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How to make self-tuning 

The Tuning Steps:

  1. Preparing the PCB + SMA Connector as Test Fixture.
  2. Processing the Calibration test as attached drawing.
  3. Install RF bandpass Filter onto Test Fixture.
  4. Turning the both right & left screw with the same direction, distance, angle and the numbers of times. The curve will shift from the original Center Frequency to the one you want.
  5. Tuning all screws to left direction simultaneously in the same distance, and then the Fo would move to high frequency .
  6. Tune all screws to right direction simultaneously in the same distance, and then the Fo would move to low frequency 

For example:

  1. 3pole Filter, Fc=890MHz to Fc=895MHz):
  2. You can drive both right screw & left screw toward left direction with each 0.5mm simultaneous, until you saw the NA reached at 895MHz. If you found the curve moved over, you could make the same tuning toward back.
  3. When the performance S11 & S22 is the best & Return Loss is the biggest. A perfect performance is finished. (N/A: Network Analyzer)

Pay Attention:

  1.  As you know, processing "Filter self-tuning " to match circuit on PCB is very important after the Helical Filter has been installed. The lamped-element of match circuit is always less tolerance. In order to match completely, you need to make adjustment by tuning the Filter.
  2.  If you tune only one screw to do the match adjustment, it is “incorrect”. Filter will loss its function by your incorrect tuning method.
  3. During "self-tuning procedure", it will happen the loss between screw and filter. Please make self-tuning under proper strength and proper times.

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