• on Miscellaneous Electronics
  • Published in issue 7/2001 on page 0
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Three-component Oscillator

At first glance, this circuit appears to be just a primitive microphone amplifier. Why then is the title of this article ‘Three-component Oscillator’? The answer is very simple: the microphone is not intended to pick up speech; instead, it is placed so close to the loudspeaker that massive positive feedback occurs. Here we intentionally exploit an effect that is assiduously avoided in public-address systems — the positive feedback results in a terribly loud whistle. The loudspeaker is connected directly to the 12-V supply voltage and the power transistor, so it must be able to handle a power of at least 1.5 W, and it should have an impedance of 8 to 16 ?.
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