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RF test antennas and selective filters for the broadcast engineer  

AM and fm broadcast stations are required by the FCC to make periodic signal integrity measurements, some of which are designed by the National Radio Systems Committee. The instrument of choice is the spectrum analyzer coupled to a suitable antenna. While approximate AM readings are sometimes obtained with "whip" antennas, the severe impedance mismatch and lack of calibration yield imprecise results. Harmonic measurements require that a known antenna factor be employed to convert spectrum analyzer input voltage to field intensity units. The industry standard LP-3 provides this calibration.  

Another key tool is the AM notch filter, which is often necessary to eliminate errors when measuring harmonics with a spectrum analyzer.  Frequently, internal non-linearities create artificially high harmonic or spurious indications when the fundamental carrier is unsuppressed. 

By "notching" the primary frequency, reliable accuracy is ensured. Our low-loss port on the am notch filter allows measurement forays well below -80 dBc at +- 75 kHz, which are required when conducting NRSC tests on stations with power levels of 5 kw and above. See Breaking the 80 dB barrier.

FM notch and high & low pass filters are also available for similar purposes. The completely shielded designs provide ultimate stop-band attenuation.

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Chris Scott & Associates 
P.O. Box 52 
Bowling Green, KY 42102 

 

Fax: (270) 781-1232   Phone: (270) 781-5301 

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