D1: Losses in Tx chain

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1 Purpose

This procedure allows to determine losses in the transmit chain at low power. It helps to identify eventually broken components in the transmit chain (e.g. circulator, antenna switch, cables).

2 Remarks

This procedure tests all the elements along the signal path: cables inside the outdoor cabinet, circulator, VSWR coupler, antenna switch and finally the antenna cable. An alternative to this method would be to measure the S21 parameter using an S-parameter analyzer set at the radar frequency.

3 Material

  • Spectrum analyser

4 Procedure

  1. Stop acquisition
  2. Disconnect the RF signal cable from the input of the amplifier (Media:PictureAmpInputDegreane.png) and connect it to the input of the spectrum analyser
  3. Configure a one-measurement (vertical beam) wind cycle on PCA (pulse width = 2500 ns)
  4. Start acquisition
  5. Measure the peak power with the spectrum analyser (settings: center frequency = 1290 MHz, video bandwidth = 2 MHz)
  6. Connect the RF signal cable to the circulator input (Media:PictureAmpInputDegreane.png)
  7. Disconnect the cable from the divider of the vertical antenna and connect it to the spectrum analyser
  8. Measure the peak power
  9. Repeat step 3 and 8 for each antenna

Go to Maintenance Procedures; Go to RWP Maintenance in CWINDE;

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