I have this old Soviet low frequency sine and square pulse generator "G3-36A".

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I ran into an interesting problem.

When I try to generate square pulse under 100Hz I get a distorted wave. Like in the image:

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When I increase frequency to 100Hz this is what I get:

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At 1kHz it looks more like a square:

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Does anyone know what is causing the distortion and how can I fix it?

Schematic of the signal generator:

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The KT603B transistors circled with red color are the ones that generate square wave. The blue ones are amplifiers.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Is your scope set to AC coupling? This is what an AC-coupled square wave looks like. \$\endgroup\$
    – Hearth
    Commented May 4, 2022 at 14:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ so its about scope, and nothing to do with generator, kinda fell stupid rn ngl \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 4, 2022 at 14:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well it's the scope if your scope is set to AC coupled. \$\endgroup\$
    – Hearth
    Commented May 4, 2022 at 14:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ well guess i have to check that tomorrow and come back with results \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 4, 2022 at 14:32
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    \$\begingroup\$ The generator has a coupling capacitor feeding the output transistors and another coupling capacitor at its output. A good squarewave needs DC coupling. \$\endgroup\$
    – Audioguru
    Commented May 4, 2022 at 18:28

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This most likely isn't a problem with your waveform generator, but with the oscilloscope you're measuring it with. I'm not familiar with Owon scopes, but I assume that this ~ symbol here: enter image description here refers to AC coupling.

When a scope is AC coupled, it's applying a high-pass filter to everything it displays to filter out the DC component. A square wave under a high-pass filter looks like this:

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Note how it looks different depending on the frequency, just like your square wave.

The other possibility is that something in the waveform generator itself is applying a high-pass filter to its output, either intentionally or due to a fault. This seems significantly less likely to me, however.

  • \$\begingroup\$ i was just reading about this, once i change to dc will let you know. i was thinking that either transistor or capacitor next to it was faulty but they seemed to work properly so i guess it's me being stupid not using scope properly xD, thanks again really helped out \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 4, 2022 at 14:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ ill post update \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 6, 2022 at 12:36

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