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Author: Leonard Krugman


Fig. 7-8. Junction transistor mixer circuit.

The operation of the transistor in mixer circuits depends upon the rectification and non-linearity of the emitter circuit when it is biased slightly in the forward direction. Figure 7-8 illustrates one basic arrangement of a transistor mixer circuit employing a junction transistor. This circuit takes advantage of the relatively high gain of the grounded emitter connection by injecting the BFO signal into the common emitter lead. The junction transistor works well in mixer stages despite its relatively low α cutoff. This is possible because only the i-f frequency must lie within the useful frequency range of the transistor. The point-contact type also works satisfactorily in transistor mixer circuit. Its utility is limited to some degree by its relatively high noise figure and low gain.

Last Update: 2010-11-17