|BF981 (I now have about 50 for sale/in stock).
I bought some of these in bulk ie lots of 20 or so.
They are much less in cost than the RCA 40673 discontinued dg mosfet.
Enterprising hams can perhaps adapt these to their circuits or solder fine transistor
lead material to the axial leads thus creating radial wire leads.
I'll take some pictures when I try this myself in the near future.
Even though it is gate protected with back to back diodes...I would use a ground
strap or ground yourself frequently when handling.
|BF981 PICTURED BELOW. -- COMMONLY AVAILABLE AT A REASONABLE PRICE from
various sources. I see numerous listings on ebay. I sell them in small quantities for
$2.00 each with low postage charges. I have about 40 or 50 currently in stock. Sellers in
Hong Kong are offering them for less with free shipping. I can ship them here from
Northern Ontario by letter/post $1.50 across Canada and $2.80 to usa.
note: ON THE BF 981..if you want to try a few of my "modded"bf981s with radial leads..in
your circuit..I can make some up and sell them at $4.75 each. -- For that price I will also
test them in my FT301 transceiver front end circuit (plug in socket).
NOTE: I found they work very well as an RF front end transistor.
|rca 40673 (nte (an aftermarket distributor) NTE222
(ecg 222) NTE222 (equivilents)
|At a fast glance at the specs, the drain current is
less than half for this bf981 than the 40673.
Perhaps the DC biasing voltages and currents might
have to be altered (resistors/dc voltages).
Iam a technician not engineer. For the low price of
these devices, I would be inclined (myself)to try it in
the circuit as a direct substitute for the 40673 and
see if it works.
I did this very thing with the FT301 radio I was
working on. I tried a substitute device and it worked
and (in fact) seemed to work as well or better than
the original dg mosfet.
I belong to a list QRP-L. There are some real neat
discussions and you can search the archives on the
SOME OF THE POSTS ABOUT 40673 DG MOSFETS and
substitutes are in text at the bottom of this page.
|NTE/ECG are good aftermarket sources but can be a bit
NTE has an on line CROSS REFERENCE TOOL and you can
download PDF files of the data sheet.
One ham in NewFoundland that I chat with the odd time
paid about $20 for a dg mosfet aftermarket device.
I can supply you at a much lower price.
I keep all my DUAL GATE MOSFETS in static packaging and
in a metal cabinet.
I don't have a great deal of stock of these items but I can
supply up to a few at a time if you need to fix or build
NOTE: THE METAL CAN PACKS LIKE THE 40673 and other
metal can packs are fairly pricey to buy most places and I
have to pay shipping on top of that..SO..I can only sell
MAXIMUM of 2 metal can pack DG MOSFETS per order.
|These "house numbered" dual gate mosfets were bought by
me back in around the year 2000 or so from a fellow on QRP-L
(the technical and qrp list I belong to).
I bought them way back when and our dollar was only worth
about 65 cents or 70 cents to the american dollar.
I can spare a few for $1.75 each. I think they are similar to
3n211 (I can look it up).
I used one by forming the leads and it worked quite well in
my FT301 replacing a dual gate mosfet in the rcvr front end. I
also used them in a converter that had a couple of damaged
dg mosfets. Seemed to work ok but I need to evaluate the
circuit under real world conditions.
I CROSS REFERENCED THE MPF 131 TO BF 981,3SK49, MFE131
(electrically quite similar).
ID LIKE TO BUY MORE OF THIS KIND
OF STUFF IF ANY ONE HAS ANY TO
SELL. actually..I'm starting to run
low on stock of DG mosfets.
where I get most of my data sheets and
cross references-- it is great but I could
not find the RCA 40673 listed there. I
used the NTE semiconductor web site to
find info and pdf file for this one.
|What we have here is the underside of the circuit
a group of spare dual gate mosfets.
The dual gate mosfets are some in house part
number used by some company but are (supposedly)
similar to type 3n201 dg mosfets.
REPLACING THE METAL CAN PACK DG MOSFETS (2
OF THEM-- with these economical plastic case dg
When mounted on the top (component side) of the
circuit board; the pin layout does match the pattern
layout but the pins themselves are too thick to go
through the holes in the circuit board. (and they
would likely have to be formed to the physical layout
As a work around solution; I flipped the leads upside
down with a pair of pliers and clipped them and
formed the leads and mounted them upside down on
the bottom of the circuit board.
This is "OK" for amateur use. Commercial vendors
and manufacturers would not do this unless they
could not avoid it.x vh
|2 dual gate mosfets replaced on the opposite side of the circuit board from
the component side. I formed the leads and the chip is actually upside down
on the circuit board. Work around solution that works! --- The converter now
works!! This could work as well for the
|Navigation Link to
|MY LIST OF AVAILABLE PARTS (Dual Gate MOSFETS)
RCA40673 (I do have a few available) these are discontinued parts (discontinued in the
1980s) -- I now have a good quantity of RCA40823 (very close spec to 40673) available
for $3.90 each!!
For one or two 40673s (THE REAL MCCOYS)..I can send in an envelope. I dont have a
whole bunch I can spare however. $7.50 each plus economy postage $1.50 Canada
BF981...I have about 40 or so available. about $2 each (economy postage of $1.51
Canada wide and $2.80 ..I can send these little parts to you in ESD safe padded
envelope. -- small orders OK..no minimums
3N211 I have a few I can spare..these FETs are favourite replacements in front
ends of older radios.-- these are good for RF front end stages ie FT301 and
perhaps argonaut 509 as well.-- I sell them tested guaranteed - $7.50 each
SFE1612 - dual gate mosfet: I have found through testing in my FT301 receive
section..(RF gain stage and mixer) that the SFE1612 has a tad bit more gain than
the 3N211. I sell the SFE1612 for $5.75 each and I have about 60 in stock.
SFE1612 seems to be some sort of Motorola Proprietary device and data sheet
and information seems to be not available! Once I did actually phone Motorola
for information about an SRF series of Proprietary Transistor and they dont tell
you much about these types of products. -- All I know is the SFE1612 is nr. one
on my list. Drop in replacement for 40673 or 3N211 or others.
MFE3007 - crosses to NTE 222 (as does the more popular 40673) should be a
good fit form function replacement for the 40673 .. my price $5.75 each. NOTE:
Talon Electronics has these at $12.40 -- see picture of these near bottom of this
page and go to the NTE cross section web site to do some research. Judging by
the price at Talon.. Id say they are probably good parts.
MEM 631. I can spare some of these. I adapted the leads to a transistor socket in
my FT301 front end and this dg mosfet performed a bit better than the original
(or so it seemed to me). MEM631-11 (The -11 is for the FORMED LEADS..(SEE THE
PICTURE OF THEM ON THE BLACK ESD BLOCK FURTHUR DOWN THE PAGE.
You can mount them upside down on a circuit board and solder them in. Ive
done this too as a "fix" ...at $2 each they are an inexpensive alternative.
**see picture near bottom of page on how I soldered them on a circuit board (on
the bottom of circuit board rather than on top (component side)
3N128 qty 5 total --$4.50 each also I have 3N140, 3N187 radio shack surplus items
NOW AVAILABLE ..3SK97 Gaas FETs..4-- ill sell at $22 each..with economy postage.
|BF981 extracts from DATA sheets. Full data sheet available:
|The 3N211 seems to be a bit better
than most dual gate mosfets for
front ends of receivers.
I do have about a dozen or so that I
have carefully bought over the past
few years from hobbyists and from
ebay vendors ect.
I sell them for a very small mark up
of only about 20 to 30 percent on
average. So I am selling them at\
$8.00 each plus the usual low
postage charge of $1.51 in Canada,
$2.80 in USA and about double that
I am limiting the quantity to 2 per
order/customer. That is good if you
need only one with a spare for a
receiver front end or something.
All these DG MOSFETS..the metal
can types are AS QUANTITIES LAST.
I will try and buy some more stock
but in the mean time..perhaps try
places like EBAY the greek sellers.
They seem to have some good stuff
at good prices.
Scotts Radio Parts ie crystal radio
parts..you can google him and he
sells the 40673 and some others
reasonable..but he cautions as
well..WHILE QUANTITIES LAST!
The 40673 is a discontinued part.
|OCT 27-2012..see my new article I have just written on how to convert the BF981
into a radial lead DG mosfet in order to provide a direct plug in replacement for
metal can dg mosfets such as 3N211, 3SK45, rca 40673..ARTICLE IS HERE...
|I took a widely available (good) dg mosfet..the BF981 ..see pictures on this
page..and I soldered on some leads and created a good replacement for 3N211 or
40673 type DG MOSFET. If you want to see the process go to this page.
|I do custom repairs (FT301 mainly) but Argonauts 505- 515; some solid state Heathkit
items and accessories and I do custom creations ..such as these dg mosfets. Pictured
is my first effort (prototype). Worked very well!! Now to make it look pretty!!!
--- I do jobs like these on the bench at $10 per hour bench rate. RETIREMENT RATE!
MAIL ORDER JOBS! Older types of technology mainly that dont require service manuals
and specialized parts like PLL chips, LSI logic/cpus. Even some small mailable
consumer items I can do repairs by mail order...things like stereo preamps and certain
solid state amplifiers. I dont work with tube circuits all that much. my email link is here
|With a bit of thought
and planning and
soldering..I created a
good working ..rather
alternative to dual
gate mosfets such as
3N211 and the
The hardest part might
be locating wire for
the lead material. This
bare wire spool is a
tad thick ..but works
for the socket. I
bought it at Radio
Shack some time ago.
|BELOW-- THE OLD ARTICLE I wrote back in 2012 concerning adding radial leads to surface mount transistors. At that time..I did not have any
adapter plates available. The adapter plate is a much superior method.
Below: pictures of my BF981 modification. I took one of these plentiful dual gate mosfets and soldered some wires on the leads to make up a
dual gate mosfet with 4 radial leads.
It worked well right off the bat. I have it in my FT301 front end circuit. I plan to make some more of these up when time permits.
|I have some 3N211s and will be selling
in small quantities for $7.50 ea plus
economy postage rate available.
|I can test DG mosfets with this new transistor/FET tester I bought off
ebay about 8 months ago now.
What I do is I short the gates together and measure it as a JFET.
This is a basic DC test to ensure the device is OK.
Another thing I do with dual gate mosfets (from time to time) is I test
them in the receiver front end circuit of my FT301.
The FT301 has plug in circuit cards and the receiver front end board
unplugs rather easily and I have a transistor socket for the RF stage
(amplifer) and the mixer stage. Both stages are dual gate mosfets.
For a hotter receive/mixer I have substituted in SFE1612s for both the
mixer and the rf stage.
Want a socket for a transistor or DG mosfet (4 leads) I use Single in
line machined IC socket and I cut it to size - cut each pin off
individually and make a socket. I sell a strip of this socket material 40
pin for 85 cents each and I have about 50 strips in stock.
I use this stuff all the time to make sockets -------------------------------->>
|Very UGLY UGLY UGLY.. but it works well and its
cheap. I am working at making it more rugged and
pleasing to the eye !!!!!!!
|These MFE3007s (I HAVE 8 of them)
should be good substitute for the more
popular RCA 40673.
These are old stock items from a
collection of a ham radio mans junkbox.
Being stored with the leads clamped
together is great to prevent static
damage. My price for these is $5.75
each and postage in Canada $2.. to
USA $4 and overseas about $6.00
TAKE A LOOK AT THE NTE CROSS
REFERENCE WEB SITE. YOU CAN
'GOOGLE' IT. AND LOOK UP
MFE3007. IT CROSSES TO NTE 222
AND AS WELL 40673 CROSSES TO
NTE 222. SO.. THESE SHOULD BE
|Dual Gate Mosfets DATA and Information Page Earl VE3AB -- www.hamelectronicsmagazine.com and the other site:
www.earlandrews.com (a mirror site). - selling parts in small quantities to hobbyists and tinkerers since 2005 by the web
and mail order. JUNE 12 2016 updated with new information and pictures. The old article is still on the page.
|Below are the adapter plates that I used for the 3sk177 surface mount transistor.
I broke off one of these plates to try this method out. Soldering was done with a radio shack 15
watt grounded tip soldering iron. Im sure if you are careful a 25 watt iron would do even if it is not
grounded tip. What you can do is touch the iron tip to a ground to release any static build up
before doing your soldering. Also.. touch the ground with your hand every once and awhile to
release any static build up on your body or wear a ground strap.
|I used resistor leads that I cut off
some cheap resistors I had around
here to make the lead material.
I imagine other dual gate mosfets
could be used with adapter plates
such as these. The BF988 comes
|To the right is my first effort at making a 3sk177
with radial leads. I tested it on my transistor
tester. I had to test 1 gate at a time as my
components tester only has 3 lead capability.
Seems to be ok.