Does anyone have a Trilithic 860 DSP or DSPi RF signal strength meter? I'm looking for the free Workbench Lite software that came with the meters. (For building and transferring channel plans.) I know that asking for software is looked down upon on forums but this is the free software that came with the meters.
A little back story... I'm a former AV installer/service tech. I've been out of that industry for a while but I do side jobs from time to time fixing/balancing cable TV systems and setting up TV antennas. My beloved Sadelco DisplayMax 800D died a few months ago. I've been trolling eBay and bought a few meters to play with to see which one I like best. So far I've picked up the following:
Tektronix RFM 150 Signal Scout
JDSU (Acterna) SDA-5000
Sencore SLM 1472
Trilithic 860 DSP
Trilithic 860 DSPi
So far, I love the Trilithic 860 DSP for its huge display and it's nice favorite channel (tilt) readings. I REALLY love the Sencore 1472's 8VSB signal quality measurements, MER, Noise Margin, bBER, and aBER. The spectrum displays on all of the units are AWESOME for seeing multipath interference. Even though the display on the Sencore is small and low resolution, it's spectrum display is really fast and really good for pointing an antenna. BUT the Sencore's favorite channel display isn't very good. Low-resolution bargraphs that aren't very easy to read.
I got the Trilithics last and have just started playing with them. The DSP is in really good condition but it looks like it was never updated. The software versions are ancient. I just got the DSPi today. The software versions are MUCH newer BUT I'm locked out of everything
. I need the Workbench software to disable the user lock.
If I had the money, I'd get an Applied Instruments XR-3. Gorgeous big color display. Awesome favorite channel view with bargraphs and values. It even does constellation view for 8VSB!!! (I know that ATSC 3.0 is around the corner but still.)
I'm now searching for a Sencore SLM 1478, the newer color version of the 1472.
BTW, I found out that Sencore and Blonder and Tongue are just re-branding Rover Laboratories
meters. Take a look at the Rover QAM Expert (B&T QAM Pro) and the Omnia 7000 (Sencore SLM 1479) and you'll see what I mean. BUT don't buy a Rover meter if you do find one. It is most likely only for European markets/signals, DVB/PSK/COFDM. 8VSB was an option, not standard.
TL;DR = I need Trilithic Workbench Lite software to unlock a 860 DSPi meter. Viavi bought out Trilithic a few years ago and their tech support won't respond to my inquiries so I'm stuck.