Re: Measuring high impedance filters

Jerry Haigwood

Hi Jim and Nick,

    It has been my experience that an L network works a lot better than a transformer.  However, I have never tried to build one for 50:2000 ohms.  The transformers introduce more loss than an L network.  I typically use ZMAT a software program which comes with the book, “Experimental Methods in RF Design” to design the network.  I then wind the toroid and use a combination of a fixed and a variable cap.  I temporarily mount the L network on a piece of copper clad and use a resistor as a temporary load.  I then connect my RF generator with my Return Loss Bridge to the 50 ohm side.  I set the frequency on the RF Generator correctly and adjust the variable capacitor for the best return loss (typically -25-30 db).  Then, without changing the variable cap, I mount the L network in place.  I learned this method from my good Aussie friend Kerry.


I am not sure if a 50:2000 ohm “L” network would work well.  The Q might be too high.  You might try a pair of L networks in series.  Maybe a 50: 350 ohm and then a 350:2000 ohm.


Nick, as far as going down to 455 KHz, the SSNA has not been tested below 1 MHz.  You may have to modify the amp or substitute a MMIC for the amp.

Jerry W5JH

"building something without experimenting is just solder practice"


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Hi Nick,


I'd think you could use a broadband transformer. It ought to do OK over the fairly limited bandwidth of the filters.

For 50:2000 you'd need about a 1:6 turns ratio. And the reactance of the high-turns winding ought to be around 2000 ohms or better. That's around 70 uH at 5 MHz.

Ferrite cores should serve.


Or maybe a combination of techniques... 4:1 quadrafilar transformer to give 50:800 then attenuator pad to handle the remaining transformation. Wouldn't have to introduce so much loss, so maybe the level would be high enough for decent dynamic reange.


Jim, N5IB


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