TR 1296 H-144
Transverter for 23 cm
1296 ... 1298 MHz / 1268 ... 1270 MHz
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Several decades of engineering and production of transverters result in this new design of our high performance 23cm transverter TR 1296 H - 144. By its outstanding technical data it is suitable for many applications. The transverter was originally designed for UHF amateur radio applications, for example high performance contest stations. The receive path of the transverter provides very good large-signal performance. The new design of our transverter for 1296 MHz features better performance and many new functions.
An external 10 MHz reference frequency can be connected to achieve highest frequency accuracy. This is necessary for EME and WSJT. The frequency of 10 MHz can be supplied by a highly stable OCXO, a reference oscillator of a frequency counter, a rubidium frequency standard or a GPS controlled frequency source.
All well-tried functions of the “old” TR 1296 H – 144 are included in the new design. We expanded the TX IF input power range up to 5 W. The TX IF drive gain control is in the new design on the front panel. The “old” option 01 (Band 2: 1268 ... 1270 MHz) is standard now.
A low noise voltage controlled oscillator generates the 1152 MHz and the 1124 MHz LO signal. The reference frequency of the used PLL is generated from a highly frequency stable VCOCXO with a temperature accuracy of +/- 0.1 ppm. A second PLL in the transverter is used to lock the VCOCXO to an external 10 MHz reference frequency. The oscillator output power is about 50 mW.
The frontend of the transverter is built with a high performance E-PHEMT transistor. The first frequency selection is done with a helical filter. To achieve low noise figure the second amplifier stage of the RX path is also an E-PHEMT transistor. Further frequency selection is done with a second helical filter. A high-level ring mixer converts the signal to the intermediate frequency (IF) at 144 … 146 MHz. The total gain of the receiver path is set to about 20 dB to avoid overdriving the HF transceiver. An internal preamplifier of the HF transceiver has to be switched off. The transverter provides excellent large-signal performance. Gain and sensitivity are ideal for contesting and DXing. For EME operation the use of the preamplifier KU LNA 132 AH-HEMT is recommended. This drops the total noise figure to 0.5 dB. A second N-connector permits the use of a separate cable for the preamplifier.
The TX IF input power range was expanded up to 5 W. The TX gain of the transverter can be adjusted with the potentiometer at the front panel. For further power adjustments the HF transceiver can be used. At the mixer output there is a matching network and a helical band pass filter. It is followed by an MMIC amplifier stage, another helical band pass filter and a second MMIC amplifier stage. The power amplifier module is equipped with a high power MOSFET amplifier module. The output power is limited to 18 W and guarantees good intermodulation performance. Overdriving of the power amplifier is prevented by an ALC circuit. A final low pass filter guarantees spurious and harmonic rejection of more than 60 dB. The output power is indicated by a calibrated meter.
The built-in sequence controller allows time-controlled operation of a high-quality power amplifier and a coaxial relay with a preamplifier, which is placed directly at the antenna. The required connectors are on the rear panel of the transverter.
|Type||TR 1296 H - 144|
|UHF frequency range||1296 ... 1298 MHz, 1268 ... 1270 MHz|
|IF frequency range||144 ... 146 MHz|
|IF input power||0,5 ... 5 W, adjustable|
|LO accuracy @ 18 °C||typ. +/- 1 ppm (without 10 MHz reference frequency)|
|LO frequency stability (0 ... +40 °C)||typ. +/- 1 ppm (without 10 MHz reference frequency)|
|PTT control||Contact closure to ground|
|Output power @ 13.8 V||18 W|
|External reference input||10 MHz / 2 ... 10 mW|
|Supply voltage||+13.8 V DC (+12 ... 14 V DC)|
|Current consumption||typ. 8 A (TX)|
|RX gain||min. 20 dB|
|Noise figure @ 18 °C||typ. 1.2 dB|
|Dimensions (mm)||270 x 260 x 80|
|IF connectors / impedance||BNC-female / 50 ohms|
|UHF connectors / impedance||N-female / 50 ohms|
|Reference input connector||BNC-female / 50 ohms|
|DC supply and control connector||SUB-D 9 pole|
- Aluminium case with a big heat sink
- Internally wired with silver plated Teflon coaxial cable
- Antenna relay with 60 dB isolation
- Converter with excellent large-signal performance
- Big case for additional filters and other components
- Built-in directional coupler for calibrated power output control
- 5-pole low-pass filter for harmonic rejection
- Spurious and harmonic rejection better than 60 dBc
- Highly stable VCOCXO
- Built-in sequence control
- Cable for control and DC supply included
- Handbook included
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