[TenTec] FS--N4YG DDS VFO Conversion Kit for Corsair II and Others--Brand New & Unused

Steve Hunt steve at karinya.net
Mon Jul 9 09:17:14 PDT 2012

Perhaps I could comment:

I can't claim to have made exhaustive measurements. What I _have_ done 
is fit the DDS to one of my remote VFOs so that I can A/B switch 
instantly between the original internal PTO and the DDS. What I found 
was that the DDS has noticeably less close-in noise than the PTO. If I 
injected a large signal - say -33dBm - and tuned it just outside the Rx 
passband, I heard more noise when switched to the PTO than when switched 
to the DDS.

On the other hand the DDS _does_ have in-band spurs - typically -80dBc - 
which the output filter can do nothing about. But I've been surprised 
how seldom those spurs actually seem to cause a problem in practice - 
maybe because most of them shift frequency rapidly with just slight 
shifts of tuning, or maybe because you're very unlucky if you get a 
station 70dB stronger than the one you're trying to listen to that also 
happens to be right at a spur frequency.

Having the DDS unit in the remote VFO, and the original PTO in the 
Corsair, gives me the flexibility to switch back to the PTO should I 
ever need to for improved performance; but so far I have never needed to.

One other thing worth mentioning is that the DDS output filter is not 
particularly "tight", and I deliberately didn't limit the upper 
frequency of the DDS. In fact you can pretty much continue tuning until 
the front-end Corsair filter cuts off signals; that over-run is very 
useful on 10m where you can run up well into the next band segment 
without needing to operate the band switch.

Steve G3TXQ

On 09/07/2012 16:49, Jerry Haigwood wrote:
> Perry,
>      Steve hunt- G3TXQ, who is the original designer of the DDS VFO that Dave
> refers to, has made spectral purity measurements.  His design uses a five
> element low pass filter in the DDS output which helps with harmonics, etc.
> All DDS have spurs at different frequencies.  Most of these are way below
> the desired output. However, the filters in the Corsair II take care of any
> spurs that might cause a problem.  Steve has documented his design at
> <http://www.karinya.net/g3txq/corsair_pto/>.
>      BTW, I am running the same DDS on my Corsair II.  I also have the 263G
> remote VFO which still has the original PTO and I can use it as a reference.
> Jerry W5JH
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> Others--Brand New & Unused
> At 07:43 PM 7/8/2012, you wrote:
>> This past April I finished converting the PTO in my Corsair II to a DDS
>> VFO from the design of Steve-G3TXQ with great success. (I discussed my
>> project in a May 24th posting on this reflector.)
> Have you made TX spectral purity measurements before and after?
> Perry
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