[time-nuts] optically excite a quartz crystal?

J. Forster jfor at quikus.com
Mon Apr 21 11:21:36 EDT 2014


The etching referred to was by post-war hams,

-John

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> Hi
>
> Early in the WWII era, quartz blanks were not commonly etched after begin
> ground / polished to frequency. This left debris on the surface of the
> blank. The net result was that the resonators failed after a period of
> time in the field, especially under damp conditions. The problem got so
> bad that it actually threatened the ability to communicate in 1942. A
> fairly high level team looked into the issue and etching of blanks (and a
> few other mods) were made a mandatory part of all crystals suppled to the
> government. Ammonium bi-flouride and water was the most common etchant in
> that era. There are a number of papers about the whole deal in the FCS,
> and many stories told by those who were part of the changes.
>
> Bob
>
>
> On Apr 21, 2014, at 10:10 AM, J. Forster <jfor at quikus.com> wrote:
>
>> No. There is just a little rectangular quartz wafer. No plating.
>>
>> In fact, post WWII, when many ham transmitters were 'rock bound' (ie:
>> crystal conteolled) it was common pratice to regrind mil surplus rystals
>> to move them into the ham banda.
>>
>> Apparently, some were also etched using a cleanser called Whink, which
>> contains a flourine compound.
>>
>> Also, some advocated applying graphite from a pencil lead was used to
>> decrease the frequency.
>>
>> If the crystal ativity was low, they were taken appart and cleaned.
>>
>>
>>
>> -John
>>
>> ==============
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> I'm puzzling over this statement.  The FT-243's I have seen have a
>>> spring
>>> that squishes the quartz blank between the electrodes.  They aren't
>>> plated
>>> onto the quartz, but they are still in intimate mechanical and
>>> electrical
>>> contact.
>>>
>>> -Chuck Harris
>>>
>>> Bob Camp wrote:
>>>> Hi
>>>>
>>>> The WWII era FT-243 is one example of a crystal that has the active
>>>> portion of the
>>>> electrodes separated from the resonator by an air gap. There are lots
>>>> of
>>>> similar
>>>> holders from that era that do pretty much the same thing.
>>>> Non-contacting
>>>> electrodes are not very new.
>>>>
>>>> Bob
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