Hi... I'm struggling with a repair issue and could use some help. I've placed some schematics/pics at this link: picture Link:
The problem that I am having trouble with is a bipolar amp/bandpass filter used on a log amp board from an old HP network analyzer. This analyzer uses two boards, which are identical, for the reference channel and the A,B channels (muxed). One board functions without issue, the other has a random noise problem.
If you look at the schematic in the link, there is a test point, TP 2, which represents the location of the noise busts shown on the schematic. These noise bursts are random in nature and I have verified that they are not dur to mechanical vibration. The problematic circuit card is being test/analyzed on the bench using a bench +/-15V supply. The schematic shows the bias point at this TP2 to be -.5V and the 'good' board has been verified to be true.
My analysis shows that this bias point should be about -0.9Vdc, not -0.5Vdc. On initial application of the power supplies, the bias point starts off at about -.8V on the good board and then over several minutes settles to -.5V and all is happy. On the bad board the voltage starts off about -.7V but settles to around -.2V or so. The bad board also starts exhibiting these noise bursts which are causing me problems on the low end of the dynamic range of the analyzer.
Initially, I thought that I was having a leaky npn and or pnp in this circuit. The schematic also indicates in red areas where I have removed various parts in an effort to completely isolate this area from the remaining circuitry. I've also 'turned off' many of the other stages (lifting bias resistors, etc.) in an effort to make sure that this stage is the one really at fault. I also shorted out the 100KHz inductor (250uH) to make sure that it wasn't receiving noise bursts from some external means.
The normal troubleshooting has been done: All electrolytics have been tested for ESR/Cap Resistance measurements have been verified. Extra power supply decoupling has been done to insure clean power. The HP transistors have been cross referenced and replaced, thinking that there was some leakage issues, etc. btw.. these are 2N3904/06 type parts.
Ok... That is best that I can describe my problem. At this point what I need is to understand WHY the bias point is not where I believe it should be and why does it take several minutes to stabilize? Heat doesn't seem to be an issue here. If there is an instability in this feedback amp, I could use some pointers as to how an correct it.
thanks for reading my gibberish and look forward to hearing back from someone. Jim