Transistor Crystal Oscillator circuit ideas

If you are looking for a constant frequency generator that easy and inexpensive.

Here are the transistor crystal oscillator circuit ideas. They may help you works finish.

There are 4 circuits as follows.

1# Carrier wave generator circuit

25 years ago, I used this oscillator circuit to AM radio station. I use it like a radio frequency carrier with 639kHZ Crystal. The below circuit works perfectly.

transistors crystal Oscillator circuit
Transistors crystal Oscillator circuit


  • C1 is trimmer 2-30pF
  • You can use any crystal, for example, 100kHz to 10MHz.
  • The output is sine waveform about 0.3-0.5Vp-p.
  • The power supply voltage is 3V to 12V regulated supply.

Here is a full article of AM carrier frequency. Look at the circuit below.

Before reading the details in the circuit section. I want to tell the story of this project first. If bored, just skip it.

My friend works at an AM radio station. He said the device was broken. Because of lightning. At the frequency carrier circuit.

He therefore borrowed from another station to use temporarily. But it doesn’t work well. Because the frequency is too changed. In principle, the value should be changed no more than 10%. But this changed approximately a hundred hertz.

Which exceeds the set standards His boss said that he had ordered a new device. But need to wait about two months

So, He consulted me. Can I build this circuit?

The main feature is that it can produce a sine wave frequency of 639,000Hz or 639.000 kHz. And the amplitude range of 3 Vp-p to 5 Vp-p.

What is a carrier wave?

It is the signal that is mixed with an audio signal. To be used to transmit the sound signal through the antenna distributed into the air to the receiver. Considered that this carrier wave is very important. And must be accurate as specified. To not disturb the channels of other stations

How to get the circuit

We know that crystal sets the frequency very precisely. I guess that the crystal on the same device would not be damaged by lightning.

So remove it to check with the crystal checker circuit. It turns out that it’s still normal.

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Then, we get the circuit as above is like transistor astable multivibrator. I try to change the parts until getting the best.

Do you notice? In the sine wave oscillator section. It has a few parts. And, important without the capacitors. But it can generate a frequency easily. Why?

From what I know Between the joints inside the transistor like a very small capacitor is hidden.

We can use R2 and R4 to determine the waveform. Then, I tried using an oscilloscope to measure various points.

It appears at point A has to get the perfect sine waveform. And get a voltage of approximately 0.5Vp-p

Do you wonder why we do not increase the power supply voltage? To increase the output voltage as scheduled.

But I got bad results. And change to R1, R5, it also appears distorted waveforms.

Therefore, we better amplify the signal later.

After that, I measured the frequency, there was also a slight discrepancy. Then I tried using a trimmer to connect the series with the crystal.

According to the idea that a crystal has properties similar to a small capacitor.

It appears that we can adjust the frequency a little until the frequency value meets the needs.

Non-inverting Amplifier

Next, we need to find a circuit that acts to increase the voltage and become a buffer. When connecting with the transmitter It will prevent malfunction and damage of this frequency generating circuit. So, It gives the wave shape that doesn’t change.

I think that the right equipment is the op-amp buffer(Non-inverting amplifier). I chose TL071, High-frequency low noise op-amp. It is easy to connect the circuit and can buy any store. In addition, I tried the LF351 but the signal was distorted.

I experimented with the circuit, changing R6 and R7. The amplitude increased to about 3.6Vp-p. And the waveform was the same. Which is considered to be a good use.

Power supply

For the power supply sector of the frequency generator circuit and the amplifier buffer.

Although this circuit uses very little current. We can use Zener diodes and transistors. But for convenience. I choose to use instant IC.

I also use IC No. LM317T for 3V power supply and No. MC7815 and MC7915 for power supply + 15V and -15V respectively.

3V 15V dual power supply

How to build

This project we can assemble them on the universal PCB. Or we can build a PCB as an example below.

Sine wave Oscillator PCB
Sine wave Oscillator PCB
Op-amp buffer PCB
Op-amp buffer PCB
15 volts Dual Power Supply PCB
15 volts Dual Power Supply PCB

Then, look at the Prototype below. I assemble it in metal boxes to protect some noise. Next, I measure the frequency is 639.001 kHz.
It only has a 1 Hz discrepancy.

My friend put it to the test, for two months have worked well.

Also, Other transistor oscillator circuit ideas for you. Though very ancient and easiest, they still have many uses.

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2# Oscillator astable multi-vibrator with Crystal controller

An oscillator circuit of this nature. Often used as a clock circuit. This circuit uses a million crystal frequency control with stability.

And a circuit that does not use the capacitor or Inductor all.

Oscillator astable multi-vibrator with Crystal controller

Each transistor to work, the amplifier with feedback. The Q2 transistors(2N834) to circuits with a gain equal to 1.

The gain of the transistor Q1(2N834), as a function of the resistance of the crystal, while the resonance.

By default, the resistance will be less than 22K. This is the feedback resistance of the circuit.

Therefore, the gain of the circuit Q1, it is higher than one.

The Output from a square wave circuit. The size of the signal depends on the voltage input to the circuit. This circuit can oscillate from birth 3 kHz up to 10MHz.

On a long time ago I’ve used this product on a standard radio frequency AM 639KHZ can work well.

The output signal is a sine Very low distortion. But the temperature should be carefully stable.

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3# Low voltage crystal oscillator Circuit using FET

We can easily use FET and Crystal to generate the frequency as Low voltage crystal oscillator Circuit, 1.5V-10V supply.

It can operate at a supply voltage to 1.5 volts only and at crystal frequency 100 kHz to 10 MHz.

The crystal is connected to between the drain and gate of FET-T1 BF256. It runs in resonance mode in parallel coil form.

The inductor L1 makes better frequency stability and can use crystal in the wide frequency range, Although the crystal is not appropriate, it also works.

Low voltage crystal oscillator Circuit using FET
Low voltage crystal oscillator Circuit using FET

The capacitor C1 is connected with the crystal to act as “padding” for the return phase 180 degrees, to the input of FET. The output will be buffer by T2.

This designed circuit is tested to operate at frequencies 100 kHz, 1 MHz, 4 MHz, 8 MHz, and 10 MHz at the lowest 1.5 volts only.

Parts you will need
T1: BF256 FET transistors
T2: BC147 NPN Transistors
C1: 1nF 50V (0.001uF) Ceramic capacitors
C2: 22nF 50V (0.022uF) Ceramic capacitors
X’t: 100K-10MHz Crystal
R1: 4.7M 0.25W resistors
R2: 220 ohms 0.25W resistors

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4# Symmetrical Harmonic Oscillator circuit

Here is another one of the transistor crystal oscillator circuit ideas. This is the Symmetrical Harmonic Oscillator circuit. It generates 3rd harmonic frequency using the crystal.

This special circuit is without a tuning circuit. Because these type circuits always use a tuning circuit.

How it works

Symmetrical Harmonic Oscillator circuit
The symmetrical Harmonic Oscillator circuit

In the circuit diagram below is the astable multivibrator Oscillator circuit. There is the crystal across both emitter lead of transistors Q1 and Q2.

The 40pF trimmer capacitor-C5 connects with crystal to adjust the fundamental frequency to get 3rd harmonic frequency as you want.

This circuit is designed for the crystal that uses the fundamental frequency of 6-20 MHz. The output frequency of the circuit is between 18MHz to 60 MHz.

You can use the normal RF transistors can in this circuit. The output has a signal of about 500mVp-p. That is enough for common usage.

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