Technical specifications

VAROS 109 and
VAROS 109 Optic

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Frequency range

SAT: 910–2,150 MHz
Resolution: 1 MHz
Transponder frequency or 1st IF entry


Input: via keypad
Monitor: 5.7″ Color-TFT, VGA resolution
User Prompting: via OSD (On Screen Display) in Germany, English, french and Italian
Built-in speaker for audio reproduction

Operating modes

Analyzer in all ranges

RF input

F socket: 75 Ω (IEC 60169-24)
Return loss: > 8 dB (910–2,150 MHz)

Input attenuator

0–30 dB in 4 dB increments

Level measurement

Measuring range: 30–100 dBµV
Information range: 30–110 dBµV
Resolution: 0.5 dB
Measuring accuracy (Measuring range): ± 2.0 dB (at 20 °C) / ± 2.5 dB (0 °C–40 °C)
Measuring bandwidth (RB): ≧ 10 MHz depending on symbol rate
Acoustic level trend indicator can be switched on/off
Level trend bar with MaxHold Indicator


Digital analyzer
Measuring bandwidth (RB): 10 MHz (full span), 4 MHz (span 1 and 2)
Span (frequency segment): Total range 300 MHz or 76 MHz


QPSK demodulator (per ETS 300421)
Symbol rates: 2-45 MSym/s

Measuring parameters (per ETR 290)
VBER: 10-2 to 10-8 (bit error rate per Viterbi)
CBER: 10-2 to 10-8 (bit error rate before Viterbi)
MER: 2–20 dB / Resolution 0.1 dB
Searching function


QPSK/8PSK demodulator (per ETS 302307)
16APSK, 32APSK: not supported
FEC 1/4, 1/3, 2/5: not supported
Symbol rates: 2–45 MSym/s

Measuring parameters (per ETR 290)
LBER: 10-1 to 10-8 (bit error rate per LDPC)
CBER: 10-2 to 10-8 (bit error rate before LDPC)
MER: 1–20 dB / Resolution 0.1 db
Automatic detection of DVB-S/DVB-S2
Searching function

Constellation diagram

I/Q analysis of digitally modulated signals

Sources: DVB-S, DVB-S2
Reception rate: Approximate 15 seconds
3-dimensional display (Status frequency): in color

MPEG-4 Combi decoder

NIT evaluation
Direct tuning of the receiver from the NIT
Display of MPEG video parameters
Video bit rate measurement: in Mbit/s

Video decoding
MPEG-2 (ISO / IEC 13818-2)
H.264 / AVC Level 4.1 HP (ISO / IEC 14496-10)

Audio ecoding
MPEG-2 (ISO /I EC 13818-3)
MPEG-2 AAC (ISO / IEC 13818-7)
MPEG-4 AAC (ISO / IEC 14496-3)
Dolby Digital: AC-3, Dolby Digital Plus

CI (Common Interface)

1 × CI slot
Presentation of card menu

Measurement data storage (Datalogger)

Stores measurements automatically in the form of an XML file on a USB stick


Digital video output for connecting a TV device with a DVI / HDMI input
Output impedance: 100 Ω
Difference output level: typ. 1 Vpp

USB-A socket for data logger and software update USB 2.0

Optical receiver (VAROS 109 Optic)

Connector: SC / APC (with protective cap)
Wavelength (Lambda): 1,260–1,620 nm (no optical filter)
Maximal optical input power: +8 dBm (continous power)
Return loss: > 40 dB
Equivalent Input Noise (ON): < 8 pA/√Hz
RF frequency range: 910–2,150 MHz
Input power, nominal: −7…+3 dBm

Measuring parameters
Optical power: −35 dBm…+9 dBm
Wavelength (calibrated): 1,310 nm, 1,490 nm, 1,550 nm
Resolution: 0.1dB
Measuring accuracy: ± 0.35 dB

Optical modulation index (OMI): individual OMI
Resolution: 0.1 %
Measuring accuracy: ± 10 % (of displayed value)

Tuning memory

99 memory locations
Memory protection function

Remote supply

Maximum power: 500 mA (short circuit-proof)
Voltages: 14 V / 18 V
22 kHz modulation: Upp = 0.8 Vpp
DiSEqC: version V1.0, V1.1, V1.2, V2.0

Current measuring
Measuring range: 0-500 mA
Resolution: 1 mA
Measuring accuracy: +5 % of final value

Power supply

External 12 V—11–15 V DC max. 2.5 A
or external primary power supply 12 V / 2.5 A (included in delivery) via extra-low voltage jack according to DIN 45323
Power consumption: max. 30 W

Storage battery—Li-Ion battery pack 7.2 V / 10.1 Ah
Operating time: approx. 5.5 hours (dependant upon the LNB load), automatic cutout as protection against exhaustive discharge
Charging time: approx. 4.5 hours
Battery management: Battery can be charged using 12 V external supply

Electromagnetic compatibility

According to EN 61000-6-2 and EN 61000-6-3


According to EN 61010-1


Width: 164 mm
Height: 266 mm
Depht: 70 mm


Approx. 1.3 kg with battery pack

Scope of delivery

  • Transport case

  • IEC measuring cable 75 Ω

  • Power supply and external power cable

  • USB stick

  • Manual

  • Optical cable SC / APC → FC/PC (only VAROS 109 Optic)

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