TV-SAT Instrumentation

Know the importance of choosing a Field Meter

The field meter is undoubtedly the essential tool of a telecommunications installer, since it is an instrument capable of measuring radio signals terrestrial and satellite television, and ensure that installation has been performed successfully.

To acquire a field strength meter, you must know what our needs, so we can hit with our purchase, as they are expensive equipment and is not wise to purchase a meter that we fall short of performance in a few months, or the otherwise invest heavily to that we will not get out even 10% of their benefits.

Therefore, to know that field meter suits our needs, we need to know how to interpret what measures we need to perform because there are essential measures that might not work (for example the power or MER) and others are used only in specific cases (eg the Ecos measures) and well as the type of signals with which we will work.

Singnal Kind

We need know about the signal kind that we are going to work. Normally it makes for DTT and Radio and Satellite one, also cable networks. A lot of Field Meters are for this kind of signals. . Muchos medidores realizan medidas para estos 3 tipos de señales, pero si por ejemplo trabajamos para un operador de cable, no sería necesario que nuestro medidor de campo realice medidas para televisión terrestre o satélite, y sería sólo necesario trabajar con un medidor campo con funciones para señales de TV e internet por cable. The more types of signal interprets the meter, the higher its price.

Functions of field meters

The majority of Field Meters do the same functions. These functions are improving, like:

Function Measurements: Undoubtedly the most important function of field strength meter. It will show all necessary measures to ensure that we are running the installation complies with current regulations.

There are different types of measures, depending on the signal that we are measuring (analog or digital) the field meter should represent the most important signal for each standard measures. Most high-end meters perform the same steps so we have to analyze the sensitivity and range of each model.

Spectrum analyzer: This feature allows us to see the signal represented in a diagram as a function of frequency and power. In the spectrum analyzer function is often value the Span and reference levels as the most important parameters.

Each meter can have a different scale for Span, so it is useful to know whether we need to look very "extended" signs. It is also important that the field meter has a spectrum analyzer with a scanning speed in real time, to see the signal variations.

TV mode: This feature is actually the least important of all. It is what allows us to see the image and hear the audio signal being measured on the meter display field. There are different modes: analogue, digital, standard definition and high definition.

Actually if we interpret the measurements, not often used, but in most cases comes in handy for our customer to check that the signal being received is correct and is seen and heard in perfect condition.

Once we know the basic functions performed by a field strength meter, you need to know what steps can make a gauge. Below are the most common measurements made by field meters and we give a brief explanation of each we indicate.

Analog measurements. We highlight the following:

- Power: The level of analog signal received. Typically it measured in dBuV.

- C / N. It is the relationship between signal strength and the noise floor. It is usually measured in dBuV.

Digital measurements: Digital measurements vary depending on the type of signal you're measuring (DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S or DVB-S2). Below we highlight the common digital measurements to these 4 types of signals:

- Power: It indicates the level of digital signal received. Typically it measured in dBuV.

- CBER: The bit error rate measurement before Viterbi decoder (not corrected).

- Mer: The modulation error rate. It measures the quality of the modulated signal, and is one of the measures of error used for digital measurements.
It is also often used measures such as VBER, Constellation or Link Margin, which are not common to all signal standards. Many meters as Televes or Promax, displayed along with an indicator measures if the measurements are correct, so it is easier to interpret signals yet that the meter shows. Just be careful to tell the meter field at which point of the installation we are making the measures, since the rules indicate different measurement values ​​depending on the point where we make the measure. Not the same measure the signal at the output of the head of a building or making user.

If you decide to purchase a measuring field, we end up using in most cases the function analysis of spectra, since the experience we can get a lot of information signals, just watching the representation of these signal as a function of the received power and frequency.

In addition, all field meters displayed on the screen of the spectrum analyzer large number of measures, and the frequency or channel according to the standard that is representing. If you want to see in detail a signal at a particular frequency, we'll just increase the span of the spectrum analyzer. We can see the signals coming across the frequency band, which we call "Full Span" and gradually increase the signal span gradually up to only display the signal. Is the better gauge field this signal will see in real time.

Buy a field strength meter: what to consider

Mind you, there are field meters with different ranges Span. The cheapest are able to show only the signal "Full Scan" mode or set span. We could say that one has a zoom mode.
As a tip, we recommend working in spectrum analyzer mode with the highest level of reference possible. Is this how it's done? It's simple, we always have more power signal as high as possible without this cut. Thus the measures will be more accurate as possible, because the noise floor is placed as low as possible.
Another of the most common characteristics of field meters from different manufacturers, working in spectrum analyzer mode, which allows us to channel therefore measures such as frequently. Depending on the nature of the signal channels are expressed in a form or another. For example C57, which corresponds to a channel DTT UHF band with center frequency at 762 MHz and a bandwidth of 8 MHz.

Another of the most important features to consider when purchasing a meter field is the screen size, dimensions and weight. The larger screen is more comfortable is working with the field meter, however it tends to increase the size and weight thereof.

At present, they are getting ever lighter manufacture meters thanks to the use of TFT and LED, limiting the size by little more than fills the screen.

We also need to emphasize as important parameter when purchasing a meter field the battery life. The more autonomy is the field meter, the longer the battery will last us and therefore more time can be using the meter without recharging the batteries. Therefore it is vital to know the range of the meter, because if we are all day working with the meter must assure us that the batteries last as long as possible. In these cases usually also it assesses the field meter incorporated into external DC 12 V adapter for charging the field meter in the car when we move from one job to another.

The Field Meters that can be updated, allowing us to record measurements and dump them directly to your computer, to issue reports, newsletters installation and testing protocol for installing Radio Television of common telecommunications infrastructure set property.

We are sure that the meter field is the best investment you can make an installer of telecommunications, therefore we invite you to get in touch with us if you have any question before purchasing such equipment.


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  1. MOSAIQ6 Meter Screen Protector
    SKU: TEL596213
    On request
    €36.23 Tax included
  2. Televes H30 Field Meter Protective Case
    SKU: TEL593201
    On request
    €78.38 Tax included
  3. 12V- 2A power supply with several Televes 593203 Plugs
    SKU: TEL593203
    On request
    €89.52 Tax included
  4. Transport Case for H30 Crystal Meter
    SKU: TEL593239
    On request
    €89.52 Tax included
  5. Range transport bag Explorer window
    SKU: PRODC265
    On request
    €94.38 Tax included
  6. MOSAIQ6 Meter Carrying Case
    SKU: TEL596214
    On request
    €188.26 Tax included
  7. Televisions DVB-T Option for Televes H30FLEX Field Meter
    SKU: TEL593231
    On request
    €213.03 Tax included
  8. DVB-T2 Option for Televes H30FLEX Field Meter
    SKU: TEL593232
    On request
    €213.03 Tax included
  9. DVB-C Option for Televes H30FLEX Field Meter
    SKU: TEL593233
    On request
    €213.03 Tax included
  10. HD meter 4 Megasat Combo
    In stock
    €241.98 Tax included
  11. H30Evolution WiFi Analyzer Option (2.4/5GHz)
    SKU: TEL593250
    On request
    €286.73 Tax included
  12. Option IPTV Analyzer H30Evolution Meter
    SKU: TEL593251
    On request
    €286.73 Tax included
  13. H30Evolution Option HEVC H.265 Display
    SKU: TEL593252
    On request
    €286.73 Tax included
  14. Long-lasting Li-ion battery for RANGER meters
    SKU: PROCB083
    On request
    €342.13 Tax included
  15. Televes FI Simulator (950-2150Mhz) 4008
    SKU: TEL4008
    In stock
    €344.26 Tax included
  16. Amiko X-Finder 3 Field Meter Combo
    SKU: AMI3004
    On request
    €372.62 Tax included
  17. IF and UHF Signal Generator Promax OUTLET
    In stock
    €385.69 Tax included
  18. Simulator FI TV and Satellite, 3 carriers
    SKU: PRORP050
    On request
    €401.12 Tax included
  19. Replacement battery for Televes MOSAIQ6 meter
    SKU: TEL596210
    On request
    €454.91 Tax included
  20. Televes 5-3000 Mhz noise generator FI simulator
    SKU: TEL593001
    On request
    €524.49 Tax included
  21. Satellite and Terrestrial FI generator for ITC-2 RP-080 from Promax
    SKU: PRORP080
    On request
    €778.64 Tax included
  22. Medidor de Campo HD 7 Combo de Megasat
    On request
    €889.35 Tax included
  23. Noise Generator 1-2200 Mhz, level 70 dBuV
    SKU: PRONG283
    On request
    €1,061.78 Tax included
  24. TVHUNTER+: Digital terrestrial TV hunter for DVB-T2
    On request
    €1,250.54 Tax included
  25. EK DVB-T/T2-S/S2-C Dolby DD+ Professional Field Meter
    SKU: EK240003
    On request
    €1,450.00 Tax included
  26. Combo Field Meter DVB-T/S/C HD TAB 5 LITE
    On request
    €1,600.83 Tax included
  27. Televes H30FLEX Single-Hand Field Meter
    SKU: TEL593301
    On request
    €1,663.45 Tax included
  28. Televes H30FLEX Single-Hand Field Meter
    SKU: TEL593303
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    €1,663.45 Tax included
  29. ROVER TAB 5 ULTRA DVB-T2/S2/C Field Meter
    On request
    €1,739.74 Tax included
  30. H30FLEX DVB-S/S2/T Field Meter + Case
    SKU: TEL593311
    On request
    €1,770.81 Tax included
  31. H30FLEX DVB-S/S2/C Field Meter + Case
    SKU: TEL593313
    On request
    €1,770.81 Tax included
  32. Televes H30FLEX Single-Hand Field Meter
    SKU: TEL593302
    On request
    €1,882.88 Tax included
  33. Promax RANGER MINI Field Meter
    On request
    €1,934.79 Tax included
  34. H30FLEX DVB-S/S2/T/T2 Field Meter + Case
    SKU: TEL593312
    On request
    €1,990.24 Tax included

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