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Simple BPF VS Cavity Filter

  1. Oct 1, 2013 #1
    receiver_zps552b2e4a.png "] receiver_zps552b2e4a.png [/URL]Hi to all,

    i have a SISO system with microwaves devices. The 16-QAM information is about 20KHz , upconverted at 30 MHz and then at 2462MHz.At the receiver the same procedure, downconverting. After the first LNA i have a BPF fc=2430MHz which has large Bandwidth so it does not protect me from interferense signals. It has 200MHz BW. Although, i have a BER about 10-4 maybe 10-5 if the channels is clear (more often at evening).I did this setup in a Laboratory and behind us there are a lot of with WiFis transmitting all day etc...

    i did a purchase of Cavity Filters with center freq at 2462MHz and BW=25MHz. i replace the BPF with the cavity and........the result is worse!!!:cry::confused: i have 10-3 maybe 10-4 BER Can you please tell me some ideas to fix this problem?
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  3. Oct 1, 2013 #2

    The Electrician

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    Have a look with a spectrum analyzer at your 2462 signal before and after the cavity filter to be sure the filter is correctly tuned and has adequate bandwidth.
  4. Oct 2, 2013 #3


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    Not much that can be said other than
    1. Probably you have incorrect input or output matching
    2. Maybe you are "using it wrong".
  5. Oct 2, 2013 #4
    With the original setup you will have both mixer products at the output of the mixer - 2462 and 2522. Generally the LO frequency is such that it puts the unwanted mixer product outside the input bandpass.

    What are the insertion losses of the BPF and the cavity? The Electrician has a good suggestion. Compare the output level of the BPF with the output of the cavity with a spectrum analyzer. If the output of the cavity is lower, you might try using a directional coupler between the LNA and the cavity to see how much reflection you're getting from the cavity. As meBigGuy suggests, it may be a matching problem.
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  6. Oct 2, 2013 #5
    Yes it is tuned in the right no prob with that.
  7. Oct 2, 2013 #6
    Thanks for the reply.

    1.First i don't understand what is the input and what is the output port!!!There is no label that explain me what is each port (!). Is there any difference? About the matching i will check it with
    a network analyser better, maybe?

    2. What do you mean is this way?What can it be wrong?
  8. Oct 2, 2013 #7
    Yes you have right.The 2462 and 2522 (image freq) are going into my filter (from the TX_). The image freq is about 20dB Lower that the desired in my case. But in both senarios this image freq exists.

    i don't have a directional coupler in my lab, but i have a network analyser, so i can see the reflected.

    Also the cavity has two ports. I don't understand which one is the input and which one is output?Is there any difference with that?
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