The PCB Module includes a high-quality ENIG FR4 PCB (98 x 94 mm) that comes with all components factory soldered. The parcel includes a DC power cable and an RCA cable of approx 1 meter length, each). The shipping is with registered mail (your signature is required upon delivery).
We usually ship the next day and it takes about a week to 10 days for USA or Australia, less than a week for Europe.Pre-orders are shipped during the promised period, otherwise the buyers are notified for delays or cancellations with refunding.
The prices do not include 24% Greek VAT applicable only to individual buyers from European Union.
If we ever need to place something like a preselector filter or an LNA ahead of the receiver of our transceiver, we need to open the box, locate the receive path and insert relays and cables and then drill holes on the cabinet for connectors or cables to pass through, ... no good news for those of us with sensitive feelings for our radios! This project inserts a Transmit/Receive (TR) switch between the radio transceiver's antenna port and an external antenna, in series with the coax line. Then, it provides a receive port from the antenna side and a receiver port from the transceiver side. To explain, when the radio transceiver is in transmit mode, it simply connects the transceiver to the antenna just like before. But when the radio is in the receive mode, the radio's antenna socket connects to another new connector called "RCVR" and the antenna coax connects to another new connector called "Rx Antenna". We can now insert anything we need between those two new connectors to be included in the receive path, when receiving. Pre-amps, preselector filters, notch filters, overvoltage protection circuits, limiters, noise generators or whatever needed to be placed on the receive path only, and otherwise would had been damaged from the high power when transmitting. Of course, a short coaxial cable bridge can be placed for future additions, tests etc. The timing of when exactly this switching will be done, is controlled by the radio's PTT signal (old Press-To-Talk signal from the microphone switch), today is called with many different names, but most radios have this signal available in a panel mounted socket somewhere. It is the same signal used to key an external power amplifier. By the way, if you use a power amplifier, this signal can be wired to both the TR interface and the power amplifier, but attention: the TR switch should be placed between the radio and the power amplifier and not between the power amplifier and the antenna, because the power handling of the TRS-450 is less than 500 W at HF and less than 50 W at V/UHF.
In addition to this capability of adding anything we need in the receive path only, those two new connectors support more options: We can use the same antenna coax coming to our shack to connect to a transmitter when on transmit and a different receiver when on receive. The transmitter is wired to the "Transceiver" connector and the new receiver is wired to the "Rx Ant" connector. Now, when the transmitter stops transmitting, the external receiver gets the antenna.
Another option is to use a transceiver with separate antennas for receive and transmit. The transmitting antenna is wired to the "ANTENNA" port and the receiving antenna is wired to the "RCVR" connector.
And if we ever need to have an extra SDR receiver used as a panadaptor, or we need a means to compare receivers at the same time, since we have access to the receive path, we can include a power splitter and divide the Rx signal into two receivers: to our main radio's receiver and to an external SDR or anything else. This power splitter's sum-port should be wired to the "RX Ant" connector and its outputs, one to the external SDR receiver and the other to the "RCVR" connector. This RF Power splitter is not included in this design. It can be bought separately and wired external to this unit.
Using SV1AFN's DX'ers LNA for HF, an external power splitter is not necessary as the DX'ers LNA is equipped with 4 output ports already. In this case, one output can be connected to the "RCVR" connector and another one to the external receiver.
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