NE602 colpitts oscillator construction challenge ?!!

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  1. Reyo

    Reyo Thread Starter New Member

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    hey there experts , could you please help me on this ?

    Im doing my engineering undergrad course and my final year project require to construct a a colpitts oscillator LC tank circuit in a bread board which will have a drop in frequency value as varying the inductor( the inductor am using now is fixed but will be replaced by a variable coil after making the circuit work) , one way of doing so is to use NE602 (same as SA602a) IC chip.

    the chip has this pic configuration

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    The power supply was connected to a 150Ω resistor then to pin 8, also it was bypassed to ground with a 4n7F capacitor.

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    Pin 1 was grounded through a 10kΩ resistor while pin2 to through a 10nF capacitor and obviously pin3 to ground
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    and finally the oscillator configuration is shown below
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    measuring the output from pin 4 or/and 5 directly by a scope should give a frequency of 10MHz. However for some reason this didnt work, i tried couple of different values for capacitor and inductor in the LC tank according to colpitts oscillator equations but it seems its not connected to the circuit somehow.

    any kind of help or tips by you engineers is very appreciated :)
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    Drop the one cap between pins 6 and 7 and see what happens.

    If it doesn't start, put a 2.2k resistor between them and look again.
  3. Reyo

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    i tried both but nothing change .. i suppose that i shouldnt measure the output directly from pin 4 & 5 maybe im missing a resistor ?
  4. Ron H

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    This circuit oscillates in simulation (LTspice).
    Note that you Have to unbalance the mixer by grounding either pin 1 or pin 2.
    The duty cycle is asymmetrical, I think because the transistors in the upper half of the mixer are saturating in the model I used.

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  5. Reyo

    Reyo Thread Starter New Member

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    Actually both pin 1 and 2 are grounded by 10kΩ and 10nF respectively

    thanks for answering anyway
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    What do you mean, "thanks for answering anyway."?
    You said you couldn't get it to oscillate. I showed you one way to do it. I had failed to notice that you had pin 1 grounded through 10k, but oscillation has nothing to do with pins 1 and 2.
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    I tested the NE602 that way with a 10 MHz xtal oscillator and worked on the first try. A small trimmer in series with the crystal allowed to vary the frequency. Had some 180 mV pk-pk at the output IIRC.
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    i meant thanks for helping me to splve thew problem, sorry if it sounded a bit weird :)

    i think my problem is in the values of components (c1,c2,c3 and c4) in the colpitts lc tank connection (pin 6,7)
  9. Reyo

    Reyo Thread Starter New Member

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    thats amazing, may you test it with a 10MHz colpitts tunable lc tank oscillator because ive been trying to do so for a while, also im kind of struggling with the value of capacitor used , c1 & c2 are obtaiend from C1=100/sqrt(F(MHz))
    C2=1000/F(MHz)
    but i field to get values for c3 and c4 (L is a tunable inductor )
  10. atferrari

    atferrari AAC Fanatic!

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    I recall trying with a tank to also get 10 MHz. Kind of worked, but I am not THAT sure. The output was much much lower.

    Other than a good scope I have nothing to deal with tanks and filters.

    Will try again when I return from the Patagonia.
  11. Ron H

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    Where is the schematic that shows C1, C2, C3, and C4?
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    I do not know actually where, but I got the idea from an article by Julian Kerr (RF generator) which later was reproduced, albeit not verbatim, in an article writen by J. Carr some years later.
  13. Reyo

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    there is a graph for it in the first post i
  14. Reyo

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    there is a graph for it in the first thread i posted

    last picture

    and yes its mentioned in J. Carr article
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    Do you think we are mind readers? I don't see any reference designators there.

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