The Two Tube Transmitter
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My third transmitter
This design leaves behind the AES transmitter and moves forward using a shielded 12CS6 Crystal Controlled Oscillator, and a 50B5 RF Amplifier tube.
The RF output coil is a 3 lug RF Oscillator coil 145 uh inductance. (Middle lug goes unused.)
The original AES supplied power transformer (Hammond 262A12) is now no longer able to deliver the necessary current needed from the HV secondary. The new current draw is about 35ma. Slightly more than double the 15ma provided by the AES Hammond 262A12. In retrospect the Hammond 262E12 should have been used!
However, the real issue involves lighting the filaments of a 50B5 and 12CS6 tube presents challenges which led me to ultimately reject this approach. (A 35B5 can be used instead of a 50B5, simply adjust your filament voltage resistor accordingly.)
The easiest way to light the tubes involved a 'half wave' trick. Taking the voltage directly off the power line and using a single diode to rectify it (no filter capacitor of course), this cuts the voltage in half, thus 120v becomes 60v. It puts the half-wave cycle across each filament, this is a bit hard on the filament and seems to increase the hum within the transmission itself.
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Yes, I once again place a green LED in the 50B5 tube socket.