long-line effect

long-line effect

[′lȯŋ ‚līn i‚fekt]
(electronics)
An effect occurring when an oscillator is coupled to a transmission line with a bad mismatch; two or more frequencies may then be equally suitable for oscillation, and the oscillator jumps from one of these frequencies to another as its load changes.
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