[time-nuts] Nuvistors and FETs...
djl at montana.com
Mon May 3 05:28:11 UTC 2010
You can also look up the gm of the nuvistors and get a reasonable match to a
fet as well.
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From: "J. Forster" <jfor at quik.com>
To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement"
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Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 9:23 PM
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Nuvistors and FETs...
> Interesting idea. In fact, the later versions of the loop used FETs in
> place of Nuvistors. I've not compared the circuits.
> Because the thing is only 60 KHz, the change in grid/gate capacitance may
> not matter much. There may be some mounting and stability issues though
> because the plate caps were on the opposite side of a metal shield from
> the grids.
>> For what it may be worth, I've swapped Nuvistors out with FETS. I
>> see from the schematic that the Nuvistors are running on 35
>> Volts. It would be simple to drop the 35 Volts to 12 or 8 Volts with
>> a 3 terminal regulator in the receiver. If desperation sets in, try
>> stuffing N-Channel FETs in place of the Nuvistors. The gate is the
>> grid, the drain is the plate, and the source is the cathouse. Since
>> the FETs are usually pretty low in capacitance you may need to shunt
>> the tuned circuit/s with a small piston type capacitor. In one low
>> Voltage preamp circuit I used a National U-310. In another one, a
>> Nems Clark receiver, I replaced the two RF front end ceramic triodes
>> stages that ran on 150 Volts with two U-310's and rewired the plate
>> supply to run off of the 12 Volts already in the receiver. This made
>> for a low noise, very sensitive front end. All I needed to do was
>> add a small quartz piston capacitor to bring the tracking in at the
>> high end and the bottom end fell right end. If you can make that
>> work, you'll never have to replace those pesky wittle Nuvistors again.
>> Burt, K6OQK
>>>From: paul swed <paulswedb at gmail.com>
>>>Subject: Re: [time-nuts] 6CW4 Nuvistors on eBay...
>>>Indeed there are.
>>>And even 7587s thats the TRF frontend. In one of the units V3 appears bad
>>>all Rs are good voltage high on plate, 0 cathode current. But oddly when
>>>swap v1 into position same effect so somethings odd. Or my methods not
>>>The other units working. Had to replace a shorted 6.2 V zener.
>>>The 100 kc vco /lock osc is awful touchy.
>>>Pretty amazing the units pretty hot sensitivity wise -80 dbm.
>>>Interesting afternoon. Way in the deep corner of the basement I think I
>>>have a nuvistor or two. Time to see what they are.
>>>On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 4:14 PM, Burt I. Weiner <biwa at att.net> wrote:
>>> > For what it's worth, I just took a look and found a bunch of 6CW4's on
>>> > eBay. See:
>> Burt I. Weiner Associates
>> Broadcast Technical Services
>> Glendale, California U.S.A.
>> biwa at att.net
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