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Is there any way to run the N1500A material measurement software without a VNA?

Question asked by drkirkby on Apr 20, 2017
Latest reply on Aug 16, 2017 by drkirkby

The N1500A material measurement software has a  calculator to calculate the optimal thickness of a material when testing in waveguide

 

Opt.001 Sample Thickness Calculator 

 

I wondered if there was any way to run that calculator standalone, without a VNA connected. I downloaded a trial of the N1500A, but it wont do much as my PC does not have a supported VNA attached.

 

I could try downloading an older version, which supports my 8720D, but I'd rather not waste my time if there's an easier way, as I only want to run the little calculator. It would be a bit of messing around, as my VNA is not connected to a Windows PC, and I don't have a Windows PC with a GPIB card. So basically its a lot of messing about.

 

I'm wondering if the software has some sort of "simulator" mode.

 

As you might guess, I'm not a fan of Windows, which explains why I don't have any of my VNAs on a Windows PC,

 

Dave

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