This is the second 10 GHz radio I have built. The first one is still in operation and has been modified many times since it’s original configuration in 1995.
This radio is built around a 2nd generation DB6NT transverter. It has been modified to accept an external LO which is provided by a JWM Engineering PLL Synthesizer running at 5112 MHz. The reference oscillator is an ovenized 10 MHz crystal. Output power is increased to 1 watt via a solid state Fujitsu power amplifier. The antenna switch is a WR-90 rotary waveguide type. All components are sequenced with a JWM Engineering sequencer board.
The case is made from 3/16″ aluminum plate and was custom made at a machine shop. I then finished it off by rounding off the corners and powder coating it. Powder coating has superior durability when compared to paint. I chose white to reflect heat from the sun when used outdoors (which is where it will always be used).
Mounted to the back is the antenna, a 19 inch parabolic dish from Procom of Denmark.
The tripod is made by Quickset and is extremely sturdy, with the downside that it is very heavy!