Anritsu MW8209A PIM Master 925 to 960 MHz

Anritsu MW8209A High Performance PIM Master
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Anritsu has developed the PIM Master to verify if receiver interference at a cell site is due to an intermodulation product of two or more transmit frequencies, also known as passive intermodulation (PIM).

The PIM Master generates two high power tones in the transmit band of a base station and Anritsu’s family of handheld RF instruments’ PIM Analyzer measures the 3rd, 5th, or 7th order intermodulation products in the receive band coming back down the same cable. And the GPS option will record the location of the measurement.

PIM Testing versus Line Sweeping

A PIM test cannot, however, measure VSWR. This means the test set will not see an open or short condition, unless the fault displays non-linear behavior. A return loss figure that is failing will not be determined with a PIM test measurement.

Components deteriorate as they age due to a number of issues, including poor mechanical design, poor installation, and moisture ingress (which is the most significant).

On-site faults can mostly be categorized into two main types: linearity related and impedance related.

PIM testing measurements reflect the overall linearity of an antenna feed line and Line Sweep measurements reflect the overall impedance matching of all of the components in an antenna feed line. Both tests need to be performed to ensure the overall quality of an antenna feed line. Passing one type of test (PIM or Line Sweep) does not guarantee the other test will pass.



  • Tx Band: 925 to 960 MHz
  • IMD Band: 880 to 915 MHz
  • IMD Orders: 3rd, 5th, or 7th orders (user selectable)
  • Featuring 2 x 40 Watts of RF Power. Finds PIM that cannot be found by 2 x 20 Watt PIM testers
  • Patented Distance-to-PIM (DTP) The Fastest Way to Pinpoint the Source of PIM


  • PIM
  • Noise Floor
  • Distance-to-PIM (DTP)


General Specifications:

PIM 3rd, 5th, and 7th order intermodulation product in receive band (user selectable)
Noise Floor Rx noise floor of base station
Distance-to-PIM Distance and magnitude of multiple PIM sources
PIM Measurement Ranges
RF Test Power Two CW tones of 20, 30, or 40 Watts (≈ 43, 45, 46 dBm) (user selectable)
Transmit Frequency Range 925 to 960 MHz
3rd, 5th, and 7th Order Frequency Ranges 880 to 915 MHz
Residual PIM Performance < -112 dBm/-155 dBc typical
Measurable PIM order 3rd, 5th, and 7th order intermodulation product (if in band)
Distance-to-PIM Distance and magnitude of multiple PIM sources
PIM Master Connectors
Test Port 7/16 DIN, female, 50 Ω
RF Out Type N, female, 50 Ω (connect to RF In on instrument)
10 MHz Out BNC, female, 50 Ω, 10 MHz (connect to Ext. Ref. In on instrument)
USB Interface Type B (connect to USB Type A port on instrument)
AC Power IEC60320 C14
Emergency Stop Red push button
AC Power 90-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Electromagnetic Compatibility
European Union CE Mark, EMC Directive 2004/108/EC
Australia and New Zealand C-tick N274
Interference EN 61326-1:2006
Emissions EN 55011:2007
Immunity EN 61000-4-2/-3/-4-4/-4-5/-4-6/-4-11
Safety Class 2006/95/EC, EN 61010-1 Class 1
Product Safety IEC 60950-1 when used with Company supplied Power cable
Operating Temperature -10 °C to 55 °C
Maximum Humidity 95%
Shock MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2
Storage -51 °C to 71 °C
Altitude 4600 meters, operating and non-operating
Size & Weight 300 mm x 425 mm x 500 mm (12 in x 17 in x 20 in)
Weight 27 kg (59 lbs)