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LP-500 / LP-700 Digital Station Monitor
Digital Power /SWR Meter, Waveform Monitor Scope and Modulation Spectrum Display all in one.


Above picture shows the relative sizes of the LP-500 and LP-700 in comparison with other familiar pieces of equipment at N8LP.
Note: Current production LP-500s are slightly taller and wider than the unit shown above.


November 27, 2017 - We are currently shipping both the LP-500 & LP-700 meters, but don't have all coupler models in stock. Orders placed recently have also been delayed due to being closed Thanksgiving week. We hope to be completely caught up this week. Orders and shipments are based on waiting list seniority.

What is LP-500?

LP-500 is a digital station monitor which displays detailed information about the transmitted signal of a station. It displays the sampled signals in numerous formats including Power/SWR, various oscilloscope type displays and a spectrum display. The sampled signals are obtained by demodulating the RF,  like in a traditional wattmeter, and should therefore work on any frequency for which there is a suitable directional coupler with the appropriate voltage scaling and time constants. It should be noted that demodulated samples are audio frequency based and not the same as RF samples. With some types of modulation, the demodulated audio is not a linear representation of the modulation signals, therefore the spectrum display works quite differently than a true spectrum analyzer. This doesn't pose a problem for AM signals, where the demodulated audio is faithful to the modulation signal, but is a challenge for SSB and other signals without a carrier. For this reason, we have developed special test signals which allow for some traditional SSB tests to be performed, although the tests cannot be directly compared to measurements from a true spectrum analyzer. In many cases, though, similar information can be gleaned from the tests, and they can be used for comparative tests to see the effect of changes to the transmitting equipment.

Click
here to get on the LP-500/700 waiting list. Please include your call sign in the subject line to make automated sorting easier, along with your preference for LP-500 or LP-700. * The current wait time for a new listing is about 6 months, but as mentioned above, we are working on improving production rates.


Open this file in Acrobat Reader to search the waiting list for your current position as we progress through the list. Each week we contact a group at the top of the list, then delete them. If you have dropped from the list and not heard from us, we either had an outdated email address, or the notice is sitting in your spam/trash folder. Once you have reached the top of the list, even if you missed the email, you are free to order at any time. You do NOT go to the bottom of the list! Please contact us by
Email or phone (734-455-3716) if you think you missed the mailing. The file was last updated Nov. 11 2017. Note: Call signs on the list are hidden for privacy reasons, but you can still search for your position by entering your call sign in the "Find" menu in Acrobat Reader.

Click here for LP-500/700 User Guide in English.

Click here for the LP-500/700 User Guide in German. Translation provided by our dealer in Germany, Difona Communication (www.difona.de)

 
Click here to join the LP-500/700 User Group.

 Visit eHam.net Product Review page for LP-500/700

Click here for a gallery of LP-500/700 installation pictures.

Click here for Encoder Mod for very early units.
Free plug in daughtercard for early LP-500 / 700 to improve optical encoder response. Affects LP-500 with serial number below 00030, or LP-700 with serial number below 00018. Models later than these come with the mod installed, or on newer boards integrated into the main PCB. Email Larry if you would like one of these.

* The list is used to determine seniority for regular retail sales of new production units. Excludes beta units, demo units,  units used for development / testing and a small allotment of dealer orders.

Downloads
 

LATEST NEWS - 11/27/2107

TelePost is closed this week due to the holiday. Any outstanding LP-500/700 order that were placed recently will be shipped starting Monday the 27th. New emails to those on the list will be delayed this time until we get caught up on shipments.

Current firmware release is beta version v2.51.08b, and current VM software release is v1.076.

Note: The current User Guide does not cover all these changes yet. Some of the new functions are not implemented in v1.076 VM, such as the power legend reset delay and the power bargraph changes to the Wfm split screens, but the program should still work with this firmware the way it used to with earlier versions.

To run VM v1.076, you must run firmware v2.50b or newer. The VM now includes the Trap | Power/SWR split screen.

Firmware and software are posted in the downloads section of this page, along with firmware history, for those wishing to flash update their firmware. This is a fast and easy process once you have learned it. Instructions are in the User Guide on page 11. You can download the Bootloader program and the firmware by clicking here.

Note: Users should report any bugs in beta programs to N8LP.

73,
Larry N8LP


Pricing -  LP-500 pricing for the time being will stay at the original target of $650USD plus couplers (at least one required). The final cost of the LP-700 has been set at $720USD plus couplers, and will remain so. We currently offer the LPC-501 3KW PEP & LPC502 5KW PEP  HF/6m couplers, and LPC503 10KW PEP HF coupler. Others to follow over the next weeks and months. The LPC501 costs $150 ea, the LPC502 & LPC503 cost $200 ea. N connectors on any coupler cost an additional $25 per coupler. Standard connecting cables (CAT6a) are 7' (2 meters) long. Other lengths are available up to 20' (6 meters). Of course, users are free to provide their own cables of almost any length.
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Watch LP-500 / LP-700 Video...
 

First video of LP-700, sitting side by side with the LP-500 and the LP-100A for size comparison. Due to the limitations of the HD camera, this is not a good comparison of the resolution of the displays, which is actually the same, but still a good comparison of size. This video shows the latest firmware and provides examples of some common operating and testing scenarios.

Note: The video starts in Standard Definition, but if you click on the far right icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the video window, it will zoom to full screen High Definition. With a broadband connection, the video should be smooth and glitch free, even in HD.



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General Features


* Bright 5" Color TFT Display w/ 800 x 480 Resolution
 
 * LP-700 has a larger enclosure and a 7" Display, otherwise the two
   meters are the same.

* 32-bit Main Processor
 
* Touchscreen controls of all functions, plus physical
   switches for the six main function keys
 
* Graphics and Audio coprocessors
 
* (8) 16-bit / 200 ksps ADCs with Adjustable Oversampling
 
* Low Distortion Proprietary Custom Digital Test Signals
   to Aid in Rig & Amplifier Adjustments using
WFM and
   Spectrum Displays.
 
* Distinctive Aural/Visual Alarms for Each Channel for both
   Power and SWR.
 
* Native USB Interface - No Drivers Needed

  (not needed for normal operation)


* Flash Upgradeable
 
* Includes Windows based "VM" (Virtual Meter) software
   which allows computer control and monitoring of
   the LP-500 locally, or remotely using RDP or a USB Device Server.

* Fast Screen Refresh

* 12VDC Operation / 800 mA maximum.

* Interface to Rig is Through Remotable RF Couplers using
   CAT5/6 cable of any practical length.
 
* Provides Extensive Information About the Quality of
  Your Transmissions
 
* Size: LP-500: 9.125"W x 6.1"D x 4.88"H (23.2cm x 15.5cm x 12.4cm)
                   LP-700: 10.125"W x 6.1"D x 5.63"H (25.7cm x 15.5cm x 14.3cm)


Watt / SWR Meter Features

* Couplers for HF, VHF, UHF...   Power up to  10KW
   (VHF / UHF available soon)

* Up to 4 Couplers with Simultaneous Sampling & Auto-Ranging


* NIST Traceable Calibration
 
* Large Numerals for Power and SWR at a Glance

* Simultaneous Bargraphs for Instantaneous
  Peak Pwr, Average Pwr & SWR

* "Sticky" bar displays highest peaks in all modes

* Flexible Multi-Channel SWR & Power Alarms
   w/ Adjustable Set Points
 
* SWR Protection Relay Jacks for 2 Amplifiers
 
*Optical Encoder Adjusts Averaging Time (Fast, Medium, Slow)
    

Waveform Monitor Scope Features

* Full screen Waveform, Trapezoid & Scope Displays
  (Trapezoid requires two couplers)

* Adjustable Sweep and Trigger with Memory.

* 5 Presets for SSB, CW, PSK plus 3 User Selections

* 10 Vertical Scales per Channel with Memory

 
* Multiple "Split-Screen" Displays with Combinations of
  Waveform, Power/SWR, Trapezoid and AM Modulation
  (w/ Bargraphs/Readouts for Positive & Negative Peaks).
 
* Touch Screen Cursors for Measuring Time Intervals & Levels
 
* Adjustable Peak Markers to Show Preset Power Limits
 
* Freeze Button to Facilitate Touch Screen Measurements
 
*Optical Encoder for Adjusting User Sweep Presets and Trapezoid
  Horizontal Gain (Width).


Spectrum Display Features

* Displays Modulation Spectrum of Transmitted Signal,
   as sampled by the coupler *

* Adjustable Span & Averaging
 
* Linear and Log Frequency Scales
 
* Adjustable Vertical Reference with +65, +55 & +45 dBm
   Full Scale
 
* 18 bits Effective Resolution
 
* Up to 80 dB Measurement Range
 
* Touch Screen Cursors for Measuring Frequencies & Levels
 
* Adjustable Peak Level Marker

*  The Spectrum display does not sample RF directly, so results cannot be compared directly to
an RF spectrum analyzer. Useful comparative measurements can be made, however. Because
the couplers employ diode envelope detectors, signals without a carrier would normally be
distorted during demodulation. To account for this, we provide special test signals for these
modes which add subcarriers to simulate the existence of a carrier. See usage guidelines in the
User Guide for more details.

While the LP-100A couplers look similar to the LP-500 couplers, they are completely different
and are therefore not compatible.


Important notice for LP-100A owners: LP-500 will not replace the LP-100A. The LP-100A
will continue with some important features not provided in the LP-500.


Preliminary Specifications…
(with LPC-501 coupler) Subject to change without notice.

General

Power Range…                         0.1W to 3KW PEP / 1500W Average
Absolute Power Accuracy…      Better than 3% at 14 MHz, NIST traceable.
                                              (Reduced accuracy below 5W)
Flatness…                               Better than +/- 0.1 dB from 1.8 to 54 MHz
                                               (+/- 0.05 dB typical from 1.8 to 30 MHz)
Directivity...                              >30 dB, 1.8 to 54 MHz
Return Loss...                           >40 dB, 1.8 to 54 MHz
SWR Range…                          1.00 to 9.99
SWR Accuracy…                      5%
Bar Graph Resolution...             600 steps for each range, Manual or Auto-Ranging
Number of Channels…               8 simultaneous (FWD & REF power for 4 couplers)
Channel Balance...                    +/- 0.1%
Memories...                              Range & Alarm settings are saved per channel
                                               Channel settings are saved per mode
A/D Converter                          16-bit / 200ksps, plus oversampling (2X to 16X).
DAC Resolution…                    18-bit, 96 dB SNR
Screen Refresh…                      5 Hz to 70 Hz, depending on mode, sweep/span settings.
Sampling Rate…                       2.5k to 80 ksps, depending on mode, sweep/span settings.
Display Resolution                    800 x 480 pixels (WVGA)
Display Type                            TFT with White LED Backlight
Display Size                            LP-500: 5" Diagonal, LP700:  7" Diagonal
Test Tone Output…                  250 ohms, 350-500mVpp, unbalanced, 0.01% THD into 10K load
Power Requirements…             12-16VDC @ 800 mA maximum
Size…                                    
LP-500: 9.125"W x 6.1"D x 4.88"H (23.2cm x 15.5cm x 12.4cm)
                                                              LP-700: 10.125"W x 6.1"D x 5.63"H (25.7cm x 15.5cm x 14.3cm)
Scope
Sweep Rate …                         1.0 to 20.0 ms/division in 0.1 ms steps
                                               5 Factory Presets and 3 User Adjustable Presets
Display Modes …                     7, including 4 split screens
Trigger Modes …                      Normal, Plus, Minus, Plus/Minus, Free Running.
AM Modulation % …                 0 to 150, positive. 0 to 100 negative.
Cursors …                               2, measuring peak voltage and time (ms)
Markers...                                1 or 2, adjustable to show preset power limits

Spectrum
Frequency Spans...                  2.5, 5.0 & 10.0 kHz, w/linear or log scaling
Span Multiplier...                      5X (500 & 1000 Hz, linear)  
RBW…                                   1 to 20 Hz, depending on span
Averaging…                             2X to 16X
Full Scale Reference…             +45, +55, +65 dBm
ADC Dynamic Range…            > 90 dB
Coupler Dynamic Range...        Up to 80 dB, depending on modulation type
Cursors …                               2, measuring peak power (dBm) and frequency (Hz)
Markers...                                1, adjustable to show preset power limit

Additional Couplers

LPC-502
Range...                                   5KW PEP / 2500W average
Flatness...                                Better than +/- 0.1 dB from 1.8 to 54 MHz
                                               
(+/- 0.05 dB typical from 1.8 to 30 MHz)
Directivity...                              >30 dB for 1.8 to 54 MHz
Return Loss...                           >40 dB from 1.8 to 54 MHz


LPC-503
Range...                                   10KW PEP / 5KW Average
Flatness...                                Better than +/- 0.1 dB from 1.8 to 30 MHz
Directivity...                             >30dB from 1.8 to 30 MHz
Return Loss...                          >40dB from 1.8 to 30 MHz

Additional Couplers will be available for VHF/UHF, lower power HF, etc.
















  






Main Power/SWR screen showing Peak Hold power value. Also shown in the bargraphs and small numbers are continuously updating peak and average power.

Waveform screen showing keying envelope with + / - edge triggering at 30 wpm. This allows display of both edges of the envelope at the same time. You can also see a slight drop in power putput over the duration of the keying element in this case. Also displayed are adjustable cursors, which in this case show risetime of the cw envelope (1.6 ms). The cursors work in all WFM modes and measure various parameters. The freeze button makes measurements easier.


Two-tone SSB waveform using built in two-tone generator. Also shown are the peak power markers, currently set to 400W.


1/2 Trapezoid display showing amplifier overloading using built in two-tone generator. This view gives twice the resolution of a the standard trapezoid display.


Waveform | Trapezoid split-screen

AM Modulation screen.


Waveform | Power/SWR split screen.


Trapezoid | Power/SWR split screen. New in firmware v2.49

Two-tone IMD test

Frequency spectrum of transmitted audio with white noise signal

  
Setup screen. The first three entries can be set differently for each of the four channels.





Downloads:

LP-500/700 Firmware v2.51.08b  (Version 2.51.08b is not compatible with VM versions older than version 1.076).

Note: Users should report any bugs in beta programs to larry.


LP-500/700 Major Firmware Version History:
Note: Legacy versions can be downloaded from http://www.telepostinc.com/Files/LP-500/
Version
Release Date
Notes
2.51.08b
11-26-17
* Additional small corrections to reflected power readings
* Small correction to average power readings
2.51.06b
11-23-17
* Corrects reflected power calculation bug at high power
* Minor cosmetic changes
2.51.05b
11-11-17
* Improves averaging calculations at low power.
* Removes the yellow sticky bar in the Tune mode.
2.51.03b
11-3-17
* Fixes a couple bugs in the last beta.
* Changes the auto ranging so that it doesn't return to the base range until the end of a transmission.
* Adds a reflected power readout (in watts) to the SWR window.
2.50.23b
10-24-17
Replaced due to bug.
* Fixes a bug in previous beta where the peak hold value occasionally didn't reset.
* Changes the behavior of the peak bargraph
* Changes "sticky" bar to yellow for better visibility
* Improvements in the power averaging algorithm and bargraph display
* Addition of Slow/Med/Fast settings for averaging, using knob for selection.
* Improvements to the Wfm/Pwr and Trap/Pwr split screen power/SWR bargraphs
2.50b6
10-9-17
Replaced due to bug.
* Fixes bugs in previous beta
* Adds knob select button to Wfm screens to allow the user to select whether the adjust knob controls sweep or trap width (amp gain).

* Changes power bargraphs in Wfm split screens to mimic the Pk Hold / Avg / Tune settings from the main screen.
* Adds a couple error messages and an error beep sound to indicate improper button presses.
2.50b
9-29-17
Fixes bug from two previous releases. Changes trapezoid width (amplifier gain) adjustment from touch screen to knob control, and includes smaller steps of adjustment. Changes power display to 1W steps above 100W to minimize flicker in the last digit.
2.45
8-13-17
Improves accuracy of the meter at very low power levels.
2.43
7-08-17
Improves behavior of AM Mod bargraphs.
2.42
4-28-17
Adds support for VM v1.073
2.41
4-18-17
Adds enhanced support for LPC-502 and LPC-503 couplers in Wfm mode.
2.38
3-26-17
Adds volume settings in Setup for confirmation beeps. Options include Off, Low, Med, High. Made improvements to the alarm system.
2.36
3-20-17
Fixes Avg Pwr display in WFM modes, fixes SWR problem with VM.
2.35
3-05-17
Fixes alarm reset bug.
2.34
2-26-17
Change alarm indicators to make them more visible. See comments near the top of this page.
2.33
2-21-17
Adds Tune mode (like LP-100A) and supports the latest VM software release.
2.31
1-30-17
Fixes bug in v2.30 which caused the small blue peak number to the right of the peak bargraph to display the wrong value for time varying signals.
2.30
1-13-17
Added wattmeter "Peak Response" oversampling adjustment to SETUP. Choices are 50, 100, 200, 500 usec. This allows the user to decide how short of spikes he wants to allow the meter to capture.
2.29
10-23-16
Fixed bug with the 60 minute sleep timer choice.
2.28
10-21-16
Fixed bug associated with SWR Resting choice of "LAST" (wasn't displaying properly in WFM/PWR split screen).
2.27
10-20-16
Added more timeout options to screensaver and sleep timers, including a sleep option of "Never Sleep".
2.26
10-10-16
Bug fixes - WFM Range button recall value in 1/2 Trap display. CH2 Sweep recall value.
2.25
9-23-16
Expanded amplifier gain options to include 10dB & 11dB for amps with lower gain
2.24
9-16-16
Added 3W choice to AL Threshold Options and changed SWR numeric display averaging window. These changes produce more stable SWR indication while talking.
2.23
9-06-16
Changed SWR Rest Fmt to eliminate a choice and fix the "LAST" choice.
2.22
8-23-16
Fixed bug in v2.21 which didn't properly recall previous amplifier gain setting.
2.21
8-21-16
Adds a gain selector to the trapezoid modes to allow the user to tailor the trap width to match the gain of his amplifier. It was determined that this was needed to accommodate the latest tetrode and LDMOS amplifiers which have considerably more gain than the FCC rules have previously allowed. The range is 12 to 26dB and is adjustable in the touch screen just above the trapezoid mode buttons.
2.20
8-18-16
Changes the SWR display update algorithm in Peak Hold mode to narrow the range of displayable SWR variation during speech.
2.19
7-31-16
Simplifies alarm system. Expands call sign window to 12 characters.
2.18
7-30-16
Fixes alarm bug
2.16
4-26-16
Adds peak power readout to WFM and Spectrum screens, changes AM carrier sense window.
2.13
4-19-16
Fixes AM Mod bug & changes Cursor behavior in Spectrum mode.
2.12
3-24-16
Original release version


Bootloader

Required to flash new firmware into LP-500/700. See User Guide for details.



LP-500 VM v1.0.76 
Supports firmware v2.50b. VM now includes support for the new Trapezoid | Power/SWR split screen in LP-500 v2.49. Note: There are still some unfinished items to do in the VM, and there is some flicker that needs to be fixed. Unfinished items include...

Setup screen
Alarm annunciators on the Power/SWR screen
Call sign display on Power/SWR screen
Cursor functionality on WFM and Spectrum screens (including measurement readouts and Freeze button)
Sweep slider on WFM screen.
Amplifier gain setting on WFM screen for Trapezoid modes
Log scales on Spectrum screen

We will add these over time as soon as we can.

LP-500 VM (Virtual Meter) Version History: Note: Legacy versions can be downloaded from http://www.telepostinc.com/Files/LP-500/
Version
Release Date
Notes
1.076
9-22-17
Adds support for Trapezoid | Power/SWR split screen in LP-500.
1.075
8-14-17
Fixes bug in dBm value on spectrum display
1.074
7-08-17
Fixes Trapezoid Split Screen functionality
1.073
4-28-17
Adds WFM split screens.
1.072
4-18-17
Added support for ranges above 3KW, changes some controls to be more universal across Windows versions.
1.062
4-12-17
Updated installer because some users were missing a critical system file on their computers.
1.061
3-08-17
Changes botton colors to match meter screeen. Fixes installer problem. Note: Uninstall older version before installing this one.
1.06
2-21-17
Now supports all meter functions except AM & Pwr/SWR split screens, cursors and Setup
1.032
TBA
Developmental version (work in progress). Split screens and Seup page not implemented yet.