Electronics consultancy and testing services
Kirkby Microwave is an electronics consultancy based in the UK. The managing director, Dr. David Kirkby, is electronics engineer/scientist, with a background in RF, microwave and optics. Kirkby Microwave have a well equipped laboratory, with test equipment, which is constantly being expanded. Most is made by HP, Agilent or Keysight, although equipment is owned from other companies such as Marconi, Stanford Research, EG&G etc. At the time of writing Kirkby Microwave have
- Vector network analyzers covering from 300 kHz to 20 GHz, with good quality calibration kits including the Keysight 85052B (3.5 mm 26.5 GHz), 85054B (18 GHz N), 85050B (18 GHz APC7), P11644A (WR62 waveguide), as well as an X-band WR90 calibration kit from Maury Microwave.
- A precision LCR meter covering from 20 Hz to 1 MHz with a basic uncertainty of 0.05%.
- A 1.8 GHz impedance/material analyzer, for measuring a wide range of impedances (far greater than is possible with a VNA), as well as characterising dielectric properties of materials (both real part and loss) to approximately 1.3 GHz.
- Signal generators coving from 1 mHz to 20 GHz - yes, we really do mean 1 mHz, and not 1 MHz!
- A noise figure meter with a frequency range of 10 MHz to 21.6 GHz.
- A Stanford Research SR620 time interval counter / frequency counter, with 12 digits of resolution.
- A GPS locked 10 MHz frequency standard.
- A EG&G lock-in amplifier, for recovery of extremely weak signals for scientific research.
- A 6.5 digit bench multimeter - a Keysight 3458A 8.5 digit meter is expected to be purchased in the near future.
- RF power meters covering from nW to kW, and frequencies up to 18 GHz.
- A 22 GHz spectrum analyzer/
- A range of power supplies, able to supply voltages up to 5000 V and currents as high as 80 A.