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VHF downconverter recommendations?

edited March 27 in Signals Received

I had an email from someone asking for a recommendation of a VHF downconverter for the Kiwi. One that covered more than just the 2m band. Can anyone suggest something?

I did review these threads, but I was looking for a simpler (e.g. one board) solution.

Thanks in advance.


  • Hi John,

    Mine only covers 1 band but the transverter board used also has a 70cm version.

  • jksjks
    edited May 28

    To answer my own question: This guy in Ukraine sells very reasonably priced transverter boards/boxes for individual ham bands to the top end of HF. Note there are several different models per band that use different oscillator frequencies (e.g. 144:148 => 28:32, 144:148 => 26:30, 146:150 => 26:30) and also models that have a more expensive TCXO rather than a crystal.

  • I've not examined recent products from the Ukraine but I can not recommend the earlier transverters. Perhaps the receive converters are different/better.

    How much interest would there be in the creation of a fast-switching block down-converter for the Kiwi? This would be something with a high side, say 3 GHz IF preceded by a [20 MHz] stepping LO that went from, 3-6 GHz, mixer and LPF?

    The result would be an "all band" down-converter one [20 MHz] swath at a time such that the Kiwi could use any of it's capabilities over 0-3 GHz? NF and IMD could be good and no additional filtering would be necessary as long as out-of-band signals were kept tolerably low compared to a mixer's spec. +20 dBm TOI should be fairly easy. Of course, filtering could be added at the input, as for a band-limited converter of the type most often used.

    It would seem to me that a Kiwi extension to use I2C to control the LO/receive_frequency should not be difficult. The goal would be fast switching so that multiple 20MHz chunks might be stitched together to create a wider spectrogram.

    Glenn n6gn

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