Electronics World articles Popular Electronics articles QST articles Radio & TV News articles Radio-Craft articles Radio-Electronics articles Short Wave Craft articles Wireless World articles Google Search of RF Cafe website Sitemap Electronics Equations Mathematics Equations Equations physics Manufacturers & distributors Engineer Jobs LinkedIn Crosswords Engineering Humor Kirt's Cogitations RF Engineering Quizzes Notable Quotes Calculators Education Engineering Magazine Articles Engineering software RF Cafe Archives RF Cascade Workbook 2018 RF Symbols for Visio - Word Advertising RF Cafe Forums Magazine Sponsor RF Cafe RF Electronics Symbols for Visio RF Electronics Symbols for Office Word RF Electronics Stencils for Visio Sponsor Links Saturday Evening Post NEETS EW Radar Handbook Microwave Museum About RF Cafe Aegis Power Systems Anritsu Alliance Test Equipment Amplifier Solutions Anatech Electronics Axiom Test Equipment Berkeley Nucleonics Bittele Centric RF Conduct RF Copper Mountain Technologies Empower RF everything RF Exodus Advanced Communications Innovative Power Products ISOTEC KR Filters Lotus Systems PCB Directory Rigol RF Superstore San Francisco Circuits Reactel RFCT TotalTemp Technologies Triad RF Systems Windfreak Technologies Withwave LadyBug Technologies Wireless Telecom Group Sponsorship Rates RF Cafe Software Resources Vintage Magazines Thank you for visiting RF Cafe!

directional detector? - RF Cafe Forums

RF Cafe Forums closed its virtual doors in 2010 mainly due to other social media platforms dominating public commenting venues. RF Cafe Forums began sometime around August of 2003 and was quite well-attended for many years. By 2010, Facebook and Twitter were overwhelmingly dominating online personal interaction, and RF Cafe Forums activity dropped off precipitously. Regardless, there are still lots of great posts in the archive that ware worth looking at. Below are the old forum threads, including responses to the original posts.

NOTICE: The original RF Cafe Forum is available again for reading, and the new RF Cafe Blog is an active board.

-- Amateur Radio

-- Anecdotes, Gripes, & Humor

-- Antennas

-- CAE, CAD, & Software

-- Circuits & Components

-- Employment & Interviews

-- Miscellany

-- Swap Shop

-- Systems

-- Test & Measurement

-- Webmaster


Post subject: directional detector?

Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 27, 2005 6:11 pm

Hi There,

I bought two directional detectors at a swap shop, but I can't seem to get them to work. Their frequency ranges are from 400MHz to 1GHz and when I put 500MHz into them at 30dBm I can't measure anything out of the detector port. The in-line port has N-connectors and the detector port has RCA connectors like you get on your stereo. I'd really like to use these, but I can't measure anything out of the RCA connector port. I used a dc voltmeter and I used a scope on 5mV/div. I hope this isn't a stupid question? Do I somehow have to bias the RCA port? Thanks a lot.


Mark Gidney,

Nova Scotia, Canada



Post subject:

Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 3:53 am

Directional detectors use diodes. I hope 30dBm wasn't too much.




Post subject:

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 9:51 am



Joined: Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:16 pm

Posts: 2

Location: NJ

Sometimes detectors lack an internal DC termination which is required.

Try adding a 3 dB coax pad between the detector and voltmeter, (or otherwise provide a dc termination).

good luck.





Post subject:

Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 11:58 am

I agree with Rod, 30dBm may have blown the diodes or the diodes were already blown when you bought the detector.

Posted  11/12/2012

KR Electronics (RF Filters) - RF Cafe
RF Superstore (RF Components) - RF Cafe
Exodus Advanced Communications Best in Class RF Amplifier SSPAs
RF Electronics Shapes, Stencils for Office, Visio by RF Cafe

Please Support RF Cafe by purchasing my  ridiculously low−priced products, all of which I created.

These Are Available for Free


About RF Cafe

Kirt Blattenberger - RF Cafe Webmaster

Copyright: 1996 - 2024


    Kirt Blattenberger,


RF Cafe began life in 1996 as "RF Tools" in an AOL screen name web space totaling 2 MB. Its primary purpose was to provide me with ready access to commonly needed formulas and reference material while performing my work as an RF system and circuit design engineer. The World Wide Web (Internet) was largely an unknown entity at the time and bandwidth was a scarce commodity. Dial-up modems blazed along at 14.4 kbps while tying up your telephone line, and a nice lady's voice announced "You've Got Mail" when a new message arrived...

All trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other rights of ownership to images and text used on the RF Cafe website are hereby acknowledged.

My Hobby Website: