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Anritsu VNA Master MS2036C

VNA Master + Spectrum Analyser MS2036C


The Anritsu VNA Master MS2036C is a Handheld Vector Network Analyser with frequency coverage from 5 kHz to 6 GHz PLUS a Spectrum Analyser covering 9 kHz to 9 GHz all rolled into a single measurement powerhouse for the harsh RF and physical environments of field test. Whether it is for spectrum monitoring, broadcast proofing, interference analysis, RF and microwave measurements, regulatory compliance, or 3G/4G and wireless data network measurements, this VNA/Spectrum Analyser combination is the ideal instrument for making fast and reliable measurements in the field.

The Anritsu VNA Master MS2036C is the industry’s highest performance, handheld solution for 2-port, 2-path measurements, anytime, anywhere. It specifically addresses complex cable and antenna measurement needs in the field with accurate, vector corrected 2-port magnitude, phase, and Distance-To-Fault measurements. The Anritsu VNA Master MS2036C covers a frequency band from 5 kHz to 6 GHz, which contains a wide variety of radio frequency communications systems.

Equally impressive, this measurement tool offers the industry’s first 12-term error correction algorithm in a handheld VNA. With a typical measurement speed of 350 µsec per point, this is ideally suited for tuning filters in the field, where multiple S-parameters often interact during tuning. Using a 3-receiver architecture, the Anritsu MS2036C can measure and display all 4 S-parameters at once with with a single connection to the DUT.

RF engineers and technicians in the field provide installation and maintenance support for aerospace, defense, and general purpose communication systems around the world. These might typically include radars on Navy ships, communications on Army vehicles, flight-line test on Air Force and commercial jets. They support VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR) antennas in radio navigational systems globally. They will be routinely faced with a wide variety of system elements that can cause failures in the overall system: antennas, cables, filters, multiplexers, amplifiers, isolators, circulators, switches, and other sophisticated elements.

VNA Master also serves in new high technology applications such as radome/dielectric tests in the field. Its VNA error-correction functions vital to innovative test fixtures for dielectrics, laminates, ferrites, lossy paints, and more, offered by manufacturers such as Damaskos, Inc. Another novel application is the age-old problem of fault location in aircraft and shipboard wire cable bundles that snake through bulkheads and compartments. See Application Note in Library Tab.

+ Spectrum Analsyer (9 kHz to 9 GHz)
At the test site, the systems contain sophisticated transmitters and receivers, which require characterisation of their complex transmitter and receiver (LO) signals for proper performance. These comprehensive signal tests increase the job complexity for the maintenance technician, on top of the VNA tests already needed. A field-friendly spectrum analyser can greatly simplify this task. Spectrum analysis data are especially critical in microwave systems such as radars, defence electronics and communication systems up to 9 GHz).

The Anritsu MS2036C VNA Master + Spectrum Analyser adds a powerful spectrum diagnostic capability in the field to the already powerful MS2026C VNA Master! Don’t let the small footprint fool you; this combined instrument powerhouse offers performance and features that rival bench-top alternatives for simplifying spectrum monitoring, interference analysis, and other general purpose signal measurements in the field. A built-in pre-selector eliminates confusing spurious responses when doing interference test with many signals. They deliver a 30 MHz capture bandwidth, 10 MHz RBW and blazing fast sweep speeds, resulting from better data acquisition and computation.

These new models offer significant new features such as an internal routine which optimises sweeps at the fastest possible speed for the most accurate data displays. The VNA Master offers broad spectrum analysis frequency coverage, impressive dynamic range, and excellent phase noise performance from 9 kHz to 9 GHz. Applications include field tests for backhaul microwave, or for measurements of the critical 5th harmonic of 3G base stations.

The VNA Master + Spectrum Analyser includes many one-button standard measurement sequences, including field strength, occupied bandwidth, channel power, adjacent channel power ratio, and carrier to interference (C/I) ratio. In addition, the built-in AM/FM/SSB demodulator simplifies the task of identifying interfering signals. Overall, the VNA Master + Spectrum Analyser is a powerful handheld tool for general purpose spectrum analysis anywhere, anytime. Option 0025, Interference Analyser is particularly valuable for revealing co-location signal problems.


VNA Master MS2036C (5 kHz to 6 GHz)
  • True 2-Path 2-Port Vector Network Analyzer
  • Ultimate accuracy with 12-term error correction algorithm
  • User-defined Quad Display for viewing all 4 S-parameters
Spectrum Analyzer (9 kHz to 9 GHz)
  • Detectors: Peak, Negative, Sample, Quasi-peak, and true RMS
  • Markers: 6, each with a Delta Marker, or 1 Reference with 6 Deltas
  • Built-in pre-selector for eliminating spurious in displays


Find out more information about the Anritsu VNA Master MS2036C here


Anritsu Handheld Instrument Firmware Update Method High Performance Handheld Vector Network Analysers Test and Measurement Introduction - An Eye on the World
Application Note
Direction Finding Application Note Distance To Fault Application Note Insertion Loss Measurement Methods Application Note Measurement of Radar Cross Section Using the VNA Master Handheld VNA Application Note Power Measurements Application Note Practical Tips of Making Vector Voltmeter (VVM) Phase Measurements using VNA Master(Option 15) Application Note Reflectometer Measurements – Revisited Application Note RF Interference Hunting Techniques Time Domain Measurements Using Vector Network Analysers Application Note Tower Mounted Amplifiers, Diagnostics and Isolation Measurements Application Note Troubleshoot Wire Cable Assemblies with Frequency-Domain-Reflectometry Application Note Using Advanced Limit Line Features Application Note Using Markers to Estimate Noise Figure Application Note What Is Your Measurement Accuracy? Advanced Spectrum Analyser Marker Measurements Application Note Advanced VNA Cable Measurements Field Brief Coverage Mapping with GPS Application Note Detecting Signals Hidden in Plain Sight Application Note Evaluation of RF Network Testing Application Note Fundamentals of Interference in Wireless Networks Application Note High Performance Handheld Spectrum Analysers for Medical Applications Application Note Interference Location Mapping Application Note Using Handheld Spectrum Analysers to Find Hidden Signals Application Note
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