[time-nuts] Bye-Bye Crystals

Gary Woods garygarlic at earthlink.net
Mon Mar 13 21:36:44 EDT 2017

On Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:01:39 +0000, you wrote:

>What minimal equipment would you need to make your own crystals ?

There was a WWII era "how they spend your war bonds" film that showed the
process pretty well.  Diamond saws to cut the raw quartz, X-ray diffraction
to find the proper axes prior to cutting out blanks, assorted
polishing/lapping stuff, etching with truly nasty stuff.  ISTR that if you
put a piece of foil under the plate glass you're grinding on, you can hear
a noise peak on a receiver at the approximate frequency.
I once raised a cheapo surplus crystal 60Kc plus to put it into the
40-meter CW band; worked fine!

IOW, not a trivial thing.

Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/4 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G

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