• Michael R Neuert, MA, BSME
    Neuert Electromagnetic Services
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    Acousticom-2 Radiofrequency Meter 2017-09-13T07:38:13+00:00

    Acousticom-2 Radio Frequency Meter

    If you are on a budget, we recommend the Acousticom-2 to measure the radio frequency (RF) fields.   It has several important features including (1) an audio function to help you determine sources, (2) detection of frequencies up to 8 GHz, and (3) it is ultra-sensitive, dependable, and simple to use.

    “In my opinion, the Acousticom is the lowest cost RF meter available today with enough accuracy and reliability to be useful.”  (Michael Neuert, EMF Test Engineer)

    Key Features and Specifications…

    • Name of Meter:  Acousticom Model 2 (Acousticom-2)
    • Certification: Every meter is individually tested by our staff for proper operation.
    • Test Meter Measures:  Radio frequency (RF) fields.
    • Frequency Range: 200 MHz up to 8.0 GHz (±3 dB).
    • Type of Antenna: Single-axis
    • Type of Fields Detected:  Both digital and analog RF/microwave fields.
    • Audio Feature: Special sound function helps determine and distinguish specific RF sources.   (The speaker may be switched on and off.)
    • Measurement Modes:  Peak (instantaneous) mode only.
    • Units of Measure:  Volts per meter (V/m).
    • Sensitivity Range:  Peak mode from as low as 0.01 V/m up to 6.00 V/m.
    • Display: “Peak” levels in V/m using column of colored LEDs.
    • LED Increments: 0.01  0.02  0.05  0.1  0.3  1.0  3.0  6.0 V/m;  (equivalent to 0.5 through 100,000 µW/m2)
    • Alarm:  An alarm sounder at higher exposure levels (may be disabled)
    • Battery:  Uses one 9 Volt battery (included).
    • Advertised Battery Life:  10 hours.
    • Size: 110 mm x 63 mm x 21 mm (LxWxD)
    • Accessories: Michael’s own easier-to-understand instruction guide and safety level recommendations, manufacturer’s instructions, and carrying case.

    Important Feature #1 – Special Audio Function:  The Acoustimeter has a special audio feature that can help you determine and distinguish various RF sources.  With a small amount of practice, you can learn to recognize the distinctive reproduced sound patterns from different types of RF sources.  For example you can learn to distinguish a cell tower signal, from a Wi-Fi router, from a smart meter, etc.

    Important Feature #2 – Up to 8 GHz:  The Acousticom measures RF/microwaves from 200 MHz up to 8 GHz.  This is important because some RF meters can only detect up to about 3 GHz, completely missing the 5.0+ GHz frequencies of newer cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers.  The Acousticom detects the RF emissions from all cell towers and cell phones, all cordless phones, all microwave ovens, all Wi-Fi routers, Bluetooth, smart meters, TV channels 12 and up, and most other digital devices in the modern wireless world.   (Please note that the frequency range of this test meter does not include frequencies below 200 MHz, such as AM, FM and some TV broadcasting, and some ham radio frequencies.   A special meter with a lower frequency range would be needed for this, such as the Alpha RF Meter.)

    Important Feature #3 – High Sensitivity to Digital Signals: The Acoustimeter is one of the best RF meters available today for capturing the relatively “difficult to detect” peak pulses from low-level digital RF signals.   Thus it can detect relatively weak digital signals that many other meters miss.   It is the most sensitive RF meter we carry and thus it makes it an ideal RF meter for highly sensitive individuals.

    Simple and Affordable:  In our opinion, the Acousticom-2 is the lowest priced RF meter available today with enough accuracy and a reliability to trust its measurements.   (We find that most other RF test meters in this price range or less tend to have serious accuracy and dependability issues.)  This meter is conveniently small, and so it fits discreetly in your hand or easily in your pocket.  It is very simple to use, so there is not much you can do wrong.

    Important Information from the Manufacturer:

    When first turned on the Acousticom 2 is silent. The sound may be turned on and off by pressing the button. The Acousticom 2 also has an “alarm” sounder which emits a pulsing warning at higher exposure levels. If the alarm is not required, then it is easy to disable it each time when you turn the Acousticom 2 on. The demodulated sounds allow you to determine, with a small amount of practice, what type of device is creating the pulsing microwave levels that are present. These features make the instrument one of the most useful and practical available – especially for people with severe electrosensitivity.

    Sound samples are available you identify what kind of signal your Acousticom 2 is measuring. The sounds made by different transmitters can change with time, so these are meant as a rough guide only. If you are subject to a number of sources of RF, the sounds may intermingle and be less easily identified.

    The Acousticom 2 reacts to very short pulses. Peak readings are what they say – the highest sampled reading – though the sampling and processing rate means that there are some gaps and it will not always react to a SINGLE VERY short pulse (less than about 5 microseconds duration) – though it will react correctly to much shorter pulses that are regularly transmitted (such as from WiFi).