Teardown of a Mitsubishi ST251 Mobile Satellite Terminal
Last Update: August 11, 2018manual for the ST200 series has a copyright date of 2000 - these units were probably designed in the late 1990's and are now obsolete. I picked up this unit for about 100 USD, but I found evidence that a full kit of an identical unit was auctioned off by Goodwill for a whole eight bucks.
Given the low cost, some of the internal parts might be interesting to the radio hobbyist.
The handset really isn't anything to write home about; it has a keypad, LCD, speaker, and a microphone on the end of a coiled cable. The reed switch in the center is for detecting when the phone is off the hook.
The Transceiver Unit was way more complex than I was expecting.
Check out the rework in the center and how some of the surface mount diodes are angled. Production problems?
The DB-25 connectors at the top are a serial port and a connection for a remote control unit, if memory serves. The connector on the far left is for the handset.
The big ol' chip in the center appears to be custom silicon. If fact a lot of parts in this system are from Mitsubishi. Vertical integration, ahoy!
The two D-sub connectors at the bottom (note the wicked alignment spikes) connect to the RFU (left) and power (right). The connector on the right is a typical DA-15, while the connector on the left is much weirder.
Check this out.
Completely custom connector, as far as I can tell. It's unclear why Mitsubishi would make a custom part when various signal+coax de facto standard D-sub connector variants exist.
This particular connector crams 14 signals and two RF connections into the space of a DA shell. I wouldn't be surprised if the two coax connections were I and Q signals (or transmit/receive?), but honestly I have no idea.
This is the inside of the RFU.
This is only one side of the board, but check out all that microstrip work, and that huge transistor (FA01324 / RKS5GN0024-001) at the top. Antenna connection is at the bottom left.