High-Speed DF Antenna Band Switch


The DF-A0226 is a high-speed, 4-band switch intended for direction finding applications. It accepts four frequency bands, each with five antenna elements, and outputs the elements of any one band to the corresponding five RF outputs. The switch is controlled via ethernet or an RS-485 serial interface to allow remote control over a distance up to 500m. Band switching can also be accomplished via direct differential pair switching for higher speed if needed All switching is solid state for rapid and unlimited switching cycles. The DF-A0226 includes an internal noise source as well as an external input for chain calibration purposes. Either the internal noise source or the external calibration input may be selected to simultaneously inject a balanced signal in place of the antenna inputs and thereby correct errors caused by variations in the system’s RF path.

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Frequency range 1 MHz- 6000 MHz
Frequency bands Band A: 1 - 500 MHz; Band B: 100 - 1400 MHz; Band C: 500 - 3600 MHz; Band D: 2000 - 6000 MHz
Channels per band 5
Input VSWR < 3:1
Gain 22 ± 2 dB
Noise figure < 11 dB
OIP3 (typical) 28 dBm active
Maximum input level 20 dBm CW
Amplitude unbalance < 2 dB
Phase unbalance < 15°
Maximum input level 20 dBm passive
Internal noise source power output 66 ± 4 dB ENR
DC power injection +13.8 V DC
Power supply 19 - 36V DC
Control interface RS-485 ‚- Ethernet ‚- Dedicated switching lines

    Product Applications

    Signals Intelligence
  • Radio Direction Finding
  • C-ESM

    Design Features

  • Independent band and channel switching External injection mode for chain calibration Internal chain calibration noise source, selectable with either inline amplifier or with the amplifier bypassed. Low noise amplifier on each channel with passive bypass capability Single-channel amplifier Low noise pre-amplifier on input DC-injection to power upper stages ESD protection Removable FM traps for Band A Removable RF limiters for each DF input channel (1.5W - 2W) Removable Band B HP filters Output amplifiers for long cables Cable slope correction on amplifiers ESD protection