Author Archives: Mads Barnkob

About Mads Barnkob

Electrician, experimenter and amateur scientist with experience in industry automation, programming and all kinds of high voltage generating electronics.

Astro HVO-Vario G 38, teardown of a 862 MHz cable TV amplifier

These are highly modular cable TV amplifiers, they are set up by using a wide range of different insert cards with different frequency ranges or options. These are 38 dB amplifiers in the range from 47 to 862 MHz. This … Continue reading

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Finished project: Merlin Gerin PM700 power meter

Two days ago I conducted the first successful resistive load test of a 3 phase power meter that can measure voltage, current, power consumption, harmonic distortion and power factor. Read all about the construction and see all the pictures and video … Continue reading

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Finished project: 3 phase 13A Lübcke variac

Yesterday I conducted the first successful resistive load test of a 3 phase 13 A variac stack that has been enhanced with safety and monitoring options. Read all about the construction and see all the pictures and video demonstration here.

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Winners of a DRSSTC UD2.1 board

Seven users entered the lottery for a board by leaving a comment with a email address and through a gentleman agreement subscribed to the various channels related to this site. Two random numbers have been drawn between 1 and 7 using … Continue reading

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Win a DRSSTC UD2.1 board for just a like/subscribe

I got two spare DRSSTC driver boards and you now have the chance to one of them home. It is a Steve Ward UD2.1 board as you see in the picture, with free shipping. All you have to do is … Continue reading

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Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi WCDMA teardown: Antenna (part 3 of 3)

Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio BTS is a GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/(I-)HSPA, and LTE base station for use in mobile telecommunication antenna networks. A network that you use daily on your cellphone. Part 1: System station and Part 2: Power amplifier This … Continue reading

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Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi WCDMA teardown: Power amplifier (part 2 of 3)

Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio BTS is a GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/(I-)HSPA, and LTE base station for use in mobile telecommunication antenna networks. A network that you use daily on your cellphone. Part 1: System station and Part 3: Antenna The following … Continue reading

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Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi WCDMA teardown: System station (part 1 of 3)

Nokia Siemens Networks Flexi Multiradio BTS is a GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/(I-)HSPA, and LTE base station for use in mobile telecommunication antenna networks. A network that you use daily on your cellphone. Part 2: Power amplifier and Part 3: Antenna In the above picture … Continue reading

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Ericsson RBS 2216 900 MHz base station teardown

The Ericsson RBS 2216 is a 900 MHz GSM base station that would have been installed at the base of a antenna somewhere out in the field of mobile telecommunication networks. The enclosure contains one BFU-31 battery fuse and relay … Continue reading

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GSM 900 MHz power amplifier teardown

I had the opportunity to take apart a GSM 900 MHZ power amplifier and band pass filter. Here I will show you how it is built and explain a little about the various mechanisms inside the filter.

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