This morning in my study I started to read about Oscillators – although for the AOCP(S) it seems you only need very minimal knowledge, but I was intrigued so I read on. Unfortunately the information left me a little confused.
First, I didn’t notice the battery symbol so was wondering how current actually got into the circuit; but once I found that I was wondering how and when the current changed from being DC to being AC. Well to answer that I found this excellent page with a nice detailed run down of the circuit workings from start up to oscillation. Fantastic!
I found it really interesting and it gave me a far better understanding. At first I was thinking that the amplifier in an oscillator was just a nicety, but now I can see that due the minimal initial oscillating current in the circuit you really would need to build that up!
My study has speed up a bit of late as I changed my method as mentioned previously; and I’ve also started to try and rely on the syllabus mapping in the back of the book to ensure I don’t try and read the thing front to back. That, combined with now getting past the basics and into the build blocks of radio has started to make this really enjoyable – making me keen to get back to my study each day! And now once I get the first pass over the material I can go back and dig in more – oh, plus I have to do my regulations at some point.
Oh, plus today I also sent off my money to the club to book in my assessment!! Exciting!
Anyway, the included image is the scan from my study book to provide you with a snippet of what got me started on this. 🙂