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BBC sig-gen
BBC AF signal generator front.jpg
Model Unknown
Sub-category Test equipment
Status Unknown
Consumables Unknown
Accessories Unknown
Training link Unknown
ACnode Unknown
Owner Russ
Origin On-loan

BBC AF signal generator

This belongs to Russ. You can use it but Russ will be grumpy if it gets damaged.


This unit was made sometime around 1989 and looks like it was built from modules from the RS catalogue. Russ purchased it from an auction of old BBC equipment.


To produce an audio tone: Connect a small loudspeaker to the binding posts at rear Select 100-100K range Frequency dial at 6 gives roughly middle C (720Hz). Gain knob on rear at 2 Front output knob up 20 degrees Sweep off Modulation off. Rear on/off switch on Front on/off switch on Tone should be heard in the loudspeaker.

Beware This unit has a built in amplifier. The loudspeaker terminals on the back can produce up to 40 volts peak to peak and a lot more current than a typical 600ohm signal generator output. You can blow up things like computer audio inputs!


Front Panel

Frequency This is a three turn potentiometer, the markings on the dial bear little relationship to the output frequency but the control is smooth and noise free.

Frequency Range Four ranges, 0.1Hz-100Hz, 1Hz-1kHz, 10Hz-10kHz and 100Hz-100kHz.

Output Level Adjusts level at PO jack at rear and drive to amplifier.

Output On/Off

Sweep Rate Four sweep speeds, 0.1,0.2, 0.5 and 1 octave/sec.

Sweep On/Off Starts a single sweep from the current setting of the Frequency Control down the scale to the low frequency of the selected range. To initiate another sweep return the switch to Off and then On again.

Modulation Frequency % Four values, 1, 2, 5 and 10%

Peak Deviation % Four values, 1,2,5 and 10%

Modulation On/Off

Rear panel

Gain Sets the gain of the amplifier module.


Mains Inlet (IEC)

Mains Fuse (5amp

Mains On/Off

Amplifier fuses One 20mm 2amp T for each of the + 45v and -45v rails of the amplifier supply


Oscillator Output PO Jack socket Sleeve = Chassis Ring = ? Tip = ?

Amplifier Input PO Jack socket Sleeve = Chassis Ring = ? Tip = ?

Loudspeaker Output Two binding posts carry the output from the ILP amplifier module. Output power not known but should be good for 20 watts into 8/16 ohms.

Operating Notes

The frequency control feels very loose, this is normal and does not mean that anything is broken....

(More notes to follow when the precise Modus Operandi has been established)

The 100-100K range seems most usefull, other ranges seem to be mostly below what little loudspeakers can produce.

siggen rear panel


Please add any observations or repairs here...

June 2011. Someone reported it not working, supposedly one of the fuses on the back was blown and blew again when replaced. The two fuses on the right hand of the rear panel supply +45volts and -45volts to the amplifier module. The +ve fuse was ok and is a 2amp T fuse. A 250mA fastblow fuse had been fitted in the other holder. Seems fine with a 2amp T fuse.

May 2012 There are now two leads tied to the back each with a PO jack plug and free ends. Use these to connect to the osc o/p or amp i/p. Shield = sleeve Red = ring White = tip