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Re: LF: decca

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Subject: Re: LF: decca
From: "Robin T. Greenwood" <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, 12 Aug 2001 18:30:16 +0100
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After testing, I finished up with a 3mm stainless rod 750 mm long on my Amp
of this type  for satisfactory performance.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Walter Blanchard" <[email protected]>
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Sent: Sunday, August 12, 2001 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: LF: decca

At 08:49 12/08/01 Sunday, GII3kev wrote:

>Does anyone have the in/out connection for the decca amp.assy 80355/cf
>and what is the frequency range. (small rf preamp)

This was used at Decca transmitter sites for reception of the other TX in
Antenna in is the floating Faston connector
Ground is TB1/2 and TB1/4
Power in (was designed for 26v but works OK at 12v) depends whether you
want to feed it up the inner of the coax output or not.
If yes, connect coax outer to ground and inner to TB1/3. Check Link B
If no, disconnect Link B, feed power to TB1/1, take output from TB1/3.
TB1/5 can be used as separate ground for static discharge off antenna if
Link A disconnected.
Gain and frequency response can be altered by adjusting R9 but should not
go below 500 ohms otherwise will oscillate.
If R9 is missing then voltage gain is nil but power gain is maximum i.e.
maximum impedance transformation. Bandwidth is then something like 10-500
kHz.  If  R9 made 1k or so voltage gain will be 30 dB and bandwidth

>I think some are using these amps and wonder if anyone has discovered
>the optimum antenna whip length for best match and avoiding overload.

They were designed for use with a "barrel" antenna (about same size and
shape as a small beer barrel) but work OK with ants up to 1m.

>I have another cct board and not sure what it is, but looks like some
>interface to the aerial/coil control.
>The terminals are marked on one side as AE -CL+ K2 K1 G2 G1 and opposite
>terminals ST F 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 A B C D P and L N (expect this is mains in
>at live and neutral) The board is about 170 x 120 mm. I have 2 of these
>cct boards and each one has a small grey box. On one cct board the box
>is marked 27.24v and 28.8v and the other cct board box is marked 72v and

Don't know what this is. Main power around Tx ccts was 65-70v but 28v was
used to drive auxiliaries.

The interface cct board that fed the preamp has eight screw terminals
marked  AUX, RX, AE, POWER (26v)., two pot cores and a transformer.

Where did you get them? Looks like some Decca surplus is getting on the
Walter G3JKV.

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