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. K1APJ

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    I hear ya-

    Many re-stuffed FT-243s work acceptably well with my Drake 2-NT. Few work well with my Heath HW-16. YMMV
  2. SM0AOM

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    Your problem is most likely the Pierce oscillator in this circuit:


    They subject especially small crystals for far more current than they are designed for.

  3. K9UR

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    Bought some HC 49 from the AF4K web site. Let’s see. If not then I guess a DDS project is on the horizon.
  4. K9UR

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    Is there a solution to reduce that current or is this the laws of physics ?!
  5. SM0AOM

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    Reducing the plate voltage and reducing the value of C1 may help,
    but it is not certain.

    Modern crystals are not designed for the drive levels used "yesteryear".

  6. W9BRD

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    2-NT uses a small-signal receiving pentode as its crystal oscillator (grid-plate circuit); HW-16 uses a power pentode (6CL6) as a Modified Pierce. That's the reason.

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