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Band Pass Filter with Low Insertion

Loss for 2m
Dipl ing Tasić Siniša –Tasa YU1LM/QRP

This design is part of my VHF/UHF SDR receivers. The VHF /UHF receivers are
assembled as “RF bricks”. The receiver is broad band design and determined with used mixer.
Input filter and local oscillator are determining receiving band. In some causes I am using
preamplifier to improve receiver sensitivity also. This band pass filter is one of this bricks. It is
input filter for 2 m. It is very easily repetitive design but it is now realized with C SMT
components. I didn’t try classic C size components but from some mine previously designs
experience it is possible realization. One way is that capacitors are mounted from the ground
(bottom) side. We can drill PCB for capacitors mounting and than capacitors leads solder from
the top side. To prevent unwanted contacts with GND first we will drill PCB with borer smaller
size for example 0.8 or 1 mm and than with borer 2.5-3 mm on the bottom GND side to remove
copper surface only. The double side of PCB can be make as it is proposed with soldering the
rest of resistor leads through the holes drilled between top and bottom PCB side. This is easy
way how to make home made metallization of vias. I am recommending you that filter are
mounting inside the some metal box or box made from soldered FR4 double side peaces.
Filter is mounted at the front of the mine 2 m SDR receiver. Double balanced diode
mixers are very sensitive to the very big number broad band input signals and harmonic
receiving. The input band pass filter is improving IMD specification from receiver. The 2 meter
receiver can be easily overload with out-band signals. The realized filter had moderate
selectivity; FM and TV band are attenuated min 40 dB.

I wish you successfully 2 m band pass filter realization.

VY 73/72 and GL in SDR homebrew Tasa YU1LM/QRP

tasa@imtel-mikrotalasi.co.yu
stasic@eunet.yu
PORT PORT
P=1 P=2
Z=50 Ohm Z=50 Ohm

INDQ INDQ CAPQ INDQ CAPQ


CAPQ CAPQ ID=C6 ID=L1 ID=C9
ID=C1 ID=L3 ID=C3 ID=L2
L=93.14 nH L=96.42 nH C=3.3 pF L=93.22 nH C=10 pF
C=10 pF C=3.3 pF

CAPQ CAPQ CAPQ CAPQ CAPQ CAPQ


ID=C2 ID=C4 ID=C5 ID=C7 ID=C8 ID=C10
C=18 pF C=22 pF C=22 pF C=22 pF C=22 pF C=18 pF
0.1079 GHz 0.1377 GHz 0.145 GHz 0.1523 GHz DB(|S(1,1)|)
-45.03 dB -3.63 dB -0.5083 dB TRANS -3.413 dB BP 2m
0 DB(|S(2,1)|)
BP 2m
DB(|S(2,2)|)
0.05028 GHz 0.1742 GHz BP 2m
-69.11 dB -41.16 dB
-20

-40

-60

-80
0.044 0.094 0.144 0.194 0.244
Amplitude frequency response for ideal C capacitors and real Q inductors
Frequency (GHz)
0.1079 GHz 0.1375 GHz 0.145 GHz 0.1519 GHz DB(|S(1,1)|)
-44.98 dB -3.539 dB -0.644 dB TRANS -3.592 dB BP 2m
0 DB(|S(2,1)|)
BP 2m
DB(|S(2,2)|)
0.05028 GHz 0.1742 GHz BP 2m
-69.1 dB -41.78 dB
-20

-40

-60

-80
0.044 0.094 0.144 0.194 0.244
Frequency (GHz)
Amplitude frequency response for real C capacitors from Murata and real Q inductors

L= self support isolated copper wire diameter 1mm (AVG18) wound at 5 mm 6 turn
close wound length 6mm Qo=350 and Frez=901 MHz.
Double side PCB (bottom side is completely copper side) dimension 50 x 20 mm