Regenerative AM Receivers

  
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The regen is basically an oscillator circuit with a gain control that allows the user to adjust the feedback to a point just below oscillation or, quite often, just above the critical level such that a small oscillation is present. The typical regen uses a tapped coil or additional windings to connect into the tuning tank and the tuning capacitor
Regenerative AM Receivers - schematic

provides the total tank capacitance. The components are not critical and the values were pretty much the first ones found on the bench that were near the `right` value so don`t hesitate to experiment. The transistor could be just about any small-signal NPN including the 2N4401, 2N3904, 2N2222, or others. The audio output is fairly weak and will need an amplifier to drive headphones or a speaker. See the audio amplifier page for suitable amps.



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