SK6MHI at 2320.800 MHz in JO57XQ

Technical data:

Fq              2320.800 MHz
Est freq drift  < 47 Hz per year
Pout            43.5 dBm (22 W) into cable (measured 2004-10-24)
Keying          A1A ( 3x "SK6MHI" + 1x "SK6MHI JO57TQ"... carrier on for approx 40 s)
Key up/down     > 80 dB
Antenna         Slotted waveguide, approx 10 dBi +/- 2 dB (360 deg)
Cable loss      approx 1 dB
Estimated EiRP  52.5 dBm +/-2 dB (180 W +/-2 dB)

Beacon frequency is locked to a 5 MHz OCVCXO. Specification for the oven is +/- 2E-8 overall frequency stability over 1 year. This gives that the beacon frequency should not drift more than 47 Hz per year. Frequency has been adjusted to nominal 2320800000 Hz in july 2002.

Technical description

The VCXO is an emitter harmonic oscillator with a capacitance diode from the xtal to ground. A PMB2306T from Infineon (Siemens)is used in the PLL-circuit. The PLL dividers are loaded from a PIC (16C84) at power on which then (the PIC) goes into beacon mode and generates the keying of the beacon. The output pwr from the VCXO box is approx 10 dBm at 96.7 MHz.


The 96.7 MHz signal is fed into the no-tune KK7B (x6) multiplier chain that gives 13 dBm at 540 MHz. Then the signal is fed to the next multipier
(x 4)to get the final output frequency 2320.800 MHz. The power from the multiplier chain is 17 dBm. The original gain blocks have been changed
into more modern types.

To remove some unwanted spurious signals from the beacon output the signal is filterd by an interdigital filter.

The signal from the filter is further amplified by an SXA289 and by an Motorola LDMOS MRF6525-5.

The PA consists of one MOTOROLA MRF21030(30 W device for WCDMA 2.1-2.2 GHz)with matching circuits.

The power amplifier and driver are fed by 20 V DC. The other parts use +12 V. The reference oscillator has its "own"+12 V regulator.
The 20 V voltage is created by a DC/DC module from Lucent. This module can be fed with any voltage between 36-75 V. It is fed with 48 VDC from a transformer, a simple rectifier and filter capacitors.

The beacon antenna is a slotted waveguide (built by SM6NZA) which approximately have 10 dBi of gain.

Inside SK6MHI, 2320.800 MHz

Inside SK6MHI 2320.800 MHz beacon

Changed 2004-10-25 by SM6PGP