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Building an automatic gain control (AGC) circuit

Most amplifiers we use have a fixed gain. In case of excess input power, the amplifier saturates. As a result, the blocks down the receive chain also get affected by this. To avoid this, the preferred technique is to reduce the gain of the amplifier

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Cable impedance profile with NanoVNA and TDR script

We have gone over NanoVNA so many times in the past. I did a complete review of the inexpensive NanoVNA last month. Furthermore, I compared it with the super-expensive Keysight N9952A Vector Network Analyzer. Finally, I wrote a small script to compute the TDR response

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Accurately measuring cable length with NanoVNA

Update: Now you can plot the impedance vs. distance/time plot. Click here to learn the concept. Original Post: Having a VNA opens up so many possibilities. Just last week, I reviewed the nanoVNA and found to be an interesting device to have. Having handled expensive

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nanovna vs keysight fieldfox vna

Comparing NanoVNA with the Keysight Fieldfox N9952A

Vector network analysers (VNA) come in all sort of price ranges. Most of them are out of reach for a typical hobbyist. Very few VNAs are available to be bought by someone like you and me. For example, the $500 miniVNA and the sub-hundred dollar

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nanovna review

NanoVNA – A short review

Do you build RF circuits? Have you built any antennas? If the answer to any of the two questions is YES, then you know how valuable having a VNA (Vector Network Analyzer) is. Just an year ago the cheapest VNA on the market was the

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Using LimeSDR mini as a RF source

In one of the previous posts we saw how we could transmit DATV using LimeSDR mini. This time we are going to use our LimeSDR mini as a RF source in our home lab. The whole setup is based on GNU Radio and the QT

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