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SignalShark® - 40 MHz Real-time Spectrum Analyzer
 

The lab in your hand. If you need to quickly detect and reliably localize hidden, sporadic or brief interference signals on the move within the more and more tightly packed frequency bands, you need the SignalShark. This device, with its handy format, is capable of dealing with today’s complex measurement and analysis tasks reliably and quickly to the same standard as laboratory instruments.

Designed and manufactured in Germany

 

SignalShark - 40 MHz Real-time spectrum analyzer

 

 

The 40 MHz real time measurement allows gapless, reliable detection of the smallest changes in the RF spectrum with the aid of the spectrogram view.

 

SignalShark can also easily detect very weak signals, thanks to its high dynamic range (HDR). The combination of high sensitivity and a wide, intermodulation-free dynamic range makes this possible. DANL (pre-amplifier off / on): - 160 dBm/Hz / -167 dBm/Hz

 

 

 

The continuous real time persistence view of the SignalShark shows every change in a signal with pixel accuracy. Even hidden signals can be detected with this.
100% POI signals > 3.125 μs

 

The slightest “touch” on a preset trigger mask causes the SignalShark to record the corresponding signal. A scan rate of up to 40 GHz/s ensures rapid detection, even with very wide frequency bands. 

 

 

Signal Analyzer for Detection, Analysis, Classification and Localization of RF Signals between 8 kHz and 8 GHz. Applicable for mobile and stationary use. It supports Narda directional and full automatic direction finding antennas.

  • Extremely high Sweep Rate of up to 40 GHz/s
  • 40 MHz Real-Time instantaneous bandwidth
  • High Time Resolution Spectrogram
  • Powerful, live persistence spectrum to find hidden signals
  • Full automatic Direction Finding
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Receiver

 

Included in delivery:

  • SignalShark Basic Unit
  • 40 MHz real-time Spectrum, Marker and Peak Table
  • 2x Battery Pack, Rechargeable
  • Power Supply 12VDC, 5.5A, 100V-240VAC, plug
  • Touch pen for resistive touch screen
  • USB Stick: Software and Manuals
  • Safety Instructions
  • Quick Start Guide

Product descriptionopen

Like a Shark, that highly efficient hunter in the ocean, Narda SignalShark derives its success in measurement from the interplay of its highly developed senses. Its 40 MHz real-time bandwidth captures the spectrum of even very short-pulsed signals > 3.125 µs with a POI of 100 %. This guarantees a consistent awareness of all spectrum events.  Due to its distinguished analysis functions as real-time spectrum, spectrogram and persistence, measured signals are analyzed with a very high frequency and time resolution.
 
Applications
More and more devices have to share the available frequency ranges because of the rapid development in new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine-to-machine (M2M) or car-to-car (C2C) communications and expanding 4G/5G mobile networks. Whether making a wideband measurement of an entire frequency range, detecting hidden signals, reliably capturing very short impulses or localizing interference signals, SignalShark provides comprehensive measurement solutions for the increasingly complex RF spectrum. 

In combination with the manual and automatic antennas, the SignalShark is perfectly suited for the direction finding of radiated signals "Angle of Arrival" AoA, the localization of emitters by triangulation or the heat map and "Homing", the search for interference in the immediate vicinity. In addition, the SignalShark supports localization according to the TDOA principle.

The following software options are available:

  • Option, Spectrogram
    Visual representation of the recorded spectrums versus time. Colors represent the signal level. The smallest selectable time resolution is 31.25 μs. Detectors compress the high-speed real-time spectrums down to the selected time resolution.
  • Option, Level Meter incl. Compass values
    Shows the results from an independent receiver path with channel filter
  • Option, Automatic DF Antenna Control, Bearing View
    Shows azimuth, elevation, DF quality, and omnidirectional RMS level derived from the Narda automatic DF antenna (ADFA).
  • Option, Horizontal Scan
    Automatic direction finding of a signal source (Narda directional antenna needed)
  • Option, SCPI Remote Control --> This allows the Narda Script Launcher to be installed.
  • Option, VITA 49
    Shows the basic measurement parameter settings while streaming I/Q data according to the Vita 49 standard.
  • Option, Analog Demodulation

Horizontal Scan: Automatic direction finding of a signal source (Narda directional antenna needed):

  • Polar diagram with information on the field distribution and indication of direction towards the signal source for recognition of reflections and common channel interference
  • Numerical display of level, azimuth (angle from North), elevation (angle above horizon) and polarization
  • Extremely steep channel filters for clean separation of even closely spaced frequencies
  • Demodulation of USB, LSB, AM and FM with facility for recording

Designed and manufactured in Germany

YouTube Videosopen

SignalShark - Seven Senses for Signals

SignalShark - Features

Test Narda SignalShark vs. Anritsu, Spectrum Master vs. R&S, PR100/DDF007 vs. Tektronix, H500/H600

SignalShark - Interference Hunting: Interview Microwave Journal at MWC

SignalShark-Components

Specificationsopen

Frequency range:
8 kHz to 8 GHz
Real-Time instantaneous bandwidth:
40 MHz
Operating temperature:
-10° to +55°
Operating time on batteries:
3 hours (nominal), battery pack is hot swappable
Dimensions:
231 mm × 333 mm ×85 mm (9.09ʺ × 13.11ʺ × 3.35ʺ)
Weight (basic unit including battery)
3,8 kg
Scan Rate:
> 50 GHz/s @ RBW = 1.6 MHz
Full Span:
> 32 GHz/s @ RBW = 100 kHz

Available Driver Softwareopen

Following companies extend the application areas of SignalShark by connecting their system and software solutions through appropriate driver development.  
Please be aware that some software test suits may be subject to US or EU export control. It will be your responsibility to comply with all applicable export control laws and regulations. For more information, please contact the manufacturer directly.

Software solutions are available for the following applications:

  • Remote Spectrum-Monitoring-Systems with distributed receivers of SignalShark family
    - Procitec: go2MONITOR 
    - Decodio: ReX
    - TCI: SCORPIO
    - Radio Inspector available for IDA 2 and NRA-RX (in preparation for SignalShark family)
     
  • Decoding of (digital) signals for civil and non-civil radio services with SignalShark 
    - Procitec: go2MONITOR Signal Demodulation and Decoding Software
    - Decodio: RED
    - Comint Consulting: Krypto 500 (Narrowband) & Krypto 1000 (Broadband)
    - TCI: BLACKBIRD (on request)
     
  • Localization using TDOA - Time Difference of Arrival with the SignalShark Family  
    - Decodio: ReX and Localizer 
     
  • Quality measurement of radio coverage of critical communications, such as TETRA with the SignalShark family
    - Decodio: RED
     
  • I/Q Recording & Analyse: mit hochauflösender Zeit- und Frequenzanalyse, Post-Processing und Streaming
    - Decodio: ReX
     
  • License management, spectrum monitoring and troubleshooting with the SignalShark family
    - VAS ES: Skudra

Drivers for further software products in preparation.
Software solutions for applications such as SatCom Monitoring are available for IDA2 and NRA-RX. 

Software and Firmwareopen

You can download available software and firmware updates for this device from the Software Updates and Firmware section https://www.narda-sts.com/en/servicesupport/software-updates-and-firmware/signalshark/ (Login/registration required for download).

All the information about determining the firmware version installed on your device and how to perform an update is found in the Operating Manual for your device.

 

Narda Script Launcher

In everyday work applications, measuring procedures may need customized adjustments. To meet also these special needs, SignalShark supports python based scripting. Narda Script Launcher allows SignalShark users to select and run scripts from within the SignalShark application.

For more information about the free Narda Script Launcher tool, see:

https://www.narda-sts.com/en/signalshark-handheld/narda-script-launcher/