PLL Programming Glossary:
(see below for Circuit Board Abbreviations/Glossary)

T/R: Transmit/Receive switch. This is used to provide the 455 KHz offset for the receiver's second IF stage in dual-conversion AM or FM rigs. Pressing the mike button changes the pin's logic state to its opposite state from the RX mode. This shifts the ROM controlling the Programmable Divider, and in some chips also shifts the output of the Reference Divider from the standard 5 KHz steps to 2.5 KHz steps. The T/R shift is the reason you will se two different sets of N-codes and VCO frequencies in a rig's service manual or SAMS Fotofacts.
Some manufacturers spec sheets show a bar () above some pin functions, such as LM, T/R, etc. This bar is a digital logic symbol which indicates what state "1" or "0" that the pin is in when activated. For example, the T/R with the bar over the T notation means that the pin is normally HIGH ("1") in the Receive mode and normally LOW ("0") in the Transmit mode. LM with a bar over it means the Lock Monitor is "active LOW"; i.e., it is normally HIGH but goes LOW if the loop is unlocked.

FS: Frequency Select. This is a feature of some chips which allows them to synthesize frequencies in either 10 KHz CB steps, or 5 KHz steps. Remember, some older chips such as the PLL02A were intended for other uses besides CB, such as VHF marine radios, aircraft radios, etc., where 5 KHz channel spacing is common. In addition, this feature often makes is easier to synthesize SSB frequencies as well as AM/FM although the feature hasn't been used much for this. Depending on whether the chip has an internal pull-up or pull-down resistor here, it is generally connected to produce 10 KHz CB spacings in the older chips. The newer chips having a T/R shift must use the 5 KHz spacings when the T/R pin is also used. IMPORTANT: You CAN NOT use this function to get 5 KHz channel spacings, because the Programmable Divider must also change to match the spacing.

AI, AO: Active Loop Filter input and output. This circuit if present is used to smooth out the digital waveform coming from the Phase Detector, before it is applied to the VCO. This filter is found in the newer CB-only chips. The older chips (PLL02A, etc.) require external passive filters using capacitors and resistors. In many rigs you will find that these pins are connected either directly or through a resistor so that they are placed in series between the Phase Detector output pin and the VCO input.

FIL: Active Filter. This designation is used in this text only in certain very old chips when the exact spec sheets were not available but it is known from studying the chip's wiring in the rig that the pins are in fact a part of a loop filter.

T and Q: This is a wave-shaping circuit found in a few NEC chips (PD2810, PD2814, PD2816, PD2824). It adds design flexibility but is often not even connected. This circuit consists of an input amplifier and a "flip-flop", and its purpose is to change a sine-wave input (T) to a square-wave output (Q) which is more compatible with digital electronic circuits.

P1...P10: Program Select pins from Channel Selector Switch. (Sometimes called "D" for "Data" instead of "P" for "Program".) These pins control the actual channel selection. They may control selection through straight binary coding, BCD, or ROM. The sub-numbers indicate the weight or significance of each pin. For example if there were 8 programming pins, P1 to P8, P1 would be the "least significant bit" and P8 would be the 'most significant bit". The higher the sub-number, the greater the weight of the pin.

NC: No Connection. An Unused Pin. May actually be disconnected inside the chip, or simply not used for that particular rig's PLL circuit.

Vcc or Vdd: This is the +DC voltage which provides the operating power to the chip, and is generally in the range of 4 - 8 volts.

GND or Vss: This is the DC power connection for the chip. A chip may be found to have one or more of its functional pins tied to either Vcc or Vss sources. This may be done to enable a specific function by connecting that function to a "1" or "0", or to prevent an unused function pin to prevent a possible change in its logic state.

RI: Reference Oscillator input. This is where the (usually) 10.240 MHz crystal is connected. Crystal pins are sometimes called "X" by the manufacturer.

RO: Reference Oscillator output. In most chips the crystal is simply connected across RI and RO because the chip has a special built-in oscillator circuit which only required some external capacitors. However some chips, such as the PLL02A don't have the built-in oscillator; thus there is no RO pin and an active transistor oscillator is required externally which connects to RI.

R: A built-in 2 circuit which provides an output of half the 10.240 MHz Reference Oscillator frequency, or 5.12 MHz. If used, it normally connects to a tripler circuit to provide a 15.360 MHz which can be used for loop mixing with the 16 MHz VCO. This mixing provides a low-frequency signal input or downmix to the Programmable Divider.

RB: Buffered output of the 10.240 MHz Reference Oscillator. This signal if present can be used for mixing with the 10.695 MHz first IF or mixing with the 16 MHz VCO during TX mode to provide the 455 KHz second IF (RX) or the direct on-channel TX frequency.

Fin: Input to the Programmable Divider which is coming from the output of the VCO. Sometimes called "PI" (Programmable Input) or "DI" (Divider Input) by some manufacturers. This is the actual downmix signal or direct VCO signal in the faster chips which will be compared to the Reference Divider's output in the Phase Detector. It is the change in the signal's frequency which forces the Phase Detector and VCO to correct until the loop locks.

DO: Phase Detector output. Sometimes called "PO" or "PDout" (Phase Output) or "EO" (Error Output) by some manufacturers. This is the output which results from comparing RI and Fin. If the two inputs do not match exactly, this circuit sends a DC correction output to the Loop Filter/VCO until the loop corrects itself and locks.

LD: Lock Detector. Sometimes called "LM" (Lock Monitor) by some manufacturers. This is a second output of the Phase Detector which is used to kill the transmitter (and sometimes the receiver) if the loop is not locked and operating correctly. Some chips have more than one Lock Detector pin and thus you will sometimes see "LD1" and "LD2" on the specs. When two Lock Detectors are used, their normal outputs are usually opposite logic stated; i.e., one LD is normally "1" and the other is normally "0". This is a convenient design feature which allows the manufacturer some flexibility because he can have a choice of inhibiting circuits; some work with LOW outputs, some work with HIGH outputs. Some rigs use both LD pins in their circuits.

MC: Misprogram Code Detector. The same idea as the Lock Detector, this is found in the newer ROM chips. If you try to force an illegal program code on the chip, this pin is activated and will kill the transmitter, receiver, or in some cases call up channel 9 or 19 instead.


Circuit Board Abbreviations / Glossary:
AM Amplitude Modulation
FM Frequency Modulation
SSB Single Side Band
LSB Lower Side Band
USB Upper Side Band
CW Continuous Wave
AMC Automatic Modulation Control - AM
ALC Automatic Level Control - SSB
Dev Deviation (FM)
Mod Modulation, Modification
VR Variable Resistor
RV Variable Resistor
R Resistor, sometimes a Variable Resistor
L Coil, Usually a Tuning Coil
T Coil, Usually a Tuning Coil
Q Transistor
IC Integrated Circuit (A Chip...)
SQ Squelch
RX Receive
TX Transmit
BCD Binary Coded Decimal
ROM Read Only Memory
IF Intermediate Frequency
(1=Single Conversion, 2=Double Conversion, etc.)