donderdag 14 augustus 2014

Schematic and building info of the 6 watt Power Attenuator

PA1B 40 dB Power Attenuator
PA1B Fast and accurate 40 dB Power Attenuator for QSO's

This Power attenuator is  fast in CW QSO's, because
7 dB and 3 dB can be switched instandly..
The attenuator is also very accurate.

Power Attenuator
All attenuator sections are designed for an maximum input power of 6 watts. The continuous power is 1.5 watt.
The power resistors, with a lower ohmic value, dissipate most of the power and an other resistor is added in parallel, to arrive accurately on the wanted ohmic value. 
The power attenuator sections of 20 dB and 10 dB are build with 7 resistors, since they must dissipate much more power than the other sections.
The large resistors are resistors of 2 watts. The resistors with 2 stars (**) are resistor of 1/2 watt and the resistors with 1 star (*) are resistors of 1/4 watt.
I built my attenuator with metal film resistors of 2 watts, 600 mW (*) and 400 mW (*)

Asymmetrical attenuator
To reduce the number of resistors, I chose for asymmetrical sections in the attenuator. 
Input and output can not be exchanged.

PA1B Fast and accurate 40 dB Power Attenuator for QSO's.
Power 6 watts built with resistors of 2 watts, 1/2 watt and 1/4 watt
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The switches on the front.      20 - 10 - 7 - 3 dB        
Reversed order
The schematic goes from left to right.
Please notice that the layout on the switches, inside the box goes from right to left.
So you will find the the resistors of 150 ohm and 330 omh to the right.
Notice the reverse order with respect to the schematic
R2 and R5 are also placed

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