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[TenTec] Ten-tec noise and RX questions

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Subject: [TenTec] Ten-tec noise and RX questions
From: csturner@falcon.csc.calpoly.edu (Clark Savage Turner)
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 1999 08:16:10 -0700 (PDT)
On Wed, 27 Oct 1999, Dr. Gerald N. Johnson, P.E. wrote:

> 3. Tentec filters ring a lot less on tropical noise than most other
> filters. I've not used the narrow CW filter but have no problems with

This is a topic I am very interested in.  I have put an INRAD
400 Hz (lattice design) and NS (Ten Tec) 500 Hz (ladder design)
filter in my rig's 9 MHz first IF to see if I could detect a 
difference in the ringing.  These are both, of course, behind
the INRAD 2.8 filter as the main filter in line all the time.

There was little detectable difference.  The Ten Tec filter seemed
to be centered differently, so more high frequency ringing went on.
The 400 Hz seemed to ring a little lower in frequency.  They both
made extra noise to my ears.

However, the Ten Tec 221, the little 250 Hz ladder filter with
500 Hz center was like magic.  The noise almost disappears when
I hit the button.  Really big difference, really increases my
ability to hear things.  However, it is lossy, and some weak
signals will drop below the AGC threshold and I need to work 
the gain controls to try to hear them.  Overall, a wonderful 
filter to have in there.  For 160 atmospherics, this might be
the filter to have.  I have yet to work it down there, hoping 
to put up a 160 antenna in the next two weeks.


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