Posted on Aug 11, 2012    6460

A typical circuit at 20 MHz is shown. The crystal, which has an internal series resistance Rs of 14ohm, oscillates at its third harmonic. The diode clamp Dl and D2 provides a constant amplitude control.

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The transistor operates continuously in a linear mode over a complete cycle of oscillation, and reflects a reasonably constant load across the crystal at all times.

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