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Re: LF: 500khz WSPR drift

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Subject: Re: LF: 500khz WSPR drift
From: Roger Lapthorn <[email protected]>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:46:01 +0000
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You mean derive it from the transceiver's master oscilllator. Yes, a good idea, but the MO is not available on an unmodified FT817 but may well be on "grown up" radios.

Roger G3XBM

2010/1/14 Andy Talbot <[email protected]>
If you are able to derive the transverter LO from the transverter's master oscillator do so.  That way errors will be cancelled out and any frequency drift will be now be in direct proportion to the final output frequency, rather than being that associated with any arbitrarily high IF.
Just an example:
The master oscillator in the IC746 is at 30MHz, so transverting from 30.5MHz would be an option in this case.  But one could just as easily divide this by 2 first and transvert from 15.5MHz.

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2010/1/14 Roger Lapthorn <[email protected]>

My own QRP transverter goes from 28MHz down to 500kHz and this drifts about 40Hz before settling as the oscillator warms, so I have to be on-hand to adjust the dial setting in the first 30 minutes. I should leave the oscillator running all the time or have this on for 30 minutes before I start TXing.

At 50MHz drift would be worse. Also, I'm not sure what ambient temperature LA3EQ has got, but I bet it is cold, so his drift might be even greater as his transverter (higher power than mine) warms up more over a larger temperature range.

Roger G3XBM

2010/1/14 Gary - G4WGT <[email protected]>

Hi guys,

Yes it was LA3EQ,  started getting decodes as the drift flattened out. 50 MHz to 500 kHz is a long way to transvert, I use 4 MHz & as far as I am aware no drift problems after half an hour or so warm up.

Thanks all the comments.

Gary - G4WGT.

2010/1/13 James Moritz <[email protected]>

Dear LF Group,

...The perils of having a 50MHz -> 500kHz transverter! 3.5MHz would be a better IF frequency from the drift point of view.

Cheers, Jim Moritz
73 de M0BMU

----- Original Message ----- From: "Rik Strobbe" <[email protected]>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:24 PM
Subject: Re: LF: 500khz WSPR drift

over the past 12 hours I had 51 spots of LA3EQ, frequency ranging from 503848 to 503885

73, Rik

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