masthead preamp

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

The first circuit is a simple preamplifier showing the power arangements for conveying DC to the amplifier via the coaxial cable. The second circuit is a small modification so the antenna can still be used for transmitting. The actual preamplifier in this circuit is a practical wideband amplfier that gives about 15 - 20dB of gain from 1. 8 MHz thro

masthead preamp
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ugh to well over 200 MHz. You will no-doubt replace this circuit for your own favorite amplifier for the band you are interested in. The 2. 2mH chokes should have an absolute minimum reactance of 5000 ohms at the lowest frequency to be used. For 145 MHz these may simply consist of a few turns of wire. I personally used a 10-turn 4mm Dia. coil in series with a 2. 2mH torroidal inductor. The relay should have a coil resistance in excess of 1000 ohms and have tw1o-pole changeover contacts. When I built this circuit I used tw1o 5v PCB mounting relays, each having a single pole changeover contact. The relays each had a 560 ohm coil. If the DC power is switched OFF the preamplifier will become inactive and the relay will pypass the amplifier. In this manner it may be used with a low-power transmitter (typically up to 10 watts). My first switch was built inside the balun housing of a 2-metre beam antenna. Note that the DC 12 volts should NEVER be applied whilst transmitting or the poor little BFY91 will be blown to bits. There is also a short delay betw1een removing the DC and the preamp dropping out into a safe condition for transmitting

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