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Reviews Categories | Ham Work Bench Tools & Test Equipment | Elecraft XG3 RF Signal Source Help


Reviews Summary for Elecraft XG3 RF Signal Source
Elecraft XG3 RF Signal Source Reviews: 5 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $169.95
Description: The XG3 is a miniature RF signal source that provides output from 1.5MHz through 1,400MHz. Four commonly used selectable output levels are calibrated from 1.5 through 200MHz.

The XG3 may be operated from its internal battery or from an external 11-14VDC source. It is housed in a protective enclosure with easy-to-use front-panel switches and LED indicators.
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.elecraft.com
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N2UJN Rating: 5/5 Sep 19, 2014 15:25 Send this review to a friend
Accurate, Easy to Use, Software Configurable, Durable  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I bought this to thoroughly test my FT-1000MP receiver. Detailed results may be found at:

FT-1000MP Receiver Performance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0vWCdopJOr6STI5V1hBcjVSXzg/edit?usp=sharing

Coupled with a good dB step attenuator, Elecraft has hit a home run with this instrument. The instrument is highly accurate (see data compared to QST benchmarks above). Furthermore, the instrument is durable, software configurable, and, easy to use.
Lastly, I phoned Elecraft with a question, and, not only did a person pick up the phone, but, I ended up getting to know one of the Elecraft test engineers.
For anyone looking for a good, four level, frequency programmable (can put in any frequency for testing in software including), signal generator, the XG3 really is the way to go.
 
AG7K Rating: 5/5 May 10, 2014 17:06 Send this review to a friend
Another Nice Elecraft Product  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I do a bit of tinkering on old obsolete hf gear so a stable signal generator is a must. When my old CT-3000 service monitor let the smoke out of the power supply transformer I ordered the XG3 and the attenuator to provide a stable signal for aligning/testing receivers. I have a good scope and a frequency counter connected to a B&K 1040 servicemaster console to tie everything together with a rf activated switching relay so the XG3 was easily integrated. Setup was a breeze, programing very east. VERY STABLE! It also takes up a few inches on the bench instead of a few feet!
 
K5JAX Rating: 5/5 Oct 25, 2011 15:44 Send this review to a friend
Very stable signal  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
First impression. Down loaded the software from Elecraft. It works great with a Windows 7 64 bit machine. The USB/DB9 adapter used is a "USB Serial Adpter-Professional" from USconverters.com ($35). This adapter was purchased just for this application since many tried before never interfaced correctly with my Palstar ZM30 (ZM30/DB9 interface worked well). The adapter has some configuration settings under "device management" but no changes were required. I tried the XG-3 on 1.6 khz to test the stability of the generator with my portable radio and a paper clip for an antenna. It was very stable. I will test it further and report back.
 
W7RDP Rating: 5/5 Sep 15, 2011 14:45 Send this review to a friend
Very cool tool!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
A very useful tool for the shack. I recently used it to tune the receive section of my W1GHZ 222MHz transverter and the receive section of my SWL Retro 75 transciever. I have used it as an experimental CW beacon on 6M.
 
5B4AIY Rating: 5/5 Jun 1, 2011 00:22 Send this review to a friend
Highly versatile programmable test signal generator  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Now that I'm retired, I really miss all the "toys" I used to have, the spectrum analysers, RF power meters, frequency counters, synthesised signal generators, oscillooscopes, etc. Whilst over the years I have been acquiring used test equipment, one of the things I sadly missed was a synthesised accurate signal generator.

Not any more. Elecraft have recently introduced the XG3, a pocket-sized accurate signal generator tailored to amateur needs. Not a kit, but a fully assembled unit that can be powered from an internal 9V alkaline battery or an external 11-14V DC supply. The power consumption is a modest 25mA on the lower output ranges, but increases to about 50mA at the 0dBm level. It covers 1.5MHz to 200MHz in 1Hz increments, and has four switched output levels of 0dBm, (0.224mV), -33dBm, (5mV - S9+40dB), -73dBm, (50uV - S9), and -107dBm, (1uV), into 50ohms. As the output waveform is a square wave, the harmonics are usuable up to about 1,400MHz. The manufacturers claim that the phase noise is reasonably low at -105dBc/Hz.

Out of the box, it is programmed to provide signals in the 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, 6, and 2 metre bands, but these can easily be altered to suit you own requirements with the utility software package available for download from the Elecraft website. In addition, the unit can used as a sweep generator, with user-programmable start and stop frequencies.

The latest firmware, version 1.07, now has an additional facility in that the output of the generator can be keyed in morse, and the unit can store up to 50 characters. It even includes a simple scripting language allowing you to turn the carrier on for a specified time and level, to pause for a specified time, recall a band memory, as well as repeating a sequence. The sequence is retained in flash memory, and can be recalled by pressing and holding the PF1 button.

Provided with the generator is a serial cable with a 3.5mm stereo plug at one end, and a DB9 connector at the other to enable the unit to be connected to a computer using either a RS-232 serial port, or a USB to serial convertor. Full information is given concerning all the serial commands and responses that are available, allowing you to customise its operation to almost any desired degree using a simple terminal program. Indeed, the XG3 utility program envisions this by providing for a number of user written macros that can be initiated at the click of a mouse.

When mated with the Elecraft AT-1 41dB step attenuator, you have an amazingly comprehensive test package.

On a precautionary note, when testing an amateur transceiver, UNPLUG THE MICROPHONE AND KEY! The unit will not survive having a large amount of RF injected into its output port. There is a fusible link, but it still pays to be extra careful in this regard. Since there is no attempt at shaping the keing waveform, the output morse from the unit is clicky, but more than adequate for identification, and its speed is adjustable from about 5 to 50wpm.
 


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