EME208 9MHz Transmit Modulator Kit

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EME208 Module Description:

The Mini-Kits EME208 is a Transmit Modulator module that has been designed around the MC1496 balanced modulator IC, and can generate amplitude modulation ( AM) , double sideband ( DSB ), an continuous wave ( CW ) modes. The design is optimised for use with a 9MHz beat frequency oscillator ( BFO ), but can also be used with an IF up to 10.7MHz by retuning. It is recommended that the M1 series EME205 BFO Demodulator be used as it has been designed to be used with the EME208 transmit modulator. The modulator features a quality microphone amplifier that is suitable for low impedance 500ohm to high impedance microphones and has the option to plug in an optional speech processor modlue that will be available at a later time. RF output from the modulator is up to 0dBm output

The module is controlled through a single 16 Pin IDC header connector, making it easier to interface to logic circuitry. See the M1 Transceiver Block diagram for the connections to this module.

The EME208 is a part of the M1 series building blocks to construct a high performance M1 HF Transceiver. The M1 HF Series Kits have been designed to allow easy construction due to the use of mainly leaded components for those that don't like surface mount devices. Modern SMD components are only used when required due to availability of components, or for better performance. The RF modules are all designed with a 50ohm impedance making it easy to interconnect with the other M1 series modules, and your own homebrew circuit designs.

Some of these performance figures may change with future tests.

Kit Constructors Alert:

1/ There has been a modification to the +8V/TXA where it supplies the TL071 microphone amplifier. The track that connects connector H6 pin 4 to the junction of R4 and C6 needs to be cut and a 1N4148 diode placed in series. This then allows the +8V/TXA voltage to switch much faster back to 0 volts without C5 100uF capacitor slowing the voltage from discharging. This may be part of the solution to the intermittant failure of the GALI-84 driver and BAR64-05 diode on the EME210 power amplifier module. The modification details can be downloded here.

EME208 Construction Notes:

The images below show both sides of the board. The amplifier is very easy to construct as it mainly uses conventional leaded components. There are a few SMD components on the bottom side of the board which are quite easily fitted.

EME208 Top View
Top View of the EME208 Transmit Modulator Kit
EME208 PCB Bottom View
Bottom View of the EME208 Transmit Modulator Kit

EME208 Performance Tests:
EME208 Frequency response 0.3 to 20kHz
The above picture shows the EME208 Microphone Amplifier Frequency Response which includes the passive and active filtering.

Product Changes and Updates:

EME208:

1/ There has been a modification to the +8V/TXA where it supplies the TL071 microphone amplifier. The track that connects connector H6 pin 4 to the junction of R4 and C6 needs to be cut and a 1N4148 diode placed in series. This then allows the +8V/TXA voltage to switch much faster back to 0 volts without C5 100uF capacitor slowing the voltage from discharging. This may be part of the solution to the intermittant failure of the GALI-84 driver and BAR64-05 diode on the EME210 power amplifier module. The modification details can be downloded here.