18 September 2016

Revisit AD8307 Power Meter Calibration

This year at our club, annual pig picking BBQ and show-n-tell I had a chance to borrow the kind services of fellow Knightlites member OM John, KU4AF and his brand new and beautiful digital spectrum analyzer.

Connecting the Si570 based oscillator from my Sweeperino   into the Spectrum Analyzer and measuring the power level of the fundamental frequency we measured a -4dB difference in power when compared to measuring the squarewave on the AD8307 based wideband (~500MHz) Power Meter. Using a Low Pass Filter to filter out the odd numbered harmonics I resolved to measure the power in the fundamental on my work bench.

For the experiment I used the well known 10MHz calibration source as developed by K3NHI. This source can be used to establish the -10dBm point on the power meter through the measurement of a DC voltage level at the DC port. This reference is easy to build and is recommended for any homebrew starting out with a basic 50 Ohm bench.

Indeed my result showed a 4.1dB difference in power reading of the fundamental vs the wideband signal.

Herewith below are my Lab Notes of the procedure adopted.

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