[eagle] Re: Eagle Microwave Antenna Arrays -- mechanical concepts

John B. Stephensen kd6ozh at comcast.net
Fri Mar 23 14:24:51 PST 2007

There are probably better phase shifters available. I just happened to see 
these while looking at an MA/COM catalog. LNA MMICs have a gain variation of 
about 3 dB and at least 1 dB of the variation is probably temperature 
related, so the phase shifter loss doesn't need to be controlled too 



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Franklin Antonio" <antonio at qualcomm.com>
To: "John B. Stephensen" <kd6ozh at comcast.net>
Cc: <n1al at cds1.net>; <K3IO at verizon.net>; "AMSAT Eagle" <Eagle at amsat.org>
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 21:37 UTC
Subject: Re: [eagle] Re: Eagle Microwave Antenna Arrays -- mechanical 

> At 02:05 PM 3/23/2007, John B. Stephensen wrote:
>>It might even be possible to sum the RF directly and use only an LNA, 
>>phase shifter and variable attenuator for each antenna element. The 
>>attenuators would compensate for phase shifter gain variation.
> I note that the spec for gain variation vs angle choice is 3 dB on these 
> things!  Yipes.  Are there better ones available that don't have this 
> flaw?  We could certainly calibrate it out as you suggest, but maybe we 
> could buy more expensive shifters that have it already calibrated out? 

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