Filter in a box

 In 2018 I read this paper Band Pass Filter with Low Insertion Loss for 2m  by Dipl ing Tasić Siniša –Tasa YU1LM/QRP,

I made my  PCB version for SMD components with a ground plane dimension of 50 x 20 mm so that  a  PCB of 10 x 10 cm  houses 10 filter boards .

I mounted my first prototype with tin shield box and verified that the filter was fine in 2018. The point was that the  spacing of the inductors' turns requires some instrumentation to do easily the tuning.
The tin shielding soldered box I made was quite laborious for me. 
So the pcbs has been unused for two years. I placed the PCB gerber files and scheme in 

Now with the very nice SATSAGEN by Alberto IU1KVL the tuning of filter is fast and easy, see
SATSAGEN  requires  a  ADALM-Pluto   or  Pluto+   device.

I used the 3D printer to make a PLA box to shield the filter

To made the coil use a drill tip and an electric screw driver. 
WARNING use gloves and pliers not to hurt yourself !

The shield is made wrapping the box with conductive copper tape, I bought it on

Then I tested some different filters:

143-149 MHz BPF 

This is the original design by YU1LM. I simulates it with LTspice. The tuning of the inductors was made using SATSAGEN and the PCB unboxed. Of course you decrease inductance spacing the turns a little...

On the left you can see the LTspice simulation with ideal components.  The right image is the result measured using SATSAGEN.  The measure is made with the shielded box. I imagine that Pluto hardware has some dynamic limit due to spurs and ADC resolution.

88-108 MHz BPF 

Changing the components as in the following picture I made an FM band pass filter

This filter could be used in the front-end direct or under sampling FM SDR.

32 MHz LPF 

Here I modified the scheme adding series resonance to made a LPF with FM band notch

The three added C5, C6, C7 capacitors  are normal (non SMD) components.

To test the HF filter shape I used RX888 and my flk2 noise generator 

These filter are quite cheap and relatively easy to assemble.  The design can be improved with better SMD layout and adding the missing components' footprints.


  1. Very nice filters!



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