I am connecting a mixer to a microwave source and need to be careful of how much power I am giving to the LO and RF of the mixer.
If I just stay in the unit of dBm, it would be ok but I became curious as to how to convert the source output in Volts to dBm.
If the signal source outputs 10mV, is there a way I can convert that to dBm, so that I know how much power the source is outputting?
One way I thought of is the diagram below. The MW source is basically outputting some voltage value and the power transmitted from the MW source is going to depend on the load impedance. (most measuring devices are 50 Ohm impedance so I guess if I set the MW source output to 10mV, given the load impedance of 50 Ohm, it's power output is 500mW?
I am not sure if the resistor value I need to put in is the 50 ohm resistor in the measuring device (oscilloscope) or the 50 ohm resistor in the MW source.
This is the mixer I am using. The datasheet says RF power should not exceed 50mW. I