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ANRITSU MT8212 CELL MASTER Better than S332 Analyzer

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The latest listing is from testworld_inc who has one starting at $89.95 with all the options. The most important is option 21, which is the tracking generator. Forget any that just have one N-type connector, as it has no spectrum analyzer and is no better than a S331
 
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Thank you so much for posting this. I was able to get an Anritsu MT8212B in beautiful condition with options 19/21/25/27/28/31/33/34/42/62 and 63 in the Pelican case for $383 shipped. This thing is a really good spectrum analyzer from 10KHz to 4GHz, a single port antenna analyzer from 25MHz to 4GHz, a TDR, a two port scalar network analyzer from 25MHz to 3GHz, an RF power meter from -70dBm to 20dBm, an RF signal generator from 25MHz to 3GHz, it receives and demodulates FM, WBFM, AM and SSB (its a tunable receiver!) and a bunch of other stuff.

Basically for just a little more than the cost of a new POS MFJ-239 antenna analyzer you get about 90% of a communications service monitor and some microwave test equipment that probably cost in excess of $10k new. Now I'm off to tune up another UHF pass/notch duplexer with my new toy.

Thanks!

Heads Up - Many cellular providers are dumping their stock of used Anritsu MT8212 Cell Masters which are like the S332 antenna analyzer but often include a spectrum analyzer and tracking generator. Some are going for $300 to $700 Take a look on Ebay.
 

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I was watching that auction and departing on a $400 bid. Couldn't quite pull the trigger.

Glad someone I 'know' got it.
 

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These are a great value, even at $700 each. To calibrate the antenna analyzer, use a Narda 757 attenuator of 20, 30, or 40 dB terminated at 50 ohms as the precision load. These attenuators are flat up to 12 GHz, and unterminated, they provide a return loss of half the attenuation value. The attenuator will also serve to test the calibration of the spectrum analyzer/tracking generator. The open and short are easy to fabricate.
 

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I already had HP shorts and opens plus some precision loads to 18GHz. Using a good attenuator with low values like 3dB or 6dB with a short or open on the end is good to check the return loss or SWR accuracy after cal looking for exactly twice the return loss value of the attenuator.

I now find the sweep time is a bit slow on the transmission test or tracking gen/spectrum analyzer mode for tuning a duplexer but it seems very accurate on the actual loss values it measures. Mine has a bunch of cell phone test modes that supposedly demodulate certain types of cell phone waveforms. That could be interesting if its a stand alone receiver/demodulator for those bands.

These are a great value, even at $700 each. To calibrate the antenna analyzer, use a Narda 757 attenuator of 20, 30, or 40 dB terminated at 50 ohms as the precision load. These attenuators are flat up to 12 GHz, and unterminated, they provide a return loss of half the attenuation value. The attenuator will also serve to test the calibration of the spectrum analyzer/tracking generator. The open and short are easy to fabricate.
 
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