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If you want to operate on higher frequency bands, instead of a dedicated radio, you can add a transverter to your equipment. A transverter is a device that allows you to operate on higher frequency bands than your transceiver can normally handle. It takes the RF input and output of your transceiver and converts it to another band. This is useful because the higher frequency bands often require more specialized and expensive equipment to operate on, so by using a transverter, you can expand the capabilities of your existing equipment without needing to purchase a new radio.
One transverter example converts the 1296-MHz amateur band to frequencies on the 2-meter band, allowing a ham to communicate on that higher frequency band just by using their 2-meter radio. This means that a ham operator who has a 2-meter radio can use a transverter to communicate on the 1296-MHz amateur band without needing to purchase a dedicated radio for that band.
A transverter functions via a mixer, which is used to convert a radio signal from one frequency to another. The mixer takes the input signal from your transceiver and mixes it with a local oscillator signal to create a new signal at the desired output frequency. This new signal is then amplified and transmitted through the antenna to the other station. On the receiving end, the signal is received by the antenna, amplified, and then mixed with a local oscillator signal to convert it back to the original frequency so that it can be heard through the transceiver's speaker.
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