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Drake Digital DQT1000 Digital to QAM Transcoder w/ Digital Processing Multiplexing w/ Signal Demod (DQT1000)
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The R. L. Drake model DQT1000 is a professional quality, digital headend transcoder product that tunes and demodulates MPEG2 or H.264 encoded VSB or QAM modulated signals from an off-air broadcast or CATV source or accepts an ASI input source.
- Translating a QAM signal to a new RF output channel
- Regenerating a clean QAM signal from a noisy link
- VSB to QAM or QAM TO QAM Transmodulation
- Filtering unwanted programs from a transport stream
The R. L. Drake model DQT1000 is a professional quality, digital headend transcoder product that tunes and demodulates MPEG2 or H.264 encoded VSB or QAM modulated signals from an off-air broadcast or CATV source or accepts an ASI input source. After error correction, it remodulates and upconverts the recovered MPEG2 transport stream onto a new QAM modulated digital output channel.
Front panel backlit display and buttons allow easy setup and monitoring of operating mode and parameters.
High output, 61 dBmV, agile QAM modulator and upconverter are built in, operating up to 1024QAM.
RS232 serial interface provides for remote control programming and monitoring.
A wide range equalizer suppresses multipath effects on ATSC signals.
Off-air ATSC mode incorporates a NTSC co-channel rejection filter.
Major channel number pass through or remarking to RF output channel is selectable.
Operates in a fixed output clock mode and processes null packets when required to maintain the set fixed clock rate.
PSIP options include several modes of operation.
Rewriting of the MPEG tables is provided when two input streams are multiplexed.
PCR restamping is performed when necessary.
61 dBmV QAM low phase noise output is agile on CATV or broadcast channels from 54 to 1002 MHz.
High MER output signal quality.
1U tall package with internal power supply conserves rack space.
Manufactured in the USA.
The standard DQT1000 is supplied with two tuner/demodulators. The DQT1000 may also be special ordered with a single tuner/demodulator. For these units, a second tuner/demodulator module is also available by special order. An optional ASI input module is also available as a field installable option. If a DQT1000 is configured with two tuner/demodulators and an ASI input module, only Tuner/Demod A and one of the other inputs may be used and multiplexed at one time. These options may be added to the standard DQT1000, all within the DQT1000 chassis. The output section of the DQT1000 consists of a QAM modulator with an agile RF upconverter with an output of up to 61 dBmV that tunes from 54 to 1002 MHz.
With one tuner/demodulator the DQT1000 functions as a digital channel processor. One can receive an ATSC, DVB, or DigiCipher® II input signal on any channel in the CATV or broadcast spectrums in 8VSB, 16VSB, or 16QAM to 256QAM modulation and remodulate as a DVB or DigiCipher® II QAM signal. While performing this process, the DQT1000 will apply the appropriate Forward Error Correction (FEC) to the received input stream, drop and add null packets as required by the selected output bit rate, perform PCR correction and re-encode with the appropriate output FEC for the modulation chosen. The QAM output signal is then up-converted to a new RF output channel using Drakes high performance low noise circuitry.
When the second tuner/demodulator is installed, the DQT1000 can multiplex the demodulated transport streams from two separate VSB or QAM modulated RF inputs and modulate all of the data onto a single RF output channel at 256QAM modulation. This allows a cable operator to distribute two local ATSC broadcast channels in one 6 MHz wide cable channel without losing any of the original programs and without any additional compression of the broadcast signal.
The DQT1000 provides a program filter function (a new Select Program menu) and offers superior upconverter specifications with phase noise reduced to a level that is compatible with QAM modes up though 1024QAM.
Also, the DQT1000 can be controlled with the Drake Digital Headend Remote Control Software, version 2.4 or later, for remote programming of operating parameters or remote monitoring of operations.
The ASI input module accessory is also available. When this module is added, one of the inputs may be delivered to the DQT1000 via this MPEG2 transport stream compable ASI input. As an example, this option may be used to input from a direct feed sent from a local broadcast station via fiber or from a compatible satellite receiver transport stream output.
Drake Digital DQT1000 Technical Specifications
Demodulator Input(s) Applies to both tuner/demodulators, if so equipped.
Input Frequency Range: 54 - 864 MHz. Off-air channels 2-69, CATV channels 2-135.
Menu Selectable Channel Plans: Standard CATV, HRC, IRC or Broadcast.
Input Channel Bandwidth: 6 MHz.
Input RF Level Range: -28 dBmV to +30 dBmV.
Maximum Input Power (sum of all channels):Not to exceed -16 dBm.
Input Impedance: 75 Ohms with Return Loss typically 8 dB.
Noise Figure: Less than 12 dB.
Image Rejection: 60 dB.
Adjacent Channel Rejection: 40 dB.
Demodulation Modes: ATSC: 8VSB or 16VSB
ITU-A: 16QAM, 32QAM, 64QAM, 128QAM, or 256QAM.
ITU-B: 64QAM or 256QAM.
Symbol Rates: Commonly used presets and user programmable.
Equalizer Span: -6 µS to +40 µS.
ASI Input Optional Module:270 Mbps with desired transport stream of 10.76 MS/s, 19.37 Mbps
Null Packet Processing Available in the fixed output clock mode.
Modulation Modes: 16QAM, 32QAM, 64QAM, 128QAM, 256QAM, 512QAM, or 1024QAM.
Symbol Rate: 1 Ms/S to 7 Ms/S.
Forward Error Correction (FEC): ITU-A (DVB) or ITU-B (DigiCipher® II).
I/Q Phase Error: Less than 1 degree.
Carrier Suppression: 45 dB.
Channel Amplitude Error: Less than 1dB.
MER: Greater than 38 dB with blind equalizer.
Input Impedance: 75 Ohms.
Operating Input Level: +30 dBmV ±5 dB @ 45.75 MHz.
Auto Switching Level: +20 dBmV minimum.
Output Frequency Range 54 MHz to 1002 MHz.
Channel Plan: Standard CATV, HRC, IRC or Broadcast.
Frequency Stability: ±5 ppm.
Maximum Output Level: +61 dBmV minimum, adjustable downward.
Minimum Output Level: +45 dBmV.
Output Level Accuracy:±1 dB.
Output Impedance: 75 Ohms with return loss better than 14 dB (within output filter passband).
Spurious Outputs:-60 dBc from 40 MHz to 1000 MHz.
Broadband Noise: Less than -12 dBmV (6 MHz bandwidth @ ±12 MHz).
Phase Noise: -101 dBc @ 10 kHz offset.
Power: 90-132 VAC, 60 Hz, 40 W (all options installed).
Weight: 7 lbs. (3.2 Kg.)
Size: 19" (48.3 cm) W x 1.75" (4.45 cm) H x 11.5" (29.2 cm) D
Operating Temperature: 0º C (32º F) to 50º C (122º F)
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