Motorola BLE Series Installation And Operation Manual

Broadband line extender
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  • Page 1 S T A R L I N E ® B L E * / * B r o a d b a n d L i n e E x t e n d e r I n s t a l l a t i o n a n d O p e r a t i o n M a n u a l...
  • Page 2 Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his/her own expense. Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by Motorola could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment under the rules and regulations of the FCC.
  • Page 3 Motorola, Inc. Motorola reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes in content from time to time without obligation on the part of Motorola to provide notification of such revision or change. Motorola provides this guide without warranty of any kind, either implied or expressed, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    C o n t e n t s S e c t i o n 1 I n t r o d u c t i o n Using This Manual ..........................1-3 Related Documentation........................1-3 Document Conventions........................1-3 If You Need Help..........................1-4 Calling for Repairs ...........................1-4 S e c t i o n 2 O v e r v i e w...
  • Page 5 i i i i i i i i C o n t e n t s Automatic Drive Unit ....................... 3-11 ADU Pads and Levels ......................3-11 Return Path Alignment Before You Begin..........................3-12 Alignment Procedure ........................3-13 Powering and Surge Protection ......................3-14 S e c t i o n 4 B e n c h T e s t i n g Before You Begin ..........................
  • Page 6 C o n t e n t s i i i i i i i i i i i i F i g u r e s Figure 1-1 BLE*/* - closed .......................1-1 Figure 1-2 BLE*/* - open .........................1-2 Figure 2-1 BLE*/* line extender......................2-1 Figure 2-2 BLE*/* configurator ......................2-2 Figure 2-3 BLE-HSG/15 housing ......................2-3 Figure 2-4 Housing gaskets.......................2-4...
  • Page 7 I n t r o d u c t i o n  The Motorola STARLINE series of broadband line extenders, BLE*/*, accept a single input and provide 28 through 30 dB of operational gain (depending on model) to a single output. The high gain makes the BLE*/* series ideally suited for a hybrid fiber-coax system as well as conventional tree and branch designs.
  • Page 8: Figure 1-2 Ble*/* - Open

    1 1 1 1 - - - - 2 2 2 2 I n t r o d u c t i o n Figure 1-2 illustrates an open BLE*/* line extender: F i g u r e 1 - 2 B L E * / * - o p e n +24V DC TEST POINT...
  • Page 9: I N T R O D U C T I O N

    I n t r o d u c t i o n 1 1 1 1 - - - - 3 3 3 3 U s i n g T h i s M a n u a l The following sections provide information and instructions to bench test, install, and operate the BLE*/*.
  • Page 10: If You Need Help

    C a l l i n g f o r R e p a i r s If repair is necessary, call the Motorola Repair Facility at 1-800-227-0450 for a Return for Service Authorization (RSA) number before sending the unit. The RSA number must be prominently displayed on all equipment cartons.
  • Page 11: O V E R V I E W

    S ec ti on 2 O v e r v i e w The BLE*/* is a two-way capable line extender used in CATV distribution systems. The BLE*/* is powered by the 60/90 Vac cable supply and can be configured to pass this power to additional line extenders.
  • Page 12: Configuration

    C o n f i g u r a t i o n The BLE*/* is fully configured in the Motorola factory per customer request. It is recommended that you verify the configuration listed on the outside of the shipping carton with the configuration that you ordered.
  • Page 13: Housing

    O v e r v i e w 2 2 2 2 - - - - 3 3 3 3 H o u s i n g The BLE*/* is furnished in a BLE-HSG/15 aluminum housing that protects the electronics from weather and dissipates internally generated heat.
  • Page 14: Gaskets

    2 2 2 2 - - - - 4 4 4 4 O v e r v i e w platform assembly kit (P/N 951941-006-00). The BLE-15A kit contains 15 A platform assemblies. Two messenger clamps are cast in the top of the housing and are secured with 5/16 inch ×...
  • Page 15: Port Locations

    O v e r v i e w 2 2 2 2 - - - - 5 5 5 5 Figure 2-4 illustrates the housing gaskets: F i g u r e 2 - 4 H o u s i n g g a s k e t s Weather gasket (silicone rubber) +24V DC...
  • Page 16 2 2 2 2 - - - - 6 6 6 6 O v e r v i e w Figure 2-5 illustrates the housing port locations: F i g u r e 2 - 5 H o u s i n g p o r t s Test ports Test ports Port 1...
  • Page 17: Power Supplies

    O v e r v i e w 2 2 2 2 - - - - 7 7 7 7 P o w e r S u p p l i e s The BLE*/* is available with a standard power supply or the optional power-factor-corrected (PFC) power supply.
  • Page 18: Power Factor Corrected Power Supply

    2 2 2 2 - - - - 8 8 8 8 O v e r v i e w The factory-installed 20-ampere fuse, illustrated in Figure 2-9, provides power-passing to additional line extenders. Power Factor Corrected Power Supply The PFC power supply is offered as a configured option in the BLE*/*. The PFC design lowers the current draw of the amplifier and improves power supply efficiency for the entire system.
  • Page 19: Return Amplifier, Ra-Kit/H Or Ra-Kit/L

    O v e r v i e w 2 2 2 2 - - - - 9 9 9 9 Figure 2-8 illustrates the interconnection among these components: F i g u r e 2 - 8 B L E * / * b l o c k d i a g r a m -1.0dB * see * see...
  • Page 20: Options And Accessories

    2 2 2 2 - - - - 1 0 O v e r v i e w LIFELINE status-monitoring system, you can attenuate the return path through the line extender by 6 dB or by 38 dB. By reducing the ingress level at the headend or monitoring point, you can further isolate the ingress source.
  • Page 21 O v e r v i e w 2 2 2 2 - - - - 1 1 Mo d el D es c r i p ti on F u n c tio n FTEC Fast Transfer Electronic Crowbar This option is used for overvoltage protection and replaces the existing surge protector.
  • Page 22 2 2 2 2 - - - - 1 2 O v e r v i e w F i g u r e 2 - 9 L o c a t i o n o f o p t i o n s , p a d s , t e s t p o i n t s a n d a c c e s s o r i e s i n t h e B L E * / * Forward equalizer or Cable simulator...
  • Page 23: A M P L I F I E R S E T U P

    S ec ti on 3 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p This section provides instructions for fully configuring the BLE*/* and describes the proper forward and return path alignment procedures. F o r w a r d P a t h A l i g n m e n t The following subsections describe the BLE*/* alignment procedures required for proper performance in the forward path.
  • Page 24: Example 1

    3 3 3 3 - - - - 2 2 2 2 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p that of the LDR must be compensated for by selecting and installing the appropriate SFE-*-* cable equalizer.
  • Page 25 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p 3 3 3 3 - - - - 3 3 3 3 Table 3-1 helps you choose the correct equalizers and also lists insertion loss at various frequencies: T a b l e 3 - 1 S t a r l i n e F o r w a r d E q u a l i z e r s –...
  • Page 26 3 3 3 3 - - - - 4 4 4 4 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p Figure 3-1 shows the equalizer slope versus equalizer value information presented in Table 3-1 as a graph.
  • Page 27: Starline Cable Simulators

    A m p l i f i e r S e t u p 3 3 3 3 - - - - 5 5 5 5 Starline Cable Simulators The Starline Cable Simulators, Model SCS-*, are used in place of fixed equalizers in systems where the amplifiers are located close together.
  • Page 28: Input And Midstage Pads

    3 3 3 3 - - - - 6 6 6 6 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p The information in Table 3-2 is shown as a graph in Figure 3-2: F i g u r e 3 - 2 F r e q u e n c y v e r s u s c a b l e s l o p e SCS-1 SCS-2...
  • Page 29 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p 3 3 3 3 - - - - 7 7 7 7 C3 produces a peak that is centered at approximately 400 MHz and varied in amplitude by Air coils on the bottom of the *LDR/*/II board may slightly tune the upper portion of the response.
  • Page 30: Directional Coupler Test Points

    3 3 3 3 - - - - 8 8 8 8 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p Figure 3-4 illustrates BLE87* flatness and control ranges: F i g u r e 3 - 4 T y p i c a l f l a t n e s s a n d c o n t r o l r a n g e s 25 Jun 2001 10:22:15...
  • Page 31: Amplifier Level Control

    A m p l i f i e r S e t u p 3 3 3 3 - - - - 9 9 9 9 Amplifier Level Control Signal levels vary in a cable system primarily because cable attenuation changes with temperature.
  • Page 32: Thermal Drive Unit

    3 3 3 3 - - - - 1 0 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p If you use an SCS cable simulator and the design value is changed, you must also adjust the input pad.
  • Page 33: Automatic Drive Unit

    A m p l i f i e r S e t u p 3 3 3 3 - - - - 1 1 Connect a signal-level meter to the test point and tune the meter to the high FWD OUT band-edge carrier.
  • Page 34: Return Path Alignment

    3 3 3 3 - - - - 1 2 A m p l i f i e r S e t u p Table 3-4 provides the AGC pad values for other output levels. Recommended pad values are shaded. T a b l e 3 - 4 B L E * / * A G C p a d l e v e l s B LE */ *...
  • Page 35: Alignment Procedure

    A m p l i f i e r S e t u p 3 3 3 3 - - - - 1 3 Equipment required for return-path alignment includes: Full complement of JXP-*T pads and Starline return equalizers (SRE-*-*) Reverse signal generator —...
  • Page 36: Powering And Surge Protection

    Return levels used for alignment are not necessarily operational system levels. These levels vary from system to system due to differences in equipment, architectures and design philosophies. For an in-depth analysis and discussion of the return path, refer to Motorola reference guide Return Path Level Selection, Setup and Alignment Procedure.
  • Page 37: B E N C H T E S T I N G

    B e n c h T e s t i n g Motorola’s recommended procedure for placing a new BLE*/* into service is to fully test it on the bench before it is field installed. There are specific alignment procedures that ensure proper functioning of all components and simplify final installation.
  • Page 38: Measuring Forward Gain

    4 4 4 4 - - - - 2 2 2 2 B e n c h T e s t i n g Measuring Forward Gain This subsection provides instructions for measuring the full gain and the operational gain and flatness of the BLE*/*.
  • Page 39: Testing Return Gain And Response

    B e n c h T e s t i n g 4 4 4 4 - - - - 3 3 3 3 The sweep response is essentially flat at this point. If the response exhibits tilt, the cable equalizer must be changed.
  • Page 40 4 4 4 4 - - - - 4 4 4 4 B e n c h T e s t i n g Complete station records by recording pertinent information. Remove test-equipment connections and close the housing following instructions provided in Section 5, “Installation,” Closing the Housing.
  • Page 41: I N S T A L L A T I O N

    S ec ti on 5 I n s t a l l a t i o n The field installation procedures presented in the following subsections assume that the amplifier was previously tested and bench aligned. Cable power and RF signal must be available on the system.
  • Page 42 5 5 5 5 - - - - 2 2 2 2 I n s t a l l a t i o n Check the ac voltage setting (jumper J1, Figure 2-6). J1 p osi t ion Desc r ip tion The voltage must be greater than 38 Vac as read with a true rms voltmeter or 42 Vac when using a conventional, average reading, ac voltmeter.
  • Page 43: Pedestal Installation

    I n s t a l l a t i o n 5 5 5 5 - - - - 3 3 3 3 P e d e s t a l I n s t a l l a t i o n Mount the BLE*/* to the pre-drilled pedestal mounting plate.
  • Page 44: O P E R A T I N G T I P S

    0.5 dB to 1.5 dB for each dB of attenuation added. Operating conditions that require the use of the midstage pad are very rare. It is recommended that you contact Motorola’s TRC or your account representative for specific information regarding use of the midstage pads.
  • Page 45: S P E C I F I C A T I O N S

    Specifications are valid over the given bandpass and operating temperature range of −40°F to +140°F (−40°C to +60°C). Specifications are stated typical unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change. Refer to the Motorola BCS web site or contact your account representative for the latest specifications.
  • Page 46: Model Ble87S

    A A A A - - - - 2 2 2 2 S p e c i f i c a t i o n s M o d e l B L E 8 7 S / * Sp eci fica ti on Fo rwa rd A mp li fi e r Bandpass BLE87S/*...
  • Page 47: Model Ble75S/G

    S p e c i f i c a t i o n s A A A A - - - - 3 3 3 3 M o d e l B L E 7 5 S / G * Sp eci fica ti on Fo rwa rd A mp li fi e r Bandpass...
  • Page 48: Model Ble75S

    A A A A - - - - 4 4 4 4 S p e c i f i c a t i o n s M o d e l B L E 7 5 S / * Sp eci fica ti on Fo rwa rd A mp li fi e r Bandpass BLE75S/*...
  • Page 49: Ra-Kit/L Return Amplifier

    S p e c i f i c a t i o n s A A A A - - - - 5 5 5 5 R A - K i t / L R e t u r n A m p l i f i e r Pa ra me t e r Sp eci fica ti on Bandpass...
  • Page 50 Ap p en d i x B T o r q u e S p e c i f i c a t i o n s Torque specifications are valid for all models of the BLE*/*. T o rq u e Fas ten e r Sc rew W r en c h...
  • Page 51 A b b r e v i a t i o n s a n d A c r o n y m s The abbreviations and acronyms list contains the full spelling of the short forms used in this manual.
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