As of February 2017 the Sharp and Samsung tuners are no longer available and the MiniTiouner project will use a tuner NIM from Serit (FTS-4335) which covers from 143.75MHz right through to 2450 MHz without the need for any upconverters. The first prototype was exposed at CAT16 ( images/d/df/MiniTiouner_CAT16.pdf ) by Jean-Pierre F6DZP
Please use the BATC forum for any feedback on this project http://www.batc.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=4853
The Serit FTS4335 NIM is capable of receiving more than one signal simultaneously; however the BATC hardware and software can only receive one signal at a time. There is provision for a socket on the converter PCB to connect to the second receive output of the FTS4335V for experimentation. F6DZP's dual receive software is still under development and may be available for testing. See his web site at: http://www.vivadatv.org
Even though only one transmission can be received at any time with this converter PCB, it is possible to select which of the two antenna sockets is used, allowing one of two antennas / converters to be connected.
Filters and pre-amps
The wide band coverage makes building a receiver for 146 or 437 much easier, although you will need a pre-amp followed by lots of filtering for each band, just like the Sharp did, and probably followed by a Satellite line amp from ebay as the Serit has less gain than the Sharp.
To use the FTS4335 MiniTiouner you will need to run Ver 0.6d or later versions of the excellent MiniTioune software. This is available for download from the Viva DATV forum here and will work with Sharp, Eardatek or Serit tuners. You need to register on the Viva DATV forum before being able to download.
Also, due to a different pinouts from the Sharp NIM, the Serit FTS4335 NIM will also need a simple adapter board to enable it to be plugged in to the MiniTiouner standard hardware.
Brian G4EWJ has designed a PCB and the blank board plus a full set of (leaded) components and the Serit MiniTiouner is available in the BATC shop.