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The Tektronix 492 is a spectrum analyzer with a frequency range of 10 kHz to 21 GHz in coax, and up to 325 GHz with external waveguide mixers (492PGM N/A). The P suffix designation indicates GPIB Programmability. The minimum resolution bandwidth is 100 Hz, and provides measurement resolution proportional to the frequency accuracy or span. With non-volatile memory (NVRAM) you can save up to 9 waveform displays, up to 10 complete front panel measurement parameter setups, and 8 K for programming macros of commonly used routines.

The single and delta markers provide direct readout of frequency and amplitude information of any point along any displayed trace. Or, get the relative (delta) frequency and amplitude information between any two points along any displayed trace or between traces.

Additional features include continuous resolution frequency tuning, up to 90 dB viewable dynamic range, built-in frequency counters, sensitivities to -134 dBm, built-in intelligence for signal processing/marker functions, push button Occupied-Bandwidth/Noise Normalization functions, macro capability with nonvolatile memory, optional switch-selectable 50/75Ω impedances, GPIB Programming, and optional MATE/CIIL Compatibility for military applications.

Key Specifications

  • Coaxial Input Bands: 10 kHz to 21 GHz
  • External Waveguide mixers: 10 kHz to 325 GHz (applies to 492BP not 492PGM)
Frequency Span (plus 0 Hz and MAX) 492BP: 100 Hz/div to 10 GHz/div; 492PGM: 200 MHz to 1 GHz; both in 1, 2, 5 sequence
Resolution Bandwidth (-6 dB bandwidth) 492BP: 100 Hz to 3 MHz; 492PGM: 1 kHz to 3 MHz; both in decade steps
RF Input impedance 50 Ω
Maximum Safe Input Power CW: +30 dBm (1 W); Pulse: 75 W Pk (1 µS pulse, 0.1% duty factor)
RF Attenuator 0 dB to 60 dB, 10 dB steps
Reference Level -117 dBm to +30 dBm
Sweep Speed 10 sec/div to 20 µs/div in 1, 2, 5 sequence
Video Bandwidth 492BP: 0.3 Hz to 30 kHz; 492PGM: 3 Hz to 30 kHz
Triggering Modes Free Run, Line, Video, Single, External
Displayed Average Noise −30 dBm to −131 dBm
Display Dynamic Range 492BP: 90 dB; 492PGM: 80 dB
Calibrator (Cal out) 50Ω, -20 dBm ±0.3 dB at 100 MHz
Included Accessories Operator’s Manual; Programmer Manual; 6-ft 50Ω coaxial cable N-N; 18-inch 50 Ω coaxial cable BNC-BNC; N male to BNC female adapter; rear connector shield; Power Cord; spare fuses; CRT filter set consisting of amber and gray light filters plus mesh filter, 492PGM includes gray CRT filter (no filter set)
Weight 492BP: 21.76 kg (47 lbs) 492PGM: 21.3 kg (46 lbs)
Power 90 − 132 VAC, 48 to 440 Hz; 180 – 250 VAC, 48 to 440 Hz. At 115 VAC, 60 Hz, 210 W max
Operating Atmospherics Temperatures: -15 °C to +55 °C; Humidity: Five cycles (120 hours) MIL-STD-810; Altitude: Up to 4.6 km (15,000 ft)
GPIB Characteristics In accordance with IEEE Standard 488-1978 implemented as SH1, AH1, T5, L3, SR1, RL1, PP1, DC1, DT1, and C0


  • Opt. 01: Internal Preselection. (Limits the first band to 1.8 GHz instead 4.2 GHz). Later became standard
  • Opt. 02: Digital Storage. Later became standard
  • Opt. 03: Frequency Stabilization & 100 Hz Resolution. Later became standard
  • Opt. 07: 75Ω dBmV input and calibration in addition to the normal 50Ω dBm input and calibration. (Not combinable with Opt. 21 and 22; no external mixer capability). Include 42-inch 75Ω BNC-BNC coax cable and BNC male to “F” female adapter.
  • Opt. 21: (492BP) High performance 18 to 40 GHz WM490 Series Waveguide Mixer Set
  • Opt. 22: (492BP) Same as Opt. 21 plus WM490U (40-60 GHz) Waveguide Mixer
  • Opt. 23: GRASP software, PC2A interface, and GPIB cable
  • Opt. 27: Epson LT-386SX, GRASP software, PC2A interface, and GPIB cable
  • Opt. 28: Compaq Deskpro 386S, Model 40, GRASP software, PC2A interface, and GPIB cable
  • Opt. 39: Non-lithium (Silver) batteries for battery-backed memory
  • Opt. 41: Digital Microwave Radio Measurement Enhancement package
  • Opt. 42: Replaces MARKER/VIDEO input port on the rear panel with a 110 MHz IF output port that provides a 3 dB signal bandwidth ≥ 4.5 MHz
  • Opt. 45: (all except 492PGM) MATE/CIIL language interface



Front panel inputs/outputs are:

  • RF INPUT (50 Ω N connector) – Input for RF signals to 21 GHz. If input signal has a DC component, use a blocking capacitor
  • CAL OUT (BNC connector) – Provides 100 MHz, –20 dBm signal and a comb of frequency markers 100 MHz apart
  • 1ST LO OUTPUT (SMA connector) – Output of the 1st local oscillator, must be terminated into 50 Ω when not connected.
  • 2ND LO OUTPUT (SMA connector) – Output of the 2nd local oscillator, must be terminated into 50 Ω when not connected.
  • EXTERNAL MIXER RF INPUT (TNC connector, 50 Ω)
  • Camera Power

Rear panel inputs/outputs are:

  • PROBE POWER – Provides operating voltages (+5 V, -15 V, +15 V; 100 mA max each) for active probes
  • HORIZ/TRIG (input, BNC) – In External Triggering mode, AC coupled input for trigger signals; when TIME/DIV selection is EXT, DC coupled input for horizontal sweep voltages
  • MARKER/VIDEO (B053575+, output, BNC) – interfaces the 492/492P with a TV Sideband Adapter, such as the Tek 1405, so a marker from the adapter is displayed on the internal video. External video applied to this connector will also be displayed if pin 1 of the ACCESSORIES connector is grounded.
    • Opt. 42 replaces MARKER/VIDEO with 110 MHz IF (output, BNC) – 3 dB signal bandwidth ≥ 4.5 MHz
  • EXT PRESELECTOR (B053574 and below) (output, BNC) – variable voltage (approx -0.2 V to +10 V) proportional to center frequency, for preselector bands of Opt. 01 instruments, to drive an external preselector
  • HORIZ (output, BNC) – 0.5 V/div horizontal signal
  • VERT (output, BNC) – Video signal with 0.5 V/Div
  • PEN LIFT (output, BNC) – TTL compatible signal to lift the pen of a chart recorder during sweep retrace. In Opt. 42 instruments this port may also be used for inputting external video if pin 1 of the ACCESSORY connector is grounded.
  • 10 MHz IF (output, BNC) – Output of the 10 MHz IF
  • J104 ACCESSORY (B053575+ only), female DB25 connector – Provides bidirectional access to the instrument bus.
  • IEEE STD 488 PORT GPIB interface – Added to all "P" suffixed instruments