Block Upconverters

C-Band, X-Band, Ku-Band

BU-Series Block Upconverters are designed to translate a block of L-Band IF input frequencies to C-Band, X-Band, or Ku-Band. These block upconverters have the quality, stability and performance required for demanding transmitting applications in INTELSAT, EUTELSAT, and other satellite communications systems. When used with Solid-State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs) the BU-Series converters will shift the SSPA input frequency to L-Band for use with coaxial or fiber optic IFLs.

  • L-Band input
  • C-, X-, or Ku-Band output:
    • C-Band = 575 or 875 MHz BW
    • X-Band = 500 MHz BW
    • Ku-Band = 500 or 750 MHz BW
  • Phase-locked oscillator locks to external 10 MHz reference
  • INTELSAT/EUTELSAT-compliant phase noise

 

Features

BU-Series converters may be powered by one of two methods: Either supply +Vdc between the center conductor and ground of the L-Band input cable (cable powered) or apply +Vdc to the DC
power RFI and the ground lug. The alarm RFIs provide a Form ‘C’ contact set which indicates a fault if phase lock is lost. The alarm circuit is rated at 100 V at 50 mA.

Options

  • External reference may be diplexed with IF input or supplied via separate coaxial connector.

Specifications (C-Band)

Parameter

Notes

Min.

Nom./Typ.+

Max.

Units

Output Spectrum   Non-Inverted
LO Phase Noise 10 Hz
100 Hz
1 kHz
10 kHz
100 KHz
1 MHz
    -33
-63
-73
-83
-93
-103
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
LO Leakage At RF output (4.90 GHz) -60 dBm
Spurious In band
Out of band; POUT < -3 dBm
    -60
-60
dBc
dBm
Gain Level 20 23 25 dB
Gain Flatness Full-band
Per 40 MHz


±1.0
±0.25
dB
dB
Gain Stability Per week, constant temp
Vs. temperature
    ±0.50
±1.5
dB
dB
Power Output At 1 dB compression
+10 +12   dBm
3rd Order Output Intercept Two tones at -3 dBm each +20 +22   dBm
Noise Figure
At +23 °C
  15 18 dB
VSWR Input (50 ohms)
Output (50 ohms)
 
1.35
1.35
:1
:1
Image Rejection   40      dB
Fault Alarm
Phase lock
  Form-C Contact (100 V/50 mA)    
Connectors IF In, IF Out/DC In
DC In/Alarm Out
Ext. Ref. In (Option E)
  SMA (F)
RFI Feedthrough
SMA (F)
   
Power Requirements
Voltage
Current
+10.5



390
+18
450
Vdc
mA
Operating Temperature
Ambient
-40   +70 °C

 

Specifications (X-Band)

Parameter

Notes

Min.

Nom./Typ.+

Max.

Units

Output Spectrum   Non-Inverted
LO Phase Noise 10 Hz
100 Hz
1 kHz
10 kHz
100 KHz
1 MHz
    -33
-63
-73
-83
-93
-103
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
LO Leakage At RF output (6.95 GHz) -60 dBm
Spurious In band
Out of band; POUT < -3 dBm
    -60
-60
dBc
dBm
Gain Level 20 23 25 dB
Gain Flatness Full-band
Per 40 MHz


±1.0
±0.25
dB
dB
Gain Stability Per week, constant temp
Vs. temperature
    ±0.50
±1.5
dB
dB
Power Output At 1 dB compression
+10 +12   dBm
3rd Order Output Intercept Two tones at -3 dBm each +20 +22   dBm
Noise Figure
At +23 °C
  15 18 dB
VSWR Input (50 ohms)
Output (50 ohms)
 
1.35
1.35
:1
:1
Image Rejection   40      dB
Fault Alarm
Phase lock
  Form-C Contact (100 V/50 mA)    
Connectors IF In, IF Out/DC In
DC In/Alarm Out
Ext. Ref. In (Option E)
  SMA (F)
RFI Feedthrough
SMA (F)
   
Power Requirements
Voltage
Current
+10.5



390
+18
450
Vdc
mA
Operating Temperature
Ambient
-40   +70 °C

 

Specifications (Ku-Band)

Parameter

Notes

Min.

Nom./Typ.+

Max.

Units

Output Spectrum   Non-Inverted
LO Phase Noise 10 Hz
100 Hz
1 kHz
10 kHz
100 KHz
1 MHz
    -33
-63
-73
-83
-93
-103
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
dBc/Hz
LO Leakage At RF output (A, 13.05 GHz; B, 12.80 GHz) -60 dBm
Spurious In band
Out of band; POUT < -3 dBm
    -60
-60
dBc
dBm
Gain Level 20 23 25 dB
Gain Flatness Full-band
Per 40 MHz


±1.0
±0.25
dB
dB
Gain Stability Per week, constant temp
Vs. temperature
    ±0.50
±1.5
dB
dB
Power Output At 1 dB compression
+10 +12   dBm
3rd Order Output Intercept Two tones at -3 dBm each +20 +22   dBm
Noise Figure
At +23 °C
  15 18 dB
VSWR Input (50 ohms)
Output (50 ohms)
 
1.35
1.35
:1
:1
Image Rejection   40      dB
Fault Alarm
Phase lock
  Form-C Contact (100 V/50 mA)    
Connectors IF In, IF Out/DC In
DC In/Alarm Out
Ext. Ref. In (Option E)
  SMA (F)
RFI Feedthrough
SMA (F)
   
Power Requirements
Voltage
Current
+10.5



390
+18
450
Vdc
mA
Operating Temperature
Ambient
-40   +70 °C

Satcom - Block Upconverter Diagrams

Satcom - Block Upconverter Diagrams

Satcom - Block Upconverter Diagrams

  • Features

    Features

    BU-Series converters may be powered by one of two methods: Either supply +Vdc between the center conductor and ground of the L-Band input cable (cable powered) or apply +Vdc to the DC
    power RFI and the ground lug. The alarm RFIs provide a Form ‘C’ contact set which indicates a fault if phase lock is lost. The alarm circuit is rated at 100 V at 50 mA.

    Options

    • External reference may be diplexed with IF input or supplied via separate coaxial connector.
  • Specifications

    Specifications (C-Band)

    Parameter

    Notes

    Min.

    Nom./Typ.+

    Max.

    Units

    Output Spectrum   Non-Inverted
    LO Phase Noise 10 Hz
    100 Hz
    1 kHz
    10 kHz
    100 KHz
    1 MHz
        -33
    -63
    -73
    -83
    -93
    -103
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    LO Leakage At RF output (4.90 GHz) -60 dBm
    Spurious In band
    Out of band; POUT < -3 dBm
        -60
    -60
    dBc
    dBm
    Gain Level 20 23 25 dB
    Gain Flatness Full-band
    Per 40 MHz


    ±1.0
    ±0.25
    dB
    dB
    Gain Stability Per week, constant temp
    Vs. temperature
        ±0.50
    ±1.5
    dB
    dB
    Power Output At 1 dB compression
    +10 +12   dBm
    3rd Order Output Intercept Two tones at -3 dBm each +20 +22   dBm
    Noise Figure
    At +23 °C
      15 18 dB
    VSWR Input (50 ohms)
    Output (50 ohms)
     
    1.35
    1.35
    :1
    :1
    Image Rejection   40      dB
    Fault Alarm
    Phase lock
      Form-C Contact (100 V/50 mA)    
    Connectors IF In, IF Out/DC In
    DC In/Alarm Out
    Ext. Ref. In (Option E)
      SMA (F)
    RFI Feedthrough
    SMA (F)
       
    Power Requirements
    Voltage
    Current
    +10.5



    390
    +18
    450
    Vdc
    mA
    Operating Temperature
    Ambient
    -40   +70 °C

     

    Specifications (X-Band)

    Parameter

    Notes

    Min.

    Nom./Typ.+

    Max.

    Units

    Output Spectrum   Non-Inverted
    LO Phase Noise 10 Hz
    100 Hz
    1 kHz
    10 kHz
    100 KHz
    1 MHz
        -33
    -63
    -73
    -83
    -93
    -103
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    LO Leakage At RF output (6.95 GHz) -60 dBm
    Spurious In band
    Out of band; POUT < -3 dBm
        -60
    -60
    dBc
    dBm
    Gain Level 20 23 25 dB
    Gain Flatness Full-band
    Per 40 MHz


    ±1.0
    ±0.25
    dB
    dB
    Gain Stability Per week, constant temp
    Vs. temperature
        ±0.50
    ±1.5
    dB
    dB
    Power Output At 1 dB compression
    +10 +12   dBm
    3rd Order Output Intercept Two tones at -3 dBm each +20 +22   dBm
    Noise Figure
    At +23 °C
      15 18 dB
    VSWR Input (50 ohms)
    Output (50 ohms)
     
    1.35
    1.35
    :1
    :1
    Image Rejection   40      dB
    Fault Alarm
    Phase lock
      Form-C Contact (100 V/50 mA)    
    Connectors IF In, IF Out/DC In
    DC In/Alarm Out
    Ext. Ref. In (Option E)
      SMA (F)
    RFI Feedthrough
    SMA (F)
       
    Power Requirements
    Voltage
    Current
    +10.5



    390
    +18
    450
    Vdc
    mA
    Operating Temperature
    Ambient
    -40   +70 °C

     

    Specifications (Ku-Band)

    Parameter

    Notes

    Min.

    Nom./Typ.+

    Max.

    Units

    Output Spectrum   Non-Inverted
    LO Phase Noise 10 Hz
    100 Hz
    1 kHz
    10 kHz
    100 KHz
    1 MHz
        -33
    -63
    -73
    -83
    -93
    -103
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    dBc/Hz
    LO Leakage At RF output (A, 13.05 GHz; B, 12.80 GHz) -60 dBm
    Spurious In band
    Out of band; POUT < -3 dBm
        -60
    -60
    dBc
    dBm
    Gain Level 20 23 25 dB
    Gain Flatness Full-band
    Per 40 MHz


    ±1.0
    ±0.25
    dB
    dB
    Gain Stability Per week, constant temp
    Vs. temperature
        ±0.50
    ±1.5
    dB
    dB
    Power Output At 1 dB compression
    +10 +12   dBm
    3rd Order Output Intercept Two tones at -3 dBm each +20 +22   dBm
    Noise Figure
    At +23 °C
      15 18 dB
    VSWR Input (50 ohms)
    Output (50 ohms)
     
    1.35
    1.35
    :1
    :1
    Image Rejection   40      dB
    Fault Alarm
    Phase lock
      Form-C Contact (100 V/50 mA)    
    Connectors IF In, IF Out/DC In
    DC In/Alarm Out
    Ext. Ref. In (Option E)
      SMA (F)
    RFI Feedthrough
    SMA (F)
       
    Power Requirements
    Voltage
    Current
    +10.5



    390
    +18
    450
    Vdc
    mA
    Operating Temperature
    Ambient
    -40   +70 °C
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