Re: 10 ghz lash up test
Thanks, Mike (and all) - that's most helpful. I will keep that in mind about the IC - I'm sure I can find the info by searching, but if you can recall what the device was off the top of your head, that would be good to know (please don't go to any trouble though). I know someone who built something similar to prevent a GCH header tank from freezing-up, but alas he has passed on now (motto - ask people whilst they're still on the planet!). Fortunately, I have both a used and a new gasket-style dc housing, so at least I have the chance to 'learn' before drilling holes in a brand new one!!toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
From: 'Michael Scott' g3lyp@... [ukmicrowaves]
Sent: Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:06
Subject: Re: [ukmicrowaves] 10 ghz lash up test
From personal experience, I think it is best to have a breather hole and also incorporate some sort of heater to keep the contents of the box above the dew point.
A metal clad resistor makes a simple heater, the value and wattage needed will have to be found by experiment. There are a number of ICs available which can be used as a thermostat to conserve energy. I set mine at about 28 degrees C, and this has worked well for over 20 years on my masthead 10GHz preamplifier.
I gave a talk at Crawley many years ago on it, and could possibly dig up some information if you are interested.
73, Mike G3LYP