This transmitter consists of a keyed crystal oscillatoridriver and a high efficiency final, each with a TMOS Power FET as the active element. The total parts cost less than $20, and no special construction skills or circuit boards are required.
The Pierce oscillator is unique because the high CRSS of the final amplifier power FET, 700 - 1200 pF, is used as part of the capacitive feedback network. In fact, the oscillator will not work without Q2 installed. The MPF910 is a good choice for this circuit because the transistor is capable of driving the final amplifier in a switching mode, while still retaining enough gain for oscillation.
To minimize cost, a readily-available color burst TV crystal is used as the frequency-determining element for Q1.An unusual 84% output efficiency is possible with this transmitter. Such high efficiency is achieved because of the TMOS power FET's characteristics, along with modification of the usual algorithm for determining output matching.