Hi Bill & Pete,
I have the JOO - joy of oscillation! The transistor is a 2N3053 with a clip on heat sink, but I don't think that I really need it. Output power +22dBm or 160mW. When I tested it on a Comms test set at work, I found that the harmonics were about 12dB to 15dB down and I stopped looking at the 10th harmonic. Not good.
Fitting the 80m low pass filter (salvaged from another project) brought the harmonics more than 50dB down.
The coil former is a 31mm diameter and 3D printed by one of the guys at work. The material is PET - the material they make soft drink bottles from. After we printed it, I put it in a microwave oven with a glass of water. 30 seconds and the water got warm and the coil former stayed cool.
I haven't had a contact yet, but maybe in the next few weeks.
The next project is an 80m CW transmitter based upon the Goodfeller transmitter from QST 1946. It requires a inductor in the pi coupler, 1.5 inch diameter, 32 turns at 20 tip; but where to get one of those these days - wind your own.
I got the guy at work to also 3D print me a coil former with a spiral thread around the outside with a 20tpi pitch for the wire to lay in. Some hot glue and the coil is ready.
Now that I have finished all 189 episodes and two specials, my days are empty. Please make some more.
73 de Peter VK2EMU
Hi Peter (great name BTW),
Congratulations –really liked your build – top drawer! 3D printer access WOW – now if I could only get my 3rd son (Mechanical Engineer) to build me one of those machines.
The 3D made coil form is perfect for a VFO and follows the principles set down by Doug DeMaw W1FB (SK) about keeping the coil supported at both ends and away from metal. Bill needs a coil like that to mate with his HRO dial mechanism –and follows something old (dial) something new (coil).