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2019-05-25 Books Insult Your Intelligence

from FB group Building Transistor Radios May 25 Loren Moline I don’t think the book insults your intelligence. The book itself is often written with subset of readers in mind such as beginner, professional, mathematics challenged, etc. It’s the failure of the book advertising to make that clear. I believe the book advertising hypes every

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2019-04-09 Event Horizon Telescope Hoopla Tomorrow

There has been a big media buildup to the scheduled release of the “picture” of a black hole. This was synthesized from data taken by multiple radiotelescopes around the world, and processed by supercomputers. More information. Update Apr 10 evening – As I had expected, the media made quite a big issue out of a

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2019-03-26 Fukushima Daiichi NPP Article

From “You traveled to Fukushima to film. What was your big takeaway from there?” “I found it incredibly chilling to be there. The plant itself is very strange. You don’t smell or see or touch radiation, so you don’t know. But [there’s] this whole process of getting completely suited up, and there are literally

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2019-03-19 Radio Alignment Questions

From FB group Building Transistor Radios Mar 20 Bob Kirsch Any recommendation for doing a complete alignment? Documents? I used a HP sweep gen decades ago but I don’t have one now, just an old signal gen. I thought about building a sweep gen but I need to get a few parts. I have bought

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From FB group Building Transistor Radios 2019-03-19 John Ferguson Yeah, I used to use the Sylvania ECG and the NTE catalogs to cross-reference transistors. But then I got some better product manuals from the makers, especially Motorola and National Semi. And I got hold of the professional industry documents. ECG and NTE give a ‘one

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2019-02-10 Parallel Resistors Made Easy

Something that should be memorized by every technician. This also applies to capacitors in series.

2018-12-14 Voice Filter For Telecom And Radio Comm

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-14 A voice band filter for telecomm or radio comm. The .068 or .0068 uF caps can be made by putting a 0.1 and 0.22 or .01 and .022 uF capacitors in series. The opamp can be a 1458 ‘dual 741’ opamp.

2018 Dec 8 Sinclair Book 22 Tested Circuits Using Micro Alloy Transistors

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018 Dec 8 Nick Bastian posted the schematic of a Sinclair Micromatic radio. I found the book by Clive Sinclair about the circuits using micro alloy transistors. Germanium transistors and especially micro alloy transistors are no longer made so it’s better to use silicon BJTs instead. Here is the

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2018-09-02 Mims Mistakes In Audio Amplifier

From FB group Building Transistor Radios, 2018-09-02 I already see one mistake. On p.27, Audio Mixer. The R6 is only 1k. The voltage divider R5 and R6 will give a voltage less than 0.6 at Q1’s base, which means Q1 will not be forward biased enough and the circuit won’t work or else sound distorted.

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2017-06-08 AD Has ADP5090

Ever since I’ve been experimenting with Joule Thiefs I’ve done so with the intention of using the circuit for boosting a low voltage source to power a higher voltage circuit.  So I think this Analog Devices ADP5090 is very useful for doing just that: powering circuits up to 200 mW from very low voltage power

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