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Lou SchneiderParticipantLou Schneider February 2, 2016 at 3:31 pm
First, let me say I am extremely pleased with the SA44B. Our first use was to track down an intermodulation product from an FM transmitter that fell on a local airport’s control frequency and the SA44B closely tracked the performance of another analzyer costing 10 times as much.
I have a question about Spike’s ability to eliminate hardware generated spurs. What happens if there’s a legitimate signal that happens to fall on a spur frequency? Will Spike know there’s legitimate input above the hardware spur and display it in Spur Reject mode or does it simply make the display “deaf” at those frequencies?
Is there a workaround to confirm the spurs being rejected are internally generated vs. an external signal?
I realize the possibility of an external mix product falling on a spur frequency is rather remote, but I thought I’d ask!
Justin CrooksModeratorJustin Crooks February 3, 2016 at 9:34 am
The way spur reject works is by mixing the incoming RF using two unique combinations of local oscillator and sometimes a different IF frequency. The results are compared and a signal not present in both is rejected as probable spurious.
In essence, a signal that is present for the entire sweep (or, for large spans, the time it takes to sweep 21.4 MHz) will not be rejected or hidden. We show our internal clock noise, rather than hiding it and risking missing an actual signal.
If a signal is pulsed or rapidly frequency hopping, spur reject may reject the actual signal, which is why for these types of signals, spur reject mode must be disabled. To analyze these types of signals, the BB60C is strongly recommended, although if you know the frequency of the signal, the SA44B in real-time mode may work also.
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