Solid state linear amplifier Ham Radio

April 19, 2022
600W PA
  • 1kW Output
  • High Spectral Purity
  • 460KHz* to 50MHz All Bands
  • Touch Screen Full Colour LCD Display
  • Full QSK
  • Fully automatic Band switching
  • Multiple antenna outputs
  • 0dBm SMA predistortion output
  • Advanced Cooling
  • NXP LDMOS with Full Protection
  • 100-260V 50-60Hz power input
  • Weight 15Kg

* With external accessory filter unit

The Gemini HF-1K is a solid-state 1kW 1.8MHz – 50MHz power amplifier with additional capability at 472kHz. It uses a single dual-LDMOS power device for reliability, and has an internal highly reliable low-noise switching power supply, in order to reduce the overall weight. The thermal design is very conservative with a large heatsink, and OFHC heatspreader. This, assisted by several fans and a sophisticated thermal management system, allowing the channel temperature of the LDMOS device to remain within limits which should ensure extended life, even with with heavy usage.

A major objective of the RF design has been to significantly exceed the spurious signal generation requirements of the international approvals standard (ETS 300 783 pts 1 and 2) for amateur radio equipment. To this end the Gemini HF-1K has more extensive filtering than is usual in HF PAs.

While LDMOS power FETs are amongst the most rugged RF power amplifier devices currently available, they are sensitive to RF overdrive. The Gemini HF-1K has both extensive monitoring to minimise the risk of damage by overdrive and a conservatively designed input circuit.

Following modern industrial practice, the Gemini HF kW employs full touch-screen control using a 480 x 272 pixel 108mm mm full colour TFT display. A wide range of monitoring functions can be displayed, including power output, PA drain current, VSWR, heatsink temperature, and linearity. The latter parameter provides a graphic indication of when the amplifier power output enters the region where ‘splatter’ will be generated.

As with other Linear Amp UK designs, there is no provision for ALC, as this is a major cause of bad signals.

While the control system provides for manual band selection, it will interface seamlessly with standard CAT systems. The presence of valid in-band signals is also detected and will initiate switching automatically to that band.

A high-speed, very low distortion, PIN diode, solid-state switching circuit will allow very fast full break-in operation.

A single input and three selectable antenna output connectors are provided. The latter can be preset on a band by band basis.

A 0dBm SMA feedback output is provided to allow connection to transmitters with linearisation capabilities.

The amplifier is built in a very robust all aluminium case. A modular assembly approach has been adopted with non-RF and high current DC interconnects being distributed as a single bus.

Outline specification.

Operating frequencies: 460 – 479kHz*

1.8 – 2.0MHz

3.5 – 4MHz

5.0 – 5.5MHz

7.0 – 7.3MHz

10.1 – 10.2MHz

14.0 – 14.4MHz

18.0 – 18.2MHz

21.0 – 21.5MHz

24.8 – 25.0MHz

28.0 – 29.7MHz

50.0 – 54.0MHz

*when used with an external accessory low pass filter unit

Power output: >1 kW at 1dB gain compression (200W+ on 460-479KHz)

Power input: 5, 10, 25W, 100W, customer specified

3rd order IMD distortion: better than -30dB at 1kW

11th order IMD distortion: better than -70dB at 1kW

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