Tuesday, April 9, 2019
New 40 MHz & 60 MHz Transverters on the way from Spectrum Communications
One of the big problems with the new 40 MHz (8-metre) and 60 MHz (5-metre) bands is the lack of equipment. Spectrum Communications in the UK are now looking at adding suitable transverters for each band to their range.
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40 MHz (8-metres)...
The proposed TRC8-10sL version will transvert 40-42 MHz down to 28-30 MHz. A 5-watt drive on 10-metres will produce 25-watts on the 8-metre band.
With a standard unmodified HF transceiver capable of transmitting 28.000 to 29.700 MHz, this gives a TX range of 40.000 to 41.700 MHz on 8-metres.
60 MHz (5-metres)...
The proposed TRC5-2sL version will transvert 60-62 MHz up to 144-146 MHz. A 5-watt drive on 2-metres will produce 25-watts on the 5-metre band.
Note that the proposed IRTS 5m band plan has most of the activity in the 58-60 MHz region rather than 60-62 MHz.
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Each unit fully built and tested will cost £290 and this includes shipping. While this is a pretty expensive, it does represent an easy solution to get on the band with a pretty reasonable amount of power.
Link... Spectrum Communications UK