ZN414 Portable AM Receiver circuit and description

Posted on Feb 7, 2014

Designed around the popular ZN414 ic this receiver covers the AM band from 550 - 1600 KHz with the values shown. For Longwave the coil needs to be changed. Use one from an old MW radio to save time. The ZN414 is a tuned radio frequency designed and incorporates several RF stages and an AM detector. It is easily overloaded and the operating voltage

ZN414 Portable AM Receiver circuit and description
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is critical to achieve good results. The BC107 acts as a voltage follower, the four 1N4148 diodes providing a stable 2. 4V supply. With the 10k pot, which acts as a selectivity control, and the b-e voltage drop of the BC107, the operating voltage for the ZN414 is variable from 0 to 1. 8volts DC. If you live in an area that is permeated with strong radio signals, then the voltage will need to be decreased. I found optimum performance with a supply of around 1. 2 volts. The audio amplifier is built around an inverting 741 op-amp. Extra current boost is provided using the BC109 / BC179 complementary transistor pair. The voltage gain of the complete audio amplifier is around 15. The audio output of the complete receiver is really quite good and free from distortion. I may provide some sound samples later.

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