This single layer PCB (solder side shown here) is from an old fan remote:
The inductor in the plastic tube is not connected physically to any components; however, the two loops of wire surrounding it are soldered to the board. This raises some questions into the transmitter's operation:
The frequency of the OOK transmission was determined to be approximately 305 MHz.
The data output from the HT12E encoder is a kHz-frequency signal as defined by its internal oscillator. At the two wire loops surrounding the coil, the data output from the encoder is observed (my scope cannot do >20 MHz), which is identical minus some voltage drop.
It seems that an inductor should be required for operation of what would appear to be a high frequency oscillator circuit (MPSH10 RF NPN), which would modulate the encoder output to 305 MHz. In the above diagram, "Loop 1" and "Loop 2" represent physical connections to the wire loops, where #1 is closest to the BJT.
Is it correct that the wire loops should also act as antennas?
Since the inductor is not connected physically to anything in the circuit, what is the theory behind its operation here? Why use such an inductor instead of a standard piece?