About Us

About PocketVNA

PocketVNA was founded in 2016, and the first hardware version was released in March of that year. Customers use it for filter and antenna tuning, development of wireless equipment (such as Bluetooth, WLAN, ZigBee, and RFID), impedance scanning, and cable length measurement.

Thanks to its small size, weight, and openly available API, PocketVNA is also integrated into outdoor measurement devices, industrial machinery, and academic research setups.

PocketVNA is developed and manufactured in Germany, and most orders are shipped from there. However, we do have global distributors as well. 

Hardware version 2.0, which had extended functionality, was replaced in May 2023 with the current version 3.0, called pVNA 6G, as the upper frequency range has been extended to 6 GHz.

Continuous feedback and ongoing research and development have enabled pVNA to find its place in numerous research areas, as evidenced by the increasing number of research publications featuring its usage.

pocketVNA in scientific publications:


Khalid, Nazish, et al. "Efficient Deep Learning Approaches for Automated Tumor Detection, Classification, and Localization in Experimental Microwave Breast Imaging Data." 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS). IEEE, 2023.

Hashir, Muhammad, et al. "A TinyML based Portable, Low-Cost Microwave Head Imaging System for Brain Stroke Detection." 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS). IEEE, 2023.

Chterev, Konstantin. "Power Line Communication for Long-Distance Underwater Applications." International Congress on Information and Communication Technology. Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore, 2023.



Carbonel, John Benedict M., et al. "Design and Implementation of LoRaWAN Autonomous Base Station as a Communication Network for Rural Areas."  2022 IEEE 14th International Conference on Humanoid, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Communication and Control, Environment, and Management (HNICEM) . IEEE, 2022.

Hashir, Muhammad, et al. "Portable Microwave Head Imaging Device using Low-Cost VNA."  2022 IEEE USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (Joint with AP-S Symposium) . IEEE, 2022.

Giménez-Cordellat, Francisco, Càndid Reig, and Enrique Navarro-Camba. "Design of a radio telescope for the observation of background radiation at 1.42 GHz based on Software Defined Radio." 2022 Congreso de Tecnología, Aprendizaje y Enseñanza de la Electrónica (XV Technologies Applied to Electronics Teaching Conference). IEEE, 2022.

Avramov, Ivan D., and George R. Ivanov. "Layer by layer optimization of Langmuir–Blodgett films for surface acoustic wave (SAW) based sensors for volatile organic compounds (VOC) detection."  Coatings  12.5 (2022): 669. 

Kumar, Anand, et al. "Localized creation of yellow single photon emitting carbon complexes in hexagonal boron nitride."  arXiv preprint arXiv:2208.13488  (2022).


Elsheakh, Dalia M., et al. "Rapid Detection of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Using Microwave Immunosensor Cavity Resonator."  Sensors  21.21 (2021): 7021.

Psuj, Grzegorz, et al. "A System for Monitoring of Broadband FMR Phenomenon in Low-Carbon Steel Films Subjected to Deformations."  Sensors  21.13 (2021): 4301.

Martines, Emilio, et al. "The Helical Resonator: A Scheme for Radio Frequency Plasma Generation." Applied Sciences 11.16 (2021): 7444.

Rahayu, Yusnita, Meilita Kurniati, and Inesti Lailatul Qodriyah. "Design and Development of Biosensor Microstrip Antenna at 2.45 GHz."  2021 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (APEMC) . IEEE, 2021.


Hossain, Md Kamal, and Mohammad R. Haider. "S-Parameters Based Channel Characterization Using Ultra-Wideband Pulse Signal." 2020 11th International Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (ICECE). IEEE, 2020.

Gaber, Mohamed A. Fouad M., et al. "Improved canola oil expeller extraction using a pilot-scale continuous flow microwave system for pre-treatment of seeds and flaked seeds." Journal of Food Engineering 284 (2020): 110053.


Fikri, Desfi Nur, Prawito Prajitno, and Sastra Kusuma Wijaya. "Development of Microwave Tomography System Based on Arduino NANO and PocketVNA."  2019 IEEE Conference on Antenna Measurements & Applications (CAMA) . IEEE, 2019.

Siburian, Sebastian, Sastra Kusuma Wijaya, and Prawito Prajitno. "Image Fusion-based Multi-frequency Microwave Tomography."  2019 2nd International Conference on Applied Information Technology and Innovation (ICAITI) . IEEE, 2019.


Elsheakh, Dalia, et al. "Bacterial detection by using micro immunosensing biomedical cavity resonator." (2018): 664-4.


Cordero, Camille J., et al. "Quantifying blood glucose level using S11 parameters."  TENCON 2017-2017 IEEE Region 10 Conference . IEEE, 2017.


February 2021: New office and lab. Please note our new lab and office address: Obere Dorfstrasse 4 D-81303 Rohrdorf Germany

November 2018:  New software 1.0 is released. With this software pocketVNA 2.0 hardware is fully bidirectional (Can measure S11, S21, S12, S22 simultaneously)

September 2018: 
pocketVNA is gold sponsor of Seven Summits Charity run, all sponsoring fee was donated to Ropka.



July 2018:  Please check the beta page for current software beta: link

June 2016:
 PocketVNA on Ham Radio, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Thank you for visiting our booth, for all the interesting discussions and new contacts!


Future developments include performance upgrades such as a GHz version as well as a combined VNA/spectrum analyzer solution.

Check our product description as well as the software section to find out more about pocket VNA. And feel free to contact us for any questions or comments!

Legal information:

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Winkl 8
D-83115 Neubeuern
tel.: +49  8641 9518540
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