[RFI] Which filter to use?

Eduardo Somoano C co8ly at frcscu.ciges.inf.cu
Mon Apr 4 16:49:28 PDT 2011

Dear friend Jim

I use the Drake TV-1000 and I built several filters that I found Web,
regrettably with
none could eliminate the ITV in the Channel 2 when I transmit in 20, 10 and

My opinion is that any form doesn't exist of eliminating ITV for harmonic in
the channel 2.

If somebody says the opposite that demonstrates it to me with facts....

Strong hug.  73.-

Eduardo. CO8LY
Santiago de Cuba .- Cuba

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Brown" <jim at audiosystemsgroup.com>
To: <rfi at contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, April 04, 2011 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [RFI] Which filter to use?

On 4/4/2011 9:35 AM, doc at kd4e.com wrote:
> Or, are there specific alternative products you can recommend
> for this application, please?

It's been a long time since low pass filters were actually needed on the
output of power amplifiers. There are several reasons. First, a GOOD
power amp should not need one -- it has that filtering built in. Second,
most RFI and TVI is caused by Pin One problems in equipment, not by
harmonics of transmitters. Third, harmonics and intermod (splatter) in
power amps is most often caused by mis-tuning the amp, or by depending
on ALC to set the output power. Fourth, TVI is far less common today
because of the shift to reception via cable, and the change to DTV.  And
in the US, TV channels 2-6 are used in only a very few cities -- nearly
all current stations have been moved to channels 7 - 59. Ch 7 begins at
174 MHz, so this places low order harmonics of our transmitters further
from a roof-top antenna that might detect it.

Far better to simply use a decent quality amp and make sure that you're
using it properly -- set the output power by reducing the drive power
from your transceiver, and carefully tune the amplifier for maximum
output power. IF you connect ALC, use it ONLY to protect against
failures in the antenna system that might otherwise damage the
amplifier. If it's an untuned amp, you probably need an outboard antenna
tuner to match some of your antennas, and antenna tuners also act as low
pass filters.

73, Jim K9YC
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