Saturday, February 29, 2020
A Dingey size Boat Anchor
When changing crystals or, especially, coils it is important to recognize where high voltage is exposed. In this case the unprotected meter terminals have 300 VDC, a lethal voltage, on them. Power this transmitter down when under the covers. This is even more important when working under the chassis. Don't take chances. Power down before working on it. As a safety modification consider placing the crystal socket on the front panel.
Are you looking for something more modern looking? Try W1TS's 6C4-5763 MOPA in the October 1968 issue QST. Just add a resistor and 0B2 to regulate the oscillator B+ to 108V and include a switch to run the oscillator stage while keying the final.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
A Dingey size Boat Anchor on 30 mtrs
A search of the QST archives brought up three articles that helped me decide what to do. The first was WD8DQT's article in January 2012 showing how to use today's HC49 crystals in simple MOPA (Master Oscillator - Power Amplifier) transmitters. The other two, W1TS's in October 1968 and WD8DAS's in January 2003 each show 6C4 to 5763 MOPA designs that can be modified per WD8DQT's article to use HC49 crystals.
I already have a crystal controlled MOPA transmitter on my desk. See https://w0vlz.blogspot.com/2008/02/further-6j56l6-transmitter-developments_5846.html . I did a quick check and found that the 6J5 I used is a close match to the 6C4 WD8DQT based his article on. I could start with the 6J5-6L6 transmitter I already had. First I added a VR-105 and 12K 5 watt dropping resistor to power the 6J5 oscillator at 105 VDC. Next I converted the PA to a pi network instead of link coupled output. The tank capacitor is now 140pF and the output/antenna capacitor is now 300pf plus, optionally, an additional 300pF. The coils on 80 and 40 are the same B&W output coils I've been using but without the output link connected. For 30 mtrs I searched through my junque box and found a coil that loads up fine on 30. Finally, I found HC-49 crystals, including 30 mtrs, five for $7.50 on ebay. See https://www.ebay.com/sch/possumlodge/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
See ya on 30.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Putting the Drake 2B on 30 and 17 meters
Recently I noticed the optional crystal frequency chart in my Drake 2B manual. It shows that a 14.0 MHz crystal allows you to listen to WWV on 10 MHz and 30 mtrs on 10.1-10.150. Nice, but wait, buy one get a second one free! The chart in the manual also shows that by retuning the preselector that same 14.0 MHz crystal also covers 17.5-18.1 MHz. This includes the lower half of the 17 mtr band. It looked like shifting the crystal up 100 KHz would shift coverage to include the entire 17 mtr band and still keep WWV and 30 mtrs on the dial. Outstanding!
A quick check of the AF4K Crystals website at http://www.af4k-crystals.com/ shows that he stocks 14.1 MHz crystals in HC6 style holders.
Range C on my 2B now covers WWV, 30 mtrs and 17 mtrs.
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