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Amateur Filters

Traditionally, engineers have attempted to solve the problem of intermod or front end overload by brute force filtering; i.e. get rid of everything but the intended signal with a bandpass filter. This approach has several drawbacks:

Size and Weight
In order to keep the filter insertion loss acceptably low, and achieve decent rejection of unwanted signals a bandpass filter needs to be physically large - perhaps shoebox size. Small bandpass filters are so lossy (typically 5-6 dB) that they require +12V to switch the filter out of line during transmit.

Single Band
A bandpass filter needs to be removed in order to TX/RX on a different band (e.g.. 70cM) if you use a dual band transceiver.

General Coverage
Your radio will no longer be capable of receiving signals outside the 2M Ham band such as NOAA weather.

Never to be overlooked. The large bandpass filters are more expensive than our asymmetrical notch designs.

We approached the problem differently — identify who the offending transmitters are and use asymmetrical notch filtering to eliminate only those frequencies. The result - a small patented* notch filter centered on the pager spectrum of 152-153 MHz with extremely low insertion loss on 2M and 70cM (typically less than 0.5 dB or less). Notch depth at the pager frequencies is greater than the bandpass filters - typically above 50 dB. Finally, 2M and 70cM V.S.W.R. is excellent - typically 1.25:1 worst case.

Other models are available from 50MHz - 1GHz, including 70cM.

See EHAM reviews of the VHFTN152-158.

See EHAM reviews of the VHFDN152.

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