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500mW - 500W Avg, 1000W Peak Wideband RF Power Sensor

The 5017D RF Power Sensor never requires field calibration, only requires calibration once per year and is traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The WPS measures True Average Power, Peak Power, and Duty Cycle directly with exceptional accuracy and uses these precise measurements to calculate a wide range of other important factors, such as VSWR, Return Loss, Reflection Coefficient, Crest Factor, Average Burst Power, and CCDF.

Included Accessories: User Manual, VPM3 - Virtual Power Meter Software and Manual, 10 ft. USB Cable.

WPS Series, Wideband Power Sensor Set-Up

The astrisk (*) displayed in the Product Specifications indicates (for temperatures above 35°C or below 15°C add 3.0% to stated accuracies) - this includes the entire "Accuracy-Peak Envelope Power" spec as well.

product specifications:
Item No
Item Name
Wideband RF Power Sensor
Frequency Range
25 MHz to 1.0 GHz
Power Range
500 mW to 500 Watts Avg.
1300 Watts Peak
(Derate maximum average power rating from 500W at 300MHz to 100W at 1GHZ using a straight line on a log-log scale)
Insertion VSWR
Insertion Loss
<0.05 dB
29 dB 25 MHz to <50 MHz
30 dB from >50 MHz to 1000 MHz
Average Power
Average Forward Power Range:  500 mW to 500 Watts Avg, 1300 Watts Peak
(Derate maximum average power rating from 500W at 300MHz to 100W at 1GHZ using a straight line on a log-log scale)
*Accuracy, Average Forward Power:  ± 4% of reading, + 0.17 W
Minimum Forward Power for Reflected Measurement:  0.5W
Return Loss:  0.0 to 23 dB
VSWR:  1.15 to 99.9
Burst Average Power
Burst Average Forward Power Range:  13.5 W to 500 Watts Avg
Burst Width:  1 μs to 5 ms
Repetition Rate:  5 Hz, Min
Duty Cycle (D):  .002 to 1.0
*Accuracy, Burst Average Power:  ± 6% of reading, + 0.17 Watts
Peak Envelope Power Range
13.5 to 1300 W
Accuracy---Peak Envelope Power
burst width > 200 μs:  ± 7% of reading, + 0.70 W
1 μs < burst width < 200 μs:  ± 10% of reading, + 1.40 W
0.5 μs < burst width < 1 μs:  ± 15% of reading, + 1.40 W
burst width < 0.5 μs:  ± 20% of reading, + 1.40 W
Crest Factor
Crest Factor Measurement Range:  500 mW to 25 Watts
*Accuracy, Crest Factor:  Linear Sum of Peak and Average Power Accuracies
Complementary Cumulative Distribution Function
CCDF Measurement Range:  0.1 to 100%
Threshold Measurement Range:  13.5 to 500 W
Measurement Uncertainty:  ± 2%
*Level Set Accuracy:  As Peak Envelope Power Accuracy + 2.0%
N Female (Both)
Power Supply
USB Port: less than one low-power USB load
DC Input Connector: 7-18 VDC at less than 0.1A
Impedance Ω
50 (nominal)
DPM Interface: DB9 proprietary interface
PC Interface (1): RS-232, 9600 Baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, DB9
PC Interface (2): USB 2.0 Type B
1.2 lbs., (.54 kg) max.
Dimensions H x W x D
4.8 in x 4.6 in x 1.3 in
(122 mm x 117 mm x 33 mm)
Data Logging
Requires 5000-NG or VPM3
Operating Temperature
-10 °C to +50 °C (+14 °F to +122 °F)
Storage Temperature
-40 °C to +80 °C (-40 °F to +176 °F)
Mechanical Shock and Vibration
IAW MIL-PRF-2880F Class 3
EMC EN 61326-1-2006
compatible devices:
Digital Power Meter Display
Bird RF Meter App
RF Meter App
Bird RF Meter - Windows 10
RF Power Meter Software
Virtual Power Meter Software