Comments for "HF TRX with PTO based VFO"

3rd March 2012 21:49

SOC wrote ...

Spade tuning was used in at least one early regenerative radio receiver. That is a sheet of brass or copper was rotated across the surface of a pancake coil to vary the inductance. I tried the same idea myself using a sheet of aluminium between two parallel pancake coils connected in series. That arrangement should allow a rather large reduction in inductance. I found that I could get a large tuning range doing that. Such an arrangement of pancake coils can also be used as a coin detector.

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30th January 2008 13:18

Alan Yates wrote...

Probably better to go with the later VXO receiver design, but using the PTO rather than the VXO. That receiver has a much better front-end. Adding the diplexer mentioned in the article would improve its performance too.

If I build a PTO again I'll likely use a more conventional oscillator configuration. Also, for 40 metres and above I'd break up the inductor into a fixed toroid plus the PTO coil with some experimentation to get a good bandspread.

30th January 2008 12:55

A.P wrote ...

thanks for this PTO insight.I followed and got it built.It is a very nice and simple design.Might even build the featured receiver .



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