71 MHz

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ATV operators in the UK have, for the last 2 years, had access to 1MHz of spectrum centred on 71MHz. However, they have had to apply for a special research permit using a manual paper process and a number of operators reported problems with application getting stuck and never receiving the permit.

Since June 2018 the spectrum is now available to as an NoV available to holders of the full UK license. Applications are now done on-line in a similar process to the 146MHz NoV and result in an NoV being issued immediately. See http://rsgb.org/main/operating/licensing-novs-visitors/online-nov-application/70-5mhz-and-71-5mhz-nov/ for more details.

The NoV allows operation with a maximum of 100W ERP, but prohibits operation within 40 km of the coast or border of Scotland.

Equipment for 71MHz DATV



Some notes for the G0MJW up-converter


Here is a readable copy of the schematic:


In the parts list, there may be a bit of confusion over L11 and L15. L11 is only fitted if you are planning to send volts up the coax to provide the bias for the modamp. L15 is the RF choke for the modamp and should be fitted if the PGA103+ modamp is used. You can of course do without the modamp if you have an external pre-amplifier with sufficient gain. Ideally you would run this board just over 2V over the regulator voltage. Using the recommended 3.3V regulator 5V is marginal but probably fine. The PGA103+ takes up to around 100mA. With a 12V supply the regulator will get hot.

The dot on the ADE11x mixer indicates pin 1 and should align with the 1 on the silkscreen.

SMD Packages

SMD soldering is easy once you get the hang of it, easier than through hole as you don't have to keep turning the board over. I have left a lot of space around each part to aid construction. Don't use a poker, use a fine tip iron and 0.3mm solder. I didn't notice in the proof but the leading zeros have been left off the SMD package, 805 should be 0805. Most of the SMD parts are in the 0805 size, which is often the largest still commonly available.

The pads for the variable capacitors have been extended to allow for larger components which may be easier to use. The Murata TZC03 series for example is an enormous 3.2x4.5mm and the TZB4 an even larger 4x4.5mm.