Mirage B-310-G Instruction Manual
Mirage B-310-G
The Mirage B-310-G is a VHF power amplifier designed for the
144-148 MHz band. New features make it the most useful and
versatile amplifier available for the handheld transceiver.
Features include all mode compatibility (FM/SSB/CW), wraparound heat sink, high gain GaAsFET preamplifier, and 25O mW
to 8 watts input.
FEATURES
1. High output power of 100 watts
100 watts is achieved with 250 mW to 8 watts input.
2. All mode compatibility (FM/SSB/CW)
In the SSB mode the time constant of the Carrier
Operated Transmit (COX) relay is set to approximately
one second to prevent annoying relay chatter
during conversation, and achieving smooth SSB
transmission.
3. Wrap-around heat sink
The heat sink and combined case, by original design
is used for excellent heat dissipation as well as a
new smart appearance.
4. Input power from 250 mW to 8 watts
With an input power of 8 watts maximum, the Mirage
B-310 -G is compatible with most modern handheld
transceivers.
5. GaAsFET receive pre-amplifier
A built-in low noise GaAsFET receive pre-amp enables you
to enjoy a more comfortable VHF QSO with weak
stations.
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SPECIFICATIONS
FREQUENCY
RF INPUT
RF OUTPUT
DUTY CYCLE
MODES
RECIEVE PRE-AMP
KEYING
SUPPLY VOLTAGE
RF CONNECTORS
SUPPLY CURRENT
FUSE
INPUT/OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
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144 TO 148MHz
250 mW - 8 WATTS
100 WATTS TYPICAL
INTERMITTENT (ICAS)
FM SSB CW
18db TYPICAL
AUTOMATIC SENSING
12 - 15 VOLTS DC
TWO (2) SO-239 UHF
15 AMPS TYPICAL
FAST BLOW, 20 AMP
50 OHMS
EXPLANATION OF FEATURES
FRONT PANEL
1.
XMIT LED
The XMIT LED indicates the amp is transmitting on the
air.
2.
SWR LED
The SWR LED lights when the SWR is to high.
3.
PRE-AMP LED
The PRE-AMP LED will illuminate when the pre-amp is
engaged. The pre-amp can be used independently even
if the amplifier's power is off.
4.
PWR LED
If the LED is in the off position the amplifier will pass the
RF in a straight through mode. This means that both
the receive and transmit signal will bypass the internal
circuitry of the amplifier. If the LED is illuminate then
the amplifier is in the standby mode and will amplify any
signal that is supplied to its input of more than 250 mW.
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5.
MODE (SSB/FM) SWITCH
When in the SSB mode the amplifier will delay the
change over time of the carrier operated transmit relay
to 1 second before disengaging. This will prevent relay
chatter as a result of working SSB or CW. In the FM
mode the relay will operate normally and disengage once
the transmit signal is dropped.
6.
PRE-AMP (ON/OFF) SWITCH
When engaged the amplifier's pre-amp will be switched
into the circuit for receive. A sensing circuit will
disengage the pre-amp when a transmitted signal is
applied to the amplifier's input. The pre-amp may also
work independently if the amplifiers main power
switch is off.
7.
POWER (ON/OFF) SWITCH
When engaged, the amplifier is ready to amplify any
signal applied to its input of the proper frequency.
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BACK PANEL
8.
ANTENNA
The coax from your antenna is connected to this port.
9.
+13.V DC
This port has two wires. The RED wire is for positive and
incorporates a FUSE holder. The BLACK wire is for
negative. The Mirage B-310-G amplifier will accept
voltages of 12 to 15 volts DC.
10. RADIO
The coax from your radio or exciter is connected to
this port.
11. EXTERNAL KEYING
Used to manually key the amplifier relay.
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INSTALLATION
The Mirage B-310-G may be mounted using the bracket supplied
or simply placed in a convenient operating position. In either
case, there must be adequate ventilation for the finned heat-sink.
This generally means at least 1 inch clearance from the heat-sink
to any surrounding enclosure and an unobstructed flow from the
front to back of the heat-sink. Do not operate the amplifier in
places where it will be exposed to the direct rays of sun or a
nearby heat source such as heaters, radiators, etc.
CAUTION: With extended use the heat-sink may become very hot.
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Wiring and Operation
If it is necessary to extend the DC power leads use wire of the
same gauge in order to avoid a voltage drop on your power leads.
Be careful that the DC power supplied is no higher than 15 volts
or damage may result. A source voltage of 13.8 volts is
recommended and should be used whenever available. Some
automobiles will generate a high current surge when started. It
is recommended that the amplifier be place in the off position
when starting your vehicle.
Use a minimum length of good quality 50 ohm cable between the
radio and the amplifier. The antenna system should have a
VSWR of 1.5:1 or better for the best performance. If used in a
mobile installation, choose a good mobile antenna which will
withstand the power of this amplifier. Be sure to check the SWR
for any degrading once the antenna has been heated by a few
minutes of operation. An antenna with a rating of 100 watts is
recommended.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
The Mirage B-310-G is designed for long, trouble-free
performance and should not require extensive troubleshooting in
the field. If difficulty is encountered, check the following before
assuming the amplifier has malfunction:
1. Loose antenna or power supply connections
2. SWR of the antenna system
3. Coaxial cables form radio to amplifier, and amplifier to
antenna
4. Output voltage of power supply
5. Power output of radio
6. Improper fuse rating
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
If you have any problem with this unit, first check the appropriate
section of this manual. If the manual does not reference your
problem or your problem is not solved by reading the manual you
may call MIRAGE at 601-323-8287. You will be best helped if
you have your unit, manual and all information on your station
handy so you can answer any questions the technicians may ask.
You can also send questions by FAX to 601-323-6551. Send a
complete description of your problem, an explanation of exactly
how you are using your unit, and a complete description of your
station.
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B-310-G BOOSTER AMP. BLOCK CIRCUIT
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SCHEMATIC
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