FM Converters

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

The FM broadcast band was moved immediately after World War II from its original spot just below 50 Mc to the present 88-108 Mc band. Hallicrafters was one company to offer receiving converters for those who had the old FM radio sets. The offerings included a one-tube converter that fits inside a console and draws power from the audio output tube

FM Converters
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socket (using an adapter). This small converter is discussed in the June 1945 issue of Radio News. The article includes a schematic of the converter. However, at least one author suggests that this radio was never manufactured (Radio Age - January 2004). This is the simplest possible design. The local oscillator of the receiver is adjusted slightly so that its second harmonic can be used for mixing. RF leakage from the local oscillator is sufficient to drive this crystal diode mixer, which has an output at the 4. 3 Mc IF frequency of the receiver. It is remarkably simple and apparently worked well for strong stations. See the review article: "Simple FM Converter Will Make You Money" Radio Maintenance, January, 1948. [View this one-page article (592Kb)] I have additional typewritten notes from WMOT in Pittsbourgh, PA on building and installing this type of converter. (Thanks goes to Charles Harper for the written information and Darryl Hock for the photographs). This is a one tube (6J5) plus diode (1N34) circuit that converts any 8 Mc of the new FM band to the old FM band. It is assembled on a U-shaped piece of aluminum and mounted inside the radio set. I built one using old parts and carefully followed the article. It works!

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