Modulate output from spectrum analyzer?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by W6MQI, Dec 19, 2017.

  1. W6MQI

    W6MQI Member

    Okay I know this sounds like a crazy idea, but has anyone ever tried this? Would it be possible to modulate the output signal of a spectrum analyzer say with 400hz for AM receiver alignments? I have a Rigol DSA815TG which has no external MOD capabilities in fact I've never even seen an SA with this ability myself. I have a audio generator just need a way to injected audio onto the tracking generator output somehow, or I could just scrap the whole idea and purchase a real RF sig gen and be done with it. Anyway crazy thought.
  2. W5HRO

    W5HRO Administrator

    I'm assuming you are referring to a spectrum analyzer with a built-in tracking generator?

    You would need a good bi-directional coupler to make something like that work, but if you are not careful you could easily damage the generator.
  3. W6MQI

    W6MQI Member

    Yes and I would be running in CW mode only not sweep mode.
    This circuit seemed to work okay.