The Radio Gods were smiling upon me this morning. I started out on 17 meters and had three nice contacts with European stations: OH5CZ, a young fellow near Helsinki; HB8DQL; then RM2D in Moscow. FB. Then Pete showed up on the Skype. As he has said on his blog, he is still struggling with a family medical emergency, but I am happy to report that he is coping well, making good use of his can-do project manager background and his good sense of humor. It was great to see him. Inspired by my talk with Pete, with 40 meter AM playing in the background, I turned to my R2 FRANKENSTEIN phasing receiver. Last night I completed the 90 degree phase shift network. This is built around two quad op-amp chips and is designed to take the audio output from the two DC receivers and create a 90 degree phase difference between them. I tested this stage by sending the same audio into each set of op amps. I then put one scope probe in the output of one chain of op amps, and the other probe on the output on the other chain. Wow. Bingo. 90 degrees of phase shift across the 300 -- 3000 Hz audio spectrum. Emboldened by this positive result, I put the completed stages together this morning. They passed the smoke test. Then I tuned to 40 meters. Wow again! As promised, opposite sideband rejection without resort to crystal filters.But as luck would have it, I ended up with a configuration that suppressed the Lower Sideband. For 40 meters, obviously I needed to suppress the other side of zero beat. But all I had to do to remedy this was to reach into the DDS box and switch the I and Q jumpers on the M0XPD/Kanga UK Arduino AD9850 shield. This switch put me on LSB. Very cool.
Here is a view from above:
The AD9850/Arduino DDS box is in the bottom center. Above that, near the center of the picture, is the board (from N6QW) with the two SBL-1 mixers and the initial AF amp stages. The small green board above that is the IC phase shift network. At the top of the picture you see the 3000 Hz low pass filter. Below that, the board with the little blue pot has an IC AF amplifier and a 300 HZ high pass filter.
In response to popular demand, "SolderSmoke -- Global Adventures in Wireless Electronics" is now available as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle.
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Bill's OTHER Book (Warning: Not About Radio)
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