Band Scanner Pro

FM Band Spectrum & Mod Analyzer, RDS/RBDS Decoder-Reader

Portable, Powerful, Easy-to-Use Test Equipment!

The Band Scanner Pro is a pocket - sized FM modulation analyzer that possesses all the features that one could possibly need to look at the FM broadcast band. The Band Scanner Pro can be used to evaluate FM broadcast band congestion and to log station identification parameters. This product can measure the RF level, MPX deviation, Left & Right audio levels, RDS and Pilot injection levels.

This easy-to-use device presents you with the opportunity to view the network parameters of your and your competitors’ stations, to export playlists to Excel file, and to compare the signal strengths of these stations. The supplied – free of charge Windows software sweeps the across the FM band, logging every carrier and generating a spectrum display of carrier level vs. frequency. It then analyzes each carrier and creates a station list. Stations with an RDS presence are further refined to show all the radio data groups that have been transmitted.

Portable, Powerful, Easy-to-Use Test Equipment!
  • FM Band 87 – 108 MHz Spectrum analyzer
  • MPX, PILOT & RDS deviation meters
  • External composite MPX and RDS input
  • Built-in Stereo decoder
  • LEFT and RIGHT level meters
  • Auto search tuning
  • Headphones audio output
  • Full feature RDS and RBDS decoder
  • RDS/RBDS Groups Detector & Analyzer
  • RDS/RBDS Stream BER meter
  • RDS/RBDS Data Logger
  • View playlists of the competitive stations
  • Saving and exporting the playlists to Excel file
  • Compare the signal strength to competitors and other stations
  • Pocket size USB powered box. No external power supply required
  • Tracking all the detailed histories saved in the RDS Data Log

This is a tool to evaluate FM broadcast band congestion and to log station identification parameters. The "Band Scanner Pro" can measure RF level, MPX deviation, Left & Right Audio levels, RDS and Pilot injection levels. The system is powered by the USB port of any Windows PC. Supplied free of charge Windows software sweeps the receiver across the FM band, logging every carrier and generating a spectrum display of carrier level vs. frequency. It then analyzes each carrier and creates a station list. Stations with an RDS presence are further refined to show all the radio data groups that were being transmitted. Its interface resembles a portable radio's: It may be tuned manually through the receiver screen or by double-clicking a point on the spectrum plot or on an entry on the station list. Spectrum plots may be saved as jpg or bmp files. The RDS data error level is graphed in a separate window on the receiver screen. The program can be monitored with headphones plugged into a standard 1/8" jack.

Portable, Powerful, Easy-to-Use Test Equipment!
FM receiver
FM frequency87.0-108.0 MHz
RDS sensitivity0 error at Vrf=-90dBµV, 4KHz RDS deviation, no modulation
Strong fieldsAGC
RF level evaluation± 4dB from 20°C to 30°C, 20÷60dBµV without modulation
Dynamic0 to 54.6dBµV; 0 to 60dBµV with internal attenuator switched on
Attenuator6dB built-in, manual operation
Audio, MPX, Pilot, RDS levels
Measurement validityRF level preferably > 50dB
Multiplex levelPeak level displayed, 1000 samples over 1 second
Audio levelPeak level displayed, 1000 samples over 1 second
Pilot levelMean peak level, 1000 samples over 1 second
RDS levelMean peak level, 1000 samples over 1 second
Accuracy of MPX deviation display ± 5KHz, ± 2KHz typ
Accuracy of audio level display ± 5%
Accuracy of sub-carrier level displays± 10% typical and not guaranteed
FM Antenna input
Connector 'F' on rear panel
Impedance75 Ω
External attenuatorNo
FM Multiplex input
ConnectorBNC, Impedance = 50 KΩ
Max input level5000mV p-p
Stereo decoding
Stereo separation>20dB
Typical separationApproximately 26dB to 35dB
RDS data decoding
StandardsEuropean RDS CENELEC and United States RBDS NRSC
Error CorrectionYes
Group countingYes
Error countingYes
AF decodingYes
CT (Time/Date)Yes
PI, PTY, DI, MSYes
TA/TPYes
RT (Radio Text)Yes
PS (Program Service name)Yes
EON (Enhanced Other Networks information)Yes
PTYN (Program TYpe Name)Yes
SLC (Slow labelling Codes)Yes
ODA (Open Data Applications)Yes
Frequency program memories
FM Tuner Presets5 frequencies
Measurement storage
StorageLOG file
Data formatsMicrosoft Excel compatible format (csv)
User interface
Indicators3 LEDs, front panel
Headphone output1/8" (3.5mm) phone jack, rear panel
Operating conditions
Equipment operational between10° and 40°C
EMC immunity6V/m
Headphones output
ConnectorStereo, 1/8" (3.5mm) phone jack
VolumeFixed
Communication
TypeUSB 2.0 compatible
ConnectorB-type, front panel
Power Requirement
Power supply USB powered
ConnectorB-type, front panel
Size and Weight
Dimensions (W;H;D)74 x 26 x 109 mm
Shipping Weight230 x 54 x 172 mm / 0.4kg
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What does (same) and (reg.) mean in the RDS AF List?
    This is a citation from US RBDS Standard/EN 50067 standard:
    Method B AF coding is used where it is required to indicate frequencies that belong to different regions, which may carry different programs.
    For the transmission of the frequency pairs within one block the following convention is used:
    • They are generally transmitted in ascending order, e.g. 89.3 - 99.5 or 99.5 - 101.8 F1 < F2
    • In special cases they are transmitted in descending order, if they belong to different regions, or carry from time to time different programs, e.g. 99.5 - 90.6 or 100.7 - 99.5 F1 > F2
    In both of the above examples 99.5 MHz is the tuning frequency.

    Examples of a AF method B coding:
    F1F2Commentary
    #1189.3Total number (11) of frequencies for tuning frequency (89.3)
    89.399.5F2 > F1 hence 99.5 is an AF of tuned frequency 89.3, and it is the same program
    89.3101.7F2 > F1 hence 101.7 is an AF of tuned frequency 89.3, and it is the same program
    88.889.3F2 > F1 hence 88.8 is an AF of tuned frequency 89.3, and it is the same program
    102.689.3F2 < F1 hence 102.6 is an AF of a regional variant of tuned frequency 89.3
    89.389.0F2 < F1 hence 89.0 is an AF of a regional variant of tuned frequency 89.3
    #999.5Total number (9) of frequencies for tuning frequency (99.5)
    89.399.5F2 > F1 hence 89.3 is an AF of tuned frequency 99.5, and it is the same program
    99.5100.9F2 > F1 hence 100.9 is an AF of tuned frequency 99.5, and it is the same program
    104.899.5F2 < F1 hence 104.8 is an AF of a regional variant of tuned frequency 99.5
    99.589.1F2 < F1 hence 89.1 is an AF of a regional variant of tuned frequency 99.5
  • Why upon installation of the software, the USB green LED on the unit is flashing rapidly?
    Green flashing LED indicates that Band Scanner Pro has no drivers installed. With a normal installation, the driver will be located here: My Computer/Local Disk (C:)/Program Files/Band Scanner Pro/Drivers. Drivers can be found on the supplied CD also, in the 'Drivers' folder. Driver Installation details are described in DEVA User Manuals, chapter 'Installing the Software'.
  • How can I reset the data acquisition?
    Press the "SET" button. Whenever setting the frequency (same or not) it will clear all of the acquisitions.