The PAM-118A is a wide-band, high gain, bench top microwave preamplifier. The PAM-118A has a frequency range of 500 MHz to 18 GHz. This preamplifier is primarily intended for EMC applications; However, it may be used for other application that require low noise and high signal amplification. The front panel consists of two 50 Ohm matched precision N-connectors for input and output. The preamplifier is designed to have flat gain with minimal variation over the entire frequency range. The flat gain helps in taking fast adhoc readings during troubleshooting or R&D phase. The high gain and low noise figure of PAM-118A increases system sensitivity of effectively all measurement systems. It is very effective in measuring low level signals during Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) testing. It has low VSWR and high reverse isolation.
Each preamplifier is individually calibrated using equipment traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology. Individual data and certificate of calibration is shipped with each unit. The PAM-118A is battery powered to avoid any noise effects of power cables. It can also be powered by 15 VDC, 500 mA power adaptor (provided with the unit).
The PAM-118A preamplifier increases system sensitivity enhancing the capability of measurement system to measure low level signals. It also provides input isolation to your spectrum analyser or receiver. During EMC measurements the antennas are usually placed at a distance of 1 to 10 meters from the equipment under test. Most antennas operating above 1 GHz typically have high antenna factors. In addition, the long interconnecting cables, especially operating in the microwave frequencies have high cable loss. These factors makes it difficult to distinguish low level signal from the noise floor of the spectrum analyser / receiver. The preamplifier improves system sensitivity by amplifying the signals before they reach the spectrum analyser / receiver input thereby improving the signal to noise ratio.
The system sensitivity can be further improved by connecting the preamplifier as close as possible to the the antenna output. This eliminates the attenuation of the signal due to long cable length before the preamplifier gets a chance to amplify it. The reduced cable length from antenna output to preamplifier input drastically improves the overall system sensitivity. The battery powered PAM-118A allows placing the preamplifier very close to the receiving antenna without possible introduction of interference from power cables.