[CQ-Contest] Sept/Oct NCJ article on DX Prowess of Receivers
aa4lr at arrl.net
Thu Sep 2 08:39:43 EDT 2004
On Sep 1, 2004, at 11:45 PM, Bill Tippett wrote:
> >The primary reason the K2 and K2/100 rigs do so well on these
> receiver tests is because they use a very simple single-conversion
> design. Although the first (and only) IF filter isn't a particularly
> sharp-skirted design, it is sufficient to knock out most all adjacent
> channel interference.
> Sufficient only for 5 kHz spacings and above. The K2
> falls apart very badly at closer spacings. IMD performance
> is mediocre at best for 1-2 kHz spacings.
I'm afraid it is all relative, Bill. IMD performance may degrade at
closer spacings, due to the modest skirts of the filter -- but it is
still substantially better than many older designs using a 15 kHz
> IMD: 91 dB @ 5 kHz.....67 dB @ 1 kHz (graph on page 19)
> BDR: 135 dB @ 5 kHz.....116 dB @ 1 kHz (graph on page 20)
> Also note where it falls on Sherwood's 2 kHz IMD rankings here:
Two things to note: the ARRL figures for the K2 and K2/100 are
substantially different. This is not due to any circuitry change when
adding the 100 watt PA, but due to circuit refinements made in all
later model K2s.
Second, in the Sherwood measurements (which don't indicate what vintage
of K2 they tested), the k2 at 2 kHz is only 6-9 dB worse than rigs
costing many, many thousands more, and is better than many rigs in use
> As I said previously, how many contests have you heard
> recently with signals spaced 5 kHz or more?
Usually, during a contest, there are strong signals all across the band.
My K2/100, in comparison with my older Kenwood TS-430S beats it hands
down. When conditions on the Kenwood seem really noisy, the K2 presents
a nice, quiet band.
While the K2/100 may not be the ultimate in contest rig performance, it
is a great performer, and beats all others on performance for a given
PS - how well would the K2 fare if Sherwood or some other company would
come up with some sharp IF filters for it?
Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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