the battery and solid aluminium weatherproof case. It has an operating temperature of -10°C to +50°C, and is designed with rugged construction specifications for humidity, altitude, shock and vibration. It has a battery life of seven hours and can be fully recharged and ready to operate in only four hours. When not in use, the Aeroflex 3500 radio test set and the optional accessories can be easily stored and transported in a sturdy carrying case.

The Aeroflex 3500 radio test set is designed to enable quick “Drive-By” testing, allowing the user to connect to the supplied antenna, key up the radio and measure the radio parameters over-the-air. A microphone/speaker combination handset is provided to check voice quality of the transmitter and receiver.

The Aeroflex 3500 radio test set utilises a software-defined radio architecture where the software defines almost all of the functionality of the test set from the RF physical layer and up. Because it is software-defined, it allows for future updates and improvements to the capability of the instrument and the user can easily add options or update functional improvements in the field without the need to return the instrument to the factory. Future product enhancements will include spectrum analyzer and oscilloscope functions.

About Aeroflex
Aeroflex Incorporated is a global provider of high technology solutions to the aerospace, defence, cellular and broadband communications markets. The Company’s diverse technologies allow it to design, develop, manufacture and market a broad range of test, measurement and microelectronic products. The Company’s common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol ARXX and is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 index.

About Aeroflex Test Solutions, Instruments Division
Staffed with experts in RF and microwave signal generation and processing subsystems, Aeroflex Test Solutions Group provides test and measurement systems, instruments, modules, services and integration support for the communications test, military, government and semiconductor industries. Aeroflex’ solutions reflect a commitment to industry-accepted standards and the concept of modular product development. They encompass Communications test (public mobile radio, wireless cellular and telecom, military radio and avionics radio test), Signal sources (synthesizers, signal generators, signal analyzers and phase noise systems), General-purpose test (spectrum analyzers, microwave analyzers, bit error rate testers) and Systems (satellite, ATE, PXI and radar).