Change of component

The preamp selected did not even come close to the advertized noise figure, so a different preamp design had to be selected.
Added by Aaron Harper about 7 years ago

I have two pieces of news... first the bad, then the outstanding.

Prior to modifying the preamp circuit, I performed some baseline tests on it in the UHF (435MHz) range. The noise figure I got was around 5dB, nowhere near the advertized 1dB. Further the gain I got was closer to 12dB, not 20 as advertized. Online research shows that this design's quality control was all over the map. In order to do the calculation for the component change, I first checked the center of the frequency band of the existing filter and found it to be at 167MHz, not in the UHF band at all. All this leads me to believe that this is a poor design and too much time would have to be spent making sure the kit units worked as advertised.

In looking for a replacement I found this preamp kit: http://www.g0mrf.com/432LNA.htm It has 20dB of gain with a noise figure of 0.6 at 915MHz, and is able to amplify signals from 145MHz to 1.5GHz. Further, it is able to run on 5VDC simply by bypassing the voltage regulator. This makes it ideal for our uses, and allows the ground station as designed to tune into standard UHF satellites as well by swapping out the aerials and phasing loop.

In the grand tradition of ham radio (who were sharing designs a century before open hardware), this design is free for use, or we can buy a kit, or we can buy the board. I have contacted the designer in order to purchase a kit for $35.00 (including shipping from the UK). Should this work as well as I expect, the bare board is available for $10.00, and I may be able to source the parts in the US for cheaper. The other benefit to this design is that it is a single sided PC board with a ground plane on the back, making construction easy (as SMD circuits go) and giving us a shielded place to locate the SDR to further reduce the noise floor.

Project wise, this brings the preamp into a known quantity, and not in need of a redesign. To that end, I am going to post the antenna component spreadsheet and show the math tasks for this week as complete.


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Added by Opeese Mesere over 2 years ago

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Added by Liam William over 1 year ago

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