Sqquare Wave generator

Discussion in 'Homebrew and Kit Projects' started by WA9SVD, Mar 13, 2017.

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  1. WA9SVD

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    OK, I've checked my archives, and Googled a Googleplex of times with no results that seem to fit.

    Many years ago, I built a simple square wave generator, using a MC-799P Dual Buffer (anybody still remember RTL Logic???) One IC, two resistors, and two capacitors were all that was needed to run off two AA batteries for over a decade.. [Probably over four decades by now, but with occasional battery replacement every 20 years.:rolleyes:] Harmonics of the ≈1 kHz osc. would go well into the VHF TV range!
    I can't remember if the circuit was from Pop'Tronics or Radio Electronics, probably early 1970's. Does anyone have such mags in their archives that may have the original circuit?
  2. WA7PRC

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  3. KE0ZU

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  4. WA9SVD

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    I'm more than aware of what the NE-555 and it's siblings can achieve. I'll '' look up the previous previous posts. But I want to document EVERYTHING in my shack, at least that which is still in use. (For that matter, I still use a digital clock for Field Day that I built in 1972, for my VW Beetle, and it still works...)
    I've had the small oscillator for centuries (or so it seems) and have it in a small Rat shack Shack enclosure, with banana posts on the back, a Variable output level control for BNC fixed or variable output, and even small (low level) speaker output on/off. It's been a real god-send in many cases as a signal generator or source. But I don't want to disassemble it to reverse(dis) engine-ed it. As I remember in the fogy daze of college, I made the PC board for it. And it STILL works, which is somewhat a miracle. (Silly me, I soldered the IC onto the PC board, and current prices for that IC are $ 7.85, so it would not e economical to try to repair; a newer design would be better, but I still would like to document the original circuit I used..
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  5. WA0YDE

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    I can't help you with your original project, but if you want to build a new one check out the XR-2206 function generator chip from EXAR. It's been around for many years. GL
  6. WA9SVD

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    This was (and is) a "quick and dirty, pun intended) " signal generator It serves a basic function, and can even drive a small speaker at low, but usable volume.. I have an ICL 8038 board that generates square, sine, and triangular .wave signals, but I haven't decided on a proper buffer amp or case layout to finish the project. I just would like to have the original circuit for the one RTL IC oscillator for MY archives.
  7. WA7PRC

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    A former coworker tasked me with producing a simple pulse generator with independently variable rate and duty cycle controls. I found the Intersil ICL8038 to produce a clean triangle waveform. I buffered/offset that to a 0-5V signal and passed it thru a comparator w/ 0-5VDC reference...
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    I used a 74HC244 to give it yuuuge output current capability, and used one gate to drive seven others. The output can be gated. And because the ICL8038 (NTE864) also produces a nice sinewve, I brought that out as well. I packaged it in a box w/ the electronics mounted to a blank PCB:

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    The current going price for a NTE864 substitute is $40-50 but, the original Intersil ICL8038 can be found on evilbay for a lot less, such as $0.96 each (link). And there are likely other alternatives. The IC needs +/- 12VDC, so I just used an off-the-shelf DC-DC converter module. Controls are 10K/10T pots w/ turns counter dials... probably the costliest parts but, they're worth it.
  8. WA9SVD

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    With all due respect, I do NOT want or need suggestions for a "new" signal generator. The project has been built and in use for over 40 years. I'm just looking for the ORIGINAL oscillator schematic that I used with the MC799P (RTL logic) IC, which has two different input options. YES, reverse engineering would allow that (since I made the PC board myself.) In my early daze, I (unfortunately) didn't document simple circuits completely. NO need to suggest using other circuits. PIX when I can get the camera batteries charged.
  9. VK4FFAB

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    Pop the lid off and have a poke about in there with your peepers. Wont be hard to fabricobble a schematic from 5 parts. Its probably a circuit straight out the application notes. A library of motorola books might be useful here also.
  10. VK4FFAB

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    Oh and it sounds like what you made is a Comb Generator, 1 of the MC799P buffers was used with 2 caps, 2 resistors and a xtal or ceramic resonator to form an oscillator and the other 3 buffers cascaded to give amplification. Probably something like this, being a comb generator the harmonics will have flat gain into the stratosphere.


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