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 AAZ-0912A 35MHZ USB POWERED ANTENNA ANALYZER:

Project by:

Antonio Alfinito / I2TZK

Frank Dziurda / K7SFN 

Dinesh Gajjar / VU2FD

 

END OF PROJECT: 

Please Consider Revised version AAZ-0217

 

AAZ-0912A: USB/PC Version

AAZ-0912 was a very popular antenna analyzer kit among Radio Amateurs. Hence, we decided to continue with this kit which is USB Only Version. If you intend to use Analyzer with Graphic CPU, please consider AAZ-0713A.

 

Measuring antenna impedance or line losses is of a great interest to Radio Amateurs. That too when it comes to measure an antenna performance without having a transmitter, it brings special attention of homebrewers.

This project uses AD9850/51 as a Signal Generator and AD8307 as a detector and works with a resistive return-loss bridge.

Look simple but it is made so by our friend Tony / I2TZK who spent a lots of time in making Firmware and PC software for this project. 

AAZ-0912A is designed to accommodate AD9850, SMT 125MHZ OSC and SMT SO8 AD8307. This mod made possible prepare full kits and assembled at low prices.

A special PC software is developed by Tony / I2TZK which, when installed on your PC, gives you a graphical presentation of how good your antenna is!!

To further cheer-up homebrewers, we have made a small carrier board for SSOP28 package of AD9850/51. AAZ-0912 kits are supplied with DDS chip pre-soldered on carrier board to make assembly of this kit without much pain.

Purpose of this project is to encourage radio amateurs to build their own Antenna Analyzer at a low cost.  

I2TZK PC Software (WinXP/WIN7) & PIC Firmware V5.00 for AAZ-0912A has achieved following design task:  

Simple Single Micro Controller with built-in A/D converter (PIC18F2550/2553)
 
DDS Based signal Generator. Act as a signal source too
 
Main features are:
 
USB Powered.
 
Full HF Range: to 35MHZ (Goes to 50MHZ)
 
Stable Reference voltage using LM385-2.5V.
 
BNC Connector for antenna connection
 
Calculates SWR and other parameters of antenna 
 
Free PC Program by Tony / I2TZK 
 
Firmware accepts PIC18F2550 or 2553 and DDS AD9851 or AD9850 (V3.00).
 
AD8307 as a Log Amplifier.
 
AD9850/51 Carrier board supplied
 
  
 AAZ - 0912A  Kits
Full Kits: AAZ-0912A
Includes AD9850 Pre-Soldered on Carrier board. Also include AD8307 SO8 pre-soldered on main board. 

AD9850 module is tested for full HF range. 

 
All SMT parts are pre-soldered and Included.
 
PC USB Noise
 
Important Note:
PC Noise do have influence over performance of AAZ kits. If erratic DDS operation or readings are observed, please use a Split Toroid over your USB Cable. (Or use USB cable with an EMI Toroid)
An improved PC software (and associated PIC Firmware) with Noise Filter and other advanced features is under development by Tony/I2TZK and will be released soon.
 
AAZ - 0912A: Full Kits and Assembled

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 DDS Module assembly:
 
 AAZ-0912A full kits: AD9850 is supplied pre-soldered on carrier board.

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 Antenna Analyzer Reviews by Radio Amateurs:
VE3GTC     VA3KV     OK1UNL

        

 AAZ-0912 Documents
 
Antenna Analyzer Schematic Full Kits AAZ-0912A JPG
 
Antenna Analyzer Full  KIT Parts LIST AAZ-0912A 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document
 
Antenna Analyzer AAZ-0912A Tech Info Doc 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document
AAZ-0912A Assembly Note 0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

 

 AAZ-0912A PC Software & Firmware Download
I2TZK Web Site

  
I2TZK Download Page

   
Version V5.02 FW 

 
Version 5.03 WIN Software

 
Antenna Analyzer PC Software User Guide for Version 4.00

0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

  
How to Update?

0-500MHZ RF Sensor Document

 
 

 

This Project Revised to: AAZ-0217

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