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User Manual 1kW Band II VHF FM Broadcasting Amplifier

User Manual 1kW Band II VHF FM Broadcasting Amplifier


i. The various pieces of equipment in this document are only for use permanently at a pre-defined location with a license or authorisation from the radio spectrum regulator in your country or EU member state.

ii. The installer must have competent RF engineering skills at their disposal, be EMC aware and understand radio frequency systems. The final installation should be in accordance with the site engineering document at https://www.aareff.com/ETR132.pdf The radio station management must assign a responsible person to the transmission equipment and installation.


1 1000W FM Power Amplifier
1 IEC AC power cord
1 BNC to BNC 50 ohm Cable


This power amplifier is not suitable or legal to use with LPFM, it is suitable for regular FM broadcasting using an FCC verified or certified exciter.

This power amplifier is not intended for installation by an unqualified end user, the installer must have competent RF engineering skills and EMC knowledge at their disposal. The whole transmission system, including the antenna system, exciter and audio limiting, should be installed in accordance with 47 CFR Chapter I Federal Communications Commission parts; 73.1560, 2.1046 RF Power; 73.1545, 2.1055 Frequency Stability; 73.317, 2.1049 (e)(3) Emission Limitation, Emission Mask; 73.317, 2.1057, 2.1051 Emission Limits, Spurious Emissions at Antenna Terminal; and 73.317, 2.1057, 2.1053 Emission Limits, Field Strength of Spurious Emissions.


This product complies with EMC directive of the European Union. To meet this directive the user or installer must follow the wiring instructions in this user manual

This equipment is not intended for installation by an unqualified end user, the installer must have competent RF engineering skills and EMC knowledge at their disposal. The whole transmission system, including the antenna system, exciter and audio limiting, should be installed in accordance with document ETR132, a copy of this is available at https://www.aareff.com/ETR132.pdf


1AC INPUT Connector 90-260V AC 50-60 Hz 1500W
2Power Supply Vent
31W to 1.4W into 50 Ohm RF Input BNC-Male
41000W 50 Ohm RF Output DIN-716-Female
512W Forced Air Ball Bearing Cooling Fan
612W Forced Air Ball Bearing Cooling Fan

User Manual 1kW Band II VHF FM Broadcasting Amplifier Back Panel Layout


DO NOT plug in the power cord at this stage

A) Antenna

Incorrect antenna can cause RF burns and levels of RF exposure above the recommended limits for personnel

Ideally the antenna for this power amplifier should be at least 2 dipoles stacked and phased, a 5/8 type or other antenna with similar gain or more to the horizon. It should be ideally mounted 20 meters high and clear of any surrounding objects to get maximum range and more importantly to reduce risk of radio frequency radiation to personnel. When mounted at 20 meters in height off ground and using 1000 watts of transmitter power, power flux density measurements made at ground level directly under the antennas described above show less than 1 W/m2. Several European countries use a value for the power flux density of 10 W/m2 as a basis for considering whether or not an area is safe. The issue of radio frequency radiation limits is a contentious one and work in this field is continuing worldwide.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the antenna be mounted and used at ground level or within a few meters of personnel.

A tuned antenna that presents 50 ohms with a 50 ohm coaxial cable should be used. This should give a return loss ideally of 16dB (SWR 1.4) or better at the operating frequency. The RF plug should be N type male.

Plug the antenna cable into the amplifier N type female connector. Make sure this is tight as poor and loose connections can cause RF burns to personnel, severe noise to the transmission and excessive RF bandwidth.

B) Amplifier Driver / Exciter

The Driver / Exciter needs to be compliant and set to the correct frequency BEFORE the amplifier is powered by AC Mains

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the amplifier be connected to a Driver / Exciter where the RF output performance and specification is unknown. Such action could be cause serious disturbance to the electromagnetic spectrum and in extreme cases dangerous interference to air navigation and emergency services.

The amplifier requires a suitable driver / exciter with audio limiting and an RF output of between 900mW and 1400mW (MAX) when loaded with 50 ohms. This must also be equivalent, better or meet the specifications shown in European Standard ETS 300 384.

Connect the Driver / Exciter to the power amplifier using the 1m /3ft BNC to BNC RF cable, but DO NOT CONNECT THE AC POWER CORD TO THE AMPLIFIER YET

Before powering up the amplifier the frequency of the Driver / Exciter should be set and checked. If the AC mains is not connected to the power amplifier, it is safe to use the power amplifier BNC input as a dummy load for the Driver / Exciter. At this stage, if possible, it would also be advisable to check the deviation and that the audio of the Driver / Exciter is correct.

C) Powering Up

When you are absolutely sure and you have doubled checked the Driver / Exciter is operating correctly and the antenna is installed and connected correctly, then power up the 1000W amplifier by connecting the AC power cord to it.

If you are using a transmitter driver supplied by another manufacturer, compliance cannot be guaranteed. On completion of the installation it is necessary that the engineer checks the RF output of the power amplifier for compliance.


A) Normal Conditions

You should hear the cooling fan, it's quite noisy. The fan draws air into the back and exits the warm air through front panel. It is important to keep these vents clear. If you cannot hear the fan turning, then shut the amplifier down by removing the AC mains immediately. The front meter should illuminate in BLUE

B) FWD and REF Switch

The front panel meter should show 1000W or more when the switch is selected to FWD. This is power being sent out of the output socket to the antenna. When REF is selected the power reading ideally should be less than 40W, this means that only 40W or less is being reflected back from the antenna, this is an acceptable and a normal amount. If the power reading is higher than 40W the antenna may need tuning or there may be a problem with the antenna feeder cable or plugs. If the REF reading is about 40W or more and the FWD is 40W or more, then there is a serious problem with the antenna and you should shut down the power amplifier and investigate the antenna cables, connectors and installation for problems.

C) Power Control

It is possible to reduce the power by reducing the Driver / Exciter if 1000W is too much for your application. If you cannot reduce the power of the Driver / Exciter then there is a power control inside the amplifier. If you need to use this, please contact us for advice


4W RF VCA (Voltage Controlled Amplifier)

This amplifier first reduces the 1W input to 400mW using a pi configuration 4dB resistor attenuator. The 4dB of resistive loss completely dampens the input reactance variations of the SD1127 RF transistor and prevents parasitic oscillations starting in the amplifier. Due to this any random length of 50 ohm input cable can be used with the amplifier without fear of any RF instability.

The output power can be varied between 0 and 4W using a DC control voltage. This is achieved by varying the voltage to the feed choke on the collector of the SD1127 RF transistor. An onboard DC power regulator transistor takes care of this voltage.

1000W RF AMP. BLF188XR

With 24dB of gain the LDMOS BLF188XR provides 1000W of output with up to 80% efficiency. A thermistor buried in the heatsink in conjunction with a comparator produces a feedback voltage that reduces the power of the 4W VCA driver and in turn the 1000W output to a level that prevents the base plate from exceeding 70C. This will only happen if the amplifier cooling fans fail, or the cooling vents are blocked.


Four silver plated large #8AWG coils and a Teflon PCB form the 9th order Chebyshev filter. At 176MHz the harmonic of 88MHz the filter provides -47dB rejection. The 1000W amplifier module has at least 35dB rejection of 176MHz. The two added together (35 + 47) provide a total harmonic rejection of over 80dB. This exceeds that required by the United States FCC and the European Union Harmonized Standard. Each filter is carefully sweep tested with a HP8753ES network analyzer.


At the final output, just before the RF output socket the SWR bridge (directional coupler) with a directivity of at least 20dB provides proportional DC voltages that represent forward and reflected power. These voltages are fed to comparators which are set to output a feedback control voltage if the forward and reflected power exceeds 1000W and 40W respectively. The control voltage reduces the power of the 4W VCA driver and in turn the output of the 1000W amplifier module.

Under severe reflected power such as open circuit or short circuit applied directly to the output socket, the 1000W amplifier module will only output a maximum voltage 44V rms which corresponds to 40W at 50 ohms. This provides a safe margin to prevent damage to the LDMOS BLF188XR, output matching and low pass filter capacitors.

User Manual 1kW Band II VHF FM Broadcasting Amplifier Block Diagram


The only maintenance the amplifier needs is some periodic cleaning. Following a number of weeks of continuous 24/7 use (specified below), the amplifier should be shut down and disconnected. A technician or engineer needs to take of the top lid by removing the self tapper screws. Using a soft new and clean paint brush with a vacuum clean hose, the dust should be gently brushed and sucked away from all areas inside. Pay particular attention to the actual fans at the rear and the fan vent at front.

The table below shows the recommended number of weeks cleaning should be done for some typical environmental areas.


Do not adjust any factory set internal controls.

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should any adjustments be made to the internal controls. Such adjustments could damage the unit and invalidate the warranty and also cause serious interference to other users of the electromagnetic spectrum.


(All stated measurements were made at 220VAC at 27 Degrees Celsius ambient temperature unless stated)

RF and AF Parameters

Power Output Adj. Adjustable from 0 to 1000 Watts into 50 ohms
Freq Range 87.5 to 108 MHz
Spurious Emissions Less than -75 dB ref to carrier
Harmonic Emissions Less than -70 dB ref to carrier
Residual AM Less than 0.5 %
Synchronous AM Less than 0.5 %
RF Output Connector DIN716-Female
RF Ruggedness Any VSWR, phase, length of time
Operating Temp -20 to +40 Deg C

AC Mains Parameters

Input Voltage 88 ~ 264VAC 47 ~ 63Hz 127 ~ 370VDC
Input Power 1500W max. for 1000W RF OUT with RF SWR 1.5 or less
Power Factor 0.95/230VAC 0.98/115VAC at full load
Working Humidity 20 ~ 90% RH non-condensing
Safety Standards UL60950-1, TUV EN60950-1 Approved
EMC Conduction & RadiationCompliance to EN55022 (CISPR22) Class B
EMC Harmonic Current Compliance to EN61000-3-2,-3
EMC Immunity Compliance to EN61000-4-2,3,4,5,6,8,11; ENV50204, Light industry level, criteria A

Physical Parameters

Material Black powder coated 16 gauge mild steel
Dimensions 3U Rack 483 x 134 x 330 mm
Weight 16.5 Kg


Aareff Systems Limited can only guarantee compliance with ETS 300384 European Telecommunications Harmonised Standard and FCC Technical Requirements 47 CFR Chapter I part 73 when used with:

  1. A driver / exciter supplied and tested by Aareff Systems Limited.
  2. An audio compressor limiter supplied and tested by Aareff Systems Limited.

Equipment compliance is perfectly possible and normal using equipment in conjunction from other manufacturers, but since this is beyond the control of Aareff Systems Limited, Aareff Systems Limited cannot ultimatly guarantee the compliance.

European Union

We hereby declare that this equipment complies with;

United States

This equipment has not been independently tested by an FCC recognised listed laboratory and for this reason it is not classified as certified. The following list are the technical requirements for the whole transmission system including this equipment and other equipment we may not supply. We hereby declare and verify that this equipment when used with a compliant audio compressor limiter and driver / exciter complies with the following FCC technical requirements

47 CFR Chapter I Federal Communications Commission parts:


We sell this equipment to professionals and organizations in good faith it will be used correctly and legally. Nearly every country in the world require licensing for this type of equipment. It is the customer's responsibility to check relevant laws, directives, regulations and licensing requirements before installing or putting this product into service with an antenna system. You, the customer or user agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless Aareff Systems Limited, it's employees and agents, from and against any claims, actions or demands, including without limitation legal and accounting fees, alleging or resulting from improper or unlawful use of this equipment.


All components used in this apparatus are RoHS compliant and do not contain above the specified limits in any of the following restricted substances:


This apparatus must NOT be disposed of with other domestic waste.

We are fully committed to maintaining our responsibilities to the environment. Owners of apparatus that has reached the end of it's useful life can return it to us for recycling, recondition, reuse or proper disposal. You will be required to pay lowest cost postal service available to ship the apparatus to us. Before shipping please contact us for more important information.


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Every care has been taken in the preparation of this document, errors in content, typographical or otherwise, may have occurred. If you have comments concerning its accuracy, please contact Aareff Systems Limited (UK)


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