Crystal oscillators may fail to operate due to faulty design or faulty crystals. The circuit shown in figure 1 works well as a crystal tester for a wide variety of crystals and ceramic resonators over the 40-kHz to 20-MHz range.
The oscillator in figure 1 is a Pierce type that operates at the crystal’s parallel resonant frequency and present about 30 pF capacitance to the crystal. The IC1 (CA4007 A) contains three pairs of complementary MOSFETs with the first (input at pin 6) functioning as a Pierce oscillator. The second (input at pin 3) drives a micro-ampere meter movement. The resistor R5 is selected to provide about 90% deflection with an active (good) crystal. The “tuning” meter from a discard stereo is usually ideal for this application. The other complementary pair (input at pin 10) provides a low-impedance output that can drive a frequency counter or provide a connection for an oscilloscope.
The crystal being tested can be inserted in the crystal holder or connected with alligator clip. The input MOSFETs are well protected from electrostatic and leakage damage.
PARTS LIST OF UNIVERSAL CRYSTAL TESTER
|Resistor (all ¼-watt, ± 5% Carbon)|
|R1 = 220 KΩR2 = 22 MΩR3 = 15 KΩR4 = 100 KΩ|
R5 = refer to text
R6 = 10 KΩ
R7 = 220Ω
|C1 = 0.1 µF/25VC2 = 100 pFC3, C5, C6 = 47 pFC4 = 30 Pf|
|IC1 = CA 4007 AD1 = Ge diode|
|M1 = 200 – 500 µA meterCrystal holderB1 = 9V BatteryOutput jack|
SW1 = ON/OFF switch