BPFs: 1015204080160LPF-160BPF

Please, see 80M BPF built with large toroids as a coupling inductors in a smaller enclosure.

80M HP BPF comparison (websites can be opened by links):

Insertion Loss 160M Isolation 40M Isolation
VA6AM  < 0.35 dB > 60  dB > 65 dB
DXEngineering (LBS) < 0.18 dB > 45 dB > 47 dB
DXEngineering (DX-S) < 0.4 dB* > 50 dB > 77 dB
4O3A < 0.47 dB > 52 dB > 51 dB
    • * – DXEngineering (DX-Series) 80M BPF on the graph is 3.5-3.8MHz filter with higher IL and high SWR above 3.8MHz

  • Now, I build all 80M BPFs with T200-2 toroids as coupling coils. Unfortunately, Ameritron coils sold by MFJ are not available all the time and those coils are too fragile.

Maximum BPF Power with antenna VSWR <1.5:

      • 2500W PEP CW/SSB (2000W RTTY) 
      • Without fan installed – 1500W PEP

Enclosure is Hammond 1444-1783 :

    • Without Fan – 17 x 8″x 3″ (42.5 x 21.5 x 7.6 cm)
    • With Fan Installed –  17″x 8.7″x 3″ (42.5 x 23.5 x 7.6 cm)
  •  Two or three 60mm cooling fans can be installed

80M_LY4L 003

Those three coils shown on a photo below are under the most current stress. Three cooling fans installed on the rear side of the enclosure to  provide a direct air flow to those coils. With a small 60mm fans it is the most efficient way to cool off coils and keep coils cooled with any power level.


The graph below shows  80M band filter SWR  and  Isolation for 160 and 40 meter bands..


Graph below is In-Band SWR and Insertion Loss.


For 80M BPF with MFJ coils I used a twice wider enclosure to fit in all large coils.  

Two 50 CFM fans installed to get a sufficient air flow to the larger box.

Recommended BPF Power with antenna VSWR <1.5:

  • 3000W CW/SSB (2500W RTTY) 
  • Without fan installed – 1500W 

Enclosure is Hammond 1444-33 :

  • Without Fan – 17 x 10″x 4″ (42.5 x 25 x 12.5 cm)
  • With Fan Installed –  18″x 10″x 4″ (46 x 25 x 12.5 cm)


In general, schematics is the 5th order Chebyshev inductor-coupled BPF.

  • Insertion Loss < 0.40 dB
  • Band Isolation ( 160M > 65dB, 40M > 73dB)
  • VSWR < 1.1 (RL > 25 dB) 


Doorknob capacitors allow to use it up to 6000 PEP output power but I’ve never tested it with this power. For this output power some coils should be made with  a larger wire diameter.