Need help picking a Transistor

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by WQ4G, Oct 10, 2019.

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  1. WQ4G

    WQ4G Ham Member QRZ Page


    Need some Transistors for one of my victims. The existing transistors are 2n3011 and the parts list for the set calls for "SI NPN Gen. Purp TO92" and does not specify the exact transistor.

    The data for the 2n3011 is here:

    I have a few different kinds of transistors on hand and would like to use some of them if possible. For example I have quite a few MPSA05, MPSA13, and 2N2222.

    Here is the datasheet for the the MPSA05:

    Here is the datasheet for the MPSA13:

    And, the datasheet for the 2n2222:

    It appears to me that these transistors (except for possibly the MPSA05 due to the 4 volt emitter-base voltage spec) would all be sufficient for the voltages and currents. But, none of them are specified 'General Purpose.' And the MPSA13 are Darlington Transistors. The transistors will be used in the RF chain AFTER the (1st) RF Amplifier as Mixer, First IF Amp, 2nd IF Amp, Low Oscillator, Squelch Gate, etc.

    Anyone chiming in with additional information would be greatly appreciated... Which, if any of those Transistors would qualify, or be a good substitute, as general purpose Transistors?


    Dan WQ4G
  2. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    The 2n2222 is as general purpose as they come! :)
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  3. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    dont know your circuit but i like to have a bag full of 3904 and 3906 around for small transistors!
    they work from audio,switching, to vhf
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  4. WA7ARK

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  5. AG6QR

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    Any time I've heard the phrase "general purpose NPN transistor", it has always meant 2n2222 or 2n3904, whichever you happen to have more of in your parts bin at the moment.
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  6. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Keep the gain figure close to original.

    Forward Current Transfer Ratio (hFE), MIN: 30
  7. AG6QR

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    Better yet, use feedback in the circuit to make it work well over a wide range of gain figures. hFE is not closely controlled in typical manufacturing processes, and most data sheets only specify a guaranteed minimum, allowing any part with at least that much gain to pass inspection and be sold to customers.

    If your circuit relies on a particular value of hFE, it isn't likely to work well when assembled with off-the-shelf transistors.
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  8. W9WQA

    W9WQA Ham Member QRZ Page

    as usual, too much worrying goin on here!! just stick one in and see what happens...
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  9. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. It depends on the circuit.

    I have seen some transistors that are "To Good".

    Direct couple amplifiers are fun. When one blows, They all blow.
  10. KD2ACO

    KD2ACO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    That's our specialty! :p

    In the recording studio we say, "Microphones suck and speakers blow!"
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