BPFs: 1015204080160

10M HP BPF comparison (websites can be opened by links):

Insertion Loss 15M Isolation 20M Isolation
VA6AM  < 0.27 dB > 65  dB > 84 dB
DXEngineering (LBS) < 0.35 dB > 48 dB > 76 dB
4O3A < 0.45 dB > 66 dB NA

Recommended BPF Power with antenna VSWR <1.5:

  • 100 CFM fan installed –  2500W CW/SSB/RTTY
  • 50 CFM fan installed –  1700W CW/SSB (1400W RTTY)
  • Without fan installed – 1200W CW/SSB PEP (1000W RTTY)

Enclosure is Hammond 1411ZU :

  • Without Fan – 17″ x 4″ x 5″ (42.5 x 10.5 x 12.5 cm)
  •  With Fan Installed –  18″ x 4″ x 5″ (46 x 10.5 x 12.5 cm)

Below, all three BPFs for 10, 15 and 20 meter bands to be used with the triplexer.

4X6FR 006

It turned out that 10M BPF is the most difficult to get a good parameters as all final parameters are very sensitive for  coil and capacitor values.

 

Below is 3rd order 10M BPF with HPF and 15M LC trap

28bpf_new_low_loss_017

The next 10M BPF design developed  to improve the Insertion Loss. Insertion Loss expected to be lower  and as a result of it less air flow could be required. The idea is to use lower order BPF with added HPF and 15M LC trap to improve isolation level.

Please, see 3rd order 10M BPF with HPF added below:

  • Insertion Loss < 0.3 dB
  • Band Isolation ( 15 M > 65 dB, 20 M > 84dB)
  • VSWR <1.1 (Return Loss >26 dB for 28-29 MHz )

BPF_10M_Ref

BPF_10M_Ref_InBand

This 10M 3rd order type with HPF has less insertion loss and has all coils in better condition with less cooling air flow . 

Please, see a graph below of the Triplexer and 10M BPF (later design) connected as a whole tribander set.

  • Insertion Loss < 0.35 dB
  • Band Isolation ( 15 M > 90 dB, 20 M > 120dB)
  • VSWR 26 dB (for 28-29 MHz )

10M_Set

  • I would like to point out to a very low Insertion Loss of -0.35dB for the whole set of triplexer with attached 10M BPF and this is a very good result for an isolation level better than -90dB.
  • 20M band isolation level is much higher number than you can see on a graph above but VNA noise level hides the minimum point.