Archive for the ‘Radio Frequency’ Category:

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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2019-01-27 Replacing Corroded Battery Contacts

From FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-01-27 Many of the radios I’ve acquired were so corroded that I had to replace metal parts. I used tin can lids to make replacement battery holder contacts. The steel is springy enough to hold cells in place. Scissors can cut the steel, and it can be drilled and

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2019-01-20 Lower Price Radios Competition

from FB group Vintage Transistor Radios 2019-01-21 Mike van Kleeff There was a lot of pressure on domestic radios from cheaper Japanese and other imported radios. So Zenith and others had to cut costs and sell in the low price ranges. I would say that all radios, wherever they were made, were less substantial than

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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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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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2018-12-26 UHF Oscillator

I built an oscillator using the same circuit used for the FM wireless microphone. The difference is that the capacitors and inductors are much smaller in value and the 1 transistor is a 2SC3355 which can oscillate at several gigahertz. I did this to see how high a frequency I could attain with just discrete

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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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