[Canberrauav] DC-DC switching regulators

Carlos Peco carlos.peco at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 21:08:12 AEDT 2016

Hi Samuel (et al.),

My name is Carlos, just moved to Canberra from Sydney. I'm interested in
UAV technology and have been looking at CUAV activities since I saw the OBC
documentary on BBC.

Because of my work, I have access to some radio monitoring equipment and
antennas (the demo stock we use for demonstrations and loans). They are not
spectrum analyzers, that's another part of the company I have little to do
I'm more than happy to take some gear to the airfield one of these weekends
to make noise fieldstrength measurements at the frecuency ranges of
interest (remote control, GPS and the like) for different DC-DC converter
configurations, if considered useful.


Le lundi 8 février 2016, Samuel Dudley <dudley.samuel at gmail.com> a écrit :

> Hi CUAV,
> I noticed you were looking at GE critical power for a DC-DC switching
> regulators. I can only comment on the particular model which I have used
> and for my use case but the results were not great… No issues with the
> power rail but the RF noise that come off the module was considerable. On
> the regulated end I had around 2cm of cable exposed before entering a
> shielded cable run (shield was connected at only one end to a common -ve
> post off the main lipo). To be fair I was using the module as a plug and
> play brick and this particular module (similar to the later power brick)
> require external circuitry to meet the RF emissions specified in the
> datasheet.
> http://au.element14.com/ge-critical-power/ehhd006a0b41-hz/dc-dc-12v-6a-1-8-brick-heat-plate/dp/2076849
> When the module was powering the load (highly transient ~6A max) the
> digital radio in the room would stop working. It wasn't until I added a
> second identical DC-DC converter that problem really manifested. I didn't
> nail down exactly where the noise was entering the system but the frame
> loss on the 4 satellite spectrum receiver combined with possible induced
> noise on the lined to the 3DR PPM sum encoder was enough to corrupt the PPM
> signal to cause random full scale defections in the RC system even while
> idle.
> Upon reflection the issue was present, but much less noticeable /
> diagnosable with a single regulator in place.
> I switched over to the following part and now the digital radio works in
> the workshop :)
> http://au.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Murata-Power-Solutions/UQQ-12-8-Q12PB-C/?qs=b13bmSh8y6zbImiRVI7nEQ%3D%3D
> Cheers,
> Sam
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