Some Technical Stuff
This page deals with updates and comments on some QST papers. This section also contains unpublished information that readers have ask about. By published, we mean things that have appeared a journal or book. Who knows about the Internet! Also see EMRFD Errata for Experimental Methods in RF Design (EMRFD), ARRL, 2003 (with KK7B and W7PUA). Scroll down for filter design information, including some quartz crystal related things.
Page Last Updated on November 4, 2023....
General Interest and QST Related Info:
Free Semiconductors from KE6F. Lots of good stuff is available. For more information, just click here. (20June2023)
Also includes the tracking generator described in 1999 QST.
Hybrid Cascode IF Amplifier (From QST. Includes board layout info.)
Progressive Receiver PCB Layouts From QST and some ARRL Handbook editions.
presents the PC board layouts generated by K5IRK for our Nov
1981 QST paper on
the Progressive Receiver. Although some folks continue to
sell these boards,
they don't include layout information.
A Simple Modification to a Classic Transmatch (4Nov2023)
EMRFD Related Stuff:
Listed here are a few articles in support of the ARRL book (with KK7B and W7PUA), Experimental Methods in RF Design.
A Low Noise 50 MHz Amplifier. A practical circuit using a BF998 SMT dual gate mosfet.
Small Signal Amplifier Design
Three articles (mildly mathematical) discuss small signal bipolar transistor circuits. The three articles are:
A Termination Insensitive Amplifier for Bidirectional Transceivers (with Bob Kopski, K3NHI)
The Feedback Amplifier with a Simple Model (This is the math in greater detail for the other two articles.)
Transistor Models and the Feedback Amplifier This one includes some measurement data.
Termination Insensitive Amplifier with AGC update 27oct2021
An Audio Feedback Amplifier for DC Receivers a.k.a. AFTIA (New April 2021)
Some Unpublished Stuff:
These are things that I thought might be of general interest. By "unpublished," we mean that they have not appeared in a paper magazine or journal.
This is a discussion about the Q of LC resonators, and the Q of the individual L and C elements. We normally measure the Q of a complete tuned circuit. This is the result of the Q of both the L and the C in that circuit. This report discusses the measurement methods that can be used, the way the Q of L and C combine, and some measurements we have done on a variety of components. A variety of measurement tools have been used including a HP4342A Q-meter.
This is a discussion of a frequency synthesizer built to control a traditional superhet receiver or transceiver. It is a one-on-one PLL design, so the phase noise performance is reasonable. Additional features make it handy for general purpose applications. No special ICs are used, and it is dirt cheap. This is not a "DIY" type project to be copied. Rather, it is a report about an experiment that we did.
dB versus dBm This is a discussion of the mathematics related to the decibel. (We think that the math does matter.)
JFET101 This tutorial examines the junction field effect transistor, starting with a simple model of a piece of silicon. After discussing the behavior of the element, it is applied. First, biasing is presented. Then some amplifiers are designed.
Extract scattering parameters in a SPICE analysis. This is an old one that continues to be requested.
with a Single Vacuum Tube Regenerative Receiver
Synthetic Spurs added to a carrier (4Nov2023)
Filter Design and Crystal Things:
Spoiler Alert: This report is a general discussion that is long and is full of equations.
This takes one past the computer design. After the design, you alter values, insert trimmers, and tune. This tells one how to do it.