FieldFox microwave analyzers deliver precise measurements in virtually any field environment: Page 2 of 4

October 29, 2012 // By Agilent Technologies
For most, the phrase “precise microwave measurements” brings to mind a lab bench in a comfortable office. These days, more and more technicians and engineers need to make accurate measurements in less hospitable conditions: in a BTS during a snowstorm, aboard a ship sailing through rough seas, or at a satellite trailer in a sandstorm.
area of a van or the bed of a pickup. In all cases, the people, vehicles and instruments had to be equipped for a wide range of conditions — above ground or underground, day or night, rain or shine.

In FieldFox, these experiences translated into attributes that make it ready for the toughest conditions. To ensure durability in harsh environments, the completely sealed enclosure is compliant with US MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2 requirements. The water-resistant chassis, keypad and case can withstand salty, humid environments and a temperature range of 10 to +55 °C (14 to 131 °F). Gasket-sealed doors protect the instrument interfaces from moisture, and the dust-free design — with no vents or fans in the case — helps extend instrument reliability. The case can also withstand shock and vibration. Finally, a specially designed connector bay protects the RF connectors from damage due to drops or other external impacts.

Defining field-ready ergonomics

First-hand observations of on-the-go personnel provided deeper insights into practical, meaningful decisions about ergonomics. For example, a nonslip rubber grip — built into the case — not only fits securely into the user’s hands, it also prevents the analyzer from sliding off the hood of a vehicle. The front-panel buttons are large enough to easily operate while wearing gloves (Figure 2).

Figure 2: FieldFox is a handheld instrument designed for the day-to-day workflows of technicians and engineers in the field.

The vertical or “portrait” orientation and 7.4-inch (188 mm) width makes FieldFox easy to hold. Coupling that with a carefully designed keypad layout makes it easy for a user to operate FieldFox with their thumbs. Also, a weight of just 6.6 pounds (3.0 kg) makes FieldFox easier to carry than similar analyzers.

Because FieldFox may be used day or night, inside or outside, we included a bright, low-reflective display and five display modes that optimize viewing under a wide range of lighting conditions. The keys are also backlit

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