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Thu Jan 17 18:22:14 2008, Alberto, Update, Electronics, RF Monitor Band-pass Filter
Fri Jan 18 11:53:50 2008, Alberto, Update, Electronics, RF Monitor Band-pass Filter
Fri Jan 18 11:53:50 2008
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RF Monitor Band-pass Filter
The response is asymmetric and on the left side of the peak, we have at least 33dB within 33Mhz, which is enough for all the frequencies. We probably don't need an higher order filter but just low pass filters in series.
The spike at 320MHz doesn't depend on the circuit board. It's either the cables, their connection, or the splitters.
Note that the frequency of this test circuit has still to be tuned exactly at 166MHz (now it's 149).
After we finalized the schematic for the RF monitor board based on buffered LC resonators, on Richard Abbott's suggestion to avoid the complication brought in by the fast op-amps, we gave another chance to the a passive configuration of the band-pass filter based on a Chebyshev topology. Rich and Ben gave me an old but very powerful software tool to design that kind of filters and showed me the way to circumvent many hassles in making RF test boards.
I made a test circuit for the 166MHz line (see attached schematic), using tunable inductors. The TF are also attached.
We get more than 20 dB of isolation after 33MHz (with a loss of only few dB at the resonance - it could be less), which is enough for all the other frequencies (33,133,199 MHz) but we would like more for the 166. We are going to add one or two extra orders to the filter.
We also have to understand the spike at about 320Mhz and eventually somehow get rid of it.