[time-nuts] Any simple way to get 200 MHz from 10 MHz?

Dr. David Kirkby (Kirkby Microwave Ltd) drkirkby at kirkbymicrowave.co.uk
Sun Sep 28 06:24:51 EDT 2014

I am looking for a quick & simple way to create a frequency of 200 MHz from
10 MHz.  Actually 100, 200, 300 or 400 MHz would all work,  but 200 MHz
would be my preference.

The input will be around 0 to +10 dBm and the output needs to be about +13

I did think of a x5 & x4 frequency multipliers and amplifiers from
Minicircuits, but I don't know if the increase in phase noise might be a
problem.  The truth is I don't know how good it needs to be!

I am trying to find a way of building something that will allow my HP 8720D
VNA (50 MHz-20 GHz) to work below 50 MHz. My idea was to generate a 200 MHz
local oscillator to feed a mixer.
I was thinking of making it so as the VNA sweeps from 200.01-250 MHz, it
possible to analyse a DUT over the frequency range 0.01-50 MHz.

Having the  an integer multiple of 100 MHz is good, as it makes reading the
VNA easier. It is simpler to use if the VNA display shows the frequency 200
MHz off than if its 212.5564 MHz wrong.

I would rather not have to program anything to do it,  but maybe a VCO and
PLL is the only sensible approach.

I can't seem to find an off the shelf solution which I can lock to a 10 MHz
reference.  There are plenty of 200 MHz oscillators around based on a TCXO,
but I can't lock them to the 10 MHz oscillator the VNA uses.  Maybe someone
knows of a device I don't know of.


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