Astro 102BX
 Discussion

I had an opportunity to use the Astro 102BX a long time ago and was very impressed with it's operation. Here are some of the features I really like about this transceiver:

The Astro 102BX was succeeded by the Astro 103.

 General Specifications

Frequency Coverage:

  • 160M        1.8 2.0 MHz
  • 80M           3.5 4.0MHz
  • 40M           7.0 7.5MHz
  • 20M       14.0 14.5MHz
  • 15M       21.0 21.5MHz
  • 10M       28.0 30.0MHz
Frequency Control:  Dual PTO (permeability tuned oscillator) with 6 digit frequency counter and RIT control

PTO Modes of Operation:

  • A only
  • B only
  • Receive A - Transmit B
  • Receive B - Transmit A
  • External
Modes of Operation: SSB with selectable sideband.  CW with automatic 800Hz offset in transmit, with full or semi break-in

Power Input: 12 14 VDC negative ground only.  No damage will occur over the range of 10 to 15 VDC.  20 Amperes peak current required

Electromagnetic Interference Reduction:

  • Transmit:  Five element low pass filter on each band
  • Three pole bandpass filter on each band
Dimensions:
  • Height  -  6.375"  (16.2 cm)
  • Width  -  14.25"  (36.2 cm)
  • Depth  -  13.25"  (33.7 cm)
  • Weight  -  23.5 lb.  (10.6 kg)
Power Connect
  • Pin 1  -  13.6 VDC
  • Pin 2  -  Ground
  • Pin 3  -  Ground (used for tuner meter lamps)
  • Pin 4  -  13.6 VDC
  • Pin 5  -  Ground
  • Pin 6  -  13.6 VDC (for tuner meter lamps, fused 3A)
Antenna Connector: UHF type SO-239

External Speaker/Phones: ¼" phone jack  4 -

External Relay: RCA jack, grounded when keyed

Key:  RCA phono jack

EXT Modulation: RCA phono jack

Fuse:  3 Ampere fast blow

External LO: RCA phono jack

 Receiver

Circuit:  Single conversion to 9.00165MHz IF using  double balanced mixer for exceptional immunity to overload and cross modulation

Sensitivity: 0.35µV for 10dB S+N/N ratio

Image Rejection:  Better than 60dB

Receiver Selectivity: SSB and CW - 2.4KHz, two 8 pole crystal filter with shape factor of of 1.4:1, 6dB to 100dB (16 pole equivalent)

Passband Tuning: SSB and CW - 8 pole continuously variable highpass or lowpass.  LED readout shows approximate audio bandpass

Dynamic Range:  AGC greater than 100dB; third order intercept +5dBm.  (IMD products down 90dB at 40dBm input)

Audio Output Power: Greater than 3 watts into 4Ω

Meter: S units from 1 9 and 20, 40, 60 dB over S-9

 Transmitter

Circuit Design: Conversion from 9.00165MHz IF.  ALC limits SSB peak output power and CW power to 100 watts

Power Input: 235 watts PEP at 13.8 VDC supply

Power Output: 100 watts PEP into 50Ω non-reactive load at 13.8 VDC supply voltage. ALC limits peak power to 100 watts PEP

Unwanted Sideband Rejection: 60dB down at 1000Hz audio frequency

Harmonic Output: 45dB below peak power level

Carrier Suppression: 50dB below peak power level

Transmit Control:

  • SSB - PTT or VOX standard
  • CW - Full or Semi break-in with sidetone standard with automatic 800Hz offset on transmit frequency
Microphone Input: 47KΩ input impedance

Audio Response: 300 3000Hz  ±6dB

Meter:  Reads peak power on transmit selected by meter switch; forward power 100 watts full scale, reflected power 10 watts full scale, or ALC

Cooling:  Large capacity heat sink fins supplied.  For SSTV, RTTY, and semi continuous transmitting, forced air cooling supplied by a muffin type fan on heat sink fins is required

VSWR Shutdown:

  • Full power up to VSWR of 1.7:1
  • 80% at 2:1 VSWR
  • 60% at 3:1 VSWR
  • 25% into open or short

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