New AnyLocker- radio reference locking board

Project sources, schematics (in PDF also), and a readme at

This project it a successor and in spirit of the XREF reflock device by David VK3HZ and Graham VK3XDK some years ago. Boards have not been produced for some time.

I have done a new design, with extra features. The board is still a crazy size (crazy for me the PCB guy) 13 x 29 mm. and has more than 110 parts on it, front and back. It is a 4 layer PCB, though it is used as a 3 layer and ground plane. This PCB will be supplied machine loaded, and will be lower priced than the XREF, not sure yet USD35 – USD45 , it depends how much the machine loading ends up costing.

PDF of sch

The PCB has  similar IO to XREF , and also has USB for programming and configuration, and a single multifunction LED.

The main differences are that this project uses a fractional divider phase locked loop, so that it can provide locking for oddball rig reference frequencies, like 10.4868750 used in the FT1000,  41.344 MHz (IC-7300) ,  and maintain a high phase detector frequency for lowest PD noise.

The board can be programmed for any reference input 5 to 50 MHz, though normally 10 MHz would be used from a GPS or rubidium etc.

Although the chip will do up to 4 GHz (!!) , The board is designed for accepting 5MHz through 50 MHz as the rig reference, There is an amplifier on the PCB, and a logic slicer, as when using < 100 MHz inputs, the chip requires a minimum rise time, so a fast logic inverter is inserted in the rig reference chain. The amplifier can make inputs down to 100mV ptp work which provides some scope to sniff off not too much of the rig XO, and can operate 50 ohm or hiZ input if close to the internal XO.

Up to 130 MHz the input amplifier and logic  should still work with zero gain, so upwards of +3dBm would be required. Beyond  that the amplifier/logic slicer should be bypassed and the PCB / chip combo is probably OK to 500 MHz. probably more if you are keen.

The USB programming interface can load either firmware, or configure the dividers and the LED function.  It is an STM32F0 processor in a TSSOP20 .

Multiple regulators are used on the board to keep noise on the rails down to a minimum.

Many input options are catered for with  a handful of solder- jumper blobs that can be dobbed with a blob of solder, or not.

IO is similar to the older XREF

External reference in : usually 10 MHz, at least +2dBm sine wave or  1V ptp square wave

Rig reference in : Min 100mV ptp at 20 MHz.  Impedance selectable.

Reference oscillator control out – goes Hi-Z on no reference input. This output is good for 0 to 5.2 Volts  of swing. It can swing a VCXO directly like many rigs, or could swing a supply rail slightly for varying XO freq by that method.

Vin : 7 to 15 V at 15  to  35mA. Current draw depends on input frequency.

USB DP and DN  connections.

Next work- similar board with 1 pps input rather than 10 MHz etc.

I can be contacted at glen ( at ) cortexrf (dot) com (dot) au

Glen VK1XX / AI6UM

Work to date :

11 May 2018  — Got first boards back see below :




stencil. upper and lower on the one stencil for proto.







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