#668 Code Practice Oscillator
Build and test a simple 2-transistor code practice oscillator.
Here’s a quick demo..
There’s a long history of simple audio oscillator circuits intended to practice morse code.
Some of the circuits found on the internet are from the very early days of vacuum tubes or early transistors. I’ve tried to make a few of those circuits work with little success, and suspect many are no longer a practical designs because of how good our components are these days. A couple of examples…
The circuit I’ve used here - that does work - is based on Simple Two Transistor Oscillator (www.homemade-circuits.com).
I’ve modified some of the values for a tighter audio range. At 5V it is very loud;-)
Here’s a trace of the oscillator output with R1 in a random mid-position, pitching it at 415Hz. As can be seen, the oscillator is a pretty harsh for an audio tone:
- square wave
- unbalanced duty cycle
- appears to be quite a flyback voltage spike