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 Post subject: RF design - simple question
Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 3:50 pm 
 
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What effect does return loss have on Transmit Power?
Is it a one to one correlation?

eg. Tx power is 30 dB
RL = -12 dB

What is actually transmitted?

Thanks


 
   
 
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Posted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 5:53 pm 
 
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Greetings matrixrf:

Return loss is the relative power of the reflected part of the signal, and the remaining power gets through to the antenna. For your case, the reflected signal is 30 dBm - 12 dB = 18 dBm. To get the final transmitted power number, you need to convert those powers to watts, subtract, then convert back to a dBm value.

30 dBm = 1000 mW (incident power)
18 dBm = 63.1 mW (reflected power)

(1000 - 63.1) mW = 936.9 mW (transmitted power)
936.9 mW = 29.7 dBm

For dBm <--> mW conversion see here:

http://www.rfcafe.com/references/electrical/mw2dbm.htm

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