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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: 6121     Entry time: Wed Dec 14 16:19:46 2011     In reply to: 6119     Reply to this: 6122
Author: Zach 
Type: Update 
Category: RF System 
Subject: LO for new demod box 

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...

 

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