Archive for the ‘Transmitter’ Category:

2019-10-12 RF Oscillator Won’t Make A Sine Wave, Only Sawtooth

I wanted to make an RF Oscillator that puts out a sinewave at about 734 kHz, which uses two convenient values, 100 uH coil and 470 pF capacitor. I used the toroid core with 16 turns of 30 AWG wire, with a tap at 4 turns then later 8 turns. I built the circuit in

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2019-09-30 RF Modulator

For the oscillator I used the Hartley oscillator circuit that is used in the Eico 330 signal generator. I didn’t need any of the range switches – I left that out. It used MPS6513 transistors which are cheap but very uncommon – I can’t remember ever seeing them in any schematics or in PC boards.

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2019-09-03 ‘The Cosmic Inventor’ Fessenden Book

I got the book on Reginald Fessenden and I’ve been reading it the last few days. It’s a thin book, the story was first published in a journal. Fessenden was an early pioneer of wireless AKA radio. He deserved more credit than he received, he was before Marconi but Marconi got most of the publicity.

2019-05-29 Another Oscillator For AM Band

Also posted part to FB group Building Transistor Radios May 30 I built this coil by winding 20 turns 28 AWG enamel coated wire on a soda bottle cap. It has an inductance of about 17 microhenrys. I wound a tap for the antenna, but it would be more stable if a separate coil with

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2019-05-26 Low Power AM Transmitter

I Can’t Find One I’ve seen several AM broadcast band transmitters on websites and on YouTube, but all of them require a 1 MHz oscillator module, which is difficult to obtain. I see modules for every other frequency not in the 550 to 1600 kHz AM band, but it seems all of the ones (and

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2019-04-01 Microwave Versus Radar Power

from FB group Bell Telephone of … Apr 2 Sam Corcione The Radars I worked on in the army were putting out peak power at 5 megawatts, but because it was listening most of the time, the average power was “only” 5 kilowatts, still equal to several microwave ovens. But it had to illuminate a

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2019-01-15 2nd FM Microphone Kit Assembled

I ordered some other FM Microphone kits, and assembled one last week. This is a better one, labeled EEQKIT RF-02FM VER170525. It has three transistors, one of which is a microphone preamp and it should perform much better. The kit also has a jack that will allow you to plug in a stereo signal from

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2019-01-08 99 Cent Wireless Microphone Kit Assembly

2018-01-08 also FB group Building Transistor Radios Before the Xmas holidays I ordered a few of these at 99 cents apiece, and they gave a delivery date of late Jan to early Feb, so I was pleasantly surprised to get them early. There are many of these single transistor microphones around, either as schematics or

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2018-11-17 Cause Of Bleedover From Radio Stations

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-11-19 IMPORTANT I used to work for a guy who did radio engineering and would troubleshoot problems such as this ‘bleedover’. For convenience some radio stations colocate their transmitters near or at the same site. Because the signal strengths are very high, the two stations can cross modulate their

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2018-09-28 LM386 Used As Modulator of Final RF Output

From FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-09-28 I see nothing wrong with using the ‘386 to directly drive the power output stage. It’s cheaper than a transformer. But I was thinking about how the current was flowing in the ‘386’s output transistors. Normally an electrolytic capacitor blocks any DC from flowing out of pin 5.

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