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Entry  Wed Dec 14 14:30:43 2011, Jenne, Update, RF System, LO for new demod box 
    Reply  Wed Dec 14 16:19:46 2011, Zach, Update, RF System, LO for new demod box 
       Reply  Wed Dec 14 18:06:39 2011, Zach, Update, RF System, LO for new demod box 
          Reply  Wed Dec 14 19:59:12 2011, Jenne, Update, RF System, LO for new demod box 
Message ID: 6123     Entry time: Wed Dec 14 19:59:12 2011     In reply to: 6122
Author: Jenne 
Type: Update 
Category: RF System 
Subject: LO for new demod box 

Quote:

Actually, the LO inputs to the IQ boards have AP1053 (Cougar) amps on them. These are 10 dB amps and so putting 10 dBm in puts us on the very maximum of the LO range at 20 dBm.

I think the distribution box levels are fine. 

Quote:

I'm not sure I agree with your conversions, BUT:

The IQ boards use a PE4140, fancy MOSFET array as the mixer, and according to Peregrine (manufacturer), they can be operated with 0-20 dBm LO drive. I'm not recommending we drive them at 0 dBm, but perhaps the numbers you mentioned are OK.

Quote:

The Rich demod box wants 10dBm for the local oscillator inputs, so I measured the values that we have coming out of the distribution box.  I'm using the "Spare 55MHz" and the "POP11" outputs, both of which had terminators so were not in use. 

The 55MHz had ~600mV peak, so between 5 and 6 dBm. 

The 11MHz had ~800mV peak, so about 8 dBm.

This is not enough dBm for either.  Going in search of RF amplifiers now...

 

 

 Yeah, I looked and saw that it's a semiconductor mixer, so it doesn't have to be as perfect. 

Everything is plugged in now to the new demod board.  More details soonly...

The I & Q outs are plugged into whitening filter #3, channels 5-8.  11MHz I = chan 5, 11MHz Q = chan 6, 55MHz I = chan 7, 55MHz Q = chan 8.  These channels are probably already recorded, but I haven't checked yet.  Hopefully I'll have time tonight after I pack for my trip.  But Zach, can you look into it tomorrow just to check??  Backup plan is to just go back to using the AS11 and POP55 boards and channels if the new board isn't doing what it's supposed to.

I disconnected the 3rd and 4th channels of the demod box since they were drawing unnecessary current, and making the box hot.  Now the box is just warmish.

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