Manufacturer: RigExpert Ukraine
Warranty: 2 years
RigExpert implanted Bluetooth technology into the antenna analyzer and opened up new applications for this popular device.
Now, thanks to its ability to work in conjunction with a smartphone or the tablet/netbook, the new RigExpert AA-230 ZOOM Option BLE antenna analyzer is your laboratory in a field.
Download and install the Android application for your smartphone/tablet or AntScope2 for your netbook to:
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Frequency range: 0.1 to 230 MHz
Frequency entry: 1 kHz resolution
Measurement for 25, 50, 75 and 100-Ohm systems
SWR measurement range: 1 to 100 in numerical modes, 1 to 10 in chart modes
SWR display: numerical or analogue indicator
R and X range: 0…10000, -10000…10000 in numerical modes, 0…1000, -1000…1000 in chart modes
Optional open-short-load calibration.
Non Volatile memory:
Bluetooth specs: Bluetooth Specification v.4.0 (BLE).
Dimensions: 82 mm x 182 mm x 32 mm (3.2 in x 7.2 in x 1.3 in)
Operating temperature: 0…40 °C (32…104 °F)
Weight: 236 g (8.32 oz)
Warranty: 2 years
RigExpert AA-230 ZOOM Option BLE is made in Ukraine.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
* Batteries are not included with the analyzer.
AntScope is a program which is shipped with every RigExpert antenna analyzer. You may also download the latest version from the Downloads page of the RigExpert website (the program is included in installation CD packages). The screenshots listed below illustrate how capable this program is when the analyzer is connected to a PC. SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) plot:
R (resistance), X (reactance) and Z (module of impedance) display, series mode:
R (resistance), X (reactance) and Z (module of impedance) display, parallel mode:
Time Domain Reflectometer mode (except AA-500 and AA-520):
The structure diagram of RigExpert AA-230 ZOOM Option BLE is located below:
The “brain” of the analyzer is STM 32-bit RISC microcontroller. It controls a AD9958 DDS chip running at 500 MHz and generating two sinusoidal signals. Both signals are low-pass filtered and then put through pulse shapers, producing two square signals with LVDS levels. Resistive brigde was chosen to measure parameters of a load because of its simplicity and good frequency response. The switch commutates two outputs of the bridge. After the switch, the signal is mixed with the second channel output to produce audio frequency of 1.5 kHz.This signal is then filtered and fed through the 16-bit ADC to the microcontroller. The 290×220 color TFT display and the 6×3 keys keypad are connected directly to the CPU. The analyzer is equipped with 4 Mbytes of external Flash memory to store measurement results. The USB interface chip allows connecting the analyzer to the PC.
This is a diagram of the resistive bridge and its connection to the mixer:
The switch which is controlled by the CPU feeds the signal from the certain side of the bridge to the mixer chip. When the load is totally active and its resistance is 50 Ω, the bridge is balanced and the switch outputs the same signal in both positions. This eliminates the need of calibration of the analyzer, also giving very good precision near SWR=1.
|Function||AA-30 .ZERO||AA-30||AA-35 ZOOM||AA-54||AA-55 ZOOM||AA-170||AA-230 ZOOM||AA-600||AA-1000||AA-1400|
|Frequency range||0.06-30 MHz||0.1-30 MHz||0.06-35 MHz||0.1-54 MHz||0.06-55 MHz||0.1-170 MHz||0.1-230 MHz||0.1-600 MH||0.1-1000 MHz||0.1-1400 MHz|
|Frequency entry step size||1 Hz||1 kHz|
|Min. sweep range||100 Hz||10 kHz|
|Reactance sign measurement||+|
|Antenna connector type||SMA||UHF (SO-239)||type N|
|Output power||+13 dBm||-10 dBm|
|Output amplifier||CMOS logic chip|
|Output signal shape||square|
|Reference impedance for SWR measurement||25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm||50, 75 Ohm||25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm||50, 75 Ohm||25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm||50, 75 Ohm||25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm|
|Batteries||–||two AA||three AA||four AAA||three AA|
|Battery voltage sensor||–||+|
|Operation with external power supply (without battery)||Ext. 5V||from USB|
|LCD||–||Monochrome, 128×64||Color TFT, 320×240||Monochrome, 128×64||Color TFT, 320×240||Monochrome, 128×64||Color TFT, 290×220||Color TFT, 320×240|
|Time Domain Reflectometer mode||– *||Built-in|
|Flash memory for storing graphs||–||10 memory slots||100 memory slots||10 memory slots||100 memory slots||90 R/X or SWR memory slots, 10 TDR memory slots|
|Multilingual support||English only||+|
|Presets for radio amateur bands||–||+|
Make sure the latest firmware is uploaded to the analyzer. See the Downloads section.
* The AntScope software is able to plot graphs in Time Domain Reflectometer (TDR) mode when AA-30/AA-54/AA-170 is connected to the computer. Since the resolution of the TDR graph is proportional to the maximum operating frequency of an analyzer, much better results are obtained by using AA-230 ZOOM, AA-600, AA-1000 or AA-1400.
Q: The output RF level at the antenna connector of the AA-230 ZOOM is -10 dBm, which is quite low compared to many other instruments. Does it mean the analyzer will not operate properly with long cables?
A: No, the AA-230 ZOOM will work fine with long (hundreds of meters) cables. The analyzer has a very sensitive, narrow band input, so -10 dBm is much enough for accurate measurements, even after loosing a few decibels in a long cable.
Q: The specs say the AA-230 ZOOM has a square wave output, which means there are several frequency components (harmonics) in such a signal. Then, how the SWR and other parameters of my antenna are measured at a specific, single frequency?
A: Please look at the structure diagram of the analyzer. The instrument filters out all unnecessary frequency components, thanks to the very narrow band (several hundred Hz) filter.
Q: Is the AA-230 ZOOM sensitive to nearby repeaters or broadcast transmitters?
A: No, unless a high-power transmitter is operating closely at the same frequency you are trying to use the analyzer at.
Q: Can I charge Ni-MH batteries inside the analyzer?
A: No, please remove batteries from the analyzer and use a separate charger.
Q: Can I use Lithium-Ion batteries instead of alkaline or Ni-MH ones?
A: Most likely, you will burn the analyzer. Lithium-Ion batteries have an output voltage of about 3.7 V each: compare to 1.2 V for Ni-MH and 1.5 V for alkaline ones.
The device which has stopped functioning due to factory defects within the Warranty period will be replaced by a new one in a very few days instead of waiting when it’d be fixed. Just contact the RigExpertCare™ partner to get such a great support!
RigExpertCare™ is the 2-years limited warranty coverage for RigExpert™ products.
RigExpertCare™ means that the Rig Expert Ukraine will replace defective goods covered by the Warranty with the new goods of the same model as soon as possible.
The warranty is non-transferable. Only the original customer is covered under the RigExpertCare™ warranty.
In rare cases, when warranty repair is required, the RigExpertCare™ partner may require confirmation of an official purchase (for example, purchase receipt etc.)
The warranty does not apply to a product which has been damaged due to accident, misuse, abuse, improper installation, usage not in accordance with product specifications and instructions, natural or personal disaster, or unauthorized alterations, repairs or modifications.
The warranty does not cover any events including but not limited to:
Customers are responsible for shipping costs to ship back the defective item for RMA repair/replace.
Once the faulty item is received by RigExpertCare™ partner a new replaced item will be shipped back to the customer.
Shipping methods will be at Rig Expert’s discretion.
Therefore, RigExpertCare™ partner reserves the rights to ship according to what it deems the most efficient standard method of shipping.
Rig Expert Ukraine Ltd. can repair defective goods at the Customer’s request. To get a warranty repair please contact your original seller.