LBA Introduces the Schomandl FIT-70 In-Line Wattmeter, Designed to Measure Transmission Power Without Testing Patience of Operators

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Schomandl, a subsidiary of German RF equipment manufacturer Kathrein Group, has engineered the In-Line Wattmeter, Model FIT-70, to be conveniently and easily deployed at remote sites for measuring RF transmission line wattages and forward and reflected power.

LBA introduces the FIT-70 In-Line Wattmeter, engineered and produced by Schomandl, a subsidiary of German RF manufacturer Kathrein Group. The instrument is exclusively distributed in the western hemisphere by LBA Technology, Inc. and is on display in LBA's Booth #N9115 at NAB 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 20-23, 2009.

The FIT 70's separate test head lets an operator easily connect to hard-to-reach cables, which is to say that setting up is without operator contortions. As quickly as the FIT-70 is connected, the functional values are brightly displayed on a high-contrast LCD screen. The site's VSWR output is read out, as are the forward and reverse power readings, measured in watts or dBm.

The FIT-70 covers a range from 70 MHz to 1000 MHz - that is, from mobile radio networks to FM radio and VHF and UHF television. The device is perfectly suited for tests at remote antenna sites and at links between studios and transmitters.

The watt meter is carried in a fitted case that protects it in transit to an outlying antenna location. The coddling ends there, however. Out of the case, the two-piece unit is rugged, easily handled and lightweight. The basic instrument measures just under 8 inches by 4 inches by 1 1/2 inches. Its cord-connected RF test head is about half as large. Together, the units weigh 2 1/2 pounds - not counting the four AA batteries that power them.

If a circuit has been shorted, a red LED signal on the RF-head warns of it. The instrument also features a DC voltmeter that stores low and high readings and an ohmmeter to measure resistance.

Additional information on the FIT-70 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

Wolfgang Blank, Sales Manager
blank (at) schomandl (dot) de
+49 8641 403140


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