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Sony/Tektronix 3086
Spectrum Analyzer 10 MHz to 3 GHz
Sony/Tektronix 3086

Produced from 1996* to (?)

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The Sony/Tektronix 3086 is a portable real time spectrum analyzer with a frequency range of 10 MHz to 3 GHz. This spectrum analyzer is equipped with a 3 GHz down converter for analyzing radio frequency (RF) signals and allows seamless capture of frequency spectra with spans of up to 30 MHz. This allows the spectrum of burst signals, such as those from GSM, IS-136, PDC or partial rate CDMA mobile stations that are captured and examined.

The 3086 can obtain time domain and frequency domain data simultaneously through a new architecture which allows capturing a block of frequencies all at once. Because this instrument samples these full frames constantly (rather than waiting for each discrete frequency step to be measured), the signal can come or go as it pleases and the real-time spectrum analyzer will detect the change instantly.

A frequency mask trigger allows capture of randomly occurring or infrequent signals such as intermittent spurious emissions, as well as, the capture of “burst-on” periods, thus maximizing the number of bursts that can be captured in memory for subsequent spectral, time, or modulation analysis. The user can graphically define the frequency trigger mask; this allows the trigger condition to be generated by a particular event in the frequency domain.

Waveforms and measurements are displayed on the 12.1 inch full (256 max) colors (1024 x 768) TFT display which allows 1, 2, or 4 views of spectrum, waterfall displays, spectrograms, and digital modulation analysis screens. Constellation and vector diagrams can be displayed as well as frequency, phase, magnitude, I and Q versus time for in-depth analysis of digitally modulated signals.

Users can move a marker through the time record and analyze the modulation of any point. In particular, signals with symbol rates up to 20.48 Msymbols/sec may be analyzed during and after capture. This facilitates analysis of W-CDMA signals with chip rates up to 16.384 Mcps. Data is stored and retrieved from the built in hard drive (2.1 GB) and 3.5 inch floppy disk drive.

Front panel inputs/outputs are: RF INPUT 50Ω N connector; EXT TRIG BNC connector; and Floppy disk drive.

Rear panel inputs/outputs are: PRINTER female DB25 connector; SCSI female SCSI connector; 10 MHz REF OUTPUT BNC connector; 10 MHz REF INPUT BNC connector; I INPUT BNC connector; and Q INPUT BNC connector.


Frequency Range RF Mode: 10 MHz to 3 GHz; Baseband Mode: DC to 10 MHz
Frequency Span Range RF Mode: 100 Hz to 3 GHz; Baseband Mode: 100 Hz to 6 MHz
RF Input impedance 50 Ω
Maximum Safe Input Power +30 dBm
Input Modes RF, Baseband
Attenuator Range (used in Baseband Mode only) (Spec missing from datasheet)
Reference Level Range RF Mode: -50 dBm to +30 dBm; Baseband Mode: -30 dBm to +30 dBm
Spectral Frame Update Interval 1024-point: 6400 ms to 80 µs; 256-point: 1600 ms to 20 µs
Triggering Modes Auto, Normal [RF (span ≤ 6MHz) and Baseband Input, Wideband and IQ Input], Quick, Delayed, Interval, Quick-interval, and Timeout
Trigger Source Internals, External
Frequency Trigger Mask Resolution: 1 bin; Level Range: 0 dBfs to -79 dBfs
Time Trigger Mask Resolution: 1 data point; Level Range: 0 dBfs to -40 dBfs
Marker Types: Normal, Delta, Band-Power; Search Function: Peak Right, Peak Left, Maximum
Measurement Function Noise Power, Power with Band, C/N, Adjacent Channel Power, Occupied Bandwidth
Digital Zoom Zoom Ratio: 2 to 1000; Max Span in Zoom Mode: 30 MHz (Wideband, IQ)
Input Equivalent Noise RF: −140 dBm/Hz; Baseband: -150 dBm/Hz; Wideband: -140 dBm/Hz
Spurious Free Dynamic Range RF: 80 dB at 50 kHz span; 65 db at 1/2/5 MHz span; Baseband: 85 db at 50 kHz; 70 db at 1/2/5 MHz span; Wideband/IQ: 65 dB at 10 MHz span; 60 db at 20 MHz and 30 MHz span
Included Accessories User Manual, U.S. Power Cord, Mouse
Weight 28 kg (62 lbs)
Power 100 − 240 VAC, 47 − 66 Hz; 250 W max
Operating Atmospherics Temperatures: +5 °C to +40 °C; Humidity: 80 %; Altitude: Up to 3 km (10,000 ft)


  • Opt. 15: W-CDMA Code Domain Power.
  • Opt. 16: IS-95 Code Domain Power.
  • Opt. 1S: Data capture software.
  • Opt. C3: Three years of calibration services.
  • Opt. C5: Five years of calibration services.
  • Opt. D1: Test Data.
  • Opt. D3: Test Data (requires Opt. C3)
  • Opt. R3: Three years of repair protection.

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  • Year of introduction confirmed by Dave Brown (VintageTek Museum) with Sony-Tek Product Planner, Koichi Sega. First year shown in Tek Catalog year 2000 when relationship with Advantest Corporation ended in 1999.