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RSA306B USB Spectrum Analyzer

The RSA306B USB spectrum analyzer might be small but it packs a big punch. It’s loaded with features you’d expect from spectrum analyzers twice the size and twice the price. Perfect for everyday tasks. See all spectrum analyzers »

Base Price
US $4,480
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Maximum Frequency Range

9 kHz to 6.2 GHz

Capture Bandwidth

40 MHz

Dynamic Range

-160 dBm to +20 dBm

 

See more with proprietary DPX® technology

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Discover the most difficult, hard-to-find problems with the powerful real-time architecture of the RSA Series. With the advanced DPX® technology, you can see RF characteristics that are practically invisible to a conventional spectrum analyzer.

Powerful and intuitive. Measurement insight at your fingertips.

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The RSA Series is powered by SignalVu-PC Vector Analysis software – the same software used on the full-line of Tektronix Real-time Spectrum Analyzers. Delivering unlimited access to advanced measurement and analysis capabilities that you can save, customize or share with peers. Over 15 packages cover common wireless standards, spectrum management, pulse measurements and more.

Performance with no compromises.

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The RSA Series provides performance to match conventional mid-range spectrum analyzers on the market. No compromises are required for even your toughest challenges.

Unequaled size. Unlimited flexibility. Unparalleled toughness.

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At just 1.6 lbs., the RSA306B is conveniently sized for easy portability from your bench, the lab or even the field. It's powered by your laptop or tablet giving you the ultimate flexibility and convenience. You choose the display and connectivity that you prefer. Additionally, the RSA306B is tested to military standards and is field tough.

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Meet the Whole Family

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The Tektronix family of Spectrum Analyzers are all made in the USA and have a 3 year warranty so you can count on our quality day in and day out. Choose the real-time spectrum analyzer that best suits your needs:

  • RSA500 Series: With a built-in tracking generator for antenna and cable test, and a GPS receiver to geo-locate and map signals, the RSA500 makes field test a lot easier.
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  • RSA600 Series: With better dynamic range and phase noise for modulation analysis of wireless standards, and an optional tracking generator to characterize RF components, the RSA600 offers powerful tools for your bench.
    Learn More>>

Accidents happen. Make sure you're protected.

We have the only plan in the industry to offer coverage for accidental damage. Yes, this includes screen damage, spills, broken mounts, and electrostatic discharge or electronic overstress events. Reduce unplanned repair or replacement costs with our Total Protection Plan. Watch the video or click below to learn more.

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Model Frequency Range Real-Time Bandwidth Minimum Event Duration for 100% POI SFDR (typical) List Price
RSA306B 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz 40 MHz 100 μs 60 dBc US $4,480
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Spectrum Monitoring and Interference hunting

The migration to mobile communications is creating unprecedented pressure for more spectrum capacity in a complex and crowded signal environment. Tek’s Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers help you discover and examine sources of interference quickly so you can locate and identify unwanted activity. You can ensure your signal integrity and adherence to compliance standards using the RSA306B, RSA500, or RSA600 for real-time spectrum insights.

Detecting Drones Using a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer

Highlights

  • The RSA306B spectrum analyzer's proprietary DPX technology enables precise, real-time measurements packaged in a portable, rugged form factor and easy-to-use software interface.
  • The RSA306B spectrum analyzer covers up to 6.2 GHz, with 40 MHz bandwidth capture

Reduce manufacturing costs and test time with better test flexibility

The USB RSA’s are a great choice for manufacturers looking for greater throughput and product quality, all while controlling testing costs. The RSA 306B, 500, and 600 units offer support for major Internet of Things (IoT) standards in SignalVu-PC software, come with a complete offering of drivers and code examples, and include testing support for IoT technologies such as WiFi and the new Bluetooth 5.0.

Maximize your student’s learning

With our full featured and affordable Real-time Spectrum Analyzers, your students can capture results of experiments, perform analysis, and generate lab reports on their laptops, saving time and optimizing learning opportunities. It’s compact and portable size makes it easy to conduct experiments away from the lab in real world environments. 

EMI/EMC pre-compliance Testing

Save cost and precious time by performing pre-compliance testing in your lab with our Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers. You can use peak detection with a free version of SignalVu-PC. You also get more accurate results with quasi-peak and average detection by purchasing the additional option EMCVu. Learn more about EMI/EMC pre-compliance testing at our application page.

Model Frequency Range Real-Time Bandwidth Minimum Event Duration for 100% POI SFDR (typical) List Price
RSA306B 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz 40 MHz 100 μs 60 dBc US $4,480
Configure & Quote
  Tektronix
RSA306B
Tektronix
RSA507A
Tektronix
RSA607A
Keysight
N9322C (BSA)
Keysight
N9000-507 (CXA)
Maximum Frequency Range 9 kHz - 6.2 GHz 9 kHz to 7.5 GHz 9 kHz to 7.5 GHz 9 kHz - 7 GHz 9 kHz - 7.5 GHz
Capture Bandwidth 40 MHz 40 MHz 40 MHz 1 MHz Standard: 10 MHz
Optional: 25 MHz
Dynamic Range
(DANL to Max Imput)
-160 dBm to +23 dBm -161 dBm to +33 dBm -161 dBm to +33 dBm -152 dBm to +20 dBm -148 dBm to + 15 dBm (Optional Pre-amp On)
Phase Noise (1 GHz CF, 10 kHz offset) -84 dBc/Hz -94 dBc/Hz -94 dBc/Hz -90 dBc/Hz (typ) -102 dBc/Hz
Real Time Capabilities Yes Yes Yes No No
Base Measurements 17 17 17 6 10
Country of Origin USA USA USA Malaysia Malaysia
Warranty 3-year warranty 3-year warranty 3-year warranty 3-year warranty 3-year warranty
Weight 1.6 lbs 7.0 lbs 6.35 lbs 17.4 lbs 34 lbs
Size (h, w, d) 1.2" x 7.5" x 5" 2.65'" x 11.78" x 10.68" 2.95" x 14.12" x 8.75" 5.2" x 15.7" x 12.6" 7" x 16.8" x 14.5"

SignalVu-PC software brings benchtop and field features to the RSA306B

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RSA306B operates with SignalVu-PC, a powerful program that is the basis of Tektronix performance signal analyzers. The software controls the spectrum analyzer acquisition and updates measurement displays continuously.

The base version ships free with the product; add options to configure the software for your application.

Highlights

  • Free base version has 17 signal analysis and real-time spectrum analysis measurements
  • Paid add-on options for more than 15 advanced measurements including WLAN testing, P25 compliance testing, pulse analysis, modulation analysis and more

FEATURED ACCESSORY

Smart antenna for interference hunting

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When combined with a Tektronix USB spectrum analyzer, the Alaris DF-A0047 direction finding antenna, offered by Tektronix, makes interference hunting easy. Lines of bearing are automatically transmitted from the antenna to SignalVu-PC Map software, enabling fast triangulation on interference sources.

Highlights

  • Multiple antennas and a user-selectable preamplifier cover a broad range of interference frequencies and levels
  • Integrated compass transmits angle information to SignalVu-PC for automatic creation of lines of bearing on the map
  • Powered by USB
This step by step video will show you the quickest path between removing the RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer from the box and making measurements. 
4m 54s
Make sure you’re getting good signal strength from your wireless LAN device by testing for first turn on using a Tektronix RSA607A controlled by your PC and SignalVu-PC software.
6m 49s
DataVu-PC has tools like frequency mask, pulse descriptor words and smart markers, to help you find any needle in any size haystack. Your data recordings can be 10’s or 100’s of gigabytes in size …
5m 20s
Learn how to properly measure the Channel Power of a pulsed RF signal using a real-time spectrum analyzer. By properly setting up the analysis settings, the channel power of the RF pulse, as well …
3:18
Perform a quick EMI pre-compliance test of your Internet of Things device and have the confidence that you’ll pass final EMI Compliance Testing. This test is performed using the RSA607B controlled …
6m 4s
Learn how to test that your Bluetooth device is turning on and transmitting correctly, using a RSA607A real-time spectrum analyzer controlled by SignalVu-PC software.
7m 28s
Pass EMI Compliance the first time by pre-testing your Bluetooth device in your own lab, using a USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer and SignalVu-PC software.
6m 23s
Teach RF beyond the basics and beyond the lab with the RSA306.
1m 40s
Analog modulation is still often used today for some lower cost RF devises as well as legacy communications and broadcast networks. A proven technology, but there still a need to test these kinds …
3m 18s
Learn how to conduct wireless LAN parametric RF testing for the physical layer against the IEEE 802.11 standards, using the RSA607A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer controlled from a PC powered by …
7m 59s
Get RF analysis power in the palm of your hand at an unmatched price with the RSA306B. Small on price and big on performance the RSA306B now has improved dynamic range and a 3-year warranty.
1m 21s
Sometimes bad things happen to good scopes!  Ensure you've got it covered with a Total Product Protection plan from Tektronix, the only coverage plan available for test equipment with accident …
It’s useful to ensure that your ZigBee Radio RF module is turning on correctly before you integrate it into a ZigBee device. See how to perform this test with your PC using the RSA607A and …
7m 36s
Learn how to perform a parametric test covered by the ZigBee standard, including modulation quality and error vector magnitude measurements as well as spectrum emissions mask, signal quality and …
5m 17s
Don’t fail EMC. Using the Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum analyzer with DPX ®technology, you can see signals under signals and signals under noise. This enhanced insight allows you to identify EMI …
5m 50s
Watch this video for a quick demonstration of the main features of DataVu-PC. Using the demonstration file included with the software, you’ll see the three main analysis screens, playback controls …
4m 4s
In the fast growing wireless design and Internet of Things market, the importance of choosing the right wireless RF module is vital to your design and overall company’s success.In this webinar …
25m 15s
Watch this video to see how to perform a radiated EMI pre-compliance test, to ensure your device complies with the WLAN IEEE 802.11 standards, using the RSA607A and SignalVu-PC software.
8m 33s
Limit line testing in a Spectrum Analyzer is an important feature for a variety of applications. Examples include EMI Pre Compliance and Diagnostics, so that the Design Engineer can save pain and …
2m 18s
Discover the new member of the RSA spectrum analyzer family. A full featured analyzer for half the price of a conventional unit. Watching this 1 minute video will change the way you see spectrum …
1m 9s
In this video we compare EMI compliance results obtained using a full Compliance Receiver set-up versus a low-cost approach using a Tektronix RSA Spectrum Analyzer. You’ll see how these results …
10m 7s
All Tektronix USB Portable Analyzers are tested to Military Standards but we wanted to see what they were really capable of. Could our spectrum analyzers survive a 1st story drop? A truck? A …
2m 57s
Discover how the RSA306 can help you find interference faster than any other instruments.
2m 1s
Watch this video to see how to test Bluetooth parameters for the physical layer using the RSA607A USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer with SignalVu-PC software.
4m 33s
The RSA306 and SignalVu-PC software running on a PC provide powerful USB Spectrum Analysis capabilities. In this brief video, you will see how the this instrument can help you see signals that you …
2m 58s
Get the full featured spectrum analyzers you need in one small, low price package. Whether your analysis takes you to the field or the lab, from interference hunting and spectrum management to …
1m 26s
TekRSA300 IVI-COM Driver v1.0 for RSA306
The TekRSA300 series IVI-COM Driver is a custom specific IVI driver that requires RSA306 API software library to communicate to the RSA306 instrument. In addition to complying with a standard API for IVI Driver class, this driver provides RSA306 …

Part Number: 066174200
Firmware
Spectrum Analyzer
The RSA306B uses your PC and Tektronix SignalVu-PC™ RF Signal Analysis Software to provide real time spectrum analysis, streaming capture and deep signal analysis capabilities for signals from 9 kHz to 6.2 GHz, all in a low-cost, highly portable …

Literature Number: 37W-60375-9
Datasheet
SignalVu-PC
Vector Signal Analysis Software

Provides in-depth information on how to use the SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software. This PDF version of the Help contains the most complete descriptions of how to use the base software and all of its optional applications.
Part Number: 077072015
Online Help
RSA306, RSA306B, and RSA500A/600A
Spectrum Analyzer Application Programming Interface (API)

This document contains the API function calls to interface with the RSA306, RSA306B, RSA500A Series, and RSA600A Series Spectrum Analyzers through Microsoft Windows.
Part Number: 077103105
Programmer
RSA306, RSA306B, and RSA500A/600A
Spectrum Analyzer Application Programming Interface (API)

This document contains the API function calls to interface with the RSA306, RSA306B, RSA500A Series, and RSA600A Series Spectrum Analyzers through Microsoft Windows.
Part Number: 077103104
Programmer
RSA306B Series
Real-Time Spectrum AnalyzerDeclassification and Security

This document provides instructions for declassifying and securing A RSA500A Series and RSA600A Series Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer.


Part Number: 077124201
Declassification
SignalVu-PC
Vector Signal Analysis Software

This document provides detailed information about the programming commands that can be used to remotely control the SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software and connected instruments.


Part Number: 077072114
Programmer
RSA306B and RSA306B-SMA
Spectrum Analyzers Installation and Safety

These instructions describe installation and basic operation of the Tektronix RSA306B and RSA306B-SMA USB Spectrum Analyzers. It also includes safety, compliance, and environmental information for the instrument.


Part Number: 071348301
User
RSA306B Real-Time USB Spectrum Analyzer
Specifications and Performance Verification

This document lists product specifications and performance verification procedures for the RSA306B USB Spectrum Analyzer.


Part Number: 077124301
Performance Verification
RSA300, RSA500, RSA600 Series
Spectrum Analyzers Self-Guided Demo Training Manual

With this guide, you will explore what you can do with the RSA306, RSA306B, RSA503A, RSA507A, RSA603A,and RSA607A USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers. Applications range from simple frequency / amplitude measurements of RF signals to real-time and modulation analysis that provide you with a complete system view of your device under test.
Part Number: 071333002
Training/Tutorials
RSA306BRACK
RSA306B Rackmount Kit Installation Manual

This manual provides instructions to mount the RSA306B and RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzers into a standard equipment rack.
Part Number: 075109400
User
RTSA V3 Demo Board
Quick Reference Card Reference

This Quick Start Card provides basic information about the RTSA V3 demonstration board such as connections, available signals, and controls.
Part Number: 071332901
User
RSA306B Series
Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer Declassification and Security Instructions

This document provides instructions for declassifying and securing A RSA500A Series and RSA600A Series Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer.
Part Number: 077124200
Declassification
RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer
Specifications and Performance Verification (Version 0 RF Signal Path Gain Cal) Technical Reference

This document lists product specifications and performance verification procedures for the RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer. This document applies only to instruments calibrated with Version 0 RF Signal Path Gain Cal.
Part Number: 077103001
Performance Verification
RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer
Specifications and Performance Verification (Version 1 RF Signal Path Gain Cal) Technical Reference

This document lists product specifications and performance verification procedures for the RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer. This document applies only to instruments calibrated with Version 1 (or above) RF Signal Path Gain Cal.
Part Number: 077113300
Performance Verification
RSA306
Spectrum Analyzer Declassification and Security Instructions

This document helps customers with data security concerns to sanitize or remove memory devices from the RSA306.
Part Number: 077103301
Declassification
RSA306RACK
RSA306 Rackmount Kit Installation Manual

This manual provides instructions to mount the RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer into a standard equipment rack.
Part Number: 071332702
User
RSA306
Spectrum Analyzer Installation and Safety Installation Manual

These instructions describe installation and basic operation of the Tektronix RSA306 USB Spectrum Analyzer. It also includes safety, compliance, and environmental information for the instrument.
Part Number: 071332301
Primary User
RTSA V3
Demo Board User User Manual

This document describes the operation and features of the RTSA Version 3 demonstration board. This demo board provides various types of signals to help demonstrate spectrum analyzer measurement features.
Part Number: 077103800
User
RTSA V3 Demo Board
Quick Reference Card Reference

This Quick Start Card provides basic information about the RTSA V3 demonstration board such as connections, available signals, and controls.
Part Number: 071332900
User
Tektronix RSA306
USB Spectrum Analyzer Self-Guided Demo Training Manual

With this guide, you will explore what you can do with the RSA306 USB spectrum analyzer. Applications range from simple frequency / amplitude measurements of RF signals to real-time and modulation analysis that provide you with a complete system view of your device under test.
Part Number: 071333000
Training/Tutorials
RSA300TRANSIT
RSA300 Transportation Case Instructions

This document illustrates how you can configure the foam inserts inside the RSA300TRANSIT case (RSA300 Transportation Case).
Part Number: 071332600
User
RSA Application Programming Interface – API for 64-Bit Linux – V1.0.0014
The RSA API is a Linux C/C++ Shared Objects that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC …

Part Number: 066207701
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface – API for 64-Bit Linux – CANDIDATE V0.13.220.16
The RSA API is a Linux C/C++ Shared Objects that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC …

Part Number: 066207700
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.23.0022
This release adds support for the RSA513A and 518A models. The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support …

Part Number: 066169110
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-Bit Windows - V3.23.0022
This release adds support for the RSA513A and 518A models. The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support …

Part Number: 066176207
Application
SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software - V3.23.0022
SignalVu-PC VSA software brings the analysis engine of the Tektronix Real-Time Signal Analyzer (RTSA) to your computer, enabling you to analyze live signals from RSA306, RSA500, RSA600, RSA7100A Spectrum Analyzers and MDO4000B/C Series oscilloscopes …

Part Number: 066143422
Application
DataVu-PC Recorded Signal Analysis Software - V1.2.26
DataVu-PC analysis software for recordings makes short work of searching through large datasets for signals of interest. You can measure pulses and mark signals for export to other analysis programs, reducing time spent in post-capture analysis …

Part Number: 066190103
SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software - Release Candidate - V3.17.0013
SignalVu-PC VSA software brings the analysis engine of the Tektronix Real-Time Signal Analyzer (RTSA) to your computer, enabling you to analyze live signals from RSA306, RSA500, RSA600, RSA7100A Spectrum Analyzers and MDO4000B/C Series oscilloscopes …

Part Number: 066143420
Application
SignalVu-PC Vector Signal Analysis Software - V3.16.0014
SignalVu-PC VSA software brings the analysis engine of the Tektronix Real-Time Signal Analyzer (RTSA) to your computer, enabling you to analyze live signals from RSA306, RSA500, RSA600, RSA7100A Spectrum Analyzers and MDO4000B/C Series oscilloscopes …

Part Number: 066143419
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-bit Windows - V3.13.0087
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included is …

Part Number: 066176206
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.13.0087
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to the RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included …

Part Number: 066169109
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.11.0047
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to the RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included …

Part Number: 066169108
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-bit Windows - V3.11.0047
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included is …

Part Number: 066176205
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 32-bit Windows - V3.9.0029
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included is …

Part Number: 066176204
Application
RSA Application Programming Interface - API for 64-Bit Windows - V3.9.0029
The RSA API is a Windows C/C++ DLL that provides direct access to the RSA300/500/600 devices. It enables full control of the RSA and provides several forms of data and measurements to support custom applications independent of SignalVu-PC. Included …

Part Number: 066169107
Application
eGuide to RF Signals
The eGuide to Signals will help you navigate the RF spectrum and gain a better understanding about what kinds of signals might be present around you. Detailed examples are provided for popular signals often transmitted over the air. Examples of …
How-to Guide
Understanding Radar Signals Using Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers
The transient nature of radar pulses combined with modern pulse compression schemes often demand carefully designed test setups. This Primer will cover measurements methods, choosing your measurement parameters, how to find the pulse, estimating the …

Literature Number: 76W-61318-2
Primer
RF Recording and Playback Solutions
Introduction to RF Record and Playback Spectrum management, RF interference analysis, signal acquisition, product testing and validation, RF system design, communication security, and academic research, all routinely perform or can benefit from the …

Literature Number: 37W-61289-0
Application Note
USB Spectrum Analyzers and SignalVu-PC FAQ
This document contains answers to questions about the RSA306/306B, RSA500A and RSA600A USB spectrum analyzers, and their associated SignalVu-PC software.  

Literature Number: 37W-60373-0
Fact Sheet
Fast 3D EMC/EMI Scan with Detectus Scanning System and Tektronix Real Time Spectrum Analyzers
With the increasing adoption of wide-bandgap based devices, power supplies are shifting to faster high voltage and high current switching waveforms that generate electromagnetic interference (EMI) in conducted and radiated emissions. A critical …

Literature Number: 37W-61511-0
Case Study
Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis
Engineers and scientists have been looking for innovative uses for RF technology ever since the 1860s, when James Clerk Maxwell mathematically predicted the existence of electromagnetic waves capable of transporting energy across empty space …

Literature Number: 37W-17249-6
Primer
Improve Your Wireless and RF Classes with Live Signals
Today’s graduating electrical engineers need marketable skills which are typically not developed in undergraduate curricula. More and more educators see the value of utilizing more hands-on activities to improve a student’s understanding of …

Literature Number: 37T-30932-0
Case Study
Interference Hunting Application Note
Introduction Over the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the population of wireless transmitters found in the world, with the inevitable result being a dramatic increase in radiofrequency noise pollution.  Every significant …

Literature Number: 37W-60877-0
Application Note
Interference Hunting Application Note
Introduction Over the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the population of wireless transmitters found in the world, with the inevitable result being a dramatic increase in radiofrequency noise pollution.  Every significant …

Literature Number: 37W-60877-0
Application Note
Wireless Connectivity Overview
Our “Wireless Connectivity Test” application note describes the most popular wireless connectivity standards for IoT (including LoRa and SigFox) and compares each standard from a cost, range, data rate and power requirements perspectives. Also …

Literature Number: 37W_60960_0
Application Note
Detecting Drones Using a Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer
Flying drones can be fun. For RC and photography enthusiasts, a drone is a source of entertainment, and with a camera attached, provides breathtaking birds-eye views. For commercial and first responder purposes, a drone can be a valuable asset for …

Literature Number: 37W-61576-0
Application Note
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and Remote/Passive Keyless Entry
Today, more sophisticated and sensitive RF electronic components and devices are being included in automobiles. These advances have resulted in much safer, efficient, and connected vehicles. They have also created new challenges for RF testing and …

Literature Number: 37W-61460-0
Application Note
Advanced Radar Analysis: Tools for Measuring Modern Radar Application Note
With today's rapid advances in radar technology, developing and manufacturing highly specialized and innovative electronic products to detect radar signals takes leading-edge technology and tools. Tektronix innovative test equipment reduces testing …

Literature Number: 37W-23378-4
Application Note
Automotive EMI/EMC Pre-compliance Tests
Electromagnetic interference (EMI) regulations are in place throughout the world to provide improved reliability and safety for users of electrical and electronic equipment. The automotive industry and individual automobile manufacturers are required …

Literature Number: 37W-61461-0
Application Note
Solutions for Aerospace and Defense
Integrated Tektronix measurement tools for signal capture, characterization, simulation and analysis help you deliver on your promises. Learn more about our military/government solutions.

Literature Number: 46A-61169-2
Brochure
EMI Pre-Compliance Testing and Troubleshooting with Tektronix EMCVu
Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and the related electromagnetic interference (EMI) seems to be one of those necessary evils that must be overcome prior to marketing commercial or consumer electronic products, as well as military and aerospace …

Literature Number: 37W-61518-0
Application Note
Real-Time Spectrum Analysis for EMI Diagnostics
This application note briefly examines the different stages of design and test with respect to test equipment and measurement techniques. It also reviews the currently-specified detection and filtering methods, and provides a quick reference to the …

Literature Number: 37W-22084-2
Application Note
DPX Acquisition Technology for Spectrum Analyzers Fundamentals
Tektronix' patented Digital Phosphor technology or DPX® is used in our Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers (RTSAs), to reveal signal details that are completely missed by conventional spectrum analyzers and vector signal analyzers. The full-motion DPX …

Literature Number: 37W_19638_7
Primer
How mobile Network Operators use Tektronix Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer
Field service organizations for mobile communication of network operators are using Tektronix USB-based real-time spectrum analyzer for daily work, hundreds of technicians in different service regions are responsible to keep the health of the mobile …
How-to Guide
TransSiP Breakthrough into Power Conversion Switching Noise
Tektronix RSA306 Spectrum Analyzer with DPX give TransSiP insightCase study for how TransSiP used the RSA 306 to capture and analyze short time varying transient events. 

Literature Number: 37W-60881-0
Case Study
Programmatic Control on Tektronix USB Real Time Spectrum Analyzers
Using the latest in commercial interfaces and available computing power, the Tektronix RSA 300/500/600 USB real time spectrum analyzers separate signal acquisition from measurement, dramatically lowering the cost of instrument hardware. The series is …

Literature Number: 37W-61459-0
Application Note
Low Cost RF Sensors
With the explosion in growth of wireless enabled devices (ie. LoRA,NBIoT), many nontraditional organizations are looking for tools to monitor the health and security of their wireless networks. While there are many low-cost Software Defined Receivers …

Literature Number: 37W-61404-0
Application Note
Low-cost EMI Pre-compliance Testing Using a Spectrum Analyzer
Few engineers have unrestricted access to a calibrated EMI receiver and EMC test facility. Yet, performing cost-effective, basic EMI tests can save both time and money by identifying significant issues before you send your design to an EMI compliance …

Literature Number: 37A-60141-2
Application Note
The Green LED on my RSAXXX is on, but I cannot connect to SignalVu-PC?  
After installation of SignalVu-PC and the Tektronix USB driver, I cannot get the instrument to be found with SignalVu-PC. Note: The first time connecting to the instrument may require up to 30 seconds for SignalVu-PC to find the instrument …
Faq Id251141
After installation of SignalVu-PC and the Tektronix RSA306 USB driver, I cannot get the instrument to be found with SignalVu-PC Live Link.
In older PCs, the latest manufacturer’s drivers for the PC and for the processor may need to be installed.  Check on the website of your PC manufacturer and at the Intel website for the latest drivers for your PC.
Faq Id69431
What PC should I get to work with the RSA306?
Any PC that meets the performance requirements should work.  Tektronix doesn’t make a specific recommendation, but a list of models we’ve evaluated is shown below.  In one case, we’ve found an Intel core i5-based tablet (Surface 3 Pro) that does meet …
Faq Id69416
How can I tell if the RSA306 is connected?
When first attached to your computer, the RSA306 status light is red and it begins installing the RSA306 Device Drivers.  When the drivers are installed, the RSA306 internally boots up and its light turns green.  (This takes about 5 seconds.)  When …
Faq Id69446
What is the part number for the RSA306/306B, RSA503A/507A, RSA603A/607A demo kit?
Part number for the demo kit is RSA-DKIT The demo manual can be found here: https://www.tek.com/spectrum-analyzer/rsa306-usb-manual-2
Faq Id72176
Can I communicate with multiple USB RSAs Simultaneously?
Yes there are two options to communicate with multiple RSA's: Two USB RSA's can be controlled through the software DataVu-PC. DataVu-PC offers recording using two RSAs so that you can operate at two independent frequencies and spans simultaneously …
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Where do I get the USB driver for the RSA306?
It is installed when you install SignalVu-PC SVE or the application programming interface.  The driver is also available separately on the USB thumb-drive included with the RSA306 .
Faq Id69426
What do the red/green lights on the RSA306 indicate?
Solid Green:  Instrument has finished boot-up up and is ready to connect or operate.Red: Unable to power up, or re-booting the instrumentFlashing green: Transferring data
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What if my disk drive doesn't meet the write-speed requirement for my RSA306?
If a disk drive with streaming storage rates <300 MB/sec is used, you will not be able to stream data to the drive without gaps.  The unit will still write to the drive, but it will not be seamless.  All other functions will work, including capturing …
Faq Id69421
 What’s the longest USB 3.0 cable I can use with the RSA306?
The instrument ships with a 1M USB 3.0 cable.  If a longer cable is needed, purchase a high quality cable.  The RSA306 is powered by the USB 3.0 cable, and draws about 800 milliamps when operating.  Lower quality cables may have higher resistance …
Faq Id69436
What is the difference between the RSA306 and the RSA306B? 
The primary differences between RSA306 and RSA306B are the RSA306B has the following improvements: Residual spurious improved by 10 dB overall and >40 dB at select frequencies Spurious with signal improved by 10 dB up to 3 GHz to -60 dBc Amplitude …
Faq Id474076
After installing SignalVu-PC I encounter the following error. SignalVu-PC Error 1722. There is a problem with this Windows Installer package.  A program run as part of the setup did not finish as expected.  Contact your support personnel or package vendor.  Action RegisterSidewinder, location: C:\Program Files\Tektronix\SignalVu-PC\, command: "C:\Program Files\Tektronix\SignalVu-PC\SignalVu-PC.exe" /register
There can be several reasons for the 1722 error.  The most common are:   1. In Dot Net 4.5 or greater installed?  If not try installing Dot Net 4.5 or higher.   2.  If you have Dot Net 4.5 or greater try repairing Dot Net Framework 4.5 on Windows …
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When using SignalVu-PC how do I find my system's Host ID?  
To find the Host Id while using SignalVu-PC select Tools > Licenses > Manage. This will open the Manage Licenses window. Under the Select license host window on the left choose the system that you wish to view the Host ID. <> refers …
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 Can I connect to two USB RSA's at the same time?
Using DataVu-PC you can indeed connect to two RSA500A, RSA600A, or RSA306B’s concurrently. Both SA’s need USB3.0 connections and adequate throughput, then you can select RSA LiveVu 1 and 2. Trial licenses for DataVu-PC functionality can be found …
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How to open saved RSA306/B, RSA500 or RSA600 Series .r3a or .r3f files in MATLAB?
Option 1: You can play back .r3f files with Tektronix SignalVu-PC VSA software application (version 3.6.0043 or greater).  The base SignalVu-PC VSA software is a free program and is available for download at www.tektronix.com/downloads (search for …
Faq Id69531
As a Windows C/C++ DLL, the RSA API can be used in many C/C++ development environments including National Instruments LabWindows/CVI.  However, due to the way LabWindows/CVI 2010 handles the loading of external .DLLs, the compiled executable will experience a fatal run-time error.  When this occurs you will receive a message like the following:FATAL RUN-TIME ERRORUnknown source position, thread id 0x0000XXXXA non-debuggable thread caused a ‘General Protection’ fault at address 0xXXXXXXXX.Please note: this issue has been confirmed to exist in LabWindows/CVI 2010 and may exist in other versions of LabWindows/CVI as well.  LabWindows/CVI 2015 has shown not to exhibit this problem.
National Instrument has confirmed this issue with other external libraries and has written up a KnowledgeBase article showing how to fix the issue.  You can read this article at the following URL.http://digital.ni.com/public …
Faq Id72206
How can I tell if my PC or labtop supports USB 3.0?
The best way is to ask Windows.  In Windows 7, from the Start button, open Control Panel and select Device Manager.  In Windows 8, search on ‘Device Manager’, select it and look for USB 3.0 as shown belowThe USB installation is detailed in Universal …
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How do I tell if my RSAxxx has successfully connecting to my computer?
Watch the USB status LED when you first plug in the USB cable. See actions below: Note: When you first connect the USB cable to a PC USB 3 port (for the first time) this light may be red for up to up to maybe one minute as the USB driver is installed …
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What are the PC hardware requirements to run the RSA306 with SignalVu-PC or the API?
A PC with Windows 7, Windows 8/ 8.1, Windows 10 64-bit operating system and a USB 3.0 connection is required for operation of the RSA306. 8 GB RAM and 20 GB free drive space is required for installation of SignalVu-PC.  For full performance of the …
Faq Id69411
Can I record data from two USB RSA’s at the same time?
Yes recording of streaming data is possible up to 40MHz bandwidth for either free running or triggered data, using DataVu-PC with the RSA500A, RSA600A, or RSA306B’s. Playback Information – The FFT time, sample time resolution, resolution bandwidth …
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