Diode Circuits Guide (1965) -- Contents and Intro

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A concise discussion of diode circuits, containing nearly 100 diagrams with complete explanation of their operation.


SECTION 1---Receiver Circuits

SECTION 2---Transmitter Circuits

SECTION 3---Audio Circuits

SECTION 4---Power Supply Circuits

SECTION 5---Control Circuits

SECTION 6---Instrument Circuits

SECTION 7---Computer Circuits

SECTION 8---Experimenter's Circuits



It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of the crystal diode in modern electronics. It is everywhere ... literally, from the dark reaches of space to the bottom of the sea.

And yet diodes are among the simplest of all electronic components-so simple, in fact, that they are scarcely ever really studied. Consequently, they are often misunderstood and misused. This guide was written to fill the need for a practical book on diode functions and applications. The circuits included represent a generous sampling of the uses for conventional diodes, either alone or in conjunction with transistors, varactors, and tunnel diodes.

The reader will probably recognize some of the circuits as old standbys redesigned around modern diodes for improved performance. In each instance, the best diode (germanium, selenium, silicon, copper-oxide) has been used. In some circuits more than one type has been used in order to secure the combined advantages of each.

Each of the circuits has been painstakingly tested. In those cases where specific components are suggested, any equivalent type may be used ; the types listed are those used in testing the circuits.

by RUFUS P. TURNER, February, 1963


This web guide is based on: DIODE CIRCUITS HANDBOOK


Did you ever marvel at the simple ingenuity of some of the diode circuits you see in technical books or journals? They appear obvious when you see them--so obvious that you wonder why you didn't think of them.

And you could, if you really understood diodes. Many of these circuits take advantage of some peculiarity of a particular type of diode--i.e., frequency response, recovery time, etc. If you knew these differences, your understanding of diode application would be greatly enhanced, and the vast range of diode circuitry would be at your command.

Diode Circuits Handbook will end any confusion you may have regarding diodes. Using nearly 100 examples to show the proper application of diodes, it explains the principles of operation of each type of diode circuit. The circuits shown are in current use in radio and television receivers and transmitters; audio amplifiers and power supplies; and control devices, test instruments, and computers.

Also included is a section on experimenter's circuits, showing how to utilize the theory contained in the earlier sections.


Rufus Turner is no stranger to readers of technical literature. A prolific writer, he has some 2,500 magazine articles and a dozen books to his credit. Having earned his BA degree from Los Angeles State College and his MA degree from U.S.C., Mr. Turner is now a candidate for a Ph.D. from U.S.C. and is currently a registered professional engineer in both California and Massachusetts. These achievements accent his ability as a writer of clear, concise, easy-to-understand material.

Also see:

Using Scopes in Transistor Circuits (1968)

Direct Readout Meters (1966)

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