Wednesday, October 16, 2013
I found a quote from Doug DeMaw that I wanted to share. This one seems appropriate as I struggle with unwanted oscillation (and as Halloween approaches). From the January 1986 QST:
"Self -oscillation occurs not only in the low-frequency and high-frequency spectrum, but it often takes place at audio frequencies! I have actually heard the transistors "screeching" when strong audio oscillations were taking place in a homebrew transistor power amplifier. On one occasion I could see a bluish glow coming from within the transistors (visible through the ceramic heads of the devices) during a period of instability. Needless to say, the transistors self-destructed."
I've been having some instability problems with my BITX 17 IRF510 final. But I think I have the problem identified. I was getting low frequency oscillations (around 100 KHz). Tonight tried putting the IRF510 on a separate power supply. The oscillations ceased and I am getting a nice clean 3 watts out. So I'll go back and beef up the decoupling on the power supply lines.
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