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Publication numberUS2429649 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1947
Filing dateApr 10, 1942
Priority dateApr 10, 1942
Publication numberUS 2429649 A, US 2429649A, US-A-2429649, US2429649 A, US2429649A
InventorsHugo Romander
Original AssigneeFed Telegraph Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Modulator distortion correction
US 2429649 A
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Oct. 28, 1947.


AUD/ 0 Patented Oct. 28, 1947 MODULATOR DISTORTION CORRECTION Hugo Romander, North Caldwell, N. J assignor to Federal Telegraph Company, Newark, N. J a corporation of California I Application April 10, 1942, Serial No. 438,431

2 Claims.

This invention relates to modulating systems In systems for modulating carrier waves with appreciable power, difficulty is often experienced in obtaining a suitably close agreement between the modulating or signal Wave and the resulting envelope of the modulated carrier wave. This lack of agreement may be due to distortion of the modulating wave, or to the introduction into the modulated wave envelope of a hum or other interfering component as from the alternating current supplying energy to the cathode heaters or other parts of the modulating system, or may be due to other causes. Modulating systems have heretofore been proposed for correcting for undesired modulation of the modulated wave by introducing an audio frequency correcting wave into the audio frequency modulating circuit, however this expedient tends objectionably to interfere with the normal construction and operation of the audio frequency modulating circuits and thus leads to further difficulties.

An object of the present invention is to counteract or avoid the difficulties referred to above.

Another object is to correct or compensate effectively and in a simple manner for the distortion or hum in the modulated wave envelope, or for other undesired failure of the envelope to agree precisely with the wave form of the original modulating wave.

Another object is to accomplish one or more of the objectives referred to above without altering the construction or operation of the original audio frequency modulating wave circuit path in the modulating system.

In accordance with the present invention a method of operation and circuits are provided for attaining the above objectives. These and other objects and features of the invention will be understood from the following detailed description in connection with the accompanying drawing of examples illustrative of the invention.

In the drawing, Figs. 1 and 2 show circuit diagrams of modulating systems adapted for carrying out the invention.

In Fig. 1, the modulating system includes the carrier wave source l having a modulator-amby adjustment of the variable tuning capacitor 3 in shunt with the inductor 4, constituting together a resonant frequency determining circuit for the oscillator tube 5 of the electron discharge type having an anode, a cathode and a grid. The modulator-amplifier 2, includes the tube 6 of the electron discharge type having an anode, a cathode and a grid. The output or tank circuit 1, 8, tuned to resonance with the carrier wave from source I, includes the variable tuning capacitor l in shunt with the output inductor B, the cathode of tube 5 being connected by way of the low impedance condenser 9 to an intermediate point of inductor 8 so that neutralization of the amplifier may be obtained by adjustment of the variable capacitor Ill connecting the grid of the tube in well-known manner with the end of inductor 8 remote from the anode of the tube. Inductor 8 constitutes the primary of the output transformer of the modulating system, the secondary ll of which is connected with an antenna or other suitable load circuit.

Direct current energy is supplied to the carrier wave source I over a path which may be traced from the ground through the direct current source I2, and conductor l3 to the anode of tube 5, the cathode of the tube being grounded. The carrier wave from source l is transmitted from the anode of tube 5 to the grid of tube 5 through the capacitor M of low impedance to the carrier frequency but of high impedance to waves of modulating frequency. Capacitor I4 together with the grid-cathode leak resistance l5 constitute a capacity-resistance coupling between tubes 5 and 6. The direct current energy supply circuit for tube 6 may be traced from the ground through the direct current source Hi, conductor I1, and inductor 8 to the anode of the tube, the

cathode of the tube being grounded.

plifier Ecoupled therewith. The carrier wave A wave of audio or other modulating frequency which is of relatively lower frequency than the carrier wave, is impressed on the primary of input transformer Hi, the secondary of which is in the input of the balanced amplifier l9, having an output inductor constituting the primary of transformer 29, the secondary of which is in: cluded in conductor l'l supplying direct current energy to the anode of tube 6, The conductor I! thus serves as a modulating wave input for tube 6. Carrier frequency choke coil 2| of high impedance to waves of carrier frequency and of lowimpedance to Waves of modulating frequency,-

prevents Waves in the carrier frequency range in modulator-amplifier 2 from reaching the transformer 20, 1;

A secondary inductor 22 is magnetically coupled with the output inductor 8 of modulatoramplifier 2 and has the variable capacitor 23 in shunt therewith for tuning circuit 22, 23 to rescnance with the carrier wave from source I. In series with inductor 22 is connected the demod ulator 24 consisting of a diode rectifier tube of the electron discharge type. The capacitor 25 in series between rectifier 24 and inductor 22 is of low impedance to waves in the carrier fre-- quency range and of high impedance to waves of modulating frequency. sistance 26, in shunt with capacitor 25', pro-. vides a path for the demodulated wave of modulating frequency. Another potentiometer re-v sistance 2'! is connected effectively across the secondary of transformer 28 to provide an adjustable component of the original modulating wave.

A blocking capacitor 28 prevents the passage of direct current from resistance 2'! to the secondary of transformer 29 and prevents the high potential from source Hi from reaching resistance 21.

In accordance with the normal operation of the modulating system, a carrier wave from source I is transmitted to modulator-amplifier 2 which produces amplified carrier waves in output inductor 8. Modulating waves transmitted through transformer l8 and the input amplifier [9 are impressed upon the energy supply conductor Ii serving as a modulating Wave input for modulator-amplifier 2, thus causing the modulator-amplifier to produce an output wave in the tank circuit 1, 8, consisting of the amplified carrier wave modulated substantially in accordance with the modulating wave.

Any distortion, alternating current power hum as that due to alternating current heating (not shown) of the cathodes or any other undesired component introduced by tubes 5 or 6 or their connected circuits, causing the envelope 0fv the modulated wave in tank circuit 1, 8 to differ from The potentiometer rethe wave form of the original modulating wave,

is reproduced in the demodulated wave in potentiometer 26. In order to provide a correction for this undesired distortion, hum, or other interference, a correction circuit conductor 36 is provided which includes a variable portion of each ofthe potentiometers 26 and 2'! connected in series with each other and in phase opposition with respect to the instantaneous values, of the modulating and demodulated waves. Conductor 30 connects with the grid of the first stage of amplifier M which serves to amplify the correcting wave and Supply an amplified correcting wave through the primary of transformer 32-, the secondary of which is included in conductor l3 supplying direct current energyto thecarrier wave source I.

Amplifier 3! may be of any well-known form being preferably adapted to amplify without ap preciable rotation of the phase'of components of the correction wave. A choke coil 33 in conductor i3 is of low impedance to the correction wave and of high impedance tothe wave of carrier frequency, so that the carrier wave is isolated from transformer 32. By upward adjustmentof the sliding contact onpotentiometers 25 and 2?,

respectively, the amplitude of the demodulating V wave and the modulating wave, respectively, in circuit 39, may be increased to any suitable value, while downward adjustment of the sliding con tacts reduces the respective amplitudes of these waves.

Potentiometers 26 and 21 are preferably so adjusted that only the difference component representing the difference in wave form between the original modulating wave and the envelope of the modulated carrier wave, is transmitted in amplified form to the anode of tube 5. The correction wave, is applied to source I in that one of the two. possible phases degrees from each other which opposes the distortion, hum or other interfering component appearing in the envelope of the modulated wave in the output inductor 8 of the modulator-amplifier 2. The amplitude of the correction wave is adjusted by potentiometers 26 and, 21 to a suitable value for efficiently correcting for the undesired modulation.

The negative polarizing source 34 is provided in the circuit30. for the grid of the first stage of amplifier 3|.

The circuit of Fig. 2 is similar in its general arrangement and operation to that of Fig. 1, differing therefrom in having a direct connection between the rectifier 24 and the anode of modulator-amplifier 2 the rectifier being effectively in shunt between the cathode and anode of tube 6 and the tank circuit l, 8, thus avoiding the necessity of a resonant circuit such as circuit 22, 23 in Fig. l, inductively coupled with the tank circuit 1', 8. The necessity of providing potentiometer 21 in Fig, 1 is, also, avoided since it will be seen that the modulating wave potential is present on the anode or modulator-amplifier 2. It will be seen that the full carrier wave potential of the anode of tube 6 is applied to the cathode of rectifier 24. In this form of circuit, it is necessary to make the direct current potential of the anode circuit of modulator-amplifier 2, exactly equal to the peak carrier wave voltageappearing on the anode; in order to obtain the desired ad'- justrnent of the circuit. Under these conditions thepeak of the negative half cycle of each cycle of the carrier wave causes the anode current to reduceto zero value. A direct current polarizing source 35, having a potentiometer 36 connected in shunt therewith, is provided in series with rectifier 24 in order to produce a suitable value of space current through the rectifier at those instants when the negative carrier wave peaks are substantially equal and opposite to the average direct current anode potential of tube 6. This meansthatthe potential of theanode of tube '6 will be positive-R all times and will vary between zero. and twice thepotential supplied by conductcr [1, thus preventing tube 24 from rectifying except for a small portion of the carrier wave cycle when the anode of tube 6 is less positive than the'anode of tube 24. It will be seen that a small amount of current passes through rectifier 24 at each negative peak of the carrier wave and will vary in amplitude in accordance with the difference of wave form between the original modulating wave and the corresponding envelope of the modulated wave, thus producing a correction wave corresponding with that obtainedin the Fig. 1 circuit.

According to a preferred operation of the circuits of Figs. 1 and 2, the carrier wave voltage "amplitude applied to the grid of modulatoramplifier tube 6 should be of large value, but not so large as to produce saturation of output, that not so large as to produce the maximum grid-driven output oscillations in tank circuit 78. The grid excitation is preferably of such value as to permit the slight variations of amplitude of the arri-er wave, representing the correction wave as applied to the grid, to produce the necessary correcting component in the tank circuit to oppose and thus neutralize the effect of the undesired modulation component therein. Moreover, in order to enhance the preferred operation referred to above, it is desirable that the grid of tube 6, receive a component of negative bias potential from a constant voltage source 29, such as a battery, in addition to or in place of any negative bias potential derived from capacitor M in conjunction with resistor I5, thus making it possible to obtain readily the desired operating point on the grid-potential anode-current characteristic of tube 6 without appreciable reduction in efficiency of the modulator-amplifier.

Capacitor 25, as in Fig. 1, provides a path for carrier wave current. The conductor 31 in shunt with capacitor 25 includes the primary of transformer 38 adapted to transmit the demodulated waves in modulating frequency range, representing the difference between the modulating wave impressed on the anode of tube 6 by transformer 20 and the demodulated wave produced by rectifier 24. The carrier wave choke coil 39 in series with the primary of transformer 38 prevents the carrier wave from being transmitted to the transformer. As in the case of Fig. 1, the amplifier for transmitting the correction wave to the anode of oscillator 5 may be of any suitable form, the amplifier 49 in Fig. 2 being shown as a transformer coupled multiple stage amplifier, but may be of the same resistance coupled form as that shown for amplifier 3| in Fig. 1.

While the circuit of Fig. 2 is somewhat simpler in certain respects from that of Fig. 1, it will be seen that in Fig. 2, the cathode of rectifier 24 is subjected to the high voltage which may be present on the anode of tube 6. It is therefore necessary to provide more insulation in Fig. 2 and to avoid capacity effects incident to the rectifier circuits connected directly with the anode of tube 6.

It will be noted that in the circuits of Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 the correction wave is applied to the energy supply circuit for the carrier wave source I over a path I3 entirely isolated from and independent of the path of conductor I! for the original modulating wave. The correcting wave, therefore, produces no disturbing effect either on the modulating wave input transformer 20 or the path for the modulating wave through conductor Number ing excitation of the input of the cascade stages I, 2 by a correcting wave of relatively large amplitude of the kind employed with a negative feed back, The normal operation of the tube circuits is thus maintained with minimum interference from the aum'liary correcting circuits. A further advantage of the present arrangement is that full use may be made of the maximum amplification of tubes 5, 9, or additional stages of amplification (not shown), without reduction of amplification of the type involved in the use of negative feed back circuits.

Various modifications of the method and apparatus disclosed herein may be made without departing from the invention in its broader scope. While the modulating system disclosed by way of example in connection with the invention is of the type employing a carrier wave source coupled with a modulator-amplifier, it will be understood that the invention is applicable, also, to other types of modulating systems. The novel features of the invention are set forth in the appended claims.

What I claim is:

1. A modulating system comprising a modulator-amplifier having an input circuit, a carrier wave source having an output circuit coupled to said input circuit, a rectifier having a cathode coupled to and varying in potential with that of said output circuit, means for maintaining the rectifier anode at a potential substantially the same as the peak carrier wave potential in said output circuit in the absence of distortion so as to demodulate the portion of said carrier wave peak due to distortion, and means for modulating the output wave of said carrier wave source in accordance with the rectifier output wave.

2. A modulating system as set forth in claim 1, in which the carrier wave source includes a vacuum tube, and the means for modulating the output wave of said carrier wave source include means for varying the energy supplied to the anode of said tube.


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U.S. Classification332/162, 332/181
International ClassificationH03C1/06, H03C1/00
Cooperative ClassificationH03C1/06
European ClassificationH03C1/06