- Published in issue 1/1999 on page 26
RF decibel meter:
wideband with large measuring range
An RF decibel (or power) meter is an indispensable instrument in any radio workshop. Unfortunately, accurate, wideband models are fairly expensive, and home-constructed ones are generally not sufficiently sensitive and/or are very temperature-dependent. These drawbacks are overcome by a device from Analog Devices which has recently become available: a low-cost DC–500 MHz, 92 dB logarithmic amplifier that enables an accurate, not too expensive RF decibel meter to be constructed. A few small modifications make the meter also suitable for lowfrequency measurements.