----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Zimmerman N3OX" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 8:49 AM
Subject: Topband: Required switch attenuation...
>I just wanted to check this with those with practical experience.
> If you have a few flags in a few directions and want to build a
> switch, how much attenuation between ports do you need?
> I'm thinking as little as 30dB would put even strong signals picked up
> by an opposite direction flag down in the noise of the desired
> antenna... but in practice, might I need more?
> Building a switch is easy but building a high isolation one is maybe a
> little more difficult, and I should probably go into it with an idea
> of how much isolation I need.
> (By the way, I know I could just build a rotatable flag, and used one
> last year, but I can use bigger ones more conveniently if I go with
> fixed-direction antennas)
I don't think you'll have too much trouble getting 40 or 50 dB
attenuation at 2 MHz, Dan. Small DIP relays for instance should
give isolation on order of at least 70 to 80 dB at 2 MHz (probably
more). In fact, I think you'd have to work hard to find a switch that
gives only 30dB isolation at 2 MHz. Its capacitance that kills of
course, but since the frequency your dealing with and the
impedance are both low, its hard to screw up.
73 Mike, W4EF.......................
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