w5omr at satx.rr.com
Fri Oct 21 13:02:52 EDT 2005
Seems I have issues, still.
Personal issues notwithstanding, I'm talking about the transmitter ;-)
John/WA5BXO was here before and his diagnosis is that the final tank
coil is too close to the grid tank coil, and there's some capacitive
interaction between the two.
After reading Don/K4KYV's method of using a sensitive wattmeter on the
output of the final, I thought "hmmm... this 20MHz scope will take 40vpk
- surely I can drop the output of the Viking II (used as an RF only
exciter) to get a reading, and then start from there", and that's what I
did. I disconnected the plate B+ supply to the final, disconnected the
AC input voltage to the final power supply (don't want that 'snake'
whipping about and striking me, with a couple of thosands volts of DC in
it's fangs!) applied grid drive to the final, and reduced the drive from
the Viking II exciter as much as possible. Getting a reading wasn't a
problem. Neutralizing worked 'ok' also, except.... the stray
capacitance my hand created when near the final, would change the scope
I said "Self (said I), what you need is a long, non-inductive
screwdriver to adjust that final with." Failing to actually posses one
of these critters, I decided to -make- one. Glanced around the shack
for something that would be suitable, and found one of those fiberglass
rods, like what you find at Home Depot for driveway/curb marking.
Checked it real quick, but flopping on the exciter again, watched the
scope, and stuck the fiberglass rod in the area of the final tank.
Absolutley -no- change in scope readings. PERFECT! Now, to find a way
to make a 'slot' screwdriver on the other end.
Enter into the picture the World's Famous, Harbour Freight $9.95 dremel
tool kit knockoff. I slid a grinding stone in the end of that little
dude, and grabbed the end of my fiberglass rod, and proceed to make me
an insulated, l-o-n-g screwdriver, for nuetrailzing my final. I decided
that 36" was acutally too long, so I cut the thing in half. A Foot and
a half long is far enough away from the final, as to not affect the
tuning of it.
THAT worked beautifully. Got the output from the tank with now
'up-to-normal' exciter drive to show much less RF leakage through the
final and on to the scope than when I started (well, it's down as far
as I can get it, anyhow) but, when all voltages are applied again, the
grid meter doesn't 'peak' where the plate meter 'dips' (resonance) The
maximum output power and minimum plate current used to be around 100mA
apart, now they're around 20mA apart and I can't get it any closer.
Here's a picture of the topside of the RF deck.. the Tank coil is obvious.
And, the bottom, where the grid coil sits
It's a steel Chassis. I wouldn't think that there'd be interaction from
the grid to the final, but apparently there's enough stray capacitance
to make things kinda haywire.
Perhaps, moving the grid wires where the 'cross' back underneat the
chassis, and only allow them to come up at the grid pins of the 250TH's?
Thanks in advance.
73 = Best Regards,
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