Schomandl MSK-125 Broadcast Signal Tester Combines Versatility and Ease of Operation

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The latest portable testing instrument from Schomandl, a subsidiary of German RF equipment manufacturer Kathrein Group, is notable for its multiple functions (Satellite/CATV/Terrestrial/HDTV signal analysis) and operator friendliness.

Joe Technician has a new tool for installing, repairing and maintaining professional Satellite and CATV Broadcast systems, as well as over-the-air analog and digital TV signals. His state-of-the-art tool is portable, versatile and ruggedly reliable - all of which is sure to make the instrument one of Joe's favorites.

The new piece of technology is the MSK-125 signal meter. Its multiple functions set the instrument apart as a testing module. Incorporated into its circuitry are a multi-standard spectrum analyzer, a MER/BER analyzer, a satellite meter, and a terrestrial, cable and audio measurement device. The MSK-125 will be on display in LBA's Booth #N9115 at NAB 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, April 20-23, 2009.

The MSK-125 is from German RF equipment manufacturer Kathrein Group, and is distributed in the western hemisphere solely by LBA Technology. Wedding Kathrein's worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of precision RF test equipment with LBA Group's expertise as component supplier and consultant has opened the MSK-125 to a larger market.

The device's wider marketplace introduction is timely. The diversity of broadcast reception protocols is pushing today's engineers to combine functions in test equipment - and no manufacturer has done it better than Kathrein Antenna Systems. Despite the instrument's complex capacity to perform several tasks, it remains extremely easy to use.

The device's SatFinder employs acoustic signaling to snare an analog or digital satellite feed, then displays the demodulated information on a bright VGA resolution screen. It can store meter settings on memory cards of up to 1 gigabyte, which allows convenient transfer of the testing data to a main computer.

The MSK-125 is specifically designed to handle multiple applications within the satellite and CATV arena. These include installing, repairing and maintaining (1) CCTV systems, (2) TVRO Receive Only TV systems, (3) VSAT, (4) Maritime Satellite and CATV, (5) analog and digital cable headends, (6) MDU cable networks, (7) Video Conferencing systems, (8) Single Frequency Networks and (9) satellite receiving stations. It can even analyze and measure over-the-air analog and digital TV signals.

The various signals utilized by cable companies are just as easily analyzed and demodulated by the unit. A technician can sort out DVB-C, DVB-S/S2 and T/H signals on his hand-held MSK-125 without resorting to other pieces of equipment. This versatility makes the unit especially handy for a technician and cost-effective for the company executive minding the bottom line.

The MSK-125 loses none of its usefulness as a technical testing tool as we move into the digital world: The device implements MPEG-4 decoding and measures HDTV and FM-SAT radio transmissions.

A full technical description of the MSK-125 can be found at A more complete Kathrein-Schomandl lineup of test equipment is available at

About LBA Technology:
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.

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LBA Technology Test Equipment Group
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LBA Group, Inc.
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Wolfgang Blank, Sales Manager
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