Welcome - The PA0KLT Low Noise VFO Synthesized Kit
Updated 24th April 2013
News - PA0KLT V4.20 Firmware announced!! - with Optional RIT and Fast Tuning Functionality & Optical Encoder/Tuning Knob
PA0KLT and SDR-Kits are pleased to announce that all PA0KLT Kits ordered and shipped after1st August 2012 will be supplied with upgraded V4.20 firmware.
The V4.20 Firmware offers the following new Optional Functions:
RIT (Receive Incremental Tuning) - This
is implemented via two new extra push-buttons.
RIT is enabled by pressing the RIT, a second press on the RIT button disables the RIT offset. RIT is also disabled in TX/Lock Mode.
A press on the 2nd button resets any RIT offset back to 0 kHz. The maximum RIT offset range is +/- 10 kHz/
The extra hardware required for RIT Function is included in all PA0KLT Kits supplied after 1st August 2012.
Optional Fast Tuning - The
V4.20 firmware also supports Fast Tune as an option. Fast Tune is
enabled via a suitable Encoder fitted with switch or
by a separate pushbutton switch (Optional hardware required).
When the switch is briefly pressed, this provides for a 25x Fast Tune rate, whilst a second press revert to the Normal Tuning as before.
For example, with a 24 step encoder, enhanced by the firmware to 96 steps/turn and a 10 Hz tuning step selected this results in a resolution of 0.96 kHz
per turn. When Fast Tune switch is enabled the resolution increased to 24 kHz per turn until Fast Tune is switched off again.
PA0KLT V4.20 Connection Diagram for RIT and Fast Tune Options
Firmware Upgrades to V4.20 for older PA0KLT Kits – SDR-Kits is pleased to offer following upgrades PA0KLT Kits with older firmware:
kit of parts is available in the WebShop to upgrade older PA0KLT Kits
with V4.20 functionality: This kit contains a new Atmega168 chip as
2 pushbuttons, and a 2k2 resistor.
To implement Fast Tune, a 32 step Optical or a 24 step Mechanical Encoder with a built-in switch is necessary. Either is available in the WebShop.
Encoder and Matching 44mm Tuning Control Knob announced
At request of many Customers, SDR-Kits are now stocking a quality 32 step Optical Encoder with built-in switch to replace the mechanical encoder in the PA0KLT Kit
together with a matching Tuning Control Knob. These parts are ideal as an upgrade for the PA0KLT VFO Kit in Receivers or Transceiver Projects.
The Optical Encoder and Tuning Knob provides for a professional feel, touch and look to any Quality Amateur Radio Project yet at modest cost.
PA0KLT Kit - Information
The PA0KLT Low noise VFO kit is available with various Si570 Chips which set the maximum frequency range required up to 1417 MHz (1.417 GHz)
Kit A supplied with Si570CAC and overs 3.45 - 210 MHz - output is CMOS Square wave
Kit B supplioed with Si570BBC - covers 3.45 - 280 MHz - output is LVDS Square wave
Kit C supplied with Si570BBB - cover 3.45 - 945 MHz - output is LVDS Square wave
Kit D supplied without chip - If you already have a suitable Si570 chip.
Kit E supplied with Si570DBA - covers 3.45 - 1417 MHz - output is CML Square wave
Kit F supplied with Si571CFC - provision for AF input for FM Modulation - covers up to 210 MHz
with CMOS square wave output
Click here for Pricing and Ordering information shown below
New Updated V5.4 Kit Assembly manual published 29th November. New Drawings by PA0KLT. Please download!
Download PA0KLT Kit Assembly Manual V5.4 for new ISSUE 2 PCB for kits shipped after June 1st 2010
Download PA0KLT Kit Assembly Manual V4.4 or older ISSUE 1 PCB for kits shipped up to 31st May 2010
Datasheet for WBC4-1WLB transformer 2 MHz - 1000 MHz
Frequency coverage is from 3.45
MHz up to 1417 MHz, depending on the type of
device fitted. The minimum tuning step is selectable from 1 Hz, 10Hz, 100 Hz, 1kHz
design offers a Smooth Tuning experience like in a high quality
There is no interference when the frequency of the Si570 is tuned within
+/- 3500 ppm from last Coarse Frequency command executed. Tuning
resolution is 96 steps for each turn of the tuning control knob.
Kit suitable for constructors with some previous kit assembly experience. Some components like capacitors (0805mm) and Si570 are Surface Mount Devices
Up to 32 frequencies may be stored in Memory in two banks (Memory A and Memory B)
Power Supply voltage: 8-12V or from single +5V supply with modification
Current consumption 125mA (20mA drawn by LCD backlight)
Provision of RF output transformer options on PCB
Support industry standard LCD display 2 x16 to 2x20 characters
LCD module supplied has built-in backlight - size 73mm x 36mm
PCB size: 70mm x 34mm - Tin plated screen box available.
Firmware written in Assembler - supports Programmable IF Offset and Integer Frequency multiplication
Local Oscillator Building Block
brew Receivers or Transceivers.
External Local Oscillator for stand SDR hardware Projects
Wide range Low Noise test
output frequency programmable in steps
from 1 Hz. upwards
Multiband QRP CW Transceiver
3.5 MHz - 144 MHz with plug-in LPF
Kits will contain a quality double sided PCB, a programmed Atmel
ATMEGA168, 6 pushbuttons, Mechanical
Rotary encoder without switch, all connectors - LCD display with backlight. Si570 chip will be supplied as ordered
(Si570 Chip not shown on photo)
PAOKLT Kit Pricing and Orders - see the WEBSHOP
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Ton Blokker PA0KLT and SDR-Kits
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