Crystals (FT-243) in a novice transmitter - help.

Discussion in '"Boat Anchor" & Classic Equipment' started by K9UR, Nov 10, 2021.

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  1. K9UR

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    I bought 4 crystals from ebay... they are "modern crystals inside a FT-243' holder.

    They disappointingly sound awful in my boat anchor. Chirp and whoop whoop...

    It's not the transmitter- as an original pressurized crystal works great and sounds great but it's too far up the band and is on a digital frequency.

    What if any are my options -- can I do something to reduce the chirp using the crystals that I bought ? Or do I need to find original pressurized crystals for the low end of the 40M band ?
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2021
  2. SM0AOM

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    You could redesign the oscillator to a circuit which has lower crystal loading.

    The Grid-Plate or Modified Pierce circuits are among the better.

  3. KA0HCP

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    Sometime in the last several months there was a discussion about adding a resistor to reduce the voltage being applied to the crystal. The old crystals were physically larger and operated with much higher voltage that can damage the smaller crystals.

    Suggest you do a little searching for that discussion.
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  4. KP4SX

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  5. W9BRD

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    May improve note with HC-49s, but likely not make them sound modern. They're too physically small.
  6. WB2WIK

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    What's the transmitter? Or if homebrew, what's the circuit?

    Some old Novice-level TXs are just "power oscillators" and have no buffering or PA, just a tube running several Watts in a powerful oscillator. Those are hard on crystals, but can often be modified.
  7. K9UR

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    knight kit T-60;
  8. WB2WIK

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    I had one of those! But I didn't build it, I bought it used.

    Folks used to modify the 6HF8 circuit (main oscillator) to accommodate lower activity crystals. I'll see if I can find something on that. It's been a really long time.
  9. K9UR

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    ya, this is just a fun project. I got bored of running the weekly cwt with my fancy icom 7610....thought i might try with a novice setup. T-60 at around 22W output, Drake 2B/2BQ and johnson T/R box for full break in. Crystal controlled...of course....
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  10. WA5VGO

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    I don’t think voltage has anything to do with it. The issue is current. The tiny modern crystals simply can’t handle the crystal current present in most of the old vintage transmitters. If you continue to use them, they’ll likely fracture. There are solutions for using them, but the best solutions are to either find genuine FT-243 crystals or use a VFO.


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