0 - 1.7 GHz Spectrum Analyzer - Make your own for $66
- In the thread "LPF Question" , Joel KB6QVI, wistfully wishes for a spectrum analyzer to assure that his RXTX + multiple amplifier setup is making clean SSB. It is a worthy goal that I wish many hams would long for, considering the mess we see on the bands. But spectrum analyzers are really expensive right?
Attached is a diagram of of a perfectly capable, 0.0 - 1.7 GHz spectrum analyzer that will allow you to see spectrum at up to 3.8 MHz at once, with a resolution bandwidth of 0.7 Hz! This perfectly capable instrument, combined with a freeware two-tone audio generator app, will allow you to test and confirm your intermodulation and spurious signals just like the big guys and with nearly the same accuracy if you calibrate it.
There are two sections to the analzyer. The basic 24 - 1700 MHz section can be done for less than $15. If you are not interested in HF then this is all you need. To extend the range down to DC you need to add the converter section which is driven by an outrageously expensive DDS synthesizer at $44 dollars.
Connection is simple and all calibration is done in the HDSDR software.
All parts are readily available on eBay. The ones shown are the ones I purchased to make mine and are just representative to allow you to do your own search. It seems to good to be true...... it is not! This really works and works well!
Once you have a spectrum analyzer available to you then you will wonder how you ever worked in the homebrew ham world without one.
- Jerry,You are right, he does not sell them anymore. I must have got the last ones he sold because I just bought these recently. Oh well, they are easy enough to find. Thanks for the heads up.Joel CaulkinsKB6QVI
On Sep 12, 2014, at 1:06 PM, "'Jerry Haigwood' jerry@... [softrock40]" <email@example.com> wrote:
I do not believe Diz at <www.kitsand parts.com> sells the ADE-1ASK anymore. You can buy the ADE-1 directly from Mini-Circuits Labs for about $2.49 each if you purchase 20 at a time.
"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"
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The mixers Warren mentioned are pretty much extinct nowadays. The only one you'll find on EBay are pulls from old equipment. The come available from time to time or you can used the Mini Circuits ADE-1 SMD mixers which are basically the same thing only surface mount. They are real easy to solder to anything you want to. I bought some little brake out boards that the ADE-1's solder to and they have pads to solder SMA connectors to. All this is available for cheap on EBay. You can get the ADE-1 mixers from Kitsandparts.com also.
I cannot find the mixer on ebay, I have ordered the other components already.
If you can help, that would be great.