Transportable and Portable Means


Transportable Measuring Radio Monitoring Station


  • The station provides for search, detection, direction finding, recording, parameters measuring, technical analysis and classification of HF, VHF, UHF and SHF signals, as well as localization of their sources (being operated as a part of DF pair or automated spectrum monitoring systems).

Typical Configuration:

  • ARGAMAK-IS Panoramic Field Strength Meter with additional coherent receiving channel (simultaneous bandwidth up to 22 MHz, frequency range 20-3000 MHz, integrated high-stable reference frequency generator, Certificate of Approval of Measuring Equipment Type No 47238, certified measuring procedure), installed inside receiving unit (RRU)
  • AS-HP5 Antenna System for automatic direction finding within 20 – 3000 MHz, with integrated navigation equipment
  • External Field Sensor Unit (EFSU) - omni-directional measuring antenna (operating frequency range 20 – 3000 MHz)
  • Power supply and communication unit
  • Control and display unit with SMO-PAI, SMO-STA, SMO-ASPD Software Packages.

RRU with AS-HP5 Antenna System unfolded


  • Extension of operating frequency range in measuring mode (3-8 GHz)
  • Extension of operating frequency range in DF mode up to (replaceable antenna systems: AS-HP-HF (1.5-30 MHz), AS-HP2 (3-8 GHz))
  • Navigation and timing equipment GLONASS/GPS for location finding and synchronization of the stations when joint operating.
  • Communication and data transmission equipment
  • Luggage box to mount the antenna system on a carrier
  • Collapsible mast (up to 3 meters high)
  • Petrol power generator
  • SMO-BS Software Packages for Wireless Data Communication System Analysis: BS 3GPP (GSM, UMTS, LTE), BS CDMA (IS-95, cdma2000, EV-DO), BS TETRA, BS TRUNK (DMR, APCO P25), BS Wi-Fi, BS WiMAX
  • SMO-CT Software Package for DVB-T/T2/H Signal Analysis
  • ARC-GIS Geoinformation Server

Features of Station:

  • It meets the following ITU-R recommendations: SM.328, SM.377, SM.378, SM.443, SM 1047, SM 1050, SM.1139, SM 1268, SM 1370, SM 1392, SM 1537, SM 1600, SM 1682, SM 1836, SM 1837, SM 1838, SM 1840, SM 2039, SM 1880
  • It meets the requirements of Unified Technical Policy (ETP) of RF Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications concerning transportable radio monitoring systems
  • Operation as a direction finding (with AS-HP5 Antenna System) or measuring (with external field sensor unit) station
  • ARGAMAK-IS Measuring Receiver is located close to antenna system, which allows avoiding antenna effect and provides high sensitivity and accuracy of measuring and direction finding
  • To prevent digital path overloading and to increase measuring accuracy of ARGAMAK-IS in complicated electromagnetic environment, additional buit-in analogue path with 500 kHz bandwidth can be used
  • Operation at stops and while moving (when the equipment is installed on a vehicle)
  • Joint operation of several stations (when communication equipment is available), e.g. as a part of Automated Spectrum Monitoring Systems (ARMADA, AREAL etc.)
  • The distance between antenna systems and operator's location can be up to 80 m
  • Power supply from portable electro generator, external AC mains or vehicle on-board DC.

Station provides:

  • Panoramic spectrum analysis within the entire operating frequency range or within separate intervals in complicated electromagnetic environment, accommodation to ambient radio environment and detection of its changes
  • Search for emission sources within selected frequency ranges, including frequency hopping signals
  • Plotting frequency-time diagram of loading within analyzed frequency ranges.
  • Signal parameter measurement
  • Automatic direction finding of radio emission sources with random modulation types and spectrum width in single-channel and multi-channel modes
  • Building of bearing panorama within operating frequency range with speed up to 2500 MHz/s
  • Real-time display of bearings, spectrum panorama, bearing history and signal amplitude history
  • Transmitter localization based on direction finding results while moving
  • Recording of radio emission spectrum
  • Recording of signal samples within the band up to 40 MHz
  • Technical analysis with finding of basic time and frequency parameters of radio emissions
  • Detailed technical analysis of signals (parsing of complicated signal-code structures, demodulation and decoding of digital streams for a great variety of protocols and standards, and analysis of transferred data bitstreams)
  • Check of frequency/time parameters and service information of base station of modern communication and data transmission systems (GSM, IS-95, cdma2000, EV-DO, UMTS, TETRA, DECT, LTE, Wi-Fi, DMR, APCO P25)
  • Monitoring and measuring of digital TV signal parameters (DVB-T/T2/H).
  • Automated radio monitoring based on preset schedule or under operator control
  • Automated control of equipment health
  • Remote control based on TCP/IP via wire and wireless communication channels
  • Review and processing of the data from DB
  • Mapping DB information on the electronic map
  • Generation of reports with radio monitoring results in Microsoft Office, OpenOffice, HTML and PDF file formats.

In case of joint operation, the stations provides in addition:

  • Interaction via low-speed communication channel when out of line-of-sight location
  • Assigning tasks on search, scanning (monitoring) and direction finding from master unit to slave stations of the system
  • Transfer of radio monitoring data from slave stations to master station for further analysis and processing
  • Synchronization of all system stations based on GLONASS/GPS (when navigation timing equipment is available)
  • Synchronous direction finding of radio signal sources
  • Transmitter location evaluation based on direction finding data
  • Transmitter location evaluation based on time difference of arrival method (when navigation timing equipment is available).

Basic Technical Specifications of Station in Complete Configuration

Panoramic Spectrum Analysis
Operating frequency range 1.5 – 8000 MHz
Rate within operating frequency range Up to 20 GHz/s
Intermodulation free dynamic range (3rd and 2nd order) 75 dB, min
Maximum simultaneous bandwidth 22 MHz
Single-Channel and Multi-Channel Direction Finding
Operating azimuth range 0° - 360°
Operating frequency range (replaceable antenna systems) 1.5 – 8000 MHz
Multi-channel direction finding rate up to 2 500 MHz/s
Simultaneous DF bandwidth
within 1.5-5 MHz range 1 MHz
within 5-20 MHz range 2 MHz
within 20-110 MHz range 5 MHz
within 110-220 MHz range 10 MHz
within 220-8000 MHz range 22 MHz
Minimum signal duration 10 ms
DF sensitivity, max
within 1.5-20 MHz range (AS-HP-HF) 15 V/m (typical 9 V/m)
within 20-110 MHz range (AS-HP5) 10 V/m (typical 6 V/m)
within 110-3000 MHz range (AS-HP5) 8 V/m (typical 4 V/m)
within 3000-8000 MHz range (AS-HP2) 15 V/m (typical 13 V/m)
Instrument DF accuracy (RMS), max.
within 1.5-20 MHz range (AS-HP-HF) 5
within 20-110 MHz range (AS-HP5) 5
within 110-3000 MHz range (AS-HP5) 2.5
within 3000-8000 MHz range (AS-HP2) 5
Processed signal spectrum width arbitrary within simultaneous DF bandwidth
Recording, Technical Analysis, Radio Channel Monitoring
Max. recording bandwidth 40 MHz
Types of recorded data radio signal sampling (I/Q), bearing, demodulated signals, spectrograms, time
General Parameters
Power consumption 200 W, max.
Dimensions of receiving and processing unit (diameter x height) 490 x 290 mm
Weight of Receiving and Processing Unit 16 kg, max.
Antenna system dimensions (diameter x height)
AS-HP5 580 x 300 mm
AS-HP-HF 465 x 170 mm
AS-HP2 350 x 190 mm
Weight of antenna system (without mast) max. 8.5 kg
Height of folded unit 1500 mm, max.
Operating temperature range -40C +50C

Typical curves of RMS and DF sensitivity vs. frequency are the same as curves given for ARTIKUL-H1 Manpack Direction Finder.

Transportable and Portable Means