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2 MHz Sweep/Function Generator


Manufacturer: Wavetek
Model: 19


The generator is a precision source of sine, triangle, ramp, and pulse waveforms plus DC output. A TTL/CMOS output is also provided.

The frequency range is 0.002 Hz to 2MHz selcted by a seven decade range multiplier and calibrated vernier. Both the frequency vernier and the sweep input can control up to 1000:1 frequency change within a selected range.

The generator output level is 20 Vp-p maximum from a 50 ohm source. The level is set via a switched attenuator plus vernier with a total range of 50 dB. DC offset is vernier adjustable over a ±10V range with center detent for 0V. A 9:1 symmetry range permits ramp and pulse waveforms to be produced.


Waveformssine, triangle, square, TTL pulse or DC OUT
Frequency0.002 Hz to 2 MHz (7 ranges)
2: 0.002 to 2 Hz
20: 0.02 to 20 Hz
200: 0.2 to 200Hz
2k: 2 Hz to 2kHz
20k: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
200k: 200 Hz to 200 kHz
2 M: 2 kHz to 2MHz
Internal Sweep Generator
Sweep RangeUp to 1000:1 within each range
Sweep Rate30 ms to 15 s (typically 20 ms to 20 s)
Sweep ModeLinear or logarithmic.
Amplitude Modulation
Modulated by internal 400 Hz oscillator
Precision (Display Accuracy)
Frequency±5 digits on 2 kHz to 2MHz ranges
<= 1.5% of full scale on 2Hz to 200Hz ranges
AmplitudeTypically 5% of range at 1kHz
DX offsetTypically 2% of reading + 100 mV
Resolution0.05% maximum on all ranges (1 part in 2000)
Distortionless than 1% on 200, 2k and 20k ranges (sine)
less than 1.5% on 20 and 200k ranges (sine)
Output ImpedenceSource of selected function at 50 ohm
Peak Output100 mA maximum into 50 Ohm

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Operating Instructions

  1. Setting generator frequency
    1. Use FREQUENCY RANGE BUTTONS to select the decade range in which your desired frequency appears.
    2. Adjust the FREQUENCY VERNIER to the required target frequency.
    3. Observe the display readout and readjust the FREQUENCY VERNIER if necessary until the display matches the target frequency.
  2. Selecting waveform and waveform symmetry
    1. Select a waveform using FUNCTION BUTTONS (sine, square, triangle)
    2. Skewness of waveform can be obtained by pressing the SYM BUTTON and then adjusting the SYMMETRY control. Monitor the display.
  3. Selecting waveform amplitude and offset
    1. Adjust the AMPLITUDE control where the display reads twice the desired waveform voltage (ie. a 2 Vp-p sine wave should have AMPLITUDE set to 4 Vp-p).
    2. Press the DISPLAY SELECT BUTTON to enable the "DC" units indicator. To specify offset, adjust DC OFFSET until the display reads twice the desired offset.
  4. Operating Sweep Generator
    1. After setting FREQUENCY RANGE, pull the RATE and STOP controls out to turn on the sweep generator to a LOG vs linear sweep.
    2. Press and hold SET START while adjusting the FREQUENCY DIAL to the opening range frequency.
    3. Press and hold SET STOP while adjusting the FREQUENCY DIAL to the closing range frequency.
    4. Connect SWEEP OUT to a frequency counter to set the waveform period (seconds)
    5. Connect MAIN OUT to the scope to observe the swept waveform.

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keywords: signal generator, frequency generator, triangle wave generator, sine wave generator, square wave generator, electrical source.

Document created June 13, 1996. Original author: Jeremy Bailin and Jaime Espinoza.