Model 500 Tracking Receiver

High-performance tracking and acquisition

The Model 500 series of tracking receivers provides a high quality, cost effective solution as a beacon receiver for satellite tracking, spectrum display, and uplink power control (UPC) receiver source.

  • Configurable for tracking receiver, spectrum display or uplink power control
  • Inputs for 950-2150 MHz L-Band, single or multiband with converters for S/C/X/Ku/Ka
  • Single or dual polarization inputs
  • Acquire C/No 35 dB-Hz Digital, 40 dB-Hz Analog
  • Ethernet Connectivity
  • Dynamic range > 90 dB
  • Monopulse capability (with optional RF plate)
  • Quick-Lock acquisition (<1 second)

 

Features

The RF front end is a three stage conversion system for enhanced sensitivity and selectivity. The analog to digital converter (ADC) inputs are digitized at 16 MHz and are transferred to a 500 MHz, 32-bit Digital Signal Processor for real-time analysis.

The Receiver is an integrated rack mounted (2RU) chassis that includes:

  • Dual touch screen display system with intuitive user interface
  • Embedded control and DSP processors
  • Digital or analog receiver
  • Up to 4 internal block down converters for any frequency band combination from L through Ka
  • Dual 100MB Ethernet and EIA-422 serial ports
  • Internal L-Band test signal generator

Models

  • Model 520 - Analog receiver with optional internal BDCs
  • Model 550 – Digital receiver with spectrum display and optional internal BDCs

Specifications

RF Options

Option

Band

Input

Frequency - Ghz

VSWR

Image Rejection

Stability

L1 L 50Ω, type N 0.95-2.150 2 : 1 40 dB ± 5kHz
S1 S 50Ω, type N 2.0-2.8 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
C1 C 50Ω, type N 3.4-4.2 15 : 1 40 dB ± 15kHz
C2 C 50Ω, type N 3.4-4.8 15 : 1 40 dB ± 15kHz
C3 C 50Ω, type N 4.0-4.8 15 : 1 40 dB ± 15kHz
X1 X 50Ω, type N 7.25-7.75 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
X2 X 50Ω, type N 7.6-8.5 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
Ku1 Ku 50Ω, type N 10.7-11.9 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
Ku2 Ku 50Ω, type N 11.8-13.0 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
Ku3 Ku 50Ω, type N 10.7-13.0 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
Ka1* Ka 50Ω, SMA 17.0-18.1 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
Ka2* Ka 50Ω, SMA 18.1-19.2 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
Ka3* Ka 50Ω, SMA 19.2-20.3 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
Ka4* Ka 50Ω, SMA 20.2-21.3 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
Ka5* Ka 50Ω, SMA 21.2-22.3 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz

 

Receiver Specifications

Analog (Model 520)

Digital (Model 550)

Input Frequency Range 950-2150 MHz 950-2150 MHz
Total Input Power Level (no damage) +10 dBm max +10 dBm max
Input Beacon Level Range 0 to -96 dBm 0 to -94 dBm
Beacon Tuning Step Size 1 kHz 1 kHz
Predetection Bandwidth 280, 25, 6, 2.5 kHz 250, 4, 1 kHz
Signal Strength Linearity Error +/-2 dB +/- 1 dB
C/No for Narrowband Acquisition 40 dB-Hz (6 kHz)
35 dB-Hz (1kHz BW)
Detection Type
PLL
FFT-Based, No Integration
Sweep Width
±40 to ±150 kHz
16 to 300 kHz
Acquisition Time
1 sec (6 kHz BW, 120 kHz sweep)
300 ms (4 kHz BW, 150 kHz Span)

 

Spectrum Display

Span Range 0.1 MHz to 1.0 GHz
Signal Level Error 3 dB Max
Dynamic Range 85 dB
Spurious Free Dynamic Range 55 dB
Resolution Bandwidth 1 to 2 % of Span
Sweep Rate 3 to 8 Sweeps Per Second

 

Physical Data

Dimensions (In.) 3.5H x 19W x 20D
Weight (shipping) * 23.5 Lbs (28Lbs)
Power 90-264 VAC, 47-63 Hz, 200VA
Temperature, Operating 0° to 50° C
Temperature, Storage -30° to +70°C
Humidity 0 to 95%, non-condensing
Data Interfaces
Serial RS-422, DB-9
  Ethernet, RJ45 x2
  Front Panel Universal Serial Bus (USB) x1
Track Signal Outputs
Analog (2) and streaming digital (serial or Ethernet)
  • Features

    Features

    The RF front end is a three stage conversion system for enhanced sensitivity and selectivity. The analog to digital converter (ADC) inputs are digitized at 16 MHz and are transferred to a 500 MHz, 32-bit Digital Signal Processor for real-time analysis.

    The Receiver is an integrated rack mounted (2RU) chassis that includes:

    • Dual touch screen display system with intuitive user interface
    • Embedded control and DSP processors
    • Digital or analog receiver
    • Up to 4 internal block down converters for any frequency band combination from L through Ka
    • Dual 100MB Ethernet and EIA-422 serial ports
    • Internal L-Band test signal generator

    Models

    • Model 520 - Analog receiver with optional internal BDCs
    • Model 550 – Digital receiver with spectrum display and optional internal BDCs
  • Specifications

    Specifications

    RF Options

    Option

    Band

    Input

    Frequency - Ghz

    VSWR

    Image Rejection

    Stability

    L1 L 50Ω, type N 0.95-2.150 2 : 1 40 dB ± 5kHz
    S1 S 50Ω, type N 2.0-2.8 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
    C1 C 50Ω, type N 3.4-4.2 15 : 1 40 dB ± 15kHz
    C2 C 50Ω, type N 3.4-4.8 15 : 1 40 dB ± 15kHz
    C3 C 50Ω, type N 4.0-4.8 15 : 1 40 dB ± 15kHz
    X1 X 50Ω, type N 7.25-7.75 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
    X2 X 50Ω, type N 7.6-8.5 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
    Ku1 Ku 50Ω, type N 10.7-11.9 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
    Ku2 Ku 50Ω, type N 11.8-13.0 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
    Ku3 Ku 50Ω, type N 10.7-13.0 15 : 1 40 dB ± 25kHz
    Ka1* Ka 50Ω, SMA 17.0-18.1 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
    Ka2* Ka 50Ω, SMA 18.1-19.2 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
    Ka3* Ka 50Ω, SMA 19.2-20.3 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
    Ka4* Ka 50Ω, SMA 20.2-21.3 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz
    Ka5* Ka 50Ω, SMA 21.2-22.3 15 : 1 40 dB ± 50kHz

     

    Receiver Specifications

    Analog (Model 520)

    Digital (Model 550)

    Input Frequency Range 950-2150 MHz 950-2150 MHz
    Total Input Power Level (no damage) +10 dBm max +10 dBm max
    Input Beacon Level Range 0 to -96 dBm 0 to -94 dBm
    Beacon Tuning Step Size 1 kHz 1 kHz
    Predetection Bandwidth 280, 25, 6, 2.5 kHz 250, 4, 1 kHz
    Signal Strength Linearity Error +/-2 dB +/- 1 dB
    C/No for Narrowband Acquisition 40 dB-Hz (6 kHz)
    35 dB-Hz (1kHz BW)
    Detection Type
    PLL
    FFT-Based, No Integration
    Sweep Width
    ±40 to ±150 kHz
    16 to 300 kHz
    Acquisition Time
    1 sec (6 kHz BW, 120 kHz sweep)
    300 ms (4 kHz BW, 150 kHz Span)

     

    Spectrum Display

    Span Range 0.1 MHz to 1.0 GHz
    Signal Level Error 3 dB Max
    Dynamic Range 85 dB
    Spurious Free Dynamic Range 55 dB
    Resolution Bandwidth 1 to 2 % of Span
    Sweep Rate 3 to 8 Sweeps Per Second

     

    Physical Data

    Dimensions (In.) 3.5H x 19W x 20D
    Weight (shipping) * 23.5 Lbs (28Lbs)
    Power 90-264 VAC, 47-63 Hz, 200VA
    Temperature, Operating 0° to 50° C
    Temperature, Storage -30° to +70°C
    Humidity 0 to 95%, non-condensing
    Data Interfaces
    Serial RS-422, DB-9
      Ethernet, RJ45 x2
      Front Panel Universal Serial Bus (USB) x1
    Track Signal Outputs
    Analog (2) and streaming digital (serial or Ethernet)
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