What is a calibration kit?
A calibration kit consists of precision standard devices (opens, shorts, and loads) that are used to characterize systematic errors of network analyzers. Some calibration kits also contain precision coaxial adapters for changing the gender of the network analyzer port connector, connector gauges for measuring pin depth of the standard devices, and a torque wrench for making proper connections.
Calibration kits come in different configurations. There are multiple types of connectors (Type-N, 3.5 mm, 2.4 mm, etc.) depending on the frequency range and input impedance of the network analyzer the kit is to be used with.
Why is it important to characterize systematic errors of network analyzers?
Network analyzers are used to make transmission, reflection, and/or S-parameter measurements. Every network analyzer setup has systematic errors due to wear of the port connectors, cable characteristics, wear of cable connectors, etc.
Using a calibration kit to characterize or null out these systematic errors will ensure the measurements being made by the network analyzer are as accurate as the published manufacturer specifications for that network analyzer.
Why does a calibration kit require calibration?
Calibration should be performed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommended calibration interval to ensure it remains operating within the manufacturer’s published specifications. The devices in a calibration kit can degrade over time due to wear and tear. If the devices are no longer meeting the manufacturer’s specifications, the measurements made by the network analyzer are invalid.
What is Anko’s capability?
Anko Electronics Test & Measurement can calibrate Type-N, 3.5 mm, and 7 mm calibration kits.
If you have a Calibration Kit or Network Analyzer that needs Calibration or Repair, please contact Anko Electronics Test & Measurment at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: 760-752-3311