Finally an affordable Signal generator with a frequency range of up to 6 GHz becomes available. The RF-Explorer signal generator (RFE6GEN) is fully programmable and prodices signals between 23.4 and 6000 MHz, the output level ranges from -40 to 0dBm. The signal is produced either as a constant carrier (CW) or as a sweep signal between two corner frequencies. Due to the small size and built-in rechargeable battery the RF-Explorer Signal generator is extremely well suited for portable use in the field.
In conjunction with the RF Explorer Spectrum Analyzer and the free Windows software you can set up a full spectrum analyser. The signal generator is then used as a tracking generator for the specturm analyser to do four-pole measurements on cables, filters, amplifiers and much more. An open source version of the software is available on the website of the manufacturer. The connection to the computer is done via USB, the signal generator has a Mini-B USB socket. The serial control protocol is documented, enabling you to write your own software for special measurements tasks. The Windows client software works with Windows XP/Vista, Win7 and later, both 32- and 64-Bit versions.
Here is the suitable RF-Explorer Spectrum Analyser.