AM Transmitter circuit

Simple AM Transmitter

Description

Here is the circuit diagram of a simple AM transmitter circuit that can transmit your audios to your backyard.This circuit is designed with limited  power output to match the FCC regulations and still produces enough amplitude modulation of voice in the medium wave band to satisfy your personal needs.You will love this!.
The circuit has two parts , an audio amplifier and a radio frequency oscillator. The oscillator is built around Q1 (BC109) and related components. The tank circuit with inductance L1 and capacitance VC1 is tunable in the range of 500kHz to 1600KHz. These components can be easily obtained from your old medium wave radio. Q1 is provided with regenerative feedback by connecting the base and collector of Q1 to opposite ends of the tank circuit. C2 ,the 1nF capacitance , couples signals from the base to the top of L1, and C4 the 100pF capacitance ensures that the oscillation is transfered from collector, to the emitter, and through the internal base emitter resistance of the transistor Q2 (BC 109) , back to the base again. The resistor R7 has a vital part in this circuit. It ensures that the oscillation will not be shunted to ground trough the very low value internal emitter resistance, re of Q1(BC 109), and also increases the input impedance such that the modulation signal will not be shunted to ground. Q2 is wired as a common emitter RF amplifier, C5 decouples the emitter resistance and unleashes full gain of this stage. The microphone can be electret condenser microphone and the amount of AM modulation can be adjusted by the 4.7 K variable resistanceR5.

Am Transmitter Circuit Diagram with Parts List.

Am Transmitter Circuit

Am Transmitter Circuit Diagram

 

Notes .

  • The transmission frequency can be adjusted using the variable capacitance C3.
  • Use a 200uH inductor for the L1 in the tank circuit.
  • Power the circuit using a 9V battery for noise free operation.
  • Use a 30 cm long insulated Copper wire as the antenna.

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78 Responses to “AM Transmitter circuit”

  • Rex says:

    Please i need the Receiver circuit for this transmitter

  • ajay says:

    sir what is cond mic in the circuit

  • Philippe says:

    My simulation of this circuit don’t work… Did someone succeed in doing it ?

  • manasa k says:

    sir,could u plz tell me what is the necessity of c1…how is it related withot c1 wat will happen

    • A.D. says:

      C1 is decoupling capacitor. Before feeding any signal to transistor base, the signal is decoupled so as to remove any noise present in it, if any. The circuit may not function effectively without C1, if noise dominates the signal. In that case, it will be a directly coupled circuit. Though, capacitor coupled circuit is always preferred.

  • That is one slick item.

  • sharvari says:

    this circuit works real nicely.however its range is very small.sir could you explain how the dsb-fc generation actually happens in this circuit??

  • hi,,,i have implemented its circuit but there is something i dont understand about ,,how i will check my output ,,??? what actually the output should be ,,,i m using L1 =220uH can it affects my circuit ???
    if u have the calculations plz share it with me ,,??
    what should be the value of Beta for both of the transistors ..plz answer my questions because i am doing it as my semester project …

  • seetharaman says:

    Hi Shavari you are correct. the corrections should be “The oscillator is built around Q2″; “Q2 is provided with the regenerative feedback”; ” base and collector of Q2 to opposite ends”; “re of Q2(BC 109)”,

  • sharvari says:

    sir please explain the working of the circuit.is there a mix up int the explanation?it is written that Q1 is the oscillator and Q2 as the amplifier??

  • Sid says:

    This ckt is nt working i hav used 220 microhenry insted of 200microhenry. . .is this right?
    Plz help m

  • eldoz says:

    which type antenna that i want to use in this circuit…

  • Navratna says:

    This circuit is not working, i hav used 470 pf instead of 500pf plz help.

  • duedeath says:

    heY! can i have an AM transmitter design? i’m badly neede it.. thanks :)

  • jose says:

    how do we make a 200microhenry??how many tuns?? and what core??
    is it ok to change the 500pF to 40pF???

  • komal says:

    Is this the perfect,simple & suitable circuits for am transmitter?

  • dan12 says:

    Plz, tell me how the amplified signal from Q1 and carrier signal from tank circuit could be modulated by Q2. I can’t understand the physical principle.

  • EL says:

    I just simulated this circuit using PSPICE

    then I couldn’t find clean amplitude modulated signal.

    I used Vsin (Offset = 0, amplitude = 1mV, Frequency = 1kHz) rather than cond mic

    and I set the 4.7k potentiometer parameter (set = 0.5).

    I didn’t connect the anntena and just connect voltage marker to that node. other setting is identical to the diagram.

    The simulation result was distorted sine signal (I couldn’t find out any carrier frequency)

    Is there any problem I did?

  • amanuel says:

    Thank you sir,But How the potentiometer works with the AM transmitter!!!

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Azim if the supply voltage is 12volts DC ensure all capacitors are rated for 16 volts or more on the safe side. This is the simple thumb rule.

  • Azim says:

    Thank you Sir, But I Tell How I Understand The capacitors Voltage to The Circuit Diagram Where Not given The Voltage(Ex:C1: 2.2uF).Please Tell Me Any Website or PDF File Which is Help Me.

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Azim all capacitors are to be rated for 12 volts or higher. Capacitor voltage will be written on the capacitor itself. if not with colour code or any alphabet refer to manufacturers catalog.

  • Azim says:

    Sir,I am a first year new Electrical & Electronic Engineering student. Please tell me what the volt of C1,C,C3,C4,C5,C6. And you tell me how I understand the capacitors Voltage….Please please…

  • MRelectro says:

    Hi
    I just simulated this circuit using PSPICE

    then I couldn’t find clean amplitude modulated signal.

    I used Vsin (Offset = 0, amplitude = 1mV, Frequency = 1kHz) rather than cond mic

    and I set the 4.7k potentiometer parameter (set = 0.5).

    I didn’t connect the anntena and just connect voltage marker to that node. other setting is identical to the diagram.

    The simulation result was distorted sine signal (I couldn’t find out any carrier frequency)

    Is there any problem I did?

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Dadirac7 cooling clip is clip on heat-sink used for T05 T018 packages.First shift positive of the battery to C2 R6 side of R8. This itself will increase the power. for further increase replace Q2 with 2N2218 or 2219, raise the battery voltage to 12 volt.

  • Dadirac7 says:

    Hi Seetharaman:
    Thanks to you I’m in tune. My question now is, whats a cooling clip? Like a heat sink atached to the transistor? I want to increase my transmiting range, can we do anything to the antenna?

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Dadirac7 use a 15mm plastic former (PVC Tube)and close wind 100 turns of 32SWG wire (do not over lap, wind side by side without any gap) use 10 to 50PF variable trimmer to tune to high end of MW band. To tune to lower end of MW you require 500PF.

  • Dadirac7 says:

    Hi: I’m building the AM transmitter and I want to use it in 1460khz. Can I use a variable capacitor 10-50 uF, for C3? Is it posible really to use two 100uH RF Chokes in series to get 200uH for L1? Is there a diferent name for variable capacitor? I can’t comunicate with the people at Radio Shack or do I have to get it (variable capacitor) by mail?

  • chavan priyanka pratap says:

    Good day!

    Can you please give me instructions on how to make the L1 inductor with the value 200uH?

    This would be a very big help…

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Bale C2 & C4 are ceramic disc capacitors. C3 is a variable capacitor. C1 is electrolytic, positive terminal is to be connected to potentiometer R5.
    Hi Michael you may have to increase C4 by trial and error to get the circuit into oscillation. no other change is required.

  • Bale says:

    Hi
    I was wandering if C2,C4,C1 are ceramic caps or electrolytic because they do not hve the + sign on the clr.

    thanks

  • Michael Bitter says:

    If I wanted to transmit a signal to 58KHZ and using the formula of Fr= (1/2pi*sqr(lc)) which would give me a C3 of 500PF and a L1 of 15mH. Is there anything else that I would need to do to the circuit to work at this frequency? Thank you.

  • Seetharaman says:

    HI BARI you can use vero board. my proto was only on a veroboard. now dotted boards are available you have to link them with copper wire. that is good for even HF application.

  • BARI says:

    Thanks Seetharaman!! Its working! now i am going to sold it on vero board! Any suggestion?

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Bari Being a MW frequency circuit the stray capacitance should not matter anything.

  • bari says:

    Please tell me if this circuit is designed on bread board, how much its stay capacitance matters? Is it can change the frequency and through the transmission out from the band?
    Reply..
    Waiting……

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi M-E no change is required except the one suggested on 9th october.

  • M.-E. says:

    Hi!
    If i wanna make this one for 12 volts -wich resistors, etc. shuold i use?
    Thanks!
    /M-E

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Linta the range may be between 100 to 200 ft. You can use a roof top diagonal antenna of 100ft in length with (seven strands wire)the transmitter.
    as such you can improve the power by shifting the battery from R8 Mic end to R8 RF transistor end.

  • linta says:

    sir plz tell me the range for the circuit?plz
    can it be increase by using larger wire?
    plzzzzzzzz
    i am waiting?

  • hassan says:

    readers are leaders

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Mulla kindly refer to ADMIN reply on dec 17th

  • mulla says:

    your formula does not have n number of turns of coil.
    can you explain?

  • Fisch'e says:

    just got the circuit i hunted almost year round and thank u so much. So my problem is how would i interface with PIC to send morse code using AM band.
    you can just inbox me…matt.fisch@yahoo.com

  • seetharaman says:

    Hi Snehal with 500PF you will tune to 500KHz with 10 to 50 PF you will tune to 1500KHz. Higher the capacitor lower the frequency lower the capacitor higher the frequency.

  • snehal says:

    what value of variable capacitor c3 should i use to obtain transmitting frequency of 500khz?

  • seetharaman says:

    Hi the power can be increased by adding further RF power amplifier(complicated). a little increase can be done by raising power supply to 12volt and changing Q2 to 2N2219 with cooling clip and reducing emitter resistance to 470 ohms . By increasing C2 to 10n, you are likely to loose little HF response in the modulated Audio. By Disconnecting C1, only the carrier will be produced (blank carrier without information) sufficient to interfere with the nearby receiver not allowing it to receive the required signal (by jamming it & brick wall is not a problem for HF).

  • Alvaro says:

    Also, how can I adjust the circuit to transmit an empty signal. In other words, how can I adjust it to transmit a signal with no modulation and constant amplitude, so that any radio would just play an empty constant sound. Is it enough to just remove the condenser mic from the circuit, or are other modifications necessary. One more thing, I could only get 10 nF capacitor for C2, will the circuit still work? If not, is there any way to compensate for it?

    Thanks for the help,
    Alvaro

  • Alvaro says:

    Hello, this circuit is just perfect for a project I’m working on, but how can I increase the power output so that the signal will be able to penetrate a thick brick wall? Don’t worry about any legal issues,as my country allows the use of equipment like this for purely academic purposes.

    Cheers,
    Alvaro

  • Seetharaman says:

    Hi Niki could not make out head or tail. pl give the details of the circuit on which you have commented

  • nikiforos d. says:

    Circuit Description :
    ———————
    *From THE NEGATIVE POLE connect via a 10 k /1/2 watts RESISTOR TO THE “C” of the transisor
    * a 2 N 2222 SILICON n-p-n transistor.

    Initially the ” b ” OF THE transistor to be left open .

    THE ” E ” OF THE TRANSISTOR CONNECTED TO THE ( + )OF

    THE BATTERY .

    a stronf a.f. oscillation occurs, traceable throuch 2* 32 ohm via a 0.1mf fix capacitor.

    we may use crystal earphone but output very stong ,*danger for ears *, feels a series volume control with one the earphone leds absolutely nessecary e.g 50-100k.

    YES THE POLARITY IS REVERSED ,THE TRANSISTOR WORKS IN UNUSUALL mode /WORKS AS A spasistor IN A RELAXATION BEAK-DOWN MODE LIKE A U.J.T.

    I DIDNT HAVE ACCESS WITH OTHER TRANSISTOR TYPES

    LIKE E.G. BC 109 ETC….///

    HAPPY EXPERIMENTATION —NIKIFOROS D. /GRECE./ATHENS.///
    *we may experiment with E CONNECTING IT TO C OR E ALWAYS THROUGH PROTECTING CAPACITOR AND /OR RESISTANCE.

  • rahul says:

    hiiiii a really good circuit diagram for a am transmiter…. but i have a big problem that how to make a 200uh inductor can u help me on this .
    give me the procedure for it . plz
    just send it on my id
    rahul.bhandari71@gmail.com

    its really urgent for me
    i hope u will help me…….

    rahul

  • Ehab says:

    I thank you about your circuits

  • nav says:

    in d formula
    L = (d²l²)/(18d+40l)

    where is the n used????/

  • Walid says:

    How does the AM modulation occur in this circuit ?

  • suresh says:

    we have a problem on making l1 inductor.can u help?

  • suresh says:

    Does this ckt diagram works?

  • MSHELIA says:

    HI, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE CIRCUIT DIAGRAM OF AM TRANSMITTER I GOT FROM YOUR SITE BUT COULD YOU FURTHER HELP ME WITH THEIR ANALYSIS AS WELL? I WILL BE GLAD IF YOU DO. THANKS

  • Seetharaman says:

    For L1 I have used 77turns of 28SWG enameled wire wound side by side on a 5/8″ dia 8″ ferrite rod. The audio quality is good. C6 I have increased to 220 mfd which improved the audio quality. Also I used 10uF for C5.

  • kurimaw100 says:

    hello.. I cant find a bc109c transistor do you know any alternative transistors? Tnx

  • kurimaw100 says:

    hello.. I cant find a bc109c transistor do of any alternative transistors? Tnx

  • ED says:

    hi men , thaks for the diagram , you saved my ass XD i want to ask ou something , how could i build that inductor ? do you have some manual , i have the problem that here in my city electronic stores are very bad so they dont have any inductor XD

    Saludos desde México , oaxaca jejeje

    sorry for the grammar mistakes lol

    ED…

    • admin says:

      The approximate inductance of a single-layer air-core coil may be calculated from the simplified formula:
      L = (d²n²)/(18d+40l)
      where:
      L = inductance in uH,
      d = coil diameter in inches,
      l = coil length in inches, and
      n = number of turns.
      This formula is a close approximation for coils having a length equal to or greater than 0.4 d.

  • M.-E. says:

    Forgot:
    5. how do i do to connect some sound-sorce like a cd-player or my computer to the transmitter?

    • admin says:

      You must remove R9 and condenser mic. The sound source can be connected across to the base of Q1 and ground. A coupling capacitor of 10uF must be also added to the base of Q1.

  • M.-E. says:

    Hi!
    Some Qs:
    1. i don’t have a cond.-mic. -how do i do to use an mic. wich is build with a magnet and a coil? (i don’t remember it’s name right now)
    2.how strong is this transmitter?
    (in watts)
    3.if i don’t have the transistors bc109 -witch other can i use?
    4.how do i do to make this transmitter stronger?
    -Thank you!

  • thaer says:

    thank u

  • rhea coros says:

    hello…

    is it ok to use a phone plug instead of a microphine…

    thanks…

  • rhea coros says:

    hello…
    is it ok to use a 5K variable resistor instead of a 4.5K?

    thanks…

  • Wolf -LM says:

    if u have 2 100Uh you could add them in parrallel

  • samuel says:

    Good day!

    Can you please give me instructions on how to make the L1 inductor with the value 200uH?

    This would be a very big help…Thanks

    sam