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The L3 Narda Microwave-West Beacon Oscillator is a highly integrated solid-state, phase-locked source with a high stability, low-noise integral reference oscillator and DC/DC converter. The elements that make up the Beacon are housed in a single unified enclosure.

Features

  • Frequency band designs: C-, X-, Ku- and Ka-Band

  • High-frequency accuracy & stability

  • Output power up to 1.6 W

  • Integral TCXO reference

  • Integral DC/DC Converter

Narda Microwave-West Beacons operate C-, X-, Ku- and Ka-Band frequency ranges. A Beacon Oscillator consists of a phase-locked voltage-controlled oscillator, associated multiplier and filter elements, a solid-state amplifier chain that boosts the signal to the desired power level, a DC/DC converter and a high-stability, low-noise TCXO.

The unit is constructed using thin film oscillator, amplifier, attenuator, coupler/detector, microstrip band-pass filter and control circuits. The thin film modules are enclosed in a laser-sealed hermetic aluminum housing. The housing has either a single SMA or rectangular waveguide output connector and a 15-pin D-sub connector for spacecraft bus interface. The DC/DC converter primary interface is available for a variety of bus voltages and configurations.

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