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Re: [TowerTalk] Receiver protectors and intermod, harmonics, etc.

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Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Receiver protectors and intermod, harmonics, etc.
From: Don Moman VE6JY <>
Date: Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:56:12 +0000
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Pete, I have the DXE RG-5000.  Altho I am 60km from the nearest mw
transmitters, I have lots of mixing products across the low bands when it
is installed, using one of the Wellbrook active loop antennas.  Before this
I used a home made device with parallel diodes and a small light bulb to
provide some measure of protection and no mixing issues.  After passing
thru an passive 8 way splitter, signal levels are in the -20 dbm range
which should be in their stated  "virtually RF transparent" area well below
its advertised -10dbm threshold.  It takes another 6 db pad eliminates the
products.   To use it on one of the low band full size dipoles here would
be impossible as they produce signal levels in the + a couple of dbm range.

73 Don

On Fri, Jul 3, 2015 at 7:46 PM, Pete Smith N4ZR <> wrote:

> Do the DX Engineering RG-5000 device, or the AS-RXFEP from Array
> Solutions) behave nicely when hit with a signal well above their protection
> threshold, or dothey generate interference (noise, harmonics, intermod)
> from the energy that is blocked?
> Our particular application is for the RBN, involving a QS1R receiver very
> close to the antennas of an HF ionospheric radar operating on a couple of
> discrete frequency bands in the 8-18 MHz range with about 1 KW input (don't
> know what the EIRP would be at the location of the receiver).
> Dx Engineering says their version offers "far lower harmonic and noise
> products across the spectrum than any competing RX front-end saving
> device,"  Would sure like to hear some impartial confirmation.
> --
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