Archive for the ‘Antennas’ Category:

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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2019-03-31

from FB group Vintage transistor Radios April 3 Are all ‘polyvaricon’ tuning capacitors the same? They’re all about the same size. Charles Vesser Japan Industry Standard… The few that I have examined were 140 pF antenna and about 70 pF oscillator. In parallel give 210 pF. They’re probably made to match up with the loopstick

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2019-03-22 Tuned Circuit For 702 kHz

from FB group Building Transistor Radios Stoffel van Aswegen I used the free Android app ElectroDroid to do these calculations. For 702 kHz, a 220 pF fixed capacitor (NP0 or C0G) and a 230 microhenrys coil are needed. The standard ferrite loopstick is 230 uH, but you can wind your own on a coil form

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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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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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2018-11-15 ESD and Weather

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-11-19 Bob Johansen I worked at a company that had ESD mats on the workbenches, about 1980. We had wrist straps with a 1 Meg resistor in series with the cord to prevent shock hazard. I found that the leads of the resistors were broken but the heat shrink

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