How to Self Test a RF Instrument Using NI-RFmx

Updated May 3, 2018

Reported In

Hardware

  • PXIe-5668
  • PXIe-5663
  • PXIe-5663E
  • PXIe-5665

Software

  • NI-RFmx SpecAn
  • NI-RFmx Demod
  • NI-RFmx Instr

Driver

  • NI-RFSA

Issue Details

How can I perform a self-test on my RF analyzer instrument when using NI-RFmx?  I was able to do this programmatically using NI-RFSA, but I can't find a VI or function in NI-RFmx.

Solution

All versions of NI-RFmx(SpecAn, Demod, etc.) do not include VIs or functions to perform self tests on the instruments.  If programmatic self testing is desired, you can use the niRFSA Self Test VI or the niRFSA_self_test() function.

Additional Information

There are VIs and functions in every version of RFmx to convert a RFSA session to a RFmx session for use with the RFmx VIs and functions.  An example from NI-RFmx SpecAn is RFmxSpecAn_InitializeFromNIRFSASession().

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