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2020-03-29 AM Osc + Modulation + Buffer

This is from Electronics Illustrated Projects 1968. It shows crystal sockets, but instead a RF coil may be used and its value will be about 220 microhenrys. And C1 and C2 will have to be changed to bring the frequency down to the AM band. The germanium transistors are no longer available so silicon transistors

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2020-01-30 Royal 200 Silicon Conversion, Part 3

Also to FB group Vintage Transistor Radios I finally drew the line and said I’m finished fiddling with this Zenith Royal 200 and put it back together. I got it without knobs or handle, and with all the transistors missing. It’s not pretty, and the speaker cone is warped and sounds bad. This is the

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2018-09-11 Vectronics Aircraft Radio Kit

I got the Vectronics VEC-131K aircraft band radio kit in the mail yesterday and warmed up the soldering iron to assemble it. It came at a decent price, so some of my complaints seem to be cost cutting measures. It comes with a decent assembly instruction manual, but some of the pages including the schematic

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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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2018-08-29 High Temperature And Nylon Screws

From FB group Hobby Electronics, 2018-09-01 I faced this dilemma before. I’ve repaired power supplies where the transistor failed because it was not held tightly to the heat sink because of a nylon screw that got hot. I used a steel screw and a fiber washer, and heat shrink tubing over the threads to insulate.

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2018-03-02 One Transistor AM Radio

FB group Building Transistor Radios In JF1OZL’s voluminous archive I found his version of a MW receiver.  It is labeled [2] …. MW-RADIO (see link).  He used a long wire antenna, and an IF transformer with the ceramic capacitor removed for the tuning coil.  He also said to use a ferrite loopstick, which is what

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2018-01-09 Regenerative Radios Are Too Difficult

For FB group Building Transistor Radios Bob Johansen After building several of the regenerative receivers, I think I figured out the reason why regens are so difficult.  The circuit has to do so much with very few parts.  If one part value is changed to improve one thing, it adversely affects something else.  The tickler

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2018-01-08 RF Oscillator For AM Band

For FB group Building Transistor Radios When I started building regen receivers, the first thing I found I needed was a simple  signal generator.  I have a function generator, but every time I want a different frequency, I had to readjust the controls.  So I built a few RF oscillators to put close to the

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