Every so often I come across a product at a trade show which qualifies as a BKS award winner. What’s a BKS product? It means Best Kept Secret and this one is really interesting…
I was at CTIA recently where I came across a BKS in the Handheld Analyzer category. Let’s test my theory; how many of you have heard of the UCTT Base Station Tester from Sage Instruments? I’m guessing not many but feel free to comment if I’m wrong.
The UCTT Base Station Tester was sitting in a corner of the trade show floor in an enclosure being soaked by water. The next thing which caught my eye as I approached is that the display was updating FAST, even with a wide span and narrow Resolution Bandwidth selected. The water resistance is apparent from the photo above and hopefully Steve Glassman, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Sage Instruments, will see fit to have a video posted which highlights the update rate. Another eye catcher was the excellent screen visibility which has been an on-going problem with the FSH series analyzers from R&S.
Sage is obviously late in the game and going up some big players, most notable being Anritsu Company, Agilent, Rohde and Schwarz (R&S) and Tektronix. There are also a number of smaller players such as Wiltek, Protek and Bird Electronics (though Bird’s products do not offer demodulation capability).
The UCTT data sheet is available on my website and lists it as a Spectrum/Interference Analyzer, Cable/Antenna Analyzer, T1/E1 Analyzer, and Power Meter as well as a demodulator for: GSM/EDGE, CDMA2000, EVDO, WCDMA, LTE and WiMax.
Another interesting find on the data sheet was the availability of an arbitrary RF signal generator output capable of generating AMPS, TDMA, GSM, CDMA and WCDMA waveforms in the frequency range of 698 MHz to 2.7 GHz.
Time will tell if Sage Instruments is successful at winning a significant share of the handheld Spectrum/Base Station tester market but they certainly have a nice offering with a glare-resistant display, fast sweep/update rates, built-in arbitrary waveform generator and a rugged water-resistant form factor.