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ROVER – HD TAB 9A

The HD TAB 9 STCOI by ROVER® Instruments allows the user to carry out analysis and measurements that are  typically found in broadcasting applications.  The built-in Transport Stream Analyzer can carry out the analysis of the stream demodulated by the tuner, or injected through the ASI input and check for the presence of priority 1, 2, and 3 errors, according to the regulation ETR 101290.

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The HD TAB 9 has an “F” coaxial input to provide RF measurements.  There are also ASI IN and OUT BNC connectors for looking at a transport stream.  An optical/electrical converter to carry out power and attenuation measurements is optional.  There is a common interface slot and an HDMI® output (useful for connection to a monitor, or video projector, to reproduce what is being shown on the display).  Two 3.5mm AV IN and AV OUT jacks with stereo audio function like the HDMI® OUT, but only supplies a SD picture.  There are two USB sockets for firmware upgrades, memory plan management and the recording of screenshots.  On the right side, there are two RJ-45 sockets for TS input over IP (optional) and LAN Ethernet.  The IPTV option provides an input for a transport stream over IP which will de-encapsulate the contents of the IP stream, carry out quality measurements and decode the services transported.

 

MAIN FEATURES:

  • ASI Transport Stream Reader, Recorder, and Analyzer – based on ETR101 and 290 (option).
  • Decoded Picture Display and Dolby® AC-3 Audio (option).
  • MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.
  • RF TV/SAT/CATV Signal Level Meter.  Measurements: MER, PER, LDPC, BCH, aBER, bBER, EVM, Noise Margin, Average Power, Echoes/Microechoes/Pre-echoes in Real Time.  CATV: Ingress, Leakage, Barscan & Tilt.  Real-time Spectrum with MAX HOLD.
  • ATSC (model HD TAB 9A for US and Canada) or ISBD-T (model HD TAB 9I for Latin America)
  • 9-inch Color TFT High Brightness 16:10 Display.
  • Touch Screen
  • LI-ion Polymer Battery for up to 6 hours of operation.
  • AC Adapter
  • Carrying Case
  • IPTV Analyzer – ASI over IP (option)
  • Optical Power Meter (option)
  • GPS (option)

 

HD TAB 9 (rear)

ROVER® HD TAB 9: Upside Connector View

 

HD TAB 9 Data Sheet

Rover® Instruments is a certified company by the ISO:9.001-14.001-18.001.

Rover® Instruments is a DVB member (number 50490) and actively cooperates with this organization.

The warranty of the HD TAB 9 is covered and backed up by Rover Laboratories S.p.A.

Rover Laboratories S.p.A. has a standard warranty period of 12 months (from the date of purchase).  The warranty covers the replacement free of charge of parts only, when malfunctioning is solely due to manufacturing faults.  The fault must be identified and defined by Rover personnel only.

 

The warranty is void if:

a.  The equipment is tampered with or repaired by non-authorized;

b.  Damage is found, caused by the incorrect use of the equipment, without following the advice explained in the User’s Guide accompanying the equipment.

c.  Damage is found caused by the use of the equipment in unsuitable working environments.

 

The following parts are not covered by the warranty:

a.  Parts subject to wear, such as aesthetic ones, keyboard, plastic chassis, etc.;

b.  Batteries, 6 months from the date of purchase, if original;

c.  Bags and carrying cases, including shoulder straps, PSU, and accessories.

 

The equipment cannot be replaced and the warranty can not be extended after the repair of a fault.

  • Multi-purpose Bag:  This carrying bag is made of a durable weather-resistant material.  It allows the operator to work safely and without restrictions with both hands free by attaching the shoulder strap on to the bag or using the stand flap for operation on a counter surface.  A sunlight-shield flap facilitates the visibility of the high brightness display.
  • HD ASI IN/OUT: Hardware and Software for ASI Input/Output, ETR 101-290 Transport Stream Analyzer, and Dolby AC3 Audio
  • HD Optical Input: Hardware and Software for Optical Input for PWR & SPECT with interchangeable connectors, ST/SC/FC
  • HD LAN IPTV/ASI:  Hardware and Software for IPTV Quality Analyzer
  • IP to ASI/de-encapsulator
  • HD GPS Receiver: GPS Receiver for Position & GPS Antenna Quality Test
  • DVB-T2 LITE
  • DVB-C2
  • DAB+ Measures
  • LTE Autotest with Rejection Filter
  • Network Delay Measurements for the DVB/T SFN network
  • Signal coverage quality with GPS & “Prodrive Test” software
  • SATEXPERT function dish pointing
  • Mini Spectrum on Digital TV Picture

 

SUPPORTED STANDARDS

Satellite: DVB-S
DVB-S2 Single Stream
DVB-S2 Multi Stream (for Broadcast Multiple Network – transmitters feeding)
Television: Analog TV: PAL, SECAM, NTSC-B/G/I/L/M/N
DVB-T
DVB-T2 Multi-PLP
ATSC USA (option)
GB20600 China (option)
ISDB-T/Tb Japan & South America (option)
CATV: DVB-C & Annex A
DVB-C & Annex B (option)
DVB-C2 EU (option)
Radio: FM
DAB (PWR MEAS.)
Optic (option): Wavelengths: 1310 – 1490 (1625 for US) – 1550
ASI: ASI IN/OUT
LAN IPTV (option): Encapsulated / De-encapsulated, IP to ASI, ASI to IP

RF Input Performances (5 – 2.250 MHz)

2 Selectable RF Inputs: (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and (1) 50 Ω “N” connector, or on request (1) 50 Ω “N” connector and Optic Input, or (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and Optic Input with interchangeable connector ST/SC/FC, input selectable in the meter’s configuration menu
50 Ω input matching (RL): SAT > 18dB
TV/CATV > 20dB
75 Ω input matching (RL): SAT > 16dB
TV/CATV > 18dB

Audio Decoding

MPEG-1 Layer I / II (ISO-IEC 13181-3)
Dolby® Digital Plus
Dolby® AC-3
AAC and HE AAC

Video Decoding

MPEG-2 MP@ML HDTV (ISO-IEC 13818-2)
MPEG-4/AVC (ISO-IEC 14496-10)
ITU-T H.264
ITU-T HEVC (2014 with interchangeable MPEG decoder board)

DIGITAL SATELLITE

Standard: DVB-S (EN 300421)
DVB-S2 Single Stream (DTH)
DVB-S2 Multi Stream (for Broadcast Multiple Network – transmitters feeding)
RF Input: 2 selectable inputs:  (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and  (1) 50 Ω “N” connector, or on request (1) 50 Ω “N” connector and Optic Input, or (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and Optic Input with interchangeable connector ST/SC/FC, input selectable in the meter’s configuration menu
Input Level Range: 30 to 130dBµV – Max input power without damage +30 dBm (30V without simultaneous generation of internal voltage to the RF input)
Frequency Range: 930 MHz to 2250 MHz
Frequency Resolution: 1 MHz (with 100 KHz AFC Control)
Modulation: QPSK, 8PSK, 16APSK, 32APSK
Roll Off: Automatic selection in line with the selected standard
FEC: 1/2, 1/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 (DVB-S)
1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 8/9, 9/10, 2/5, 3/5 (DVB-S2)
Automatic Selection
Symbol Rate: DVB-S: 1 to 45MS/s – Full Automatic Selection
DVB-S2: 2 to 45MS/s – Full Automatic Selection
ISI Selection (DVB-S2 Multistream): From 1 to 10
ISSY Synchronization (DVB-S2 Multistream): Automatic Detection and Reading
Pilot (DVB-S2): On, Off, Automatic Detection and Reading
FEC Frame (DVB-S2) Normal, Short, Automatic Detection and Reading
LNB Control: V (13V) / H (18V) Polarization
22kHz tone
DiSEqC 1.0 and 2.0, SCR and MOTOR

Digital SAT Measurement Performances

Synchronization Indication: Unlock, Power Too Low, Lock
RF Power Level Accuracy: 1dB typical (2dB Max)
RF Level Unit: dBµV, dBmV, dBm – selectable
AFC – Capture Range: 0 to 5MHz (step 100kHz)
LNB Frequency Error Measurement: 0 to 5MHz (step 100kHz)
MER Range: Up to 25dB
MER Accuracy: 0.5dB up to 18dB – 1dB from 19 to 25dB
BER before Viterbi (DVB-S): 1E-06 to 2E-02
BER after Viterbi (DVB-S): 1E-08 to 0
BCH (DVB-S2): 1E-06 to 1E-02
LDPC (DVB-T2): 1E-08 to 0
PER (DVB-S2): 1E-07 to 0
Constellation: Constellation diagram with standard-specific grid and zoom

SAT Special Functions

SAT SCR: This function allows to control and verify the SCR LNB installation by checking the correct signal reception at each one of the LNB’s RF outputs via the spectrum analyzer or the SAT measurement interface.
Dual Feed LNB: This function enables the user to verify the installation of a Dual Feed LNB dish, that can be either 9o and 13o or 19o and 23o or others; if the installation type is set to VARIABLE the user can perform the test on a couple of independent plans, at choice among those available in the meter.
DiSEqC Motor: This function allows to control motorized dishes by moving the motor via DiSEqC commands.  The control can be done using either the spectrum analyzer or the SAT measurement interface.
SAT Finder: This function allows the user to determine the correctness of the dish pointing by detecting three transponders among those composing the requested satellite.
Buzzer & Noise Margin Graph: This function could be activated on Satellite and Terrestrial canalizations.  Its main AIM is to provide the user with a real time GRAPHIC diagram of the Noise Margin vs time.  The measurement is also associated with a buzzer, synthetizing a tone the intensity of which is proportional to the signal quality.
SAT Point: The aim of this function is to automatically set all spectrum parameters to facilitate dish pointing operations; the MAX HOLD & LIVE function guarantees perfect pointing at the maximum signal strength direction.
SATEXPERT Function (option): Advanced Universal SAT pointer, the faster and accurate SAT FINDER (with optional electronic compass).

DIGITAL TERRESTRIAL TV

Standard: DVB-T/DVB-H (ETSI EN 300 744)
DVB-T2 (ETSI EN 302 755)
RF Input: 2 selectable inputs:  (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and  (1) 50 Ω “N” connector, or on request (1) 50 Ω “N” connector and Optic Input, or (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and Optic Input with interchangeable connector ST/SC/FC, input selectable in the meter’s configuration menu.
Input Level Range: 29 to 130dBµV – Max input power without damage +30dBm
(30V without simultaneous generation of internal voltage to the RF input)
Frequency Range: 47MHz to 1000MHz
Frequency Resolution: 50kHz
OFDM Modulation: QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM (DVB-T)
256QAM (DVB-T2)
FFT Mode: 2k, 8k (DVB-T)
1k, 2k, 4k, 8k, 16k, 32k (DVB-T2)
Automatic Selection
Guard Interval: 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 (DVB-T)
1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/128, 19/128, 19/256 (DVB-T2)
Automatic Selection
FEC: 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 (DVB-T)
1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 3/5, 4/5 (DVB-T2)
Automatic Selection
Channel Bandwidth: 5MHz, 6MHz, 7MHz, 8MHz
Synchronization Indication: Unlock, Power Too Low, Lock
RF Power Level Accuracy: 0.5dB typical (1dB max)
RF Level Unit: dBµV, dBmV, dBm – selectable
MER Range: Up to 42dB
MER Accuracy: 0.5dB up to 38dB, 0.7dB up to 40dB, 1.2dB up to 42dB
BER before Viterbi (DVB-T): 1 E-06 to 1 E-02
BER after Viterbi (DVB-T): 1 E-08 to 0
BCH (DVB-T2): 1 E-06 to 1 E-01
LDPC (DVB-T2): 1 E-08 to 0
PER (DVB-T2): 1 E-07 to 0
Constellation: Constellation Diagram with standard-specific grid and zoom
Echoes Measurement: -340 µs to 340 µs (4 selectable scales)
MER vs Carrier: MER measurement for DVB-T and DVB-T2 signals with selectable carrier range: 1 to 32k carriers, normal or reverse.
Attenuation Test: This function allows the verification at all ends of the distribution system so they receive the same signal strength, to make sure that there are no losses or other distribution issues.

DIGITAL CABLE CATV

Standard: DVB-C (ETSI EN 300 429)
DVB-C2 (ETSI EN 302 769) – optional
RF Input: 2 selectable inputs:  (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and  (1) 50 Ω “N” connector, or on request (1) 50 Ω “N” connector and Optic Input, or (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and Optic Input with interchangeable connector ST/SC/FC, input selectable in the meter’s configuration menu.
Input Level Range: 35 to 130dBµV – Max input power without damage +30dBm
(30V without simultaneous generation of internal voltage to the RF input)
Frequency Range: 4MHz to 1000MHz
Frequency Resolution: 50kHz
Modulation: 16QAM, 32QAM, 64QAM, 128QAM, 256QAM (DVB-C), 1024QAM (DVB-C2)
Symbol Rate: 2 to 6.999MS/s – Automatic Selection
FEC:
Channel Bandwidth: 6MHz, 7MHz, 8MHz

CATV Measurement Performances

Synchronization Indication: Unlock, Power Too Low, Lock
RF Power Level Accuracy: 0.5dB typical (1dB max)
RF Level Unit: dBµV, dBmV, dBm – selectable
MER Range: Up to 40dB
MER Accuracy: 0.5dB typical
BER before Reed Solomon: 1E-09 to 1E-02
BER after Reed Solomon: 1E-09 to 0
Constellation: Constellation diagram with standard-specific grid and zoom

Digital CATV Special Functions

Leakage: This function provides a technician with a tool to verify  the presence of any signal leakage in a CATV distribution system.
Ingress: This function lets the user verify the interference of the CATV return path, with a frequency band ranging from 4 to 66MHz

OPTICAL INPUT (Option)

Input Interface: FC/ST/SC – exchangeable connectors
Wavelength Range: 1310 – 1490 (1625 for USA) – 1550
Optical Input Level Range: -40 dBm to +10 dBm
Optical Level Resolution: 0.1dB
Optical Level Measurement Accuracy: 0.5dB

ANALOG TV

Standard: PAL, SECAM, NTSC B/G/I/L/M/N
RF Input: 2 selectable inputs:  (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and  (1) 50 Ω “N” connector, or on request (1) 50 Ω “N” connector and Optic Input, or (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and Optic Input with interchangeable connector ST/SC/FC, input selectable in the meter’s configuration menu.
Input Level Range: 50 to 130 dBµV – Max input power without damage +30 dBm (30V without simultaneous generation of internal voltage to the RF input).
Frequency Range: 47MHz to 1000MHz
Frequency Resolution: 50kHz

Analog TV Measurement Performances

Level Indication: Level to low
RF Power Level Accuracy: 0.5dB typical (1dB max.)
RF Level Unit: dBµV, dBmV, dBm – selectable
C/N Measurement: 5dB to 55dB
A/V Ratio: 4dB to 26dB
Audio Carrier FM Modulation: 4.5MHz, 5.5MHz, 6.0MHz, 6.5MHz
Audio Carrier AM Modulation: 6.5MHz “L” France Standard

LAN IP/ASI ENCAPSULATED/DE-ENCAPSULATED (Option)

IP Interface

LAN: 1 Gb/s Ethernet Interface
IP Protocol: UNICAST, MULTICAST RTP/UDP with 2 Dimensional FEC
IGMP v2
FEC: Pro MPEG CoP#/SMPTE 2022

IP Measurement

Streaming Status: Present / Not Present
Number of MPEG Packet Size: 1 – 7
TS Packet Size: 188, 204
FEC Status: No FEC, FEC1, FEC2
L: 1 ≤ L ≤ 20
D: 4 ≤ D ≤ 20
Input Ethernet Port: 1, 2, both
TS Bitrate: 0 – 216 Mb/s
Number of Missing Packets successfully recovered: 0 – ∞
Number of Missing Packets: 0 – ∞
IP Stream Jitter: 0 – 1000 ms
IAT: MIN, MAX, MED, Jitter

ASI Mode

ASI Mode: MPEG-TS on ASI compliant to EN 50083-9 packet length 188/204 bytes
ASI Status: Lock 188, Lock 204, Unlock
ASI Bitrate: 0 – 216 Mb/s
Destination MAC Address: MAC is the host receiver in unicast; in multicast it is the MAC multicast defined by the destination IP address
Transport Stream Content: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD Service

GPS RECEIVER (Option for Position and Installation Antenna Test)

RF Input: SMA 50Ω connector
DC at RF IN: 5V d.c. automatic, for active and passive antennas (active antenna supplied).
RF Level Sensitivity: -160 dBm
Frequency: L1 (1575, 42MHz)
Noise Figure: 1.5dB typical
Position Accuracy: 2.0m typical 2.5m
Hot Start Autonomous: 1s
Timepulse Frequency: 10MHz and pps
Received SAT: up to 12

SAT, TV, AND CATV SPECTRUM ANALYZER

Measurement Parameters

Frequency Range: 4MHz to 2,250MHz
RF Level Range: 5 to 130dBµV
Resolution Bandwidth: TV/CATV = 100kHz
SAT = 4MHz/1MHz (selectable)
SPAN: TV/CATV: 2MHz, 5MHz, 7MHz, 10MHz, 20MHz, 50MHz, 100MHz, 200MHz, 500MHz, Full VHF, Full UHF, 5/65RP and Full Band 4 to 1000MHz
SAT: 500MHz, 100MHz, 200MHz, 500MHz, Full Band 930-2,250MHz
Video Bandwidth: Automatic Selection
SAT: Fast Mode (10kHz) – Superfast Mode (5kHz)
TV/CATV: Fast Mode (100kHz) – Superfast Mode (50kHz)
Frequency Sweep: Up to 80ms
dB/div Scale Selection: 1dB/div, 2dB/div, 5dB/div, 10dB/div

Spectrum Special Functions

Max-Hold Function: To compare the real-time signal with the max-hold envelope.
Spectrum Save & Recall Functions: To save and store spectrum measurements.
Markers: Single Marker: 1 mark to perform punctual measurements on the signal envelope.
Delta Marker: 2 marks to perform frequency offset and differential power measurements between two points of the spectrum.
Marker Bandwidth: 3 marks to measure precisely the channel frequency bandwidth and the corresponding bandwidth power.
Help Function: To perform channel auto-discovery from the signal spectrum: the meter determines automatically modulation type and parameters (DVB-T/2, DVB-S/S2, DVB-C/C2, Symbol Rate, Center Frequency, etc.).
Visualization Modes: Full Picture or Envelope – menu selectable
Trace Color Schemes Customizable: Green, Blue, Gray, Brown – selectable

TRANSPORT STREAM PERFORMANCE ANALYZER

TS Interface

Input/Output: 75-ohm BNC connectors
ASI Mode: MPEG-TS on ASI compliant to EN 50083-9 packet length 188/204 bytes
Transport Stream Content: MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD Service

TR 101 290 v1.2.1 Analysis

1st Priority Monitoring 1.1 Sync loss
1.2 Sync Byte
1.3.1 PAT Int
1.3.2 PAT PID
1.3.3 PAT scr
1.4.a Cont (Ord)
1.4.b Cont (Tri)
1.4.c Cont (Los)
1.5.1 PMT Int
1.5.2 PMT Scr
1.6 PID Err
2nd Priority Monitoring
* on a selected service
2.1 Transport Error
2.2 CRC Error
2.3a PCR Repetition Error
2.3b PCR Discontinuity Error
2.4 PCR Accuracy Error*
2.5 PTS Error
2.6.a CAT (scr)
2.6.b CAT (table)
3rd Priority Monitoring 3.1 PID Error
3.2 SI Rep
3.4 Unref PIDs
3.5 SDT Error
3.6 EIT error
3.7 RST error
3.8 TDT error

TS Information Monitoring

SI Tables Decoding: Visualization of service list and stream type
PMT Decoding: Service PID composition; real time refresh on service selection
Bitrate Measurement: TS Total Bitrate, Stuffing Rate Service Bitrate, ES Bitrate 0 to 270Mb/s Resolution 1kb/s

TS Advanced Monitoring (option)

Network Delay Measurement: Transport Stream Delay Measurement based on MIP packets range: 0 to 999ms**
PCR Accuracy: PCR accuracy measurement and graphical representation*
Measurement Range: 0 to 1000ns
Jitter Measurement: Jitter accuracy measurement and graphical representation*
*on a selected service (optional)
** external 10MHz/1PPS reference needed (optional)

PRODRIVE TEST

Fast Multiple CH Measurement, from 1 to 8 analyzers in parallel.
Single CH or multiple CHs measurements acquisition for each analyzer.
Supported Mobile Measurements: Field strength/power, Mux Lock, MER, PER/BER, Echoes (depending on speed and standard).
Supported Standards: DVB-T, DVB-T2, Analog TV, FM Radio, DAB, ISDB-T 6/8MHz, ATSC, GB20600.
Supported Stationary Measurement: Field strength/power, Mux Lock, MER, PER/BER, Echoes.

DATA STORAGE AND LOGGING

Logging Capabilities

Automemory: Automatic channel detection and recording based on a channel plan.  The result is an AUTO plan stored in the meter to be used as reference during the measurement campaign.
Manumemory: Function to create customized mixed channel plans – SAT/TV/CATV/RADIO – manually or with a PC.
Datalogger: Automated measurement campaign based on an Automemory or Manumemory channel plan.  The Datalogger contains all the RF parameters of the listed channels and can store up to 1300 channels.
Data Export: USB On-the-Go plug to connect an external USB device.
10/100 Base-T LAN to download data on an external PC.

GENERAL DATA

Integrated Controller

CPU: ARM11 & Cortex ARM7
Operating System: RO.VE.R. embedded OS
Storage: External USB drive.
LAN connection for  data download on external PC

Interfaces

Universal Serial Bus (USB): (1) USB-A, USB On-the-Go for USB Memory Stick
(1) USB-B for PC connection
Local Area Network (LAN): (1) 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interlace (management)
Asynchronous Serial Interface (ASI): ASI input on 75Ω BNC connector
ASI output on 75Ω BNC connector
External Reference: 10MHz input on 75Ω BNC connector*
1 PPS input on 75Ω BNC connector
* Supplied with optional SFN Network Delay Measurement
Audio/Video: Composite A/V input.
HDMI® output
Common Interface: PCMCIA slot for single/multi-service CAM modules
IF/RF Input: 2 selectable inputs:  (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and  (1) 50 Ω “N” connector, or on request (1) 50 Ω “N” connector and Optic Input, or (1) 75 Ω “F” connector and Optic Input with interchangeable connector ST/SC/FC, input selectable in the meter’s configuration menu.

Remote Operation

USB Interface: S.M.A.R.T. management software for firmware upgrades and file expert to create plans and download measurements, etc.
Ethernet: Instrument remote measurement application via SNMP (option).

Local Operation (Dual Command Touch and Mechanical)

Touch Screen Display: Full touch instrument operation. Touch screen excludable via configuration menu.
Full Keyboard & High Precision 24-step Encoder: Direct access to meter’s with 6 main direct keys: SAT, TV, CATV, Spectrum, Barscan, Plan and Channel, Frequency Enter with mechanical encoder.

TFT Display

Width: 10.2″.  Brightness = 1200 candles per m2
Format: 16:10 Full VGA 800×480
Resolution: 720p to 1080p
Graphical User Interface: Selectable Color Schemes (green, blue, gray, brown).

Environmental Conditions

Operating Temperature Range: 0o C to +50o C
Storage Temperature Range: -25o C to 70o C
Humidity: Up to 90% non-condensing
AMSL: Up to 3000m
Power Supply: External Power Adapter
110 VAC to 240VAC      50Hz to 60Hz
Output: 12VDC     max. 3A
Internal Battery: Li-ion Polymer 10A battery – up to 6 hours of duration