70cms filters

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There are plenty of designs available for 437 MHz filters:

450MHz Low pass transmit Filter

Minikits in Australia make a really good low pass filter which is ideal for use with the Portsdown or other 70cms DATV transmitters.

As used by G4KLB, G8VPG and others.


Mini-Circuits RBP-440 Bandpass filter

Mini-Circuits make an excellent low power Bandpass filter - the RBP-440 which passes 410-470MHz signals and is for mounting on a PCB. Very low insertion loss. About £16 each or try your luck with an application to their EZ Samples programme.

Simple inter-digital filter

Design by F1DJO and F6GQM first published in CQ-TV 245

70cms 245 1.JPG

Paul Wade W1GHZ has published combline filter designs in tinplate and Hammond boxes. THe 432MHz design uses a 1590BB size box. These are more easily tunable than the Altoids tin filter by using 3 air trimmer capacitors.

Tuneable pass band filter

Tuneable passband filter design by Ian, G3KKD, with 2 MHz band pass and 30 dB attenuation 4 MHz away. (the full article is available in CQ-TV 228).

70cms filter G3KKD.JPG

Built units

The following suppliers sell built and tested units:

eBay Chinese made 470MHz low pass filter

70cm LPF.jpg

This small filter is available from here http://www.ebay.co.ukfor just £6 including post from Hong Kong. Insertion loss is only 0.3dB at 437MHz and the 2nd and 3rd harmonics of 70cm are attenuated by 45 and 60 dB respectively. See plot below:


This makes it suitable for use between the ADF4351 synthesiser and the Portsdown modulator to improve the constellation as well as the output of a driver stage up to about 1 watt. It would also be very useful to reduce overload from phone towers or broadcast TV if place in front of a preamp that has a wideband input.

DG0VE used to supply reasonably priced filters for most amateur bands, but passed away a few years ago.