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RigExpert AA-55 ZOOM

RigExpert AA-55 ZOOM

Price: $520.00

Model: AA-55-ZOOM
Manufacturer: RigExpert Ukraine
Availability: IN STOCK
Warranty: 2 years

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RigExpert AA-55 ZOOM – Antenna and Cable Analyzer (60 kHz to 55 MHz)

The analyzer is designed for measuring SWR (standing wave ratio), return loss, cable loss, as well as other parameters of cable and antenna systems in the range of 60 kHz to 55 MHz.

A built-in ZOOM capability makes graphical measurements especially effective.

The following tasks are easily accomplished by using this analyzer:

  • Rapid check-out of an antenna
  • Tuning an antenna to resonance
  • Comparing characteristics of an antenna before and after specific event (rain, hurricane, etc.)
  • Making coaxial stubs or measuring their parameters
  • Cable testing and fault location, measuring cable loss and characteristic impedance
  • Measuring capacitance or inductance of reactive loads

RigExpert AA-55 ZOOM Specifications

Frequency range: 0.06 to 55 MHz

Frequency entry: 1 Hz 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 analog indicator

R and X range:
0…10000, -10000…10000 in numerical modes,
0…1000, -1000…1000 in chart modes

Display modes:
–    SWR at single or multiple frequencies
–    SWR, return loss, R, X, Z, L, C and phase angle at single frequency
–    SWR chart, 100 points
–    R, X chart, 100 points
–    Smith chart, 100 points
–    Return loss chart, 100 points
–    Cable tools (loss and characteristic impedance)

Optional open-short-load calibration.

Non Volatile memory:
– 10 slots to save measurement results

RF output:
–    Connector type: UHF (SO-239)
–    Output signal shape: square, 0.06 to 55 MHz
–    Output power: +13 dBm (at 50 Ohm load)

Power:
–    Two 1.5V alkaline batteries, type AA
–    Two 1.2V Ni-MH batteries, type AA *
–    Max. 4 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:
–    320×240 color TFT display
–    6×3 keys on the water-proof keypad
–    Multilingual menus and help screens
–    USB connection to a personal computer

Dimensions: 103 mm x 207 mm x 37 mm (4.1 in x 8.1 in x 1.4 in)

Operating temperature: 0…40 °C (32…104 °F)

Weight: 310 g (10.9 Oz) w/o batteries

Warranty: 2 years

GTIN-13: 4820185420099

RigExpert AA-55 ZOOM is made in Ukraine.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.

* Batteries are not included with the analyzer.

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:

Structure diagram

The structure diagram of RigExpert AA-55 ZOOM is located below:

RigExpert AA-35 structure diagram

The “brain” of the analyzer is STM 32-bit RISC microcontroller. It controls a Si5351 PLL 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 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 1.5 kHz.This signal is then filtered and fed on the 12-bit ADC of the microcontroller. The 320×240 color TFT display and the 6×3 keys keypad are connected directly to the CPU. The USB interface 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:

bridge-230z-en-1

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.

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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