[AMRadio] Re: HB Transmitter Schematic

D. Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Mon Jun 4 11:18:30 EDT 2007

> Isn't this essentially the same idea behind the BC-610? It ran a single
> 250TH and used only one half of the jackbar.
> Mod-U-Lator,
> Mike(y)

The BC-610 uses "plate" neutralisation.  That means the plate tank circuit 
is balanced just like a pushpull amplifier, but the grid tank is 
single-ended.  You have to have either a split plate tank or split grid 
tank, to get the out-of-phase rf  needed to feed back to the grid through 
the neutralising capacitor, to counter balance the in-phase rf that is fed 
back through the tube's grid-plate capacitance.

With single-ended, the tank doesn't have to be balanced with a split stator 
capacitor.  The tap can be off to one side and the capacitor can be 
single-section (with the frame and rotor ungrounded), with an appropriate 
adjustment to the neutralising capacitor.  But it is much easier to make the 
neutralisation adjustment hold over several bands by using a balanced split 
tank circuit.  Plate neutralisation works better than grid neutralisation. 
It is difficult to get 100% complete neutralisation with grid (sometimes 
called Rice) neutralisation.

Many triodes, like the 250TH and even the 304TL have very low 
plate-to-ground capacitance, in the case of these tubes, a fraction of a 
picofarad.  The plate doesn't have enough capacitance to unbalance the tank 
circuit using a variable capacitor with anywhere between 25 and 400 pf per 
section.  OTOH, the grid to ground capacitance is quite large and tends to 
upset the balance, especially on higher  frequency bands, where the tank 
capacitor is set near minimum.

Some triodes, like the 211 and 833A have higher plate-to-ground capacitance, 
which may tend to unbalance the circuit near the minimum-capacity setting. 
In my HF-300 rig, I use a 211 to drive the final.  It is plate neutralised 
with a split tank circuit, link coupled to the balanced grid tank in the 
pushpull amplifier.  I used a small variable capacitor at the opposite end 
of the balanced 211 plate tank circuit to ground, to balance out the plate 
capacitance of the tube.  I kept re-adjusting it until the same 
neutralisation setting would hold up on 20m and 160m.  I haven't used the 
rig on 20m since the early 1970's, but that balancing capacitor setting has 
remained locked down, and I have never had to re-adjust it upon replacing a 
211 driver tube, having gone through  several in the 35 years or so that I 
have used the transmitter, plus I have swapped out numerous spares to help 
prevent tubes from taking gas while lying unused on the shelf.

Don k4kyv 

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