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Colpitts Crystal Oscillator
author: Spiliopoulos Kwstas - spilkoswindtools.gr


This project is a Colpitts Crystal Oscillator


Firstly, I suggest you to read the article in ARRL Handbook 2015, Chapter 9 - Oscillator Circuits and construction. Then saw a video showing the construction of the Colpitts Crystal Oscillator (with Buffer stage) here.

Thus, I assembled the circuit as "ugly construction" using the same values as video shows. I try it and it's stable, using 12 Volts from battery source, low current.

Every time I change the crystal values I had a stable Sine Wane on my Oscilloscope which depends on different crystal values. It is a simple circuit to test crystals on your lab, see photos from Cadsoft EAGLE, the schematic, pcb results also the photos from "ugly construction"








I tried to measure the Colpitts Oscillator with various values of Xtalís that I had inside my lab. I tested the values shown in the picture below. You can see the crystal placed on the circuit and the corresponding oscilloscope measurement.




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