Archive for the ‘AM Band’ Category:

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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2019-03-11 Dipper, Wavemeter PT. 1

from FB group Building Transistor Radios Mar 11 I watched a YouTube video from Alan Yates VK2ZAY, he built a combination Dipper, wavemeter, receiver and RF generator. I built his schematic ‘right side up,’ he admitted he built it upside down with positive ground and drew the schematic, see: https://youtu.be/0pJw0m2Lz6o I didn’t attempt to build

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2019-02-05 Floating Detector Diodes Are Not A Good Design.

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2019-02-05 Graeme Heal Aaron Cake has a lot of good circuits and projects. But this one uses the ‘floating detector diode’ with no DC return path, so the circuit will only work if the diode’s leakage current provides the discharge. That means the diode must be germanium, not silicon,

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2019-01-07 TRF Receiver Experiment

2018-01-04 also FB group Building Transistor Radios I thought that the ‘tinkerers’ who were tinkering with the loop antennas may have been getting a stronger signal because the loop antennas have a large area to capture the RF signals, so I decided to make a single channel AM Band receiver, and I chose KNX 1070

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2019-01-05 Substituting Chokes For A Coil In A Reflex Circuit

From FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-01-15 Nick wants to use two 10 mH chokes close to each other in place of a coil that’s used in the typical reflex circuit. I’ll include a schematic of the circuit (from somewhere on the net). This is labeled L2. (begin my comment) Nick Bastian The coupling is

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2018-12-31 Zenith Royal 500 Unique Issue

Also to FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-12-31 I have several Zenith Royal 500 radios with the ‘long range’ eighth transistor added as a RF preamplifier (chassis number begins with 8). See the attached photo. This does not require a third section on the tuning capacitor, as some ‘TRF’ radios have. Zenith added a tuned

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2018-12-09 Selectivity V. Sensitivity

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2016 Dec 9 Jim Glover An ideal receiver would have a bandpass shaped like a square wave where the bandpass is flat with no attenuation and the attenuation is infinite outside of the passband. In the real world this isn’t possible but any receiver buyer with the money would

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2018-11-19 Depth of Loop Antenna

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-11-19 I shared my loop antenna – see photo, and it is somewhat 2 dimensional. The arms are 762mm across but the depth of the windings is only about 35 mm. Compare that to the ferrite loopstick at the other extreme, it’s 10 mm diameter but 100 mm long.

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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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2018-11-07 The 2 Transistor Boy’s Radios

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018 Nov 7 I bought some 10 uF, 10 volt MLCC (multilayer ceramic capacitor) capacitors, which do not have the electrolyte so they can’t dry out. They are smaller, too. If they are used for replacements, then radios might last much longer. About the only thing left to go

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