Beacon Receivers 3430-IF Baseband Beacon Receiver

Beacon Tracking ReceiverModels 3430-IF
I-Band Beacon Tracking Receivers
Version 4

A tracking receiver for antenna step tracking and automatic uplink power control

The Model 3430-IF Version 4 is the latest release of our reliable series of 3430 Beacon Receivers. The Model 3430-IF features an input of 50 – 200 MHz, Digital Level reference setting, Ethernet connectivity with M&C control interface, and power up temperature compensation for rapid signal acquisition. Frequency selection on 10 kHz steps may be accomplished from the front panel or via remote control. Pre detection noise bandwidth of 50 kHz (or factory option of 25 kHz) facilitates accurate tracking at very low C/N levels.

  1. 50 to 200 MHz standard input for 70 MHz and 140 MHz IF band applications
  2. Digital level reference setting, -10 to -70 dBm on 0.5 dB steps
  3. Ethernet connectivity with M&C control interface
  4. NEW Version 2.0 M&C control interface allows for remote monitoring from one or multiple locations
  5. RS-232/422/485  and Ethernet  All Standard
  6. Temperature stabilization compensation.

The output of the Beacon Receiver is a DC voltage proportional to the input signal level to facilitate both antenna tracking control and automatic power control.  A Loss of Carrier indicator is provided in the event the tracking signal is lost.  Form “C” relay contacts provide an external Loss of Carrier Alarm.  A front panel VFD displays operating frequency, relative signal level, carrier lock or alarm, and input level.

Input Frequency 50 to 200 MHz
Input Level -10 to -70 dBm typical
Level Adjust Digital, 0.5 dB steps
Level Accuracy ±0.4 dB per step ±4 dB over entire range
Tracking Slope 0.5V/dB
Tracking Linearity ±0.25 dB
Frequency Selection 10 kHz steps
Min. input level for Lock -85 dBm
Input Connector Type “BNC” Female, 50 ohm*
Threshold 4 dB C/N for acquisition < 1 dB C/N for carrier lock
Tracking Response 0 to +10 VDC over 20 dB input range standard
other ranges optional****
Alarms Form-C relay contacts
AFC ±25 kHz
Noise Bandwidth 50 kHz
M&C RS-232 & RS-422/485
Ethernet 10/100 Base T
Continuous Data Streaming option/ streaming signal strength output via a dedicated RS-232 DB 9 connector
M&C Connector DB-9 Female & RJ 45 Connector
Dedicated DB9 with CDS option
Output Connector Modular socket & plug
Dimensions 1 RU, 19″ x 16″ x 1.75″
Prime Input Power 90-260 VAC, 47-63 Hz, auto-sensing, 45 Watts max
Valid Options
AFC and Filtering
O Standard AFC and Standard 0.4 Hz output smoothing filter.
A No AFC – Use for tracking Wide Data Carriers. Standard 0.4 Hz output smoothing filter.
S No AFC and No 0.4 Hz output smoothing filter.
T No 0.4 Hz output smoothing filter. Standard AFC.
O 50 kHz pre-detection bandwidth.
5 25 kHz pre-detection bandwidth.
Input Connector on Rear of BTR/td>
N 50 ohm N female connector.
B 50 ohm BNC female connector.
Q 50 ohm TNC female connector.
S 50 ohm SMA female connector.
Ethernet 10/100 Base T with SSC Graphical User Interface
Optional Continuous Data Streaming
Part Numbering Typical part number 3430-IF00N
Base Model Band Frequency Range AFC & Filtering Band-width Input Conn
3430 IF 50 to 200 MHz 0, A, S, or T 0 or 5 N, B, Q or S

Other Frequency Ranges are available.
For L band applications, please see our Model 3430-L

Satellite Systems announces the new control GUI version 2.0 for our Beacon Receiver Product line. Enhanced control features and additional monitoring tools are included along with strip charting for signal strength, AFC, and temperature. Version 2.0 also includes a new event-triggered alarm feature that allows for email notification to your laptop or cell phone. Alarms are triggered via signal strength, loss of signal, and AFC conditions.

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