[AMRadio] new antenna and matchbox a bust.

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Tue Jan 30 13:43:57 EST 2007

Ok, I have some diodes marked fast switching,
rated at 200 volts and 200ma I think.
The 1N34a's are rated at something like 60 volts
and 40ma.
I wonder if the fast switchers would work.
Its such a pain in the butt to get at the diodes
in the tuner, and I don't think you can adjust
the pots with the tuner working as its built
into the antenna switch part.

This is going to be a huge pain in the butt to calibrate.
Leave it to heathkit to find something that's really
screwed up in the design.

I think it might be a good idea to save up for 2 
nice tuners, one for 80 and one for 40, and just
switch between them.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of John Lawson
> Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 1:01 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: Re: RE: [AMRadio] new antenna and matchbox a bust.
> On Tue, 30 Jan 2007, KB2WIG at twcny.rr.com wrote:
> > "What advantage does germanium have?'
> >
> > I think its the lower knee voltage which allows for a more sensitive
> > bridge.
>     Ge = 200 mV
>     Si = 700 mV
>     One of the reasons Ge diodes work so much better in 
> simple crystal 
> sets, though - as has been pointed out - newer devices can 
> better this 
> performance.
>    Cheers
> John
> DM09fg
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