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DG8SAQ Vector Network Analyser - USB-VNWA v2.6
Introduction: Thank you for purchasing the assembled version of the DG8SAQ USB-VNWA v2.6 (Vector Network Analyser) The assembled VNWA is primarily designed for use by Educational, Radio Amateur and Hobbyist users.. This document is a quick “getting starting” guide to place the DG8SAQ VNWA in operation. Shipment Damage: You should receive the VNWA in good order, however in event of visible damage of the parcel, please notify in first instance your carrier or Postal Service who delivered the shipment to you. Important Information: This product is designed for Educational, Amateur Radio and Hobbyist use. No warranties are made whatsoever as to the stability and suitability of the design in extended periods/continuous operation or operation outside components’ specifications. No responsibility is accepted for accuracy of measurements or performance either short term or long term. Safety Information: Power Supply and operation is through the USB-cable supplied connected to a Personal Computer capable of supplying +5V DC at 500mA maximum. The maximum safe input voltage into the TX-out and Rx-in connectors is an AC Voltage of 0dBm (225mV RMS with a frequency between 1 kHz up to 1300 MHz). Product Documentation: The documentation of this product is supplied as a Acrobat PDF Helpfile which is downloaded from the Internet from the following location. http://sdr-kits.net/DG8SAQ/VNWA/VNWA_HELP.pdf
A driver needs to be installed on your Personal Computer. Only Microsoft Windows 64 bit and 32 bits Operating Systems are supported. Digitally Certified LibUSB Driver for Windows 7, Vista, (64 bit or 32 bit) and Windows XP, Win 2000, Windows ME and Windows 98 A digitally certified LibUSB driver suitable for all Windows 64 bit and 32 bit Operating Systems is available since October 1st 2010. Please use the certified Driver for all new VNWA installations. (The older WinUSB driver which is described in older documentation is now withdrawn and should not be used for new installations. Note, you must use VNWA Application V33.0 or newer and firmware v4.6 or newer after installing the signed driver. For earlier firmware versions use the unsigned LibUSB driver (only installable on 32 bit systems). Important for Vista / Windows 7 64 bit users: Only VNWA firmware v4.6 or newer and VNWA software v33.0 or newer are supported. Download the Product Documentation from http://sdr-kits.net/DG8SAQ/VNWA/VNWA_HELP.pdf Alternative Location: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VNWA/files/A1 DG8SAQ/ Note: You need to be a member of the VNWA Yahoo group to access this folder. Make sure you select the "CURRENT" production Software for installation.
Carefully review the Digitally Certified LibUSB Driver installation procedure in the section "Getting Started" An index of the topics covered is shown in fig 1 below:
SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v. 9.0
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Alternative Location: http://groups. SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v.0 Page 2 of 10 . Make sure you select the "CURRENT" production Software for installation.Index of "Getting Started" Topics Select and perform the Driver installation procedure from the following options described in the VNWA Product Help file: Example 1: Installing the LibUSB driver on Windows XP (English screenshots) Example 2: Installing the LibUSB driver on Windows 7 (mostly English screenshots) Example 3: Installing the LibUSB driver on Windows XP (German screenshots) Example 4: Installing the LibUSB driver on Windows 7 (German screenshots) The Digitally Signed LibUSB Driver can be downloaded from: http://sdr-kits.zip The Driver must be "unzipped" first after downloading . 9.com/group/VNWA/files/A1 DG8SAQ/ Note: You need to be a member of the VNWA Yahoo group to access this folder.net/DG8SAQ/VNWA/SignedLibUSBDriver.fig 1: VNWA Helpfile .yahoo.make note of the location where you store this driver and follow the relevant installation procedure in the Product documentation.
yahoo. VNWA HELPFILE INSTALLATION Download the helpfile from: http://sdr-kits.net/DG8SAQ/VNWA/VNWA_Hlp. fig 2: VNWA Application and VNWA Help files after downloading SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v.com/kb/917607 for details. 9. again follow the specific instructions shown in the Product Documentation Download and unpack (unzip) the current USB-VNWA Application Software in a new empty directory called VNWA from: http://sdr-kits.0 Page 3 of 10 .exe from Microsoft See http://support.com/group/VNWA/files/A1 DG8SAQ/ Note: You need to be a member of the VNWA Yahoo group to access this folder. Make sure you select the "CURRENT" production Software for installation. Note for Vista 32 users!! To display the Helpfile you may need to load an additional file WinHlp32.zip Unpack (Unzip) the VNWA Helpfile in the same directory as in previous step Once this step is complete the files shown in fig 2 below should be present.zip Alternative Location: http://groups.VNWA-USB APPLICATION INSTALLATION Now the VNWA Application and the VNWA Helpfile are installed.net/DG8SAQ/VNWA/VNWA_USB_Application.microsoft.
Note 1: Current VNWA License codes are in format Username:Axxxx example Joe. Note 2: Axxxx is the Serial Number of an Assembled VNWA.0 Page 4 of 10 . Kxxxx or Uxxxx indicates the serial number of VNWA kit or USB-VNWA Kit. EXACTLY as shown below in the Licence Key Field shown in Fig 4. the first colon is after the VNWA User’s name and or Callsign. Close down (Exit) the Setup Screen.Configuring VNWA Application and VNWA License Code (Password) Run USB-VNWA Software by clicking on VNWA Application icon. After entering license code. This saves the license code on your computer. Note 3: Your License key is also sent to you by in the VNWA Shipment advice email. These colons must be entered as part of the License code. SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v. Select “Options” and “Setup” and “Interface Type” and click “USB Mode” The following screen in fig 3 should be displayed fig 3: USB Mode Selected Next select “USB Setting” Press “Rescan USB Bus” and check whether the USB bus drivers are detected as shown in fig 4. press "Rescan USB Bus" Next press "Test USB Interface" and check whether the license code has accepted. 9. “DG8SAQ VNWA USB Controller found” Now enter the VNWA License code. whilst the second colon terminates the License code.Axxxx: example: G0BBL:A9999: Note 3: There are 2 colons.Brown:Axxxx: or Amateur Radio callsign.
Also make sure “Reference = RIGHT Channel” is selected otherwise Reference will NOT be detected.Q and Firmware 4. Close down (Exit) the Setup Screen and Close down (Exit) the VNWA Application. The "Audio Buffer length in Samples" default is “3000”. Note: Older VNWA built from a kit may use LEFT Channel as reference.10) SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v. If your computer performs background tasks like Virus checking etc causing the progress of the VNWA Scan to be irregular. Select "Options" and "Setup" Fig 5: USB Settings Screen (VNWA Release 33.fig 4: Entering License Key – Rescan USB Bus and Test USB Interface for Firmware 4. you may increase the Audio Buffer Length to "10000" or even "30000". Start up VNWA Application and open the VNWA Setup screen once again. This saves the settings on your computer.0 Page 5 of 10 . This is required to operate the VNWA above 500 MHz.10 Now select the tab “Audio Settings” and verify whether “USB Audio Codec” has been selected as shown in fig 5. 9. A warning will be displayed asking to accept responsibility for operating the VNWA DDS in excess of the Manufacturers specification.
Next select tab “Audio Level" press on “TEST AUDIO“ and select “Reflect” With VNWA TX Port not terminated typical Audio Levels as shown in fig 6 should be displayed. Next Connect TX and RX port with a short SMA to SMA cable. The Left Channel Signal should now be zero Next press "THU". then consult the VNWA PDF Helpfile section "Configuring and running the VNWA application under Windows Vista or Windows7" for information on Vista / Windows 7 issues.Verification of Proper Operation (Troubleshooting section) SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v. 9.0 Page 6 of 10 . A similar waveform as shown in fig 6 before should now again be shown. Fig 6: Audio Settings Screen IMPORTANT NOTE: Windows Vista / Windows 7: IF you do not see both sine-waves in Fig 6.Installation & Configuration . Windows Vista and Windows 7 require that you set the VNWA audio device inside Windows to stereo operation and that you manually adjust the recording level as shown below. Open the VNWA Helpfile and take out time to familiarize yourself with the VNWA application: particularly with sections shown in Fig 7.Calibration .Known Issues . . Fig 6a: Windows Vista / Windows 7 USB Codec settings VNWA Help file Check you can open and read the VNWA HELPFILE.
2mS to 100mS Matching Tool and Complex Calculator. Kit assembly and VNWA user experiences are shared. S-Parameter S11. Depth 8.0 cm.3 GHz with reduced dynamic range and accuracy.1 interface 5V DC max 500mA SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v. VSWR Component Measurements – Resistance. Height 4. Inductance & Quality Factor (Q) Time domain & Gating in Time domain .0 Page 7 of 10 . DG8sAQ VNWA 2.Fig 7: Helpfile .USB 1. S12.yahoo. 9. http://groups. S21 & S22.6 cm. You will have the benefit of useful information including advice when new software updates are available for download.Distance to Fault measurement.2 Kg Power requirement .com/group/VNWA/ Please use the DG8SAQ VNWA Forum to check for important announcements. Weight 0. Admittance Capacitance.6 Specification • • • • • • • • • • Coverage from 1 kHz to 500 MHz with dynamic range of up to 90dB – Useful performance up to 1.4 cm. Logarithmic and Listed sweep: up to 8192 points with sampling time adjustable from 0. documentation updates and to share your experiences building and using the DG8SAQ Vector Network Analyser kit.Important information VNWA User Support It is recommended you become a member of the DG8SAQ VNWA Forum on Yahoo where Announcements. Crystal Parameter tool User defined S-parameter calculator Basic Spectrum Analyzer useful up to 100 MHz Dimensions: Width 10.
Disposal of Waste Electrical Equipment This symbol on the product indicates that this product should not be treated as household waste. including interference that may cause undesired operation. USB-B and USB-A RoHS Compliant Supported Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 32 bits Only. Vista. CE Certification. (2) This device must accept any interference received. WEEE. XP. Such modifications could void the user's authority to operate the equipment. for example RADIO or TV interference. 9. Customer is responsible for return shipping to SDR-Kits. Windows 7. Warranty claims should be made by contacting SDR-Kits by email in first instance with a description of the issue. FCC & IC Statement Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference. Contact adress SDR-Kits 14 Ragleth Grove Trowbridge. A 90-Day return to base Warranty from date of Shipment date is applicable to the Assembled VNWA provided the VNWA was not modified or misused and the maximum Voltage ratings are not exceeded. Note: The manufacturer is not responsible for ANY interference.• • • • • TX-Out max RF Output as signal generator -12dBm Max permissable external RF Input Level TX-Out and RX-In ports: 0 dBm (0. caused by unauthorized modifications to this equipment. 2000 Warranty. This product is CE certified according to the provisions of 2004/108/EC and is in compliance with the essential requirements of this directive.com 20/10/2010 SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual v. ME.0 Page 8 of 10 . Wilts BA14-7LE United Kingdom sdrkits@gmail. Instead it should be handed over to a suitable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment.225V RMS) Connectors: SMA x 2. SDR-Kits is responsible for return of the repaired or equivalent product and for outbound shipping costs. Users of this product in the European Community should contact SDR-Kits to specific arrangements for the disposal and recycling of this product in accordance with the relevant EEC Directives.
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students or by an Educational Establishment for education and training. 2. 6. all products are new and sourced from reputable Suppliers. misuse or modifications. All products supplied by SDR-Kits are subject to these Ordering Terms and Conditions. The design of the DG8SAQ VNWA is property of Thomas Baier DG8SAQ. 11.x kit may be adapted or modified for own use or for a small group of friends. Software or firmware is provided “as is” and no warranties or indemnities are made. You should decide whether you have the appropriate knowledge and skills to assemble and operate the product concerned. 14. which may be attributed to any product supplied by SDR-Kits. prior to placing on order. Where profit or commercial gain exists. The circuit diagram supplied with the VNWA kit is for personal use of the buyer for the purpose of assembling. SDR-Kits reserves the right to modify or withdraw any product including pricing without giving prior notice. United Kingdom sdrkits@gmail. product modifications. Terms and Conditions shall not affect your statutory rights under UK Law. Trowbridge Wilts. SDR-Kits shall support an appropriate Internet email user forum(s) where individual questions regarding SDR-Kit products or product issues may be posted. SDR-Kits – Ordering Terms and Conditions updated 8th January 2010 SDR-Kits – Assembled VNWA installation Manual Page 10 of 10 . Intellectual property of products supplied by SDR-Kits including printed circuit boards. fault diagnosis and (self) education and should not be put in the public domain. The design of the VNWA 2. Assembled products carry a 90 days return to base warranty which excludes damage. Liability of SDR-Kits shall be strictly limited to the amount paid for the product. You should ascertain for yourself whether a product meets your specific requirements. Amateur Radio and Hobbyist use. firmware or software not supplied by SDR-kits. SDR-Kits warrants that unless stated otherwise. unauthorised product modification or lack of performance. 8. English Law shall be applicable to the Terms and Conditions to orders not placed via Paypal. product and kit assembly manuals do not transfer to the buyer through the sale of the product. Reasonable endeavours shall be made to fix reported systematic product issues using unmodified hardware supplied by SDR-Kits. Airborne. 3. Products supplied by SDR-Kits are designed for and supplied for Educational. For orders placed via Paypal. Any dispute arising shall be under the sole jurisdiction of English Courts. Software and firmware written by Thomas Baier DG8SAQ shall remain his property. 13. No warranties are made whatsoever as to the stability and suitability of the design in extended period or continuous operation or operation outside components’ specifications. Information on the DG8SAQ VNWA reflector and an Educational Establishment’s Intranet will not considered to be in the public domain. SDR-Kits will respond within 5 working days with an email with information on acceptance of your order and expected shipping date. misuse. 15. Payment shall be made in advance via Paypal or via another agreed method. the Paypal Buyer and Seller Protection rules shall be applicable. Professional. 7. Medical or Mission Critical applications. 5. SDR-Kits accepts no responsibility for kit assembly errors. No liability is accepted for indirect or consequential damages.com Ordering Terms and Conditions 1. for repairs due to non-operation. 4. inadequate kit-building skills. SDR-Kits may change these Ordering Terms and Conditions without giving notice. Orders and Payment submitted by email or letter should include a confirmation of your acceptance of these Ordering Terms and Condition. 10. No obligation shall exist to support products. 12. SDRKits should be notified of any defective or missing Parts within 90 days from date of shipment. Products should not be used for Commercial. BA14-7LE. 14 Ragleth Grove. No liability is accepted for accuracy of measurements or performance either short term or long term.SDR-Kits. prior express written permission must be obtained from Thomas Baier. 9. Changes to Terms and Conditions will only be applicable to new business. Reasonable efforts will be made to investigate and resolve systematic products issues reported by multiple users.
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