[time-nuts] HP 5061 zeeman frequency experiance

paul swed paulswedb at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 02:56:46 UTC 2011

Hello to the group.
Still working on the 5061 with a 5060 tube. Have home brewed a new CS oven
controller thats appropriate to the 5060 tube and its working quite well. 2
op amps and a couple of transistors. It handles the 5060s higher current
needs. Average current is 650 ma at 98 ohms for the thermistor.
The zeeman frequency is still bothering me. Granted I may be dealing with a
weak tube.
But I can adjust the cfield and get the various peaks. But they are
small. The normal HP meter is a 50 ua movement.  Using a 25 ua larger scale
meter to monitor the beam current results in,

No modulation 8 ua
Driving 42.82KC at +1dbm I actually see the meter drop to 7.5ua.
Then adjusting the cfield to 20 ma I can see the middle peak at 8.5 ua maybe
a little higher.

Is this the peak? Or better question whats a normal old CBTs beam current
and the peak expectation.
I am wondering if I simply am way down at the edge of usability.
I can adjust the ionizer and get a higher reading just unsure were to stop
at. Burn something out perhaps like the ionizer is the risk.

The other thing is that there is still a drift. You can see the system lock
for about 3-5 minutes then slowly become unstable and slip 5ns. Depending on
the zeeman peak used it goes right or left. The green op light stays on
however so the slips awfully small.

Thanks for your help in advance.

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