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BPME Series
BPME Series, Broadcast RF Power Monitors
BPME Series

RF Power Monitors for the Broadcast Industry


While BPME Series, Broadcast RF Power Monitors provide the usual power and VSWR monitoring, the units are much more than just a ‘comfort’ meters. One of the chief factors that sets the BPME apart is the depth of its functionality. From remote monitoring via a user-friendly web interface to data logging capabilities, the BPME gives users a range of functions designed to make their jobs easier, while protecting the health of their investment.

In addition, the RF test port enables users to verify spectral compliance for applications such as IBOC or HDTV at the point in the transmission line where it matters most! The enhanced functionality of BPME puts complete analog and digital broadcast monitoring at the user’s fingertips through user-friendly, around-the-clock, remote access from any web-enabled device. This 24/7 access ensures that problems are detected and dealt with easily and promptly-before they escalate into more costly situations.

Features
  • Integral Power Monitor System - Integration of forward and reflected elements into the RF Detection/Control Circuit yields added stability and greater dynamic range
  • Frequency/Channel Field Configurable - Provides channel flexibility when needed in the field
  • Ethernet & RS-232 Enabled - Future-ready remote monitoring, control & instant alarm alert
  • Integral RF Test Port - Enables mask compliance testing, as well as monitoring of spectrum, modulation, frequency & RF envelope performance
  • Data Logging Capabilities - System trends and anomalies can be detected before failures

See Datasheet for Model Configurations

Forward Power Range
Line Size Power Designator VHF (45-230 MHz) UHF (470-890 MHz)
7/8" Low
Medium
High
5 W - 500 W
20 W - 2000 W
50 W - 5000 W
2.5 W - 250 W
10 W - 1000 W
25 W - 2500 W
1-5/8" Low
Medium
High
20 W - 2000 W
80 W - 8 kW
200 W - 20 kW
5 W - 500 W
20 W - 2000 W
50 W - 5000 W
3-1/8" Low
Medium
High
50 W - 5000 W
200 W - 20 kW
500 W - 50 kW
25 W - 2500 W
100 W - 10 kW
250 W - 25 kW
4-1/16" and 4-1/2" Low
Medium
High
100 W - 10 kW
400 W - 40 kW
1000 W - 100 kW
40 W - 4 kW
150 W - 15 kW
400 W - 40 kW
6-1/8" Low
Medium
High
200 W - 20 kW
800 W - 80 kW
2000 W - 200 kW
80 W - 8 kW
300 W - 30 kW
750 W - 75 kW
BPME Series, Broadcast RF Power Monitors
BPME Series
product specifications:
Item No
BPME Series
Item Name
Broadcast RF Power Monitors
Frequency Range
See Table
Forward Power Range
See Table
Measurement Type
In-line, True Average Power
Peak-Average Ratio
10 dB
Coupler Directivity
26 dB (min) | 30dB (typ)
Accuracy
± 5% of reading
Alarms
VSWR
No/Low Forward Power
High Forward Power
Outputs
SPDT relay contact
Display Options
BPME PC Software, 3129 1RU Display
Remote Interface
Ethernet: 10BASE-T or 100BASE-TX (auto-sensing) Ethernet Version 2.0/IEEE 802.3

Protocols: ARP, UDP/IP, TCP/IP, Telnet, ICMP, SNMP, DHCP, BOOTP, TFTP, Auto IP, and HTTP

Security: 256-bit encryption Serial RS-232, 9600 baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no handshake
Power
See Table
Temperature
Operating: 0 to +50 °C (32 to 122 °F)
Storage: -20 to +80 °C (-4 to 176 °F)
Humidity
95% ± 5% (max), non-condensing
Altitude
Up to 10,000 feet (3,048 m)
Dimensions
Based on RF Line Section
Weight
Based on RF Line Section
Calibration Cycle
Annual
compatible devices:
3129 Display
BPME Broadcast Power Monitor Display
Bird RF Meter App
Bird RF Meter App