[amsat-bb] Using DCI filters narrowband vs broadband

Robert Bruninga bruninga at usna.edu
Mon Aug 14 16:45:38 UTC 2017

Many people on AMSAT use DCI brand passband filters at their antennas to
cut down on front end overload and splatter from other services.    These
multi-resonator filters typically cover several MHz of bandwidth to cover
entire sections of the Amateur Bands and block things out of band..

When I asked if they could be tuned narrower with all resonators favoring
the same single frequency, their answer kept coming back YES, the bandwidth
is 500 kHz.  But they did not define what the “bandwidth” meant.

Today, they sent me a revised spec sheet for their two meter filter when
tuned to a single frequency.  Now they fully specify what the bandwidth
is.  Here are the numbers:

- 3 dB  is 0.5 MHz

-20 dB is 1.25 MHz

-40 dB is 2.3 MHz

-60 dB is 4 MHz

This is useful information for those needing a single frequency filter.


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