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Televe's CATV Spectrum Analyzer

Televes H45 Analyzer Small Size, Big Features

A sleek CATV Spectrum Analyzer - takes the guess work out!

This is the second of my SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2011 cool product show reviews for those of you unable to attend or too busy with booth duty.  I tried to stop and or look at every booth but might have missed a product.  If that's the case please get in touch with me and let me know why your product deserves a review too.

What first caught my eye by Televes H45 Spectrum Analyzer was the HDMI port feeding a flatscreen television.  How cool is that?  I also noticed the small unit was displaying a QAM "haystack" along with its power, MER, BER, and the demodulated picture just beside the measurements.  The picture was on a high resolution display, not the low quality displays I've seen in the past, so tiling or macro-blocking would be apparent to the user.  See the picture below:

Televes Spectrum Analyzer with QAM Demod MER and Video Demod

Televes H45 Analyzer | QAM with Video Demod

So I really needed to see more.  The unit is super lite, super small, and super inexpensive (well under US$10k) compared to it's competitors.  Its also super easy to use.  No more programming in channel plans.  Just tune to any any channel and the spectrum analyzer auto-detects and locks to the signal (analog or digital modulation).  You don't even need to tell it the QAM modulation as the H45 will figure it out.  What's more is that it works in the satellite band, so it can be used in the headend or satellite TV up to 3.3 GHz for satellite testing.

Now the real icing on the cake is the optical input!  This will come in very handy for testing forward path receivers in fiber nodes or fiber deep / passive optical networks (PONs).  No longer will you need a separate device for the optical to electrical conversion.  Just plug the fiber connector directly into the Televes spectrum analyzer with their dedicated optical input and your in business.

Here is a list of the key features of the Televes H45 Spectrum Analyzer:

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  • Multi-Standard: Test solutions designed for digital and analog cable, satellite and off-air HDTV signal analysis. HDTV testing made simple with one single tool that covers every testing need.
  • Real-Time Digital Processing: Extreme accuracy and versatility, next generation advanced set of functions. Real-Time sweeping speeds allow the detection of the faintest transients, ingress or spurious signals affecting your system.
  • MPEG4 Full-HD TV signal display and measurements: On screen HDTV image, full MPEG4 signal analysis, true 1080P resolution. Combo mode with image, spectrum and measurements on one single screen.
  • Optical Interface with built-in receiver: Demodulation, visualization of HDTV image and measurement of all the TV signal quality parameters directly from the fiber feed, plus optical power reading on every screen.
  • Professional Grade Spectrum Analyzer: Universal band analyzer from 2MHz to 3.3GHz, 60dB of dynamic range, span settings ranging from 100KHz to 3.3GHz, reference level resolution of 1dB, BER reading on the spectrum screen, zoom function, min-max hold, marks, tilt calculation function, triggers, selectable RBW (down to 300Hz) and VBW filters, etc.
  • Workflow automation: Quality checkmarks give an instantaneous confirmation of the quality parameters being tested. Scan & Log, next channel auto search, satellite auto identification, memories, macros, datalogger, graph-logs, etc.
  • H-Suite Software: Automatically update the System Analyzer software, channel plans and suite features over the internet, save backups, customize channel plans, customize threshold levels for quality analysis, graph and data analysis and measurements, export job reports as spreadsheets or graphs, etc.
  • Portability and Ease of use: User-friendly interface, every function is accessible while holding the unit with two hands, capacitive control knob technology makes browsing faster and more precise. Robust design, high reliability. Li-Ion batteries with intelligent management software provide an autonomy of more than 4 hours in a System Analyzer of only 5 lbs of weight.
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The last bullet of 5lbs of weight is quite impressive.  Anyone lugging around current "portable" spectrum analyzers would think twice before climbing a telephone pole with one.  Its common to drop a piece of Series 6 coax cable to the truck for any aerial measurements.  The H45 is lighter than most laptops and does have a carry bag with a carabiner, so its designed for climbing.

The only request that I put in to Televes was to decrease the lower end of their measurement frequency range from 2 MHz to at least 500 kHz.  As most know, it is quite important to identify low frequency RF ingressors such as AM radio frequencies that can cause non-linear impairments and laser clipping in return path lasers.  I've already had feedback from the General Manager of Televes that he has communicated it to his engineering team and they are investigating the effort required.

 

Mr. Volpe has over 25 years of communications industry experience. He is focused on the cable and telecom industry with deep technical and business skills. Mr. Volpe is currently the president and chief technologist of the Volpe Firm and holds an MSEE with honors.

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