domenica 25 ottobre 2020

Chinese Very Low Cost RF Amplifier 1-1000 MHz - 2.5W


I have recently bought trough Wish an amplifier 1-1000 MHz - 2.5W .
There was no other specifications , but the cost was so low ( 12 Eu ) that I couldn't resist .
During the first preliminar tests I saw some derating with temperature , so I added a big heatsink recovered from an old PC CPU .
The setup of the measurement is in the following pictures .
Adding a 30dB 20W power attenuator at the input of the spectrum analyzer , the power measurements in dBm was translated in dBW.




With no power at the input the amplifier drive a current of about 260 mA at 15V.
First I tried the low signal gain with an input power from the tracking generator of about -20dBm  adding a 10dB attenuator at the output of the tracking generator .

The result is shown in the following picture .


The gain is very high at 100 Mhz @ 47dB , @  52dB at 1 MHz and @ 30dB at 1 GHz .
So the flatness is around 22 dB peak to peak ....
There is also a negative peak at 52 MHz probably due to some resonant element in the decoupling of the circuit .
Being specified as a power amplifier , I have then increased the level of the Tracking generator till @ 3dBm to measure the response in saturation .
The results are shown in the following pictures .



Power is in the region of : 

@ 3W at 100 MHz current about 482 mA 
@ 2W at 500 MHz current about 380 mA
More than 0.5 W at 1000 MHz current about 375 mA 

Flatness is now about 6dB peak to peak .

I have made some measurements of the output spectrum at single frequencies to have an idea of the harmonics as shown in the following pictures .



At 100 MHz everyone can recognize something quite similar to the spectrum of a square wave 


500 MHz 


 1000 MHz ( frequency at 500 MHz comes from the generator that use a doubler inside ) 


I am very happy about the results of  this device with a cost of 12 Eu .

Associazione Radioamatori finanzieri - siamo in Aria

 Eccoci in "aria" fino a dopo Natale 






Abbiamo iniziato con l'appuntamento domenicale


(ad eccezione dei giorni di duro contest)

poi abbiamo pensato :

Ma perchè dobbiamo accontentarci della domenica mattina????


Unitamente a questa bellissima iniziativa :

- da venerdì 16 ottobre 2020
 
- a domenica 27 dicembre 2020

ci saranno "sparsi" nelle frequenze radioamatoriali (rispettando il BAND PLAN) diversi nominativi appartenenti al nostro sodalizio 

Coloro che collegheranno o ascolteranno (swl),nel periodo sopra citato almeno 7 (sette) soci  (Elenco completo dei soci A.R.F.I.) potrà richiedere al nostro award manager IZ8SKD  un'attestato PDF a ricordo


Ci saremo più che altro nel tardo pomeriggio ed alla sera .... date un'occhiata ai vari DXcluster  
 





Buoni ascolti/collegamento da  Francesco Giordano

IZ1KVQ - ​Genova

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lunedì 19 ottobre 2020

Il Sole ha fatto qualche altro piccolo "ruttino" - Occhi alle aperture in E sporadico

Dopo l'ultimo sporadico evento segnalato  all'indirizzo : 

http://air-radiorama.blogspot.com/2020/06/il-sole-ha-fatto-unaltro-bel-ruttino.html

il Sole ha fatto qualche altro piccolo "ruttino" ....

Radio Events Observed 07 Jun 2020
A.  245 MHz Bursts
Start  End   Peak Flux  Time of Peak  Duration
0025   0025    100          0025        0000  
0026   0026    120          0026        0000  
B.  245 MHz Noise Storms
No 245 MHz Noise Storms Observed.


Radio Events Observed 18 Oct 2020

A.  245 MHz Bursts
Start  End   Peak Flux  Time of Peak  Duration
0251   0251    110          0251        0000  
0243   0244    100          0244        0001  
B.  245 MHz Noise Storms
No 245 MHz Noise Storms Observed.

Occhio alle aperture in E sporadico .




giovedì 8 ottobre 2020

SAQ Grimeton Transmission on October 24th, 2020


On the United Nations Day, October 24th, 2020, the SAQ transmitter in Grimeton will again send out a message to the whole world on 17.2 kHz CW

Programme:
16:30 (14:30 UTC): Startup and tuning of the Alexanderson Alternator SAQ.
17:00 (15:00 UTC): Transmission of a message from SAQ.
17:20 (15:20 UTC): Live music concert from the transmitter hall.
Anna Louise Ekman www.annalouiseekman.se will perform Swedish and Italian songs, accompanied by a pianist.

The entire transmission event and the following concert can be seen live at our YouTube Channel starting at 16:30 (15:30 UTC).

Enrico Guindani, IZ2NXF


martedì 6 ottobre 2020

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venerdì 4 settembre 2020

GPS Jammer measurements

I have made some instrumental measurements on a GPS Jammer in the laboratory on L1 and L2 frequency bands .

For the frequency definitions for GPS bands see at :

https://www.everythingrf.com/community/gps-frequency-bands


                                       

Please note that the use of this devices on air is strictly forbidden .

giovedì 3 settembre 2020

Kiwi SDR - Born to be remote stand alone 10kHz - 30 MHz

Kiwi SDR is a very smart product easy to put in remote without any PC .

Just plug an antenna , a GPS antenna , if you like , power supply and network connection and you will have a fully remore station that allow till 4 users at the same time .

There are already more than 400 RX around the world that can easily accessed without password or software installation .

It has also very interesting decoders and special functions .

One is TDoA , Time Difference of Arrival  .

Using three or more stations you can find the place where a signal comes .

Here you can find alla the links to understand and three pictures of the test I have done receiving and locating the 77.5 KHz DCF77 station .

http://kiwisdr.com/public/

https://www.wimo.com/en/kiwisdr

http://www.udxf.nl/tdoa_firstexperiences5.pdf 

https://www.rtl-sdr.com/kiwisdr-tdoa-direction-finding-now-freely-available-for-public-use/ 





lunedì 31 agosto 2020

Baudline - Un Software Spaziale ... ?

Mi sono imbattuto in questo "strano" software sviluppato nel corso di dieci anni .

Da quanto si deduce dal gruppo twitter viene anche usato in ambiti spaziali :

https://twitter.com/baudline

Di sicuro sono persone che la sanno lunga sia di teorie dei segnali che di programmazione .

Le funzioni sono vastissime e ben documentate .

In particolare esistono un paio di funzioni che , dalle foto darebbe risultati " esaltanti" .

Ecco due esempi mirabolanti , prima e dopo , che onestamente non sono in grado di giudicare , ma ho gia' sguinzagliato un po' di persone giuste .

Dove sta l'inghippo ? Gira solo su Linux a Mac OS .

Magari qualcuno di voi e' in grado di vedere se con Wine o qualche emulatore si puo' ovviare ....




domenica 30 agosto 2020

Adalm Pluto RX in odd harmonic mode at 10 GHz

 

Adalm Pluto Local Oscillator is square wave , it is possible to use it in odd harmonic mode . Here is shown how much is the attenuation, tuning at 3333.333 MHz and receiving at 10 GHz (25 dB) .




Other posts and measurements  on ADALM PLUTO here : 

https://air-radiorama.blogspot.com/2020/08/adalm-pluto-used-as-signal-generator.html

https://air-radiorama.blogspot.com/2020/08/pluto-satsagen-compared-as-spectrum.html

https://air-radiorama.blogspot.com/2020/08/while-i-have-very-good-laboratory-with.html