There is an old saying, when you have one clock you know what time it is, but when you have two clocks you are never sure. The same concept applies to frequency counters. I currently have three: a really old optoelectronics Opto-7000 which I don't use much, a newer Mitronics MIC-1028, and my most recent acquisition, a used Tektronics 2236 'scope purchased at Dayton 2009, which has a very handy frequency counter built-in.
I was working on a recent project and found the Tektronics and the Mitronics counters were annoyingly out of agreement. How to check the calibration? So I built this 10 MHz crystal oscillator.
There are a lot of crystal oscillator circuits if you search the internet, some of them amazingly complex. I wanted one that was simple, had no tuned circuits, and could be tweaked to get it on frequency.
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