Spectrum analyzers were originally designed to look at the output of early radar transmitters. Today, the modern spectrum/signal analyzer remains a vital tool for radar measurements. This presentation will review the differences between swept, FFT, and vector based signal analyzers and discuss the best practices for making common radar measurements. Engineers who attend the seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • Pulsed measurements basics in the frequency domain
  • Pros and Cons of measuring pulsed RF with a swept vs FFT analyzer
  • Time domain measurements of pulsed waveforms using a spectrum analyzer
  • Radar analysis with a Vector Signal analyzer (VSA)
  • Wideband radar considerations

This presentation is geared to provide a basic understanding of radar measurements as a pre-requisite for more advanced radar measurements.

Who should view this Webcast:
All engineers and technicians who require an introduction or review of radar measurement basics

Duration: One hour

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kay_gheen.gifKay Gheen, Applications engineer, Agilent Technologies

Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard in 1994 Mr. Gheen had worked for eleven years as a radar systems engineer and engineering program manager. In this capacity Mr. Gheen was involved in the design, development, analysis, and testing of electronic warfare (EW) and radar systems, for U.S. Government agencies. In addition, Mr. Gheen Managed a radar measurement laboratory where he was involved in developing automated test systems used to characterize radar and EW systems. Also, during this time frame Mr. Gheen managed a team of engineers and technicians that were developing specialized sensors used to characterize ultra wide-band RF emissions from RF and other directed energy weapons.

Since joining Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies Mr. Gheen has worked as a solution architect and program manager, task with development of custom RF test systems. For the last eight years Mr. Gheen has worked as an applications engineer with Agilent Technology's Signal Analysis Division, where he works with customers to develop measurement solutions involving spectrum and vector signal analyzers.