S-Match Antenna Tuner

FA 1kW Tuner
FA (Amateur Radio Magazine) 1 kW Tuner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love my remote controlled ATU for the Doublet 2x27m with ladderline.
But I was thinking about the day when it would be in need of repair.
With my experiences with the remote controlled Z-Match and all the
good words about the S-Match by PA0FRI it was time to test that out!

I used a variometer inductor and a variable capacitor.
To turn the axes I borrowed the two servo motors from the Z-Match.
Some new code for the controller and the whole S-Match Tuner was
ready to work for me.

Meanwhile I have made changes to the controller. A Teensy ++2.0 is
in the box now. With the new code the controller can get the frequency
from K3S. After checking a memory with presets the inductor and the 
capacitor is moving to the positions for best tuning. That’s comfortable!

S-Match Tuner

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I am very happy with my homemade S-Match ATU as it is right now.

But I can’t tune my double zepp antenna on 30m and on 160m either.
Due to that reason I decided to build a new S-Match ATU design.

The controller unit in the shack has a Teensy ++2.0 microcontroller
board a LCD display and 2 rotary encoder. It is connected with the
controller in the ATU through a patch cable via RS 485.

The controller in the ATU is an ARDUINO Nano board. The Nano is
listening to the Teensy and switches relays (8) on a capacitor board
and relays (8) on an inductor board.

C min = 25 pF        C max = 4350 pF
L min = 90 nH       L max = 24 µH         
see the circuit diagrams coming up here a little later

I have designed four PCBs and ordered these boards at JLCPCB
manufacturer in China. The Capacitor Board is ready so far.
Next will be the controller PCB and the ATU controller board.

The second PCB (controller) and the third one (ATU controller)
are ready now and the code for the Teensy as well as for the
ARDUINO NANO is tested. At least I have finished the last PCB
(INDUCTOR BOARD) and could start with first test On The Air!

Well, what can I say? Whenever HF comes close to low level signals
some interference is usual. But as an active HAM you have to accept
the challenge or search for another hobby.

With some blocking capacitors and some chokes I could eliminate
the interference so far. The tuner works to my needs with 100 Watts

What is coming next? I will test the tuner with more power.
Stay tuned and see what happend…

See some slides of the status quo …

Controller Board

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