Newbie Issues

Ed Gable

Hello.  New to group.  Just built a Blue Jumper and the TX took right off with 5W into 50 ohms. From reading past emails I too had trouble with Q2 oscillating.  I had a 40 year old NOS MPF102 in stock but that also brought no joy with tight feedback turns and  22 pf added.  Tried a U310 and it took right off and oscillated but I think it's too weak.  I hear a very weak hiss even though audio amplifier chain is working OK.  I have my TEK scope on TP1 and see a nice clean 7 Mhz signal at 0.25Vp-p signal that is smoothly controlled by REGEN.  Seems to me that might be too low.  I can hear FT8 signals.  Using a HP-8640 sig gen my minimal discernable is -70 dBm, kinda deaf!  The RX current draw is only 10 Ma, not the 23 Ma. as suggested.  Is that because there is no audio signal (hiss) in output stage?  The ATTEN control seems to work properly.  Is a U310 a good enough substitute for what seems to be a successful J310?  (I had a U310 in my junk box)  Any ideas from you experienced Jumpers out there?  73,  Ed Gable  K2MP

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