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question on oscillator circuit schematic

okbro

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hello,
I have the following oscillator circuit which is supposed to be Hartley VFO(variable frequency oscillator). In this circuit there are three capacitors C2,C3 and C4 each 47pF which are in parallel. Can we replace these three capacitor with single capacitor? or is there any advantage of using them in parallel? Also what could be the values for capacitor C8 and C9?

oscillator.jpg

thank you
 

rjenkinsgb

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The capacitors should ideally be low or zero temperature coefficient types, to minimise frequency drift with temperature changes.

If the designer used ceramic "NP0" (zero coefficient) caps, they are easier to obtain in lower values.
(The highest value NP0 I have in my collection is 100pF, thought that does not mean higher values are unobtainable).

I'd use a 0.1uF ceramic for C9; C8 depends on what the output load is - ideally another buffer stage, or something that has a low and unchanging load, as variations will affect the osc frequency.

C7 is not particularly critical, something from 100pF to 1nF or more should work it's only DC isolation.
 

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