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This section explains the technical theory of operation for the RCI-2970 DX mobile transceiver.
The Phase Lock Loop (PLL) circuit is responsible for developing the receiver’s first local oscillator signal and the transmitter’s exciter signal. The PLL circuit consists primarily of IC2, IC3, Q29, Q32, Q33, Q34, Q36, Q37, Q38 and L16. The PLL circuit is programmed by the rotary channel switch GPS-0688. The switch allows IC (U601) on CPU P.C.B to communicate the correct binary data information to the programmable divider inside of IC2. IC2 then controls the VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) to oscillate on the correct frequency. This signal is fed either into the receiver’s first mixer (for receive operation) or the transmitter’s mixer (for transmit operation).
The incoming receives signal come into the radio via the antenna and into the front-end pre-amp consisting of Q19. The RF signal is fed into the mixer circuit of the Q20 and Q21. The signal is then filtered by L8, L9 and L10 then into the AM/FM IF section of the receiver (depending on the mode of operation). The signal is then detected by either the AM detector FM detector and then fed to the audio amplifier section of the receiver and finally out to the speaker.
(1) The transmitter modulation circuit modulates the low-level RF signal from the PLL exciter circuit with the user’s audio voice signal from the microphone. The audio from the microphone is then amplified and fed into the balanced modulator circuit.
(2) If the transceiver is in the AM mode, the AF power amplifier modulates the last RF amplifier which produces a true amplitude modulated RF signal.
(3) If the transceiver is in the FM mode, the audio signal is not mixed with 10.6975MHz oscillator but instead phase modulates the basic exciter signal from the PLL circuit in the TX mixer.
(4) If the transceiver is in the SSB mode, the audio signal is mixed with 10.6975MHz oscillator in IC5.
The transmitter takes the basic exciter signal from the TX mixer and amplifies it through a series of amplifiers consisting of Q64, Q63, Q62, Q61, Q60 and the EPA010010A amplifier (only for RCI-2970 DX) where it is sent out to the antenna connector.