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A CW transmitter for 160 to 20 metres

Introduction

This very small transmitter is designed to work on any band from top band (160 m) to 20 m, with an RF output of 1 W. It will work on higher frequencies but with a reduced output.

The circuit

The three-transistor circuit is shown in Figure 1. It comprises a crystal oscillator using a BC182 transistor which drives a 2N3866 power amplifier (PA) keyed by a ZTX750 PNP transistor. The oscillator and PA are coupled by a capacitor and resistor; this provides a very small amount of positive bias to the PA.

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Figure 1 Transmitter circuit diagram

The oscillator can be used as a basic crystal oscillator ...

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