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Old 26th November 2012, 05:44 PM   #901
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Last night I took my C7 red lamp and grabbed 6 - .033uF film caps out of the same bag and 6 - 1260 Ohm resistors sequentially off the same strip and wired up Mr. Brisbois' oscillator and a mating notch. Using the AD797 here's a quick picture of the results. Out of the box the notch was -46dB and the amplitude was 5.3V rms (~15.7V p-p) at ~4k Hz. There are my annoying Aglient vibration sidebands (without care they contaminate all my vibration sensitive measurements). THD pretty good though, -135dB seconds, -126dB thirds, after fourths in the noise.

On a fanless brick supply the vibration should go way down. This could be a great op-amp rolling opportunity. And BTW this is just a chip and wire on ratshack board.

EDIT - Yup forgot the notch correction, still below -120dB I think, jeesh.
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Old 26th November 2012, 06:22 PM   #902
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Just for comparison sake.

Same settings.
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Old 26th November 2012, 07:53 PM   #903
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wired up Mr. Brisbois' oscillator and a mating notch.
Glen has some comments on the oscillator on EDN -- most shocking was that he tried out the Carthusians before becoming an engineer -- talk about "sheesh". The Carthusians won't let Jesuits "retreat" at their monasteries.

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Old 26th November 2012, 08:25 PM   #904
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Glen has some comments on the oscillator on EDN -- most shocking was that he tried out the Carthusians before becoming an engineer -- talk about "sheesh". The Carthusians won't let Jesuits "retreat" at their monasteries.

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Done the Jesuit retreat thing. Trappists too I see, they make beers and a "Stinking Bishop" cheese to go with it in Belgium.

I see he comments somewhere else that he used C_opt (added underscore) so Egyptian Christians won't accidentally find his article.
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Old 28th November 2012, 02:49 AM   #905
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I really wasn't planning on doing any mods to the 339a at this time.
But I just can't resist.

So this is what I did.
I increased the gain from 200 to 1000 of the amplifier that supplies the phase and level detectors which is fed from the notch filter output. Since this narrows the BW, I replace the 318 with an LT1468 to get a 100KHz BW and added a 10pF cap in the feedback of the 1468. This only bought me 5 - 7dB on the notch so I changed the notch and notch feedback op amps from HA2-2526 to OPA1641.

A3U3 and A3U4 are OPA1641. A4U1 is a LT1468 with 10pF comp. and A4R1 is 200 ohms.

This is with a +10dB scale so what you see is 10dB lower, bouncing between -135dB and -137dB

The disto is about the same. I have to work on that.

1KHz at 1Vrms input, all filters in. The meter reads 0.0014%
The 339A adds +10dB before the notch filter input.
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I really wasn't planning on doing any mods to the 339a at this time.
But I just can't resist.

So this is what I did.
I increased the gain from 200 to 1000 of the amplifier that supplies the phase and level detectors which is fed from the notch filter output. Since this narrows the BW, I replace the 318 with an LT1468 to get a 100KHz BW and added a 10pF cap in the feedback of the 1468. This only bought me 5 - 7dB on the notch so I changed the notch and notch feedback op amps from HA2-2526 to OPA1641.

A3U3 and A3U4 are OPA1641. A4U1 is a LT1468 with 10pF comp. and A4R1 is 200 ohms.

This is with a +10dB scale so what you see is 10dB lower, bouncing between -135dB and -137dB

The disto is about the same. I have to work on that.

1KHz at 1Vrms input, all filters in. The meter reads 0.0014%
The 339A adds +10dB before the notch filter input.
I am really glad you did these changes and tested the results... I am REALLy getting excited, now. I have ordered the IC's you used. cant wait. Thx-RNMarsh
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I am really glad you did thiese changes... I am REALLy getting excited, now. I have ordered the IC's you used. cant wait. Thx-RNMarsh

Hi Rick,

This is at the calibration frequency and level. There is no guarantee to get this at other settings. There may be variation from one 339a unit to another. There is no guarantee you will get the same results.

You will have to do a notch filter calibration after the mod.
Better yet do a full calibration.

I do think this will provide some improvement.

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Old 28th November 2012, 03:22 AM   #908
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It holds well in the x1K range but is lost in the x100 range and rises gradually in the 1K range
from 1KHz up to 10KHz. The 339a notch filter is poor this way.

Still, it's a big improvement.
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Old 29th November 2012, 02:25 AM   #909
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Default Isolated notch filter

This is the 339a notch filter completely isolated.
The input of the notch filter is connected directly to the output of the oscillator and measurement is right off the output of the notch filter.
The capacitance canceler is disabled by removing the coupling resistor.
I removed the shunt capacitors on the notch and notch feedback op amps because they are not needed by the opa1641 and I felt the load might raise distortion levels. Didn't make any difference. Removing the capacitance canceler didn't make any difference either so I'll put it back in because it does affect the null.

As you can see there is no change in distortion at all. So it is the notch filter raising the disto.
The question is which part?

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Old 29th November 2012, 02:52 AM   #910
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Could it be the same phenomena that affects the AGC in the oscillator? Ripple etc. on the amplitude/phase controls?
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