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Design of a 10GHz LNA for Amateur Radio Operation

Couple the mysterious nature of amateur (ham) radio in microwave bands to the lack of storebought gear that operates in this band and you have the right recipe for a home brew of equipment.

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Couple the mysterious nature of amateur (ham) radio in microwave bands to the lack of storebought gear that operates in this band and you have the right recipe for a home brew of equipment. So when the design of a 10GHz ham radio station was originally discussed within the amateur radio community, one of the key missing blocks was a good low-noise amplifier (LNA). This application note describes how an LNA was therefore custom made (home brewed) utilizing Cadence® AWR Design Environment® circuit design software.