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REVERSE DDS for LOCKED OSCILLATORS

 


Reverse DDS use the DDS chip like an high speed divider. The output signal is compared with a stable signal (reference). Phase detector output is used to close the loop and to correct the frequency/phase error.

The RDDS is loaded with Hex numbers from the PIC IC to convert the input OCXO clock to the PLL reference frequency. A single RDDS board can control up to 16 frequencies. Each frequency can be programmed using serial PC Hyperteminal.

It can lock a crystal oscillator up to 180MHz (i tested AD9850, working overclocked up to 240MHz but is very hot). AD9851 is a better choice.

RDDS support a wide frequency range for reference oscillator: 5 - 20MHz / 300mVpp. I used an VTCXO Motorola 16,8MHz from UHF HT600 radio. For UHF/SHF, the reference source must have a very good stabillity. Excellent is a GPS disciplined oscillator.

Controlled oscillator OCXO has around of 100-125Hz/V (sensitivity of varicap circuit). Frequency error must to be < 500Hz, otherwise the PLL can't lock. Coarse adjust the oscillator until PLL voltage control stabilises at about 3-5V for lock condition.

Now the stabillity frequency of my 2m transverter is very good: max. +/- 5Hz in a wide temperature range. Reverse DDS have a low phase noise, more better than a multiplied DDS signal.

For other info please read G4NNS WEB SITE

About Reverse DDS (dead links 16.09.2018)
G4JNT Reverse DDS (G4NNS WEB)
HEX CODE PIC16F628 (LINK)
Schematic RDDS Module (LINK)
Frequency Word Calculator (LINK)
G4JNT Old Article (LINK)
RDDS Frequently Asked Questions (LINK) - Read!




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PCB Components >1< and >2< (are not 1:1 scale)
BLOCK DIAGRAM yo4hfu
Reference Oscillator - schematic

RDDS PIC16F628 controller - basic schematic

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AD9850(1) Detail

 

 

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