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RigExpert AA-30

RigExpert AA-30

Price: $315.00

Model: RIG-AA-30
Manufacturer: Rig Expert Ukraine
Availability: IN STOCK
Warranty: 2 years

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RigExpert AA-30 – HF Antenna Analyzer (0.1 to 30 MHz)

RigExpert AA-30 is a powerful antenna analyzer designed for testing, checking, tuning or repairing antennas and antenna feedlines. Mainly, these are SWR (Standing Wave Ratio) and impedance measurement instruments (vector impedance analyzers). Easy-to use measurement modes, as well as additional features such as connection to a personal computer (to plot Smith diagrams, etc.), make RigExpert AA-30 attractive for professionals and hobbyists. It is quite important that graphical display of various parameters over a wide frequency range is a key feature of these analyzers which significantly reduces the time required to adjust an antenna. The following tasks are easily accomplished by using RigExpert AA-30:

  • Rapid check-out of an antenna
  • Tuning an antenna to resonance
  • Antenna SWR and impedance measurement and comparison before and after specific event (rain, hurricane, etc.)
  • Making coaxial lines or measuring their parameters
  • Cable testing and fault location
  • Measuring capacitance or inductance of reactive loads

For the latest software updates, please refer to the manufacturer’s website.

The following items are included with each RigExpert AA-30 order:

  • RigExpert AA-30 analyzer
  • User’s manual
  • CD with drivers and software
  • 2 x 1.5 Volt, alkaline batteries Type AA

Certifications: RCM (C-Tick), CE, FCC

RigExpert AA-30 Specifications

Frequency range: AA-30: 0.1 to 30 MHz Frequency entry: 1 kHz resolution SWR measurement range: 1 to 10 SWR measurement for 50 and 75-Ohm systems SWR display: numerical or easily-readable bar R and X range: 0…1000, -1000…1000 in numerical mode, 0…200, -200…200 in graph mode Display modes:

  • SWR at single frequency
  • SWR, R, X, Z, L, C at single frequency
  • SWR graph, 100 points
  • R, X graph, 100 points

RF output:

  • Connector type: UHF (SO-239)
  • Output signal shape: rectangular, 0.1…10 MHz (AA-30).
  • Output power: about + 13 dBm (at 50 Ohm load)

Power:

  • Two 1.5V, alkaline batteries, type AA
  • Two 1.2V, 1800…2700 mA•h, Ni-MH batteries, type AA (not included)
  • Max. 3 hours of continuous measurement, max. 2 days in stand-by mode when fully charged batteries are used
  • When the analyzer is connected to a PC or a DC adapter with USB socket, it takes power from these sources

Interface:

  • 133×64 graphical backlit LCD
  • 6×3 keys on the water-proof keypad
  • AA-30:menus and help screens in English language
  • USB connection to a personal computer

Dimensions: 22 x 10 x 3.6 cm

Operating temperature: 0-40 °C

Weight (including batteries):400g

Screen Shots

Main menu of AA-30
Main menu of AA-54
First page of the Settings menu of AA-30
“Show all” screen
Help screen for one of measurement modes
Frequency entry
Single-point SWR measurement
“Save to memory” screen (AA-54)
SWR graph
Multi-point SWR measurement (AA-54)
R,X graph

AntScope software

LCD2Clipboard software

AntScope software

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:

Phase display:

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):

Smith chart:

How it works?

Structure diagram

The structure diagram of the RigExpert AA-30 Antenna Analyzer is located below: RigExpert AA 30 structure diagramThe “brain” of the analyzer is Atmel 8-bit RISC microcontroller. It controls two AD9833 DDS chips running at 25 MHz and generating two sinusoidal signals. Both signals are low-pass filtered and then put through pulse shapers, producing two rectangular signals with CMOS 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 1.7 kHz. A variable attenuator is used to maintain the audio signal level in the desired range. This signal is then filtered and fed into the 10-bit ADC of the microcontroller. There is a simple relationship between the measurement frequency, DDS frequencies and attenuator division ratio:

SubbandMeasurement frequencyDDS1 frequencyDDS2 frequencyHarmonic numberAttenuator ratio
10.1 … 10 MHz0.1 … 10 MHzDDS1 + 1.744 kHz1/25
210 … 30 MHz3.333 … 10 MHzDDS1 + 581 Hz3/3

The 133×64 graphical LCD and the 6×3 keys keypad are connected directly to the CPU. Also, the AA-54 is equipped with 128K of external Flash memory to store measurement results. The USB interface chip allows connecting the analyzer to the PC.

Close look at the bridge

This is a diagram of the resistive bridge and its connection to the mixer: RigExpert AA 30 resistive bridge diagramThe 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.

Comparison table of RigExpert antenna analyzers

FunctionAA-30 .ZEROAA-30AA-35 ZOOMAA-54AA-55 ZOOMAA-170AA-230 ZOOMAA-600AA-1000AA-1400
Frequency range0.06-30 MHz0.1-30 MHz0.06-35 MHz0.1-54 MHz0.06-55 MHz0.1-170 MHz0.1-230 MHz0.1-600 MH0.1-1000 MHz0.1-1400 MHz
Frequency entry step size1 Hz1 kHz
Min. sweep range100 Hz10 kHz
SWR2AIR™ mode+++
MultiSWR™ mode+
Reactance sign measurement+
Antenna connector typeSMAUHF (SO-239)type N
Output power+13 dBm-10 dBm
Output amplifierCMOS logic chip
Output signal shapesquare
Reference impedance for SWR measurement25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm50, 75 Ohm25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm50, 75 Ohm25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm50, 75 Ohm25, 50, 75, 100 Ohm
Analog-to-digital converter10-bit12-bit10-bit12-bit10-bit16-bit
Batteriestwo AAthree AAfour AAAthree AA
Battery voltage sensor+
Operation with external power supply (without battery)Ext. 5Vfrom USB
LCDMonochrome, 128×64Color TFT, 320×240Monochrome, 128×64Color TFT, 320×240Monochrome, 128×64Color TFT, 290×220Color TFT, 320×240
Time Domain Reflectometer mode– *Built-in
Flash memory for storing graphs10 memory slots100 memory slots10 memory slots100 memory slots90 R/X or SWR memory slots, 10 TDR memory slots
Multilingual supportEnglish 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.

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