I am constantly on the lookout for effective yet inexpensive means to generate SSB signals. Analog Devices' LTC5598 Direct Quadrature Modulator turns baseband analog I/Q signals into RF from 5MHz to 1.6GHz. Sadly, the performance falls off dramatically for the amateur radio bands below 60 meters.

What would happen, theoretically, if the output of the LTC5598 could be processed through some frequency-dividing means to cover lower frequencies? Would the spectrum of the modulation be preserved, distorted or destroyed?

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    $\begingroup$ It looks like you've substantially changed the question you're asking (from a general technique question to analysis of a very specific case). It's not good to change a question such that it invalidates existing answers — please consider asking a new question instead. $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Mar 10 '19 at 16:12
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The spectrum of the modulation would also be reduced. Imagine a 1MHz suppressed-carrier upper-sideband signal (so that we can talk about the carrier, as well) that has a single audio tone of 1kHz as its modulation. The result is two frequencies: The carrier (1MHz), and the carrier plus the tone (1.001MHz). Now divide that by two and you get 500.5kHz. If we demodulate that, we get a 500Hz tone. (Also note that a true analog frequency divider is more complicated than a digital divider.)


You could use a device known as a downconverter (or "transverter"), like this (but there may be others that are cheaper and/or easier to setup and use). It can take a high-frequency signal and downconvert it ("shift" it down). In theory, the spectrum shape is not modified at all; it is just shifted from a larger to a smaller frequency.


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