Archive for October, 2009

Transverters

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

I’ve always been interested in the upper UHF and microwave amateur radio bands (900 MHz and up).  Unfortunately, nobody actually makes full-on radios for these bands (save for 1.2 GHz, and they’re expensive).  This leaves the curious amateur with two options:  build a radio, or build a converter to allow common radios to operate at higher frequencies.  The second option, obviously, is simpler and the route I decided to take.

I recently discovered W1GHZ’s multiband transverter project.  Essentially, his goal was to build inexpensive transverters that worked “well enough”–and ones that had an interchangeable LO to keep costs down.  Since I already own commercial 900 MHz gear that works on the 902-928 amateur band, I decided to order the 902 MHz transverter kit.  I should get the boards and parts in soon, and I’ll post again once I get it assembled and tested.  Here’s hoping it works well!