Anritsu MS20xxC Handheld Vector Network Analyzer Series up to 20 GHz

Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Series Professional Handheld Vector Network Analyzers. With spectrum analyzer: MS2036C (6 GHz and 9 GHz), MS2037C (15 GHz), MS2038C (20 GHz) and without spectrum analyzer: MS2026C (6 GHz), MS2027C (15 GHz), MS2028C (20 GHz)

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SHORT DESCRIPTION

In any field of activity, the Grand Master implies the highest level of knowledge, experience, achievement and recognition. Series MS20xxC VNA Master The Anritsu company truly meets all these qualities in the field of vector analysis of electrical circuits. The MS20xxC VNA Masters provide excellent portable performance for accurate two-port measurements up to 20 GHz in two directions at once, anywhere, anytime.

The VNA Master Series allows you to perform sophisticated field measurements on high-frequency cables, waveguides, and antennas, providing accurate vector-corrected amplitude, phase, time-domain, and path-to-distance measurements. The three models of the MS203xC series, in addition to the VNA, contain professional spectrum analyzer with excellent sensitivity and low noise.

Any of the instruments of the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master series will provide its owner with unsurpassed measurement capabilities in any environment: from a research laboratory to remote hard-to-reach objects. You can download a full description of all the characteristics below on this page in the section Documentation.

Main characteristics:
Frequency: 5 kHz - 6 GHz (model MS2026C).
Frequency: 5 kHz - 15 GHz (model MS2027C).
Frequency: 5 kHz - 20 GHz (model MS2028C).
Frequency: 5 kHz - 6 GHz, plus spectrum analyzer 9 kHz - 9 GHz (model MS2036C).
Frequency: 5 kHz - 15 GHz, plus spectrum analyzer 9 kHz - 15 GHz (model MS2037C).
Frequency: 5 kHz - 20 GHz, plus spectrum analyzer 9 kHz - 20 GHz (model MS2038C).
Characteristics of the electrical circuit analyzer:
Number of ports of the vector network analyzer: 2.
Measured parameters: S11, S21, S22, S12.
Measurement speed: 350 µs per point. Resolution: up to 4,001 dots.
Dynamic range: more than 100 dB. Source power: +3 dBm, -3 dBm, -15 dBm or -25 dBm.
Parameters of directivity, matching in the source and matching in the load: up to 42 dB.
Calibration: manual (using calibration loads).
Spectrum Analyzer Specifications: RBW (1 Hz - 10 MHz), amplitude (up to +30 dBm), noise (up to -161 dBm).
Battery life from built-in battery: 3 hours.
Weight of models MS2026C, MS2027C and MS2028C: 4.5 kg. Dimensions: 211 x 315 x 78 mm.
Weight of models MS2036C, MS2037C and MS2038C: 4.8 kg. Dimensions: 211 x 315 x 97 mm.
Screen 21.3 cm (800 x 600). Interfaces: USB, Ethernet. Working temperature: from -10°С to +55°С.
Great handheld professional grade vector analyzer

In addition, Anritsu releases a cheaper series of handheld vector network analyzers: Anritsu MS20xxB VNA Master. This series is simpler (only measures parameters S11 and S21) and also slower (850 µs per point). Due to this, MS20xxB is slightly smaller, lighter and cheaper.

Need a vector analyzer cheaper? Watch the series Anritsu MS20xxB VNA Master.
Need portable analyzer of AFU, waveguides, cables and antennas? Watch the series Anritsu S820E.
Need compact laboratory vector parser? Watch the series Anritsu MS46122A.
Need powerful stationary vector network analyzer? Watch the series Anritsu MS4640B VectorStar.
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Anritsu MS20xxC Handheld Network and Radio Spectrum Analyzers Video Review

This video review shows the Anritsu MS2037C VNA Master Series handheld analyzer, which combines a two-port vector network analyzer up to 15 GHz and a full-fledged spectrum analyzer up to 15 GHz in one housing. You will get acquainted with the capabilities of this device and see examples of real measurements. This video also tells about other devices of the VNA Master series (there are 10 models in this series).

Video review of Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Electrical Network and Radio Spectrum Analyzers.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master portable analyzers may only contain vector network analyzer (models: MS2026C, MS2027C and MS2028C), and, in addition to the vector analyzer, may include spectrum analyzer (models: MS2036C, MS2037C and MS2038C). In vector network analyzer mode, you can quickly and accurately measure the parameters of active and passive RF devices: amplifiers, cables, connectors, waveguides, filters, attenuators, antennas, etc.

The vector analyzer in the MS20xxC VNA Master series is built on a two-port scheme with the ability to measure in the forward direction (from port 1 to port 2) and in the reverse direction (from port 2 to port 1). Thus, you do not have to reconnect the measured device and you can measure all four S parameters at once: S11 (reflection on the first port), S21 (forward transfer characteristic), S22 (reflection on the second port), S12 (reverse transfer characteristic). This screenshot shows what it looks like to display four S parameters at the same time on the VNA Master screen.

Simultaneous display on the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master screen of four S parameters of the device under test
Simultaneous display of four S parameters of the device under study.

 

The figure below shows the results of measuring the parameters of the high-pass filter in the range from 5 kHz to 14 GHz. The yellow and white graphs are the reflection on the first port of the filter in steps of 10 dB per division and 1 dB per division. The magenta and dark green plots are the forward transfer characteristic of the filter in steps of 10 dB per division and 1 dB per division.

High pass filter measurements from 5 kHz to 14 GHz using the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master
The results of measuring the parameters of the high-pass filter in the range from 5 kHz to 14 GHz.

 

One important type of measurement that is performed with portable analyzers is the measurement distance to damage in the feeder or waveguide - DTF (Distance To Fault). Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Series analyzers with option 0002 installed will help you very accurately determine the distance to all trouble spots in a feeder or waveguide. In this case, it is possible to measure the dependence of SWR (SWR) on distance, as well as the dependence of return loss (Return Loss) on distance.

The figure below shows the measurement of the parameters of a microwave cable with a length of 3.7 meters. The result is plotted as return loss versus distance (upper plot) and SWR versus distance (lower plot). Markers MK2 and MK5 indicate a problematic spot in the cable, located at a distance of 3.1 meters.

Return Loss and SWR versus Distance for 3.7m Microwave Cable with Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master
Results of measuring return loss and SWR versus distance for a microwave cable 3.7 meters long.

 

If you need not only to measure the parameters of electrical circuits, but also make spectral measurements, select one of the models containing a built-in spectrum analyzer: MS2036C (up to 9 GHz), MS2037C (up to 15 GHz), or MS2038C (up to 9 GHz). When using the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Series in spectrum analyzer mode, you can measure: field strength, occupied bandwidth, channel power, adjacent channel leakage ratio (ACPR), signal mask measurement, carrier-to-interference ratio (C /I), demodulate AM/FM/SSB, etc.

The figure below shows the spectrum with a center frequency of 2.5 GHz and a span of 10 MHz. In addition to the useful signal in the center of the screen with a frequency of 2.5 GHz (marker 1), you can see an additional signal higher in frequency by 3 MHz (delta marker 1 is set on it). Pay attention to the clarity of the picture and the convenience of using the delta marker to measure the frequency and amplitude of the additional signal in relation to the main one.

An example of a spectrum measurement with a 2.5 GHz center frequency and 10 MHz span using the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Series analyzer
An example of a spectrum measurement with a 2.5 GHz center frequency and 10 MHz span using the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Series analyzer.

 

Portable Analyzers Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master contain many innovative solutions, one of them is a high-precision system calibration by 12 points, which was previously used only in expensive laboratory instruments. The general set of features of this series will pleasantly surprise even the most demanding and experienced users: portability, the ability to work at negative temperatures, a wide frequency range, a large number of measured parameters, high accuracy and reliability of the device. The photo below shows the older model Anritsu MS2038C, which combines a vector network analyzer (5 kHz - 20 GHz) and a spectrum analyzer (9 kHz - 20 GHz) in a compact package.

Anritsu MS2038C is the top model of the MS20xxC VNA Master series of analyzers, which combines a vector network analyzer (5 kHz - 20 GHz) and a spectrum analyzer (9 kHz - 20 GHz) in a compact package
Anritsu MS2038C is the top model of the MS20xxC VNA Master series of analyzers, which combines a vector network analyzer (5 kHz - 20 GHz) and a spectrum analyzer (9 kHz - 20 GHz) in a compact package.

Block Diagram of Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Vector Network Analyzers

This figure shows the block diagram of the MS20xxC VNA Master Series Vector Analyzer. The measured device is connected between ports 1 and 2 (marked as DUT - Device Under Test in the figure). The vector analyzer contains one generator that can be connected to any of the two ports, two high-precision coupler bridges and three measurement receivers (one of which is a reference).

This design ensures accurate measurement of all S parameters: S11 (reflection on the first port), S21 (forward transfer characteristic), S22 (reflection on the second port), S12 (reverse transfer characteristic)without having to reconnect the measured device in the opposite direction.

Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Block Diagram Provides Accurate Two-Port Measurements of Four S-Parameters in Two Directions at Once
The block diagram of the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master vector network analyzers provides accurate two-port measurements of four S-parameters in two directions at once.

An example of measuring the level of reflection of radio waves when an object is irradiated with a radar

When irradiating various objects with a radar, each object has its own level of reflection, which depends on the frequency of the irradiated pulse, the shape and material of the object, as well as its distance from the radiation source. The photo below shows the MS2038C (up to 20 GHz) used in dual-port network analyzer mode. The transmitting antenna is connected to the first port of the analyzer, and the receiving antenna is connected to the second port. The irradiated object is located at a distance from the analyzer (in the upper left corner of the photograph). The parameter S21 is measured, which makes it possible to calculate the dependence of the effective reflection area of the object on frequency.

An example of measuring the effective area of  reflection of radio waves (RCS - Radar cross section) using an Anritsu MS2038C vector network analyzer
An example of measuring the effective area of reflection of radio waves (RCS - Radar cross section).

Video Review (English) of Anritsu MS20xxC Series Network Analyzers

This is another overview video of the main features of Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Handheld Vector Network Analyzers with Integrated Spectrum Analyzer. It shows how the devices of this series are used during measurements on real objects.

Brief video overview (in English) of Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master network analyzers.

The design of the Anritsu MS20xxC series instruments

All test connectors and auxiliary connectors of the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master series analyzers are located on one side of the case. Thus, the sides of the case are free from connectors, which makes it easier to hold the device and work with it. This photo shows the connector layout of three models that contain only a vector network analyzer (no spectrum analyzer).

Connector locations for models without a spectrum analyzer: Anritsu MS2026C (6 GHz), MS2027C (15 GHz) and MS2028C (20 GHz)
Connector locations for models without a spectrum analyzer: Anritsu MS2026C (6 GHz), MS2027C (15 GHz) and MS2028C (20 GHz).

 

The three models that contain a built-in spectrum analyzer are equipped with additional connectors, one of which is a separate RF input of the spectrum analyzer (in the photo below, the leftmost of the three N-type connectors). The presence of additional measuring blocks inside the case makes it a little thicker.

Spectrum Analyzer Model Connector Locations: Anritsu MS2036C (9 GHz), MS2037C (15 GHz) and MS2038C (20 GHz)
Spectrum analyzer model connector locations: Anritsu MS2036C (9 GHz), MS2037C (15 GHz) and MS2038C (20 GHz).

 

The specifications of the Anritsu MS2026C, MS2027C, MS2028C, MS2036C, MS2037C and MS2038C portable network analyzers are at the level of expensive laboratory instruments, while the design and operating temperature range (from -10°C to +55°C) are ideal for work on real objects in difficult field conditions: on towers of base stations, at airfields and other similar places.

This photo shows the MS2038C (in spectrum analysis mode) on the stand located on the back of the case. The tilt stand allows you to conveniently place the instrument on a table with a slight tilt back, ensuring its stability.

Portable analyzer Anritsu VNA Master MS2038C on a folding stand
Portable analyzer Anritsu VNA Master MS2038C on a folding stand.

Specifications for Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Handheld Analyzers

Specifications for Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Handheld Analyzers

For a complete list of technical specifications of professional portable vector network analyzers with an integrated spectrum analyzer Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master, see below on this page in the section Documentation.

Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Handheld Analyzer Package

Name Short description
Anritsu MS2026C Handheld Vector Network Analyzer (5 kHz - 6 GHz)
or
Anritsu MS2027C Handheld Vector Network Analyzer (5 kHz - 15 GHz)
or
Anritsu MS2028C Handheld Vector Network Analyzer (5 kHz - 20 GHz)
or
Anritsu MS2036C Handheld Vector Network Analyzer (5 kHz - 6 GHz) and spectrum analyzer (9 kHz - 9 GHz)
or
Anritsu MS2037C Handheld Vector Network Analyzer (5 kHz - 15 GHz) and spectrum analyzer (9 kHz - 15 GHz)
or
Anritsu MS2038C Handheld Vector Network Analyzer (5 kHz - 20 GHz) and spectrum analyzer (9 kHz - 20 GHz)
a plus:
2000-1685-R Soft carrying bag for MS2026C, MS2027C and MS2028C models
633-75 Li-Ion battery (installed inside the instrument)
40-187-R Power Supply
806-141-R Car cigarette lighter charging cable (12V, 60W)
3-2000-1498 USB cable, 3 meters
2000-1371-R Ethernet cable, 2 meters
10920-00060 Optical disc with documentation
2300-577 Anritsu Software Tool Box Optical Disc
- Calibration certificate
- 1 year warranty (can be extended to 3 and 5 years)

Options and accessories for Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master handheld analyzers

Below is a list of the main options and optional accessories for the Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master Series analyzers. For a complete list of options with a detailed description, see below on this page in the section Documentation. And in order to properly equip your vector analyzer, be sure to read VNA Accessories Selection Guide. In addition, you can choose additional equipment from the following sections of our website: Measuring antennas and microwave accessories.

Options and accessories for Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master handheld analyzers
Options and accessories for Anritsu MS20xxC VNA Master handheld analyzers.

This PDF documentation contains the most comprehensive description of Anritsu's MS20xxC VNA Master series handheld analyzers, their specifications and modes of operation.

Anritsu MS20xxC Handheld Analyzer Description (in English) (20 pages; 17 MB)

Anritsu MS20xxC Analyzer Specifications (English) (30 pages; 7 MB)

Introduction to Anritsu MS20xxC Handheld Analyzers (2 pages; 1 MB)

Anritsu MS20xxC Analyzers User Manual (English) (160 pages; 11 MB)

Anritsu MS20xxC Analyzers User Manual (Russian) (85 pages; 4 MB)

Anritsu MS20xxC Measurement Guide (English) (256 pages; 23 MB)

Anritsu MS20xxC Analyzer Programming Guide (English) (414 pages; 4 MB)

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