I am new to PSPICE as well as the community and i'm trying some circuits given by my professor for an assignment. I've completed most of them which helped me in understanding how the software works but i'm stuck at this part and i can't find out what's wrong. The message i get when trying running the simulation is:

   *Analysis directives: 
.TRAN  0 2ms 0 
.PROBE64 V(alias(*)) I(alias(*)) W(alias(*)) D(alias(*)) NOISE(alias(*)) 
.INC "..\SCHEMATIC1.net" 

* source EXERCISE 3
V_Vin         N00126 0  AC <AC>
ERROR(ORPSIM-16492): Missing value
+SIN 0 {VOLTAGE} 1k 0 0 0
C_C1         N00126 N00167  10u  TC=0,0 
J_J1         N00364 N00167 N00198 Jbreakn 
R_RS         0 N00198  220 TC=0,0 
C_Cs         0 N00198  100u  TC=0,0 
R_RD         N00364 N00399  2.2k TC=0,0 
V_V1         N00399 0 0Vdc
C_C2         N00364 N00530  10u  TC=0,0 
R_RL         0 N00530  4.7k TC=0,0 
R_RG         0 N00167  1meg TC=0,0 
.PARAM  voltage=1

**** RESUMING initial.cir ****

The simulation is a parametric analysis with the VAMPL of the AC source as a global parameter and the circuit is this: enter image description here

The JBreakN is modified with the parameters:

.model Jbreakn NJF (Beta=550u Rs=1 Rd=1 Betatce=-.5 Lambda=10m Vto=-3.44 

+ Vtotc=0 Cgd=5p M=.3333 Pb=1 Fc=.5 Cgs=5p Isr=1p Nr=2 Is=100f + N=1 Xti=3 Alpha=10u Vk=100 Kf=1E-18 Af=1)

I am sorry if the post is too long i am trying to give as much information as i can. Thanks in advance to anyone answering.


I would like to add that the more information you write, the better. So no, its not too much information, there is just the right amount! :)

The VSIN source has a parameter called "AC" which it looks like you have turned off, so its not displayed on the schematic(you probably deleted it). You need to assign a number to that parameter, else you get this error.

This parameter sets the phase shift. You can just set it to 0.

enter image description here


So its actually a little quirky. When you first add the source to the schematic, and don't alter the AC parameter, it is assigned a default value (0) and it will simulate fine. But if you open the property, and even though you don't write anything in the field, and click OK, it will assign <AC> as the value to the parameter. It will therefore give an error next time you run the simulator, as <AC> is not a valid value..

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you for your words as well as your answer. It works fine now. I had the idea of what AC represents but i wasn't sure. Thanks for clarifying it as well \$\endgroup\$ – George Tsaki Dec 10 '18 at 8:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ΓεωργιοςΤσακιριδης: If you like the answer, remember to accept it \$\endgroup\$ – Linkyyy Dec 10 '18 at 8:42

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