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The Chirper is an automatically keyed, crystal controlled, signal source which may be used to optimize the signal-to-noise ratio of a receiving converter Homebrew or commercial, converters are a common thing around an amateur station. And, most of the VHF Tribe have read thru a jungle of esoterica dealing with low noise front ends, the velvet beauty of FET s on Two, noise generators and eternal truth, and how to copy 20 db below the noise by the selective use of liquid helium. With a kind of relentless evolution converters have been getting better and better, noise figures become lower, and the prices of suitable front end devices are dropping by the hour. But when it comes to aligning these converters the scene is one of wretchedness, A black art at best, the job is taken up with an enduring combination of blunt instrument and myth. The latter have a certain charm. Are you convinced your converter is in top notch condition because you can "hear noise" when you attach the antenna — or better yet, when you place a 50 ohm resistor across the input? Try putting a complete short across that same input Shorts aren't much good as noise sources. You U find the short gives about the same change in noise level as the 50 ohm termination. What has changed is the impedance the front end "sees". The same is partially true of the noise from the antenna. Neither is indicative of the performance of the converter Peaking the system up for maximum on either a weak signal or on noise gets you nowhere. The diode noise generator which every VHF book of substance describes is a good and useful tool when used properly. The assumption is that everyone already knows full well how to use it and does so. Few in fact do.

Fm sure you've read of it before in many places, but a little redundancy is in order. The noise with which you are concerned is the noise generated internally by the first tube, transistor, or other active device the signal encounters upon its arrival at your converter. By fiddling with the external

reactances, adjusting the voltage and current and otherwise manipulating the things soldered to the device, one may minimize the internally generated noise. At the same time the reason the front end exists is to amplify the signal. One usually desires as much amplification possible, short of smoke and oscillation, Minimum noise and maximum amplification is the game. Though the two are not quite mutually exclusive a certain amount of compromise takes place. Thus, the signal to noise ratio. When aligning a converter's first stage every adjustment effects both signal and noise. Given a constant signal source coupled into the converter thru an appropriate impedance, the job is finished when the Tont end has been adjusted for the greatest difference between signal and noise of which it is capable.

The Chirper is designed to help you do all this by letting you see what effect each adjustment has on both signal and noise. The TIS34 oscillates at a frequency controlled by the crystal. With the constants shown, that can be anywhere between 8.2 and 36 MHz. The variable capacitor must be adjusted for resonance- It isn't particularity critical but its setting peaks the rf output at either the fundamental or some harmonic. For 6 meters an 8.35 MHz crystal is used. A 9.01 MHz rock will pin the meter when the Chirper is connected into a 2 meter converter, The Amidon1 toroid is wound with No. 30 enameled, 40 turns for the primary and 5 turns for the secondary. After it is

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NRCI's compact new happening puts you on the air with comp/ete SSB, CW, and AM coverage of the 80 through 10 meter bands. There's a lot in it for you, including built-in AC power supply and monitor speaker. Check these features, and you'll see this is the rig to stay with!

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