PicoVNA 106

A low-cost, professional-grade 6 GHz VNA for both lab and field use

Frequently asked questions

PicoVNA 106 accessories

VNA test leads and adaptors

Phase and amplitude-stable test leads

Two test cable types and grades are recommended and provided by Pico Technology. Both of high quality, with robust construction and stainless steel connectors, the main difference between them is the stability of their propagation velocity and loss characteristic when flexed; that is, the degree to which a measurement could change when the cables are moved or formed to a new position. Cables are specified in terms of flatness and phase variation at up to 6 GHz when a straight cable is formed as one 360° turn around a 10 cm mandrel. Standard test cables are highly flexible. The premium flex-form cables are also flexible but tend to hold their form until intentionally moved to a new position. This further enhances repeatability for bench measurements at fixed port locations or for test installations.

Product Price Quantity
Standard 6 GHz phase stable test lead, female port, N(m) - SMA(f)
TA337
Recommended
£199
Standard 6 GHz phase stable test lead, male port, N(m) - SMA(m)
TA336
Recommended
£199
Premium 6 GHz Flex-form test lead, male port, N(m) - PC3.5(m)
TA338
Recommended
£529
Premium 6 GHz Flex-form test lead, female port, N(m) - PC3.5(f)
TA339
Recommended
£529
Standard test port adaptor, SMA(m-m)
TA342
Recommended
£49
Standard test port adaptor SMA(f-f)
TA343
Recommended
£49
Premium test port adaptor PC3.5(m-m)
TA340
Recommended
£99
Premium test port adaptor PC3.5(f-f)
TA341
Recommended
£99

SOLT calibration standards

Calibration and measurement reference standards

Pico Technology also offers two short, open, load and thru (SOLT), 4-piece, 5-port calibration kits in both male and female genders. All kits have high-performance tight-tolerance stainless steel interface connectors. Kits are supplied as an assembled five-port “Y” SOLT, either male or female. They can be disassembled for individual usage, or for economical refurbishment should a calibration standard be damaged. Each SOLT is supplied with traceable calibration data linked to the kit serial number, and is supplied in a protective carry case. Both the Standard and Premium kits offer exceptional residual directivity at their price points. It is this that combines with good un-corrected port match on the PicoVNA 106 to deliver exceptional price-performance. Premium kits are calibrated to reduced uncertainty using TRL Thru Reflect Line inter-comparison above 1.5 GHz. Further specification detail for the instrument and cal kits on later pages.

Product Price Quantity
Standard 6 GHz SOLT calibration kit (SMA male)
TA344
Recommended
£319
Standard 6 GHz SOLT calibration kit (SMA female)
TA345
Recommended
£319
Premium 6 GHz SOLT calibration kit (PC3.5 male)
TA346
Recommended
£529
Premium 6 GHz SOLT calibration kit (PC3.5 female)
TA347
Recommended
£529

RF and microwave test accessories

The accessories listed here are suitable for use with high-frequency test equipment such as the PicoScope 9000 Series of Sampling Oscilloscopes.

Product Price Quantity
Dual-break torque wrench SMA / PC3.5 / K-type
TA356
Recommended
£139
Dual-break torque wrench N-type connector
TA358
Recommended
£139

Calibration services

Product Price Quantity
Calibration certificate and data for PicoVNA 106
CC046
Recommended
£249
SOLT-STD-M or SOLT-STD-F calibration data
CC047
Recommended
£69
SOLT-PREM-M or SOLT-PREM-F calibration data
CC048
Recommended
£99