RSA500 Series Real Time Spectrum Analyzers

RSA500 Series Real Time Spectrum Analyzers

Find signals of interest and take the necessary actions to resolve issues with industries best ruggedized, portable USB Real-time Spectrum Analyzer, packed with features for your most common tasks out in the field.

Highlights:

  • Enable precise, real-time measurements with the RSA500 spectrum analyzer packaged in a portable, rugged form factor with advanced spectrum analysis capabilities.
  • Quickly capture VLF to Ku signals of interest from 9 kHz to 18.0 GHz with 40 MHz bandwidth capture.
Maximum Frequency Range

9 kHz to 18 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 RSA500 is powered by SignalVu® Essentials 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 RSA500 provides performance to match conventional mid-range spectrum analyzers on the market. No compromises are required for even your toughest challenges.

Powerful tools to simplify your time in the field.

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With a built-in tracking generator for RF component test and a G PS to geo-locate and map signals, the RSA500 makes field test a lot easier. It gives you fast channel insight with 4x faster scanning capability compared to other spectrum analyzers.

 


Models

Model Frequency Range Real-Time Bandwidth Minimum Event Duration for 100% POI Weight SFDR (typical) List Price
RSA503A 9 kHz-3.0 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
-
Configure & Quote
RSA507A 9 kHz-7.5 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
-
Configure & Quote
RSA513A

9 kHz-13.6 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

-

70 dBc

-
Configure & Quote
RSA518A

9 kHz-18.0 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

-

70 dBc

-
Configure & Quote
ModelRSA503A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI
9 kHz-3.0 GHz40 MHz

15 μs

WeightSFDR (typical)

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
ModelRSA507A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI
9 kHz-7.5 GHz40 MHz

15 μs

WeightSFDR (typical)

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
ModelRSA513A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI

9 kHz-13.6 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

SFDR (typical)

70 dBc

ModelRSA518A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI

9 kHz-18.0 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

SFDR (typical)

70 dBc

Field Test

Save cost and precious time by identifying, classifying and locating interference quickly and precisely. The RSA500 spectrum analyzer's proprietary DPX technology enables precise, real-time measurements packaged in a portable, rugged form factor and easy-to-use software interface.

Spectrum Management

Ensure signal integrity and meet compliance standards with real time spectrum insights. The RSA500 spectrum analyzer covers up to 7.5 GHz, with 40 MHz bandwidth capture, packaged in a portable form factor and easy-to-use software interface.

 

Model Frequency Range Real-Time Bandwidth Minimum Event Duration for 100% POI Weight SFDR (typical) List Price
RSA503A 9 kHz-3.0 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
-
Configure & Quote
RSA507A 9 kHz-7.5 GHz 40 MHz

15 μs

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
-
Configure & Quote
RSA513A

9 kHz-13.6 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

-

70 dBc

-
Configure & Quote
RSA518A

9 kHz-18.0 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

-

70 dBc

-
Configure & Quote
ModelRSA503A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI
9 kHz-3.0 GHz40 MHz

15 μs

WeightSFDR (typical)

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
ModelRSA507A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI
9 kHz-7.5 GHz40 MHz

15 μs

WeightSFDR (typical)

2.99 kg (6.6 lb) with battery

70 dBc
ModelRSA513A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI

9 kHz-13.6 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

SFDR (typical)

70 dBc

ModelRSA518A
Frequency RangeReal-Time BandwidthMinimum Event Duration for 100% POI

9 kHz-18.0 GHz

40 MHz

100 μs

SFDR (typical)

70 dBc

 Tektronix
RSA500
Keysight
N99xxA
R&S
FSH/FPH
Anritsu
Spectrum Master
Tektronix
RSA306B
Maximum Frequency Ranges9 kHz to 7.5 GHzN9915A: 100 kHz to 9 GHz
(other models to 50 GHz)
FSH: 9 kHz to 20 GHz FPH: 5 kHz to 5 GHz9 kHz to 43 GHz9 kHz - 6.2 GHz
Capture Bandwidth40 MHz10 MHz20 MHz15 MHz40 MHz
Dynamic Range
(DANL to Max Imput)
-161 dBm to +33 dBm-153 dBm to +27 dBm-163 dBm to +30 dBm-164 dBm to +33 dBm-160 dBm to +23 dBm
SFDR-70 dBC @ 40 MHz BWunspec'dunspec'dunspec'd-60 dBc @ 40 MHz BW
Phase Noise (1 GHz CF, 10 kHz offset)-94 dBc/Hz-106 dBc/Hz-105 dBc/Hz at 30 kHz Offset-108 dBc/Hz-84 dBc/Hz
Real Time CapabilitiesYesYesNoNoYes
Sweep Times for finding low level signals (-120 dBm)9 sec (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep)11.4 min (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep)FSH: 36 sec (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep)3 min (1 kHz RBW, 6 GHz Sweep, Fast Mode) >1 hour (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep, Performance Mode)9 sec (1 kHz RBW, 7.5 GHz Sweep)
Cable/Antenna Testing: VSWR, DTF, Return Loss measurementsYes, up to 7.5 GHzYesYesYes, up to 20 GHzNo
Wideband Vector Signal Analysis CapabilitiesYes – 40 MHzNoFSH: No – 10 MHz FPH: NoNoYes – 40 MHz
Signal Capture and PlaybackSpectrum, Spectrogram, and IQ signals for full analysisSpectrum and Spectrogram OnlySpectrum and Spectrogram OnlySpectrum and Spectrogram OnlySpectrum, Spectrogram, and IQ signals for full analysis
RuggedizedMIL-PRF-28800F Class 2MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2
Battery Life5 hours – Instrument Up to 8 hours - Toughpad3.5 hoursFSH: 4 hours FPH: 8 hours3 hoursUSB 3.0
Weight1.1 kg; 2.4 lbs – Toughpad 3.2 kg; 7 lbs – InstrumentN9952A: 3.2 kg; 7.1 lbs N9918A: 3.0 kg; 6.6 lbsFFSH: 3 kg; 6.6 lbs FPH: 2.5 kg; 5.5 lbs3.7 kg; 8.5 lbs1.1 kg; 2.4 lbs – Toughpad 0.73 kg; 1.3 lbs – Instrument
Size2.65'" x 11.78" x 10.68"292 x 188 x 72 mm (11.5 in x 7.4 in x 2.8 in7.6 in × 11.8 in × 2.7 in (5.7 in)315 mm x 211 mm x 77 mm, (12.4 in x 8.3 in x 3.0 in)1.2" x 7.5" x 5"

 

SignalVu-PC software brings benchtop and field features to the RSA500A

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RSA500A 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

 

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Instrument controller for USB spectrum analyzers

Tektronix offers the Panasonic FZ-G1 tablet computer as an option to the RSA500A and as a standalone unit.

When purchased from Tektronix, the FZ-G1 includes pre-loaded SignalVu-PC software, with custom-programmed display settings and front-panel buttons to optimize the SignalVu-PC experience. In addition, Tektronix has tested the FZ-G1 to ensure that the specified real time performance of all USB spectrum analyzers is met with this configuration.

Learn more about the tablet »

Tracking Generator

Single solution for maintenance, troubleshooting, interference hunting. Factory calibration minimizes measurement setup time and errors.

Part NumberDescription
OPT 04Tracking Generator: 10 MHz - to maximum range of instrument

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Antennas for interference hunting

Tektronix recommends the Alaris DF-A0047 smart antenna with built-in USB compass for direction finding and interference hunting applications.

  • Frequency Range: 20 MHz – 8.5 GHz
    • 9 kHz-20 MHz extension available(0.3m loop antenna)
  • Trigger control for one-hand operation with functions for:
    • Preamp on/off
    • Band switch
    • Push to measure with SignalVu-PC with MAP option
  • Standard armrest extension for ease in long interference hunting sessions

 

Antennas

Part NumberDescription
119-6609-xxWhip antenna, BNC, Wideband untuned, with center of sensitivity approximately 136 MHz, passband 5-1080 MHz. 9 inches length.
DF-A0047Directional antenna, 20-8500 MHz, with electronic compass and preamp
DF-A0047-01Frequency range extension for DF-A0047 directional antenna, 9 kHz-20 MHz
DF-A0047-C1DF-A0047 antenna and DF-A0047-01 extension
016-2107-00Transit case for DF-A0047 and DF-A0047-01
119-6594-00Yagi Antenna, 825-896 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 10 dB
119-6595-00Yagi Antenna, 895-960 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 10 dB
119-6596-00Yagi Antenna, 1710-1880 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 10.2 dB
119-6596-00Yagi Antenna, 1850-1990 MHz
Forward Gain (over half-wave dipole): 9.3 dB

Calibration kits and phase-stable cables

These calibration kits and phase-stable cables are used with the tracking generator and SV60xx-SVPC when making VSWR, return loss, distance to fault and cable loss measurements.

Part NumberDescription
CALOSLNMCalibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load,  DC to 6 GHz, Type-N(m), 50 ohm
CALOSLNFCalibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, Type-N(f), 50 ohm
CALOSL716MCalibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, 7/16 DIN(m)
CALOSL716FCalibration kit, 3-in-1, open, short, load, DC to 6 GHz, 7/16 DIN(f)
CALSOLTNFCalibration kit, 4-in-1 Type-N  (f) short, open, load, through, 9 GHz
CALSOLTNMCalibration kit, 4-in-1 Type-N  (m) short, open, load, through, 9 GHz
CALSOLT35FCalibration kit, 4-in-1 3.5 mm (f)short, open, load, through,  13 GHz
CALSOLT35MCalibration kit, 4-in-1 3.5 mm (m) short, open, load, through, 13 GHz
CALSOLT716FCalibration kit, 4-in-1 7/16 (f) short, open, load, through, 6 GHz
CALSOLT716MCalibration kit, 4-in-1 7/16 (m) short, open, load, through, 6 GHz
CALSOLTNF-75Calibration kit, 4-in-1 Type-N  (f) short, open, load, through, 75 Ohm, 3 GHz
CALSOLTNM-75Calibration kit, 4-in-1 Type-N  (m)short, open, load, through, 75 Ohm, 3 GHz
012-1768-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m), 60 cm
012-1765-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f),  60cm
012-1767-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1766-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1746-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N (m) to Type-N (m),  5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1745-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N (m) to Type-N (f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1747-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(f),  60 cm
012-1752-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 60 cm
012-1750-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1748-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1751-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1749-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to 7/16(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1753-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f),  60 cm
012-1758-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 60 cm
012-1756-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1754-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1757-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1755-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to DIN 9.5(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1762-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(m),  60 cm
012-1761-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(f), 60 cm
012-1763-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1759-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1764-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1760-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to TNC(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1772-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m) 60 cm
012-1769-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f),  60 cm
012-1773-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1770-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f), 3.28 ft or 1 m
012-1774-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m), 5 ft or 1.5 m
012-1771-00Cable, Rugged, Phase-stable, Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f), 5 ft or 1.5 m

RF Accessories

We have a wide variety of RF accessories to make one-stop shopping easily.  Listed below are RF cables, adapters, attenuators, filters and other items.

Part NumberDescription
013-0410-00Adapter, Coaxial, 50 Ohm Type-N (f) to Type-N (f)
013-0411-00Adapter, Coaxial, 50 Ohm Type-N (m) to Type-N (f)
013-0412-00Adapter, Coaxial, 50 Ohm, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m)
013-0402-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N (m) to Type-N 7/16(m)
013-0404-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-7/16 (f)
013-0403-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type DIN 9.5(m)
013-0405-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-DIN 9.5(f)
013-0406-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(f)
013-0407-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-SMA(m)
013-0408-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-TNC(f)
013-0409-00Adapter, Coaxial,  50 Ohm Type-N(m) to Type-TNC(m)
012-1738-00CABLE ASSY; COAX,RFD,50 OHM,40INCH,N TYPE,BOTH ENDS,MALE
013-0422-00Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-BNC(f) 75 Ohm
013-0413-00Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-BNC(m) 75 Ohm
013-0415-00Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-F(m) 75 Ohm
015-0787-00Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-F(f) 75 Ohm
015-0788-00Pad, 50/75 Ohm, Minimum Loss, Type-N(m) 50 Ohm to Type-N(f) 75 Ohm
119-7246-xxPre-filter, general purpose, 824 to 2500 MHz, Type-N (f) connector
119-7426-xxPre-filter, general purpose, 2400 to 6200 MHz, Type-N (f) connector
011-0227-00Bias-T, Type N(m) RF, Type N(f) RF+DC, BNC(f) Bias, 1W, 0.5A, 2.5 MHz-6 GHz
011-0222-00Attenuator, Fixed, 10 dB, 2 W, DC-8 GHz, Type-N(f) to Type-N(f)
011-0223-00Attenuator, Fixed, 10 dB, 2 W, DC-8 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
011-0224-00Attenuator, Fixed, 10 dB, 2 W, DC-8 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(m)
011-0228-00Attenuator, Fixed, 3 dB, 2 W, DC-18 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
011-0225-00Attenuator, Fixed, 40 dB, 100 W, DC-3 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
011-0226-00Attenuator, Fixed, 40 dB, 50 W, DC-8.5 GHz, Type-N(m) to Type-N(f)
119-8733-00Antenna, Active, GPS GLONASS
119-8734-00Antenna, Active, GPS, Beidou

 

Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis
Learn how real-time spectrum analyzers can find and solve RF problems faster.
Literature number: 37W-17249-4
Primer 15 Oct 2018
Spurious Emission Measurement on 5G NR Base Station Transmitters and Receivers
This application note discusses how to use Tektronix real time spectrum analyzers to perform spurious tests on 5G NR base stations.
Literature number: 37W-61489-0
Application Note 15 Oct 2018
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, and…
Part number: 066143419
Application
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: 077072112
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
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and Remote/Passive Keyless Entry
Tektronix RF Automotive Test SolutionThis application note will discuss the test solution of typical RF automotive applications: tire pressure monitoring system, remote keyless entry, passive keyless entry, and remote start.
Literature number: 37W-61460-0
Application Note 26 Sep 2018
Low Cost RF Sensors
This application note discusses Tektronix USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers as low cost instrument hardware options that are well suited for applications that need automatic measurements or remote control.
Literature number: 37W-61404-0
Application Note 26 Sep 2018
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 ID: 69416 18 Sep 2018
Spectrum Analyzer
RSA500A Series Portable Spectrum Analyzer Datasheet The RSA500A Series USB spectrum analyzers offer high performance portable spectrum analysis in a rugged battery-powered package.
Literature number: 37W-60380-13
Datasheet
RSA500A Series Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers Installation and Safety
These instructions contain basic installation and operation, safety, and compliance information for the Tektronix RSA503A, RSA507A, RSA513A, and RSA518A USB Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers.
Part number: 071345203
User
Programmatic Control on Tektronix USB Real Time Spectrum Analyzers
This application note will explain the programmatic interfaces and environments available for Tektronix RSA USB spectrum analyzers and provide recommendations and examples for your applications.
Literature number: 37W-61459-0
Application Note 05 Sep 2018
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…
Literature number: 37W-23378-4
Application Note 17 Aug 2018
RSA500A Series vs. Anritsu Spectrum Master Series Competitive Fact Sheet
See how RSA500 measures agains the Anritsu Spectrum Master.
Literature number: 37W-60455-1
Competitive 14 Aug 2018
RSA500A Series vs. R&S FSH Series Competitive Fact Sheet
See how RSA500 compares to the Rohde und Schwarz FSH
Literature number: 37W-60456-1
Competitive 14 Aug 2018
RSA500A Series vs. Keysight FieldFox Series Competitive Fact Sheet
See how RSA500 stacks up agains the Keysight FieldFox.
Literature number: 37W-60457-1
Competitive 14 Aug 2018
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