Crystal Tester

Most electronics project working with high frequency utilizes crystal in order to generate frequency as oscillator. It is used instead of coil. Coil can be checked with multi-meter if there is any fault, but checking of crystal completely is difficult. In order to solve this problem a simple project using few components is designed call crystal tester.
Circuit Description
This circuit consist two NPN transistors, two diode with few passive component. The crystal under test is combining with transistor T1 which further work as oscillator. The combination of transistor T1, crystal under test and capacitors C1 and C2 is work as colpiitt oscillator. If the testing crystal is good then it works as oscillator with transistor T1. The output of oscillator is rectified and filtered by diode D1 and capacitor C2 respectively and given to base of transistor T2. The signal given to base conduct transistor which further glow the LED connected to the collector through resistor R3. If the testing crystal is faulty then LED1 does not glow.

Resistors (all ¼-watt, ± 5% Carbon unless stated otherwise)
R1 = 27 KΩ
R2 = 1 KΩ
R3 = 560 Ω
C1 = 0.001 µF
C2 = 100 pF
C3 = 0.001 µF
C4 = 0.004 µF
D1, D2 = 1N4148
T1, T2 = BC550C
LED1 = Green
SW1 = push to on switch

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