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Condor 3000 mobilofoon.



These mobiles are available for amateur frequencies 70MHz, 145MHz and 430MHz. The SE550 mobiles in the Netherlands are usually 430MHz with 10W transmitter power.


The exact frequency ranges of the radio's are 68-88 MHz, 146-174MHz, 400-440MHz or 440-470MHz depending on the version. The original firmware needs channel information from a PC and stores all channels in the SRAM chip, it is nescesary to program several fixed channels.


This firmware will give the possibility to enter all frequencies, the limits are determined by the VCO. Frequencies can be stored in memory channels, there are 7 memory groups with each 100 memory channels available. Every memory channel can contain a name of 23 characters. There is no PC needed.


The available channel spacings are 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5, 15, 20 or 25kHz. The software gives the possibility to use CTCSS and sel-call, but the hardware of the SE550 must be upgraded with the CTCSS board and the FX003 to use these options. They are (or were) avaible from Ascom.


The VCO voltage coming from the PLL can only be 8V, that's not enough for the whole frequency range, therefore the range is divided over 64 parts. The software adjusts a 6 bit D/A converter when a frequency is selected, this DAC gives a DC voltage to select the range roughly and the PLL does the finetuning. This DAC voltage is also used to tune the front-end. When lock errors occur, it is usually due to these values. In software you can optimize the sensitivity with the settings "DAC=0" and "DAC=63" in the submenu Hardware, but, when the values are messed up the PLL is not able to lock.


The default DAC settings are optimised for the version which is most used in the Netherlands. DAC=0 is set to the lowest frequency where the SE550 should work with, this corresponds with the lowest VCO range and lowest voltage on the varicaps in the front-end. With DAC=63 you have to determine the maximum frequency, the highest voltage for the VCO and front-end.


First you should set both DAC settings to a very high frequency (eg. 490MHz for UHF and 200MHz for VHF), in this case the DAC will always be set to 0 by the software on the working frequencies, now you can find the frequency where the PLL is able to lock for the lowest DAC value. DAC=0 should be set to this frequeny in the menu afterwards. Do the same to find the DAC=63 (set both values to 310MHz for UHF and 30MHz for VHF). These are roughly the values you have to choose, afterwards you can optimise the values for the best sensitivity. Be aware of the fact that false DAC values can cause unlocking on some frequencies, even in the middle of the frequency range, you should check the frequencies where the SE550 is about to switch to another DAC value. These are visible in the status menu. The last step you can optimise the front-end as well.



English usermanual

English usermanual



CO Gebruiksaanwijzing.pdf




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