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The HP 8922A GSM RF Test Set contains a complete set of instrumentation for testing the RF sections of GSM radios. In addition to the frequency agile 0.3 GMSK RF generator, the RF analyzer has an agile local oscillator, coherent data demodulator, pulse demodulator, FM demodulator, global method analyzer for phase and frequency error, synthesised spectrum analyzer, and pulsed power meter.

The 8922A also contains general purpose tools useful for module test, troubleshooting and debugging activities. These tools include a digital oscilloscope, a CW RF frequency counter, a CW RF power meter, an ac & dc voltmeter, a 1kHz distortion/SINAD meter, an audio frequency counter and a synthesised audio source.

The 8922A cost $61,350 plus $1,775 for the Option 001 High Stability Timebase, in 1993.

Front view with a variety of connections
Rear view with more connections
Top view with cover removed

RF Generator
Frequency Range: 10 to 1000MHz
Frequency Resolution: 1Hz
Switching Speed: 577µs
0.3 GMSK Modulation: External clock and data
Pulse Modulation: External
30 dB Pulse Modulation: External
Reverse Power: 30W continuous, 100W for 10s/min (RF input)

RF Analyzer
Frequency Range: 10 to 1000MHz
Frequency Resolution: 1Hz (100kHz in hop mode)
Switching Speed: 577µs
Coherent Data Demodulation: 0.3 GMSK at 270.833Kbits/s, 1 timeslot/frame
FM Analogue Demodulation: 0.3 GMSK
Global Method: RMS and peak phase error, frequency error
Amplitude Envelope: Rise, fall, and burst flatness over useful bits
Peak Transmitter Power: + 10 to +45dBm
Output RF Spectrum Measurements: Due to modulation and switching transients
CW Frequency Counter: 10 to 1000MHz

Spectrum Analyzer
Frequency Range: 10 to 1000MHz
Frequency Accuracy and Stability: Same as timebase
Display Range: 80dB
Other Features: External trigger, marker

Digital Oscilloscope
Frequency Range: 2Hz to 50kHz
Sweep Times: 10µs to 100ms in 1, 2, 5, 10 steps

Audio Analyzer
Frequency Range: 20Hz to 400kHz
ac Voltage Range: 0 to 30Vrms
dc Voltage Range: 100mV to 42V
THD + Noise: 1 kHz ±5 Hz
SINAD: 1 kHz ±5 Hz

Audio Source
Frequency Range: dc to 25kHz
Output Level Range: 0.1mVrms to 4Vrms

Reference Oscillator
External Reference Input Frequency: 13, 10, 5, 2, or 1MHz
External Reference Output: 10 and 13MHz

Remote Programming
HP-IB: IEEE 488.2
RS-232: 300, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, and 19200 baud

Internal Programming
Programming Language: Hewlett-Packard Instrument BASIC
Program Storage: 32 Kbyte to 256 Kbyte external memory cards

General Specifications
Size: 177mm H x 426mm W x 574mm D (7in x 16.75in x 23in)
Weight: 32kg (70lb)
Operating Temperature: 0°C to + 55°C
Storage Temperature: -40°C to + 75°C
Power: 100, 120, 220,240 Vac, 48 to 440Hz, ± 10% of line voltage

November 2015

This was bought on eBay as part of a job lot of equipment together with an original Operating Manual. In good condition, it just needed a superficial clean-up and a few stickers removed. After the usual checks it was powered-up and passed its self tests ok.

Start-up screen
Spectrum Analyzer mode
Oscilloscope mode
March 2016

Although the 8922A is a very useful multi-purpose item of test equipment, it doesn't have full service information available.  So the 8922A is for sale together with the Operating Manual. SOLD.