PicoVNA 106

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

Frequently asked questions

PicoVNA 106 Calibration kits

Test cables and calibration standards

A range of RF and Microwave accessories are available from Pico Technology. Test cables and calibration standards have particular significance to the overall performance of a VNA, so we recommend that you select your accessories carefully.

Cables and standards are often the weakest links in a VNA measurement, generally contributing significantly to measurement uncertainty despite their high cost. At the lowest levels of uncertainty, costs can be significant and measurements can be compromised by seemingly quite minor damage or wear. For these reasons, many customers hold both premium-grade items for calibration, reference or measurement standards, and standard-grade items as working or transfer standards and cables. Pico Technology can now offer cost-effective solutions in both grades.

PicoVNA accessories

Test leads and calibration standards selection guide

Calibration kits can be purchased as a pair or as a single kit depending on the primary (best uncertainty) measurement application and its DUT interface, and sometimes to meet a secondary purpose with other DUT interfaces. Budget may also be a consideration. Pico Technology provides for all purchase options. You can order any combination of accessories, but to get you started we recommend that you choose one of the following standard configurations.

Configuration 1: universal

For best overall test efficiency and uncertainty in a mix of single- or dual-port test application of both genders, we recommend this dual-port, insertable test lead and calibration standards configuration and the use of additional test port adaptors as necessary. All calibration modes are then available using the test lead ports or adapted test ports.

Primary DUT interface Test leads required Cal. kits required Supported calibration modes Example DUT
      Single cal. kit Dual cal. kit  
1: Dual-port female-male or male-female Male + female:
TA336 + TA337 or
TA338 + TA339
Male + female:
TA344 + TA345 or
TA346 + TA347
N/A All S-parameters, insertable DUT (zero length thru calibration). Non-insertable via port adaptors. Insertable dual port component or device with male and female ports. Use port adaptors for dual-port single-gender DUT

Configurations 2 to 5: gender-specific and port-number-specific

The following configurations are recommended where there is a focus upon a particular DUT port or measurement arrangement.  

Primary DUT interface Test leads required Cal. kits required Supported calibration modes Example DUT
      Single cal. kit Dual cal. kit  
2: Single-port female Male: 1x TA336 or
1x TA338
Female: 1x TA345 or 1x TA347 Single-port reflectometry: S11 or S22 N/A Component port or a device/fascia-mounted input or output port
3: Single-port male Female: 1x TA337 or
1x TA339
Male: 1x TA344 or 1x TA346 Single-port reflectometry: S11 or S22 N/A Component or cable port
4: Dual-port female 2 x male: 2x TA336 or
2x TA338
1 or 2 female: 1x  TA345 or 1x  TA347 S21 transmission, S11 + S21
All S-parameters, noninsertable DUT.
All S-parameters, noninsertable DUT (faster and unknown thru calibration process) Device/fascia-mounted input and output port or other dual-port measurement
5. Dual-port male 2 female: 2x TA337 or
TA339
1 or 2 male: 1x TA344 or 1x  TA346 S21, S11 + S21
All S-parameters, non-insertable DUT
All S-parameters, noninsertable DUT (faster and unknown thru calibration process) Cable