LBA Introduces the New Model 3024 Broadcast Power Monitor, the Latest from Kathrein Group

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From German RF equipment manufacturer Kathrein Group, LBA Technology introduces a next generation power monitor for broadcasting and wireless transmissions that features internet and network access.

Kathrein Group's latest generation broadcast power monitor is a slim, silver-colored case stuffed with features for engineers who are tasked with keeping an eye on transmitter power levels and efficiency. With measuring capability from 1 watt to 1 megawatt, the 3024 presents an ideal upgrade for existing directional coupler-based RF measuring transmitter power monitors, providing PC and Internet access and SNMP network connectivity.

Kathrein Group, the German RF equipment manufacturer with the worldwide reputation, has partnered with LBA Technology for exclusive western hemisphere distribution of its product line, including the new power monitor. The 3024 Power Monitor will be on display in LBA's Booth# N9115 at NAB 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 20-23, 2009.

The 3024 will work with most existing directional couplers, eliminating the need to install new line sections. Internal user-programmable software calculates the display power depending on the probe input, offset, gain and the given value of the directional coupler. Since the setup for each probe in the system is unique, it will even work with different brands of directional couplers.

The working end of the sleek, rack-mounted 19-inch long, 7-inch-deep 3024 is in the rear, where up to 8 probes can be connected for simultaneous power measurements. Multiple combinations of directional couplers and compensated probes produce a matrix that will give readings with plus or minus 5 percent accuracy. Both digital and optocoupler ports provide 16 software-assignable relay-type contact closure outputs for alerts.

RF probes 3015 UHF and 3016 VHF can be plugged into any of the probe connectors. Other ports on the back panel include one for a grounded high or low voltage power supply, an Ethernet connector, one USB for attaching a memory stick for logging data and a second one for serial linkup with a PC. The antenna monitor also provides e-mail notification of alarms.

The computer screen is the operator's real connection to the monitor. The screen is configured either by directly hooking up to the monitor or accessing it through an assigned IP address. The built-in webpage display features controlling buttons by which an operator sets up the data he wishes to monitor and record.

The 3024 antenna power meter calculates VSWR, and measures forward and reflected power. Visual alerts can be programmed to warn when measured limits are exceeded or are too low.

More information on the LBA/Kathrein 3024 power monitor is available at

About LBA Technology, Inc.:
LBA Technology is a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, components and test equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide. With Lawrence Behr Associates, Inc., the company is a unit of the LBA Group, Inc., which has over 40 years experience in providing support for infrastructure assets of the wireless telecommunications industry. The companies are based in Greenville, NC.
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About The Kathrein Group and Schomandl:
The KATHREIN-Werke KG is the world's largest antenna producing enterprise and a leading high tech telecommunications company. Kathrein products epitomize quality and reliability. Know-how and 89 years of experience have made Kathrein one of the market leaders in its product ranges. The Kathrein Group, with its 14 production facilities, 57 subsidiaries and associated companies, employs over 6,500 people. In 2007, turnover at the Kathrein-group amounted to 1,303 million Euros. More than 50% of the internationally active company's sales volume is made abroad. The Schomandl unit was founded in 1948 and has specialized in the development and production of high-quality HF measuring instruments for all types of customer-specific applications.

For product sales support, contact:
Paulo Fernandes, Account Executive
LBA Technology Test Equipment Group
pfernandes (at) lbagroup (dot) com

Press contact:
Dick Hansson, Marketing Director
LBA Group, Inc.
dhansson (at) lbagroup (dot) com


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