FPC1500 Spectrum Analyzer

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The R&S FPC 1500 base instrument has a frequency range from 5kHZ to 1 GHz with keycode options to unlock up to 3GHz. In combination with RBW settings down to 1 Hz, it resolves the finest details, which are displayed on the high-resolution 10.1" WXGA display. Wired and wireless remote control options are available.



It also features an internal VSWR bridge that makes purchasing and mounting or dismounting an external bridge unnecessary. S11 reflection meaturements are supported, including Smith chart and DTf features.


It features standard tracking generator measurements with frequency offset functionality.



Important Dates

Enrollment Begins: Mar 27 2018

Enrollment Ends: Mar 30 2018

RoadTesters Selected: Mar 30 2018

Product Shipped: Mar 30 2018

RoadTesting Begins: Apr 6 2018

Reminder/Update Email: May 6 2018

Submit Reviews By: Jun 6  2018


*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.


**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


The following applicants have been selected as official roadtesters:



*The element14 RoadTest Staff will send this reminder/update email.


**If a RoadTester is unable to meet the deadline, please notify the RoadTest Program Lead, , as soon as possible before the deadline.


Terms and Conditions

Spectrum Analyzer - R&S® FPC1500– RoadTest

Terms and Conditions

These are the terms and conditions which govern the R&S® FPC1500 contest. This Contest requires participants to submit an application indicating their previous experience with this type of equipment/component, information on what they would do to test the equipment/component, and the applicant’s desire to post a thorough review of their experience with images, photos, or other supplemental materials. Participants will be required to meet the Conditions for Participation.  The winners of this RoadTest will receive the item(s) listed below. RoadTest Reviews are due no later than 60 days after the receipt of the item(s). No other prizes are offered.

The Principal terms of the Competition:

The following words and phrases are used in these terms and conditions and have the meanings given to them below.


R&S® FPC1500

(RoadTest or Contest)

Key dates:

Applications Close: midnight (GMT) on Nov 20 2017

Announcement of Winners (Official RoadTesters) (estimated): Nov 27 2017



R&S® FPC1500


Additional Prizes: none

Competition Site: https://www.element14.com/community/groups/roadtest?ICID=menubar_resources_roadtest

Site or element14 Community: www.element14.com/community

Judges: members of the element14 community team chosen at the Organiser’s discretion.

Judging Criteria, All of the following which will have equal weighting:

· Demonstrated competence with the technologies including links or descriptions of past projects

· Qualifications as indicated by current job role and/or schooling/vocational training;

· A thorough description of how the prize would be tested;

· Likelihood that the Applicant will blog about the prize and provide a review on element14.com;

· Originality;

· Innovation.

Organiser: Premier Farnell plc (registered in England and Wales under company number 876412) whose registered office is at Farnell House, Forge Lane, Leeds, UK

Conditions for Qualification: in addition to meeting the requirements of these terms, all persons applying to take part in the Contest (each one an Applicant) must:

· Provide a RoadTest application describing what he/she would do if awarded the Prize including similar previous projects, product experience and qualifications

Terms: these terms and conditions which govern the Competition and to which the Organiser reserves the right to make changes from time to time and the latest version of these Terms from time to time will be posted to the Site.

  1. Eligibility
  2. Applications:
  3. Selecting Winners:
  4. Liability:
  5. General:

1.1 Save as set out in these Terms, the Contest is open to any natural or legal person, firm or company or group of natural persons or unincorporated body.

1.2 All Applicants must be aged at least 18 at the time of their application.

1.3 Applicants must not enter the RoadTest if doing so or taking part may:

1.3.1 cause the Organiser and/or themselves to be in breach of any agreement (including but not limited to any contract of employment) to which they are a party or in breach of any law, regulation or rule having the force of law to which the Organiser or the Applicant may be subject or any policy of the Organiser or the Sponsor;

1.3.2 Require the Organiser to obtain any licence, authorisation or permission to deal with the Applicant; or

1.3.3 Be in breach of any policy or practice of their employer. Some employers prohibit or restrict their employees from taking part in competitions such as these or receiving prizes under them and the Organiser respects those policies and practices.

The Organiser reserves the right to disqualify any Application made in breach of these Terms and to reject any Application which it reasonably believes may be or become in breach. The Organiser reserves the right to require evidence in such form as the Organiser may reasonably require of any Applicant’s compliance with any of these Terms and to disqualify any Applicant or Participant who cannot provide such evidence reasonably promptly.

1.4 Multiple applications are not permitted.

1.5 Applications may not be submitted by an agent whether acting on behalf of an undisclosed principal or otherwise.

1.6 The Contest is NOT open to:

1.6.1 Any person or entity who is a resident or national of any country which is subject to sanctions, embargoes or national trade restrictions of the United States of America, the European Union or the United Kingdom;

1.6.2 Any employee, director, member, shareholder (as appropriate) or any of their direct families (parents, siblings, spouse, partner, children) (“Direct Families”) of the Organiser and Sponsors; or

2.1 Each Applicant must fully complete and submit a RoadTest Application by the Application Close.

2.2 By submitting a Registration Form, each Applicant:

2.2.1 Authorises the Organiser to use his or her personal data (as defined in the Data Protection Act 1998) for the purposes of running and promoting the RoadTest;

2.2.2 Authorises the Organizer to copy, reproduce and publish their application should they be accepted as a Participant;

2.2.3 Will be deemed to have read, accepted and agree to be bound by these Terms. Applicants are advised to print and keep safe these Terms;

2.2.4 Authorises the Organiser to copy, reproduce and use the Application and/or Review for the purposes of the RoadTest and as otherwise contemplated by these Terms. The Organiser will not be responsible for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained in any reproduction or use of the Project Blogs.

2.2.5 Licenses the Organiser to use the intellectual property in the Project (IP) for the purposes of this Contest. As between the Applicant and the Organiser the IP remains owned by the Applicant.

2.2.6 Grants the Organiser the right to use his or her likeness, photographs, logos, trademarks, audio or video recordings without restriction for the purposes of Contest or the promotion of it or the Site;

2.2.7 Agrees to participate positively in all publicity surrounding the Contest;

2.2.8 Agrees to be responsible for all expenses and costs incurred by him or her in preparing for, entering and participating in the Contest (save for any expenses expressly agreed by the Organiser to be borne by it in these Terms);

2.2.9 Confirms that he or she owns all IP used in his or her application or Project or Blogs and indemnifies the Organiser from any claim by a third party that use of any material provided by an Applicant to the Organiser infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party;

2.2.10 Agrees not to act in any way or fail to act in any way or be associated with any cause or group which would have a negative impact on the reputation of the Organiser and/or the RoadTest.

2.3 All applications submitted to this RoadTest must meet the following criteria:

2.3.1 Applicants must be the author, creator and owner of the proposed review idea. Applicants must not submit someone else’s idea;

2.3.2 The proposed application must be reasonably achievable by the within the time constraints of the Contest;

2.3.3 Applications must not include or propose any of the following, the inclusion of which shall render any proposed application ineligible:

(a) Applications which relate to socially taboo topics, such as illicit drug use or sexual gratification;

(b) Applications that are or could reasonably be considered to be illegal, immoral, discriminatory or offensive as determined by the Organiser;

(c) Applications in relation to them which if accepted would infringe or breach any of the policies or terms of access or use of the Site.

2.4 No Application may contain any of the hazardous substances identified by Article 4 of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament on the Restrictions on the Use of Substances in Electronic and Electrical Equipment ("the Directive") or the use of such hazardous substances in the in any such Project must not exceed the maximum concentration values set out in the Directive.

3.1 Winners will be selected by the Organiser on the basis of the quality of his or her application and its adherence to these Terms.

3.2 The total number of Winners selected will be at least the minimum number set out above but the actual number is at the sole discretion of the Organizer and/or the Sponsor, if applicable.

3.3 The Organiser will use all reasonable efforts to announce the Winners via an update to the RoadTest page by the date listed above.

3.4 Winners agree to take part in all publicity which the Organiser or the Sponsor wishes to use to promote the RoadTest, the Products featured or other Contests with which the Organiser may be connected from time to time.

3.5 Details of the Winners may also be published in the media.

3.6 Winners are responsible for all applicable taxes, duties or other charges payable in relation to any prize.


4.1 The Organiser hereby excludes all and any Liability arising out of the Contest or the acceptance, use, quality, condition, suitability or performance of any Prize, even where that Liability may arise from the Organiser’s negligence.

4.2 Nothing in these Terms will affect any Liability of the Organiser for death or personal injury arising from its negligence, for breach of Part II of the Consumer Protection Act 1987 (in the event that any entrant is entitled to claim rights under the Consumer Protection Act 1987) or for any matter in relation to which it would be illegal for the Organiser to exclude or to attempt to exclude its Liability.

4.3 Subject to 4.2, neither the Organiser, any parent company nor any subsidiary of the Organiser or such parent company or any of their directors, officers and employees (together referred to in these terms and the ‘Associates’) makes any guarantee, warranty or representation of any kind, express or implied, with respect to this Competition or the Prizes potentially available under it. Neither the Organiser nor any of its Associates shall be responsible for any Liability that may arise out of or in connection with person’s participation in this Competition, the claiming, redemption or value of any prizes under it, the use or enjoyment of such prizes or any events or circumstances arising out of or in connection with any of them. Any implied warranties of condition, merchantability or suitability or fitness for purpose of any of them are hereby expressly excluded. Wherever used in these Terms, ‘Liability’ shall mean any and all costs, expenses, claims, damages, actions, proceedings, demands, losses and other liabilities (including legal fees and costs on a full indemnity basis) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the matter concerned.

5.1 The RoadTest is organised and sponsored by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to delegate all or any of its powers, rights and obligations arising in relation to the RoadTest to any Associate and certain such rights and powers are assumed by the Organiser on behalf of itself and each Associate. Reference to “Organiser” shall be deemed to include reference to each Associate.

5.2 The RoadTest may be terminated at any time if there are, in the sole opinion of the Organiser, an insufficient number of entries, or if the Applications are not of an appropriate standard for a competition of this nature. The Organiser has the right to cancel or suspend the RoadTest at any time due to circumstances outside its reasonable control.

5.3 The Organiser shall have the sole discretion to disqualify (without correspondence or right of appeal) any Applicant it considers to be adversely affecting the process or the operation of the RoadTest or to be in breach of these Terms or to be acting in a disruptive manner or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Applicant or Participant.

5.4 The Organiser has the right to amend or add to these Terms from time to time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be posted on the Contest Site and it is a condition of entry to the RoadTest that Applicants agree to comply with these Terms and, if appropriate, such Terms as amended from time to time.

5.5 Headings are for convenience only and do not affect the interpretation or construction of these Terms and Conditions.

5.6 These Terms and the operation of the Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and any claim or matter arising under these Terms shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Comment List
  • In my last job, I worked with RFid-- and we made 13.56MHz antennas for that.  These were NF antennas-- so just 3 or 4 loops of wire (PCB traces), and then tuned to resonance with capacitors plus a small matching network, and a trimmer (as each antenna was slightly different-- so had to be tuned).  I wish I had one of these FPC1500's back then for that project-- it would have saved a lot of time, and I think we would have achieved better results.  The only tools we had were an oscilloscope, and an MFJ noise bridge-- plus the built-in bridge on the RFid transceiver.

  • No, NOT a game!  I know you meant this as a joke-- but this is not very funny (for me at least).  This was a very serious failure of the (now famous) April 1083 update from Microsoft-- crashing (and making unbootable) many 10's of thousands (millions?) of Windows-10 computers.  Simultaneously, Ubuntu released an "upgrade" that changed the video system from Xorg to Waylan-- and THAT made many 10's of thousands of computers unbootable.  Unfortunately for me, I was hit both on my Windows laptop, and on my Ubuntu workstation a few days later.  I had to order a cloud server, and make a bootable USB drive on a friend's computer-- and then it was a long road to saving (most of) my terabytes of data and rebuilding my machines.  I went back to Windows-8.1 on the laptop, and changed to Arch Linux on the workstation-- (Arch is a real "tinker toy"-- don't install it unless you are very experienced with Linux).  I will NOT install Windows-10 on any of my machines ever again!  The upside of all of this is that I discovered that my Lenovo laptop will run just fine on Linux-- all of the hardware works as it should-- so, in 2020 (or whenever) Microsoft obsoletes Windows-8.1, I can always change to some Linux distribution, and that will be that.

  • Hi David,


    in which kind you're struggle to match antenna circuits?

    NFC is finely given documented right nowadays.


    Best Regards



  • I'm particularly interested in the VNA features of the FPC1500 as I struggle to match antenna circuits (NFC and Sub-1GHz) without one.


    If you've already put a lot of work into road testing other features then repeating that would be fine. Personally, I found that to write a particular area up well that you had to run through it a few times - researching, planning, taking screenshots, taking video. I hope it should be easier to repeat this after the dog ate your homework both your computers crashed.

  • image

    Well, I've known these games for many decades.
    Every time my colleague, company partner, had to do an important customer service job and the appointment was very short, or when equipment, or material was to be mounted, always came the same explanation: "my computer crashed, my mother got sick." image


    Good luck!

    Best Regards



  • Hi David,


    Sorry for taking so long...  I am now just recovering from a massive computer crash-- both my Linux workstation and my Windows laptop-- and both for the same reason-- a bad update made them both unbootable.  I was using these 2 systems as backups for each other, and without access to any other computer I was dead in the water for a while.  I bought an in-house cloud server, and managed to save most of my data and rebuild the systems-- but the review I was working on was lost (along with many of the photos).  So, I'm starting over, but at least I have a better idea what to write about.


    Is there any specific feature you would like me to address that the other reviewers did not get to?




  • that it is what I meant image as well.

  • I hope so. And I hope he's a little more diligent image than with his last road test.

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  • Maybe he needs a little bit more time ....
    There are many features on the FPC and building an adequate one application can be quite difficult.




  • Any progress on your road test? The other two were very informative and I'm looking forward to reading yours. Surely a WiFi issue shouldn't get in the way of testing most of the functionality.