15 Nov 2011

137kHz Transverter RX Desense

When testing my transverter on the bench today I noticed the receiver was being desensitised by the undriven TX strip. I don't switch the TX part off when on RX, I just don't apply 10MHz drive into it. There must be some source of low level noise from these stages when on RX as the desense is around 10-20dB. Despite this I am still able to copy M0PPP at 182km pretty consistently these days on 137.5kHz WSPR. I need to fix this problem before this project is boxed and "finished". When the TX strip is powered down the sensitivity is very good indeed.

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