[time-nuts] "Vanguard Ultra precision Golden Oscillator"

Hal Murray hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Sun Aug 23 22:29:29 EDT 2015

kb8tq at n1k.org said:
> There is not a lot to an un-compensated crystal oscillator. Tuning it on
> frequency is fairly simple. Even for odd  frequencies Mouser will happily
> sell you a crystal for next to nothing. Toss in a handful of parts and you
> have a very respectable oscillator. For a basement project … much better
> than spending $40 on something suspect from who knows who.

What's magic about a crystal as compared to an osc?  Is it really easier to 
get an odd-ball frequency in a crystal vs an osc?

The last time I bought a special frequency osc was over 10 years ago.  Once I 
found the right company, things were simple.  I don't remember the price.  At 
the time, it seemed reasonable, but that was for a commercial project rather 
than a basement lab.

Do those companies still exist or have they all fallen through the cracks of 
higher volumes and lower prices.

These are my opinions.  I hate spam.

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