I'm relatively new to electronics (as a mechanical engineer, I had circuits courses... those were years ago now, but I'm not COMPLETELY ignorant), and wanted to take some of this quarantine time to learn more about a hobby I've meant to look into for years. I've had some issues with the experiments using a 2N6027 PUT in the Make: Electronics 2nd Edition book, specifically experiments 11 and 14. When experiment 11 didn't work; the pulsing signal that was supposed to be coming from the cathode of the PUT to blink an LED on and off in step 1 of experiment 11 wasn't working, instead just sending a constant signal and keeping the LED always on.
I thought that maybe it was something with the voltage divider across the gate pin of the PUT, since I don't have the exact 15k and 27k resistors that the experiment calls for, and used a few resistors in series to reach the proper voltage. I have 15k and 27k resistors on order now and have moved on in the book, to come back when I have those resistors.
Now, in experiment 14, there is another experiment with the same 2N6027 PUT. This time the resistors on either side of the gate pin are 1k resistors, so since I had 1k resistors I was hoping that this time the experiment would work, but... same result. Constantly on LED, no blinking/pulsing activity at all. Below are pictures of the schematic for the experiment in the book and of my breadboard, circuit is being powered with 6V as being recommended in the book.
Since I didn't have a 33k resistor, I'm using 3 resistors in series as you can see, total resistance is ~33.3k, I don't think that the extra 300 should be a problem, but I am new to this so let me know if there's any reason that would cause a problem. The other resistors are all within 50 of 1k, I've measured each one to verify this. I've tried multiple 2N6027s and all of them give the same result: LED comes on and stays one, while capacitor is charged for the duration, never discharging.
If anyone can see anything that looks wrong or has any troubleshooting ideas, please let me know... the fact that I can't get two separate PUT circuits to work leads me to believe that I'm just really doing something wrong. I'm more or less at the end of my rope with these, I've been screwing around with these PUT circuits for hours now and haven't been able to get the proper results... this seems like it SHOULD be simple, but I just can't figure it out. Thanks in advance!