Miniature FM transmitter

john September 21, 2009 59 Comments
Description. This could be the simplest FM transmitter circuit you can find on the internet. Only using a single transistor and few passive components, this transmitter can deliver signals up to 50 meters. The transistor Q1 serves as the modulator as well as oscillator. Capacitor C2 and inductor L1 forms the necessary tank circuit for making oscillation. The voice to be transmitted is coupled to the base of Q1 using an electret microphone. The FM signal available at the...
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Low cost AM radio

john September 17, 2009 24 Comments
Description. Here is the circuit diagram of a simple and low cost AM radio. The working of this radio circuit is straight forward. Inductor L1 and capacitor C1 forms the necessary tank circuit. Diode D1 performs the job of de-modulation. Transistor T1 is wired as a preamplifier whose output is further amplified by the IC LM386 to drive the head phone Z1. The 10K POT R3 can be used as a volume controller. Circuit diagram. Notes. The circuit can...
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FM transmitter using UPC1651

john August 14, 2009 26 Comments
Description. Here is the circuit diagram of an FM transmitter using the IC UPC1651. UPC1651 is a wide band UHF Silicon MMIC amplifier. The IC has a broad frequency response to 1200MHz and power gain up to 19dB.The IC can be operated from 5V DC. The audio signals picked by the microphone are fed to the input pin (pin2) of the IC via capacitor C1. C1 acts as a noise filter. The modulated FM signal will be available at...
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Simple AM radio.

john August 13, 2009 7 Comments
Description. This is a very simple AM radio circuit using only two transistors. The coil L1 and variable capacitor C1 forms the tank circuit. Transistor Q1 does the job of demodulation. The demodulated signal will be available at the base of Q1.This audio signal is coupled to the base of Q2 for further amplification. The amplified audio signal will be available at the collector of Q2. Please note that, this circuit will work properly only in places with good...
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Single transistor radio

john August 17, 2009 27 Comments
Description. Here is the circuit diagram of a simple radio that uses one transistor and few other passive components.The C6 and L1 forms a tank circuit which picks up the signal from your desired radio station.Diode D1, capacitor C2 and resistor R1 does the detection of the picked signal.The detected signal is coupled to the base of Q1 through capacitor C3.The Q1 gives required amplification to the signal.The resistor R2 is used to bias Q1.R3 limits the collector current...
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VHF field strength meter

john April 15, 2009 9 Comments
Description. This is a simple and low cost wide band VHF field strength meter. The field strength is measured by converting the radio signal to DC and measuring it. The RF signal will be picked up by the coil and rectified by the diode D1.Even a very small DC voltage is sufficient to alter the biasing of FET and it will be reflected in the meter as an indication of the presence of a radio signal. The meter can...
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AM receiver circuit

john April 8, 2009 40 Comments
Description. Here is a low cost AM receiver circuit that can be tuned from around 550 to 1100 KHz. Three transistors are used in this project. The transistors Q1 and Q2 are wired as a compound transistor pair in which Q1 is an emitter follower and Q2 is a common emitter amplifier. The emitter follower prevents the loading of tank circuit, while the common emitter amplifier necessary voltage gain. The L1 and C2 forms the tank circuit.The L1 also...
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QRP antenna tuner circuit

admin June 6, 2008 5 Comments
 Description. Low power ( 3 to 30 MHz)  transmitters constructed by hams are generally called QRP’s. For such transmitters a well tuned antenna is a must.If the impedance is not properly matched there will be a little or no output.But if properly matched there will be great results.A circuit for matching the antenna properly with the transmitter id given below. The output of the transmitter is given to the input of the tuner( connector BNC1). The output of the...
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Field strength meter

admin May 8, 2008 5 Comments
Description. Here is a handy field strength meter that can be used to check the strength of AM radio signals.The circuit is a very useful for those who assemble radio transmitters(especially in the tuning of the final stage for maximum range). The circuit is essentially some sort of a AM receiver it self. The capacitor C3 and inductor L1 forms a tuned circuit to receive a particular frequency(the frequency of your transmitter).The diode D1 detects the signal and applies...
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Versatile FM Transmitter

admin May 7, 2008 19 Comments
Description. Here is the circuit diagram of a versatile FM transmitter that doesn’t have a coil. The circuit is simple and easy to assemble. The gate N1 acts as a buffer for strengthening the signals from the condenser microphone. The inverter N2 with its  associated components forms a radio frequency oscillator in the FM region.The varicap diode  BB109 is used for frequency modulating the audio signal to the carrier wave generated by the oscillator.Inverters N4 t0 N6 are used...
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