Tracking the moon should not be too problematic. It moves very slowly and there are many EME tracking programs that will do this automatically.
Even with manual controls it should be possible to gently, nudge the rotators and watch the signal levels.
Not so different from the old Oscar 40 with the 2.4GHz downlink where you needed to make very small adjustments every 10 minutes or so. - Will be good if it happens and much easier than 10GHz from LEO.
Thank you for that drawing Andreas.
It is a very neat solution
73 David G0MRF
Hello Thomas HB9SKA and all.
ESEO - ESA have now announced that the mission has finished...there is some info, from an ESA perspective, here:
and a fair amount of more detailed info here
My own view is somewhat different.
The OSCAR Locator........ I remember it well. but haven't seen one for 35 years !
Thanks for the memory !
Thanks for the detail George.
A good set of tests. - Particulary that a helix of only 3 turns can give good circularity.
I'll leave the question about plate spacing or bending for either Mike, Remco or Paul, but my feeling is the circularity is primarily determined by the location of the feed point on the patch element.
Is this linearity test on 10GHz ?
For the 2.4GHz patch on the POTY. Receiving a signal via a linear antenna, the RX signal should be constant as you rotate. To see -20dB you need to measure RX signals with first LHCP (optimum coupling to the LHC dish feed) then with a RHCP antenna at the same distance (max loss)
If I recall correctly, I managed to find some nuts that were 3.0mm thick.
You can use several of these between the patch and the reflector to ensure the gap is 3mm all round.
After you solder the parts you can shake the POTY and the nuts will fall out.
PA Device is discontinued, but P1dB is listed as 35dBm by Qorvo which seems quite good.
Although this performance probably will be less on cheap FR4 PCB.
P1dB=35dBm at 6V
Three Stages of Gain: 37dB
802.11g 54Mb/s Class AB Performance
POUT=27dBm at 2.5%EVM, VCC
Active Bias with Adjustable Current
On-Chip Output Power Detector
Your total DXCC is coming along Thomas.
I should be able to add GD for you in October
Hi Robert. You may want to double check the AD amplifier after the Pluto. I'm not sure it has enough gain at 2.4G to generate 500mW output from a Pluto. Also, the max output from the Pluto could be lower than +7dBm. The Lime has an even lower output.
Another option would be to use the new version of the SG Labs amplifier which needs 40mW for 20W output.
Better to need a small attenuator, rather than be 4 or 5dB short of signal.
Thanks es GL
Is this right?.
I cascaded the different attenuators as I started with the Pluto Output of 1dBm followed by -10dB attenuator, so -9dBm, followed by the CN0417 (+21,8 dBm) and then attenuator of -20dB. We are now at -7,2dBm. This signal goes to the EP-AB003 (+14dBm) and the final (3.) attenuator of -9dB so I measured at the end -2,2dBm.
1dBm -10dB +21,8dBm -20dB +14dBm -9dB = -2,2dBm (red =attenuator)
The challenge is to keep the signal in the input range of the amplifiers but below 0dBm for the RF 8000 at the end. The attenuator have only 2W so I have to be careful after the PA.
I'm using an RMS30 driven by an LO generated by an e-bay ADF4351 module, but really there are many choices.
Keep letting us know your progress
Hopefully the diameter of yours is about 40mm. In the past I found that winding on a tube creates an antenna that has a fairly narrow bandwidth, whereas if the winding is self supporting or on small pillars then the bandwidth is greater.
Here is a pic of a tube mounted helix using a PCB as a ground plane. (not mine) Note it has a sharp peak in return loss, the same as yours.
There are some spectrum analyser shots by Ole OZ2OE for the Lime mini in this thread
"Filtered driver amplifier for SDRs"
Both SDRs have much better IMD products when run below maximum output.
FYI The Pluto can produce a maximum of +3dBm at 2.4G while the Lime is around 0dBm.
Also, I believe the Lime transmits a short pulse at 100% output while it is booting up.
Given the difference in price, possibly the Pluto has a small advantage?
Finally, after a lot of postal delays the final part for the kits finally arrived this weekend. So, now available at the AMSAT-UK shop.
Design is reliable with no signs of instability. Gain is around 25dB. Power output is 200mW with good linearity and 250mW near saturation.
Still in lockdown........what shall I do next?
I was thinking about a waterproof enclosure for the patch, Then it occurred to me that if I make the enclosure the correct length, a director could simply be added onto the outside or inside of the enclosure. - Think end cap over tube with disc or loop bonded on.
Shame we don't have those antenna test ranges we've organised in the past at University of Surrey in the AO-40 days.