[time-nuts] oscillators

Rick Karlquist richard at karlquist.com
Thu Aug 30 21:10:25 UTC 2012

Azelio Boriani wrote:
> Interesting this third overtone/fundamental*3 idea but what makes the
> third
> overtone not equal to the fundamental*3? Is the crystal operated in series
> or parallel resonance?

That is where the special SC cut crystal comes into play.
It's not so much that the 3rd OT is on a different frequency, but
rather that it has a different and known tempco relative to the
fundamental, so it can be used as a thermometer.  It would be
interesting to take a crystal out of a random 10811 and compare the
frequencies of the fundamental and 3rd OT vs temperature to see
if that crystal would accidentally make a good thermometer.

Rick Karlquist N6RK

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