Collective Thomson scattering is a common diagnostic technique for ion temperature measurements in experimental fusion plasma reactors.
Such a system was successfully installed and commissioned at the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. For this purpose, a 140 GHz gyrotron of the
Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating system was used as a source of the required probing millimeter (mm)-wave beam. However, accurate
measurements in the plasma core were not possible at this heating frequency due to the absorption of the mm-waves and the high electron
cyclotron emission background. To suppress these effects and to enhance the accuracy of the measurements, it is required to increase the frequency
of the probing beam. In this work, the possibility to operate the same gyrotron, which has its nominal operation at 140 GHz, at a
higher frequency is comprehensively investigated.