Mounting Board 2
____A space of approximately 1 1/4" is needed between the boards. Closer spacing may need a shield to keep adequate isolation between the boards.
If the spacers come pre-assembled, the shorter set is used between Board 1 and Board 2. The shorter spacers should be the only ones left at this point.
Six spacers are supplied with the kit. The maximum number of spacers (or stacks of spacers) that can be used is 9. The most important places are around the VFO.
As mentioned when Board 1 was mounted, it is very important that the spacers around the VFO have an excellent connection to the ground plane.
Arrows point to the location of the holes.
____The ground plane underneath the holes on Board 2 shown above must be sanded or lightly tinned to be sure of a good ground connection. Picture showing spacers coming from the VFO.____Mount Board 2 into the male (or female, depending on the spacers used) ends of the spacers coming up from Board 1.
____Use 6-32 nuts (or screws) to secure the board down on the spacers.
Testing Board 2
See Making Loops for Connections on the Boards for making easy connections to the board for testing and completing the board.____Connect +12 Volts to the +12 Volt and Ground connections near the AGC Detector at the edge of the PCB. Picture
____Be careful with polarity reversal. The 10mfd tantalums may blow up and some traces may be burned going to the 7805 and First Mixer. Use diode protection if a mistake might be made in connecting the board to 12 Volts.
____Use a 1 amp diode, 1N4001 or similar at the 12 volt main connection to prevent accidentally hooking up the receiver with reverse polarity. (This diode is not currently supplied with the kit.)
Second Mixer____Second Mixer: Both LEDs should be on.
Crystal Oscillator/Amplifier____Crystal Oscillator: With a finger over the lens on the Phototransistor, so that it receives no light, the LED marked 40/20 should be on. When light is put on the Phototransistor, the 30/17 LED should be on.
____Measure, cut, (See Preparing the Heat Shrink Tubing) and install a piece of 3/16" black tubing (Bag 6) between the 30/17 IRED at the Crystal Filter on Board 1, and the Phototransistor at the Crystal Oscillator. Picture
If a dim light hits this Phototransistor, both crystals at the oscillator can be active causing a very loud howl out of the speaker.____Crystal Oscillator Amplifier: The LED should be on.
455 kHz IF Strip____455 KHz IF Strip: All three LEDs on the IF strip should be on. At one of the AGC connections, use a wire with clip leads and connect the AGC to Ground.
____The first two LEDs in the strip will turn off, the third one will remain on.
____Remove the wire after testing.
BFO Amplifier____455 KHz BFO Amplifier: The LED should be on. Turn the "Gain Adjust" pot clockwise at the amplifier and the LED should turn off.
____Turn the "Gain Adjust" counter clockwise so the LED is turned back on.
____Audio Amplifier: Connect a speaker to the speaker terminals at the right of the TDA2002, near the edge of the PCB.
Adjust the audio volume control if you don't hear a hum, it may be at a low volume setting.
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