Heathkit IG-102, Solid State Edition

I’d recently heard about a conversion of a tube Signal Generator to Solid State. I found the original article in a great old book called ’99 Test Equipment Projects You Can Build’, by 73 Magazine. I snagged the book from eBay for only $2.00 (plus shipping). My copy is a small hardback, red cover. Print’s kinda small.

Same article mentions adding a three-range (10khz, 1mhz, 10mhz) crystal calibrator on-board (since you now have boatloads of room inside without the tubes and the transformer).

Each ‘half’ of both tubes is replaced with a FET Pin numbers are mentioned, so you go underneath (unfortunately sticking the leads in the tube socket holes won’t work…) and solder a FET lead to a Socket Hole. I think there’s one socket hole (besides the filaments) that remains unconnected.

I’ve written on the schematic which FETs appear to work. I settled on MPF-102s, although I tested a couple of versions. The book project specifies four 2N5951’s.

An IG-102 FET Conversion Schematic

There are two resistor changes (actually mods) due to the lowered voltages:
Solder a 75 ohm resistor across the existing 33k (see left of ‘BF Front View’ switch.
Solder a 90 ohm resistor across the existing 4.7k (see above V2A 1/2 6AN8). On some models the existing resistor may be a 10k.

There are no other changes other than what’s marked at bottom of the schematic (removing the cord and power supply. Replace w/9V battery. I also did the fancy LED thing. Nice to know if it’s ON so you don’t run down the battery.

I also added a ‘wall wart’ plug for outside power. Fancy.

4 thoughts on “Heathkit IG-102, Solid State Edition”

  1. Thanks for the info. I have just rediscovered my 1G-102S. When I get the time I will convert it as you describe.

    Thanks again.


    1. Well, it does work, but I must say the version I use most is the (original) Tube version.
      However, it does make it more portable (no power cord, since it runs off of a 9V Battery).

  2. Are you still recommending this nod 7 years on?

    I love my tube gear but portability is a huge plus…

    1. Only if you have a trashed one to modify. I’m not sure I’d modify a ‘clean’ one.
      It works. I have one that runs on a 9 volt battery.
      And I have a really nice one and it works too, but… cord!

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