Category: DC40

Toroid Tip #4: Counting!

As a collector of tips and tricks that I can use when building radio stuff. I’m also a writer and I love sharing knowledge. When Todd, N0IP shared a tip that I can’t believe I didn’t think of myself, I just had to write it up! For the other three tips, see the link at …

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The DC40 is complete- and dual band!

In December 2018, we published 5 articles all based on the DC40 project, starting with Part 1. We last left off with a few pieces that definitely made up a receiver. But, it was just parts on the bench and really needed a case. Then in February 2019 we picked up a Panasonic AM/FM Cassette …

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Panasonic AM/FM Clock Radio Teardown

Have you ever been at a thrift store and wondered if you should buy that super cheap bit of electronics and salvage or re-use it? In this video we discuss how to tear down such a beast, and discuss things like what makes a good find, what parts can be easily re-used, and how industrial …

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Dabbling in Circuit Art: The LM386 Spider

Last month I built the DC40 receiver (and wrote a giant series on it: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. And somewhat unofficially Here!) and at the same time, Hackaday.com posted their Circuit Sculpture contest. Would it be possible for me to combine projects, and submit the DC40 as a circuit sculpture of some …

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Building a Direct Conversion Receiver: Part 4

We last left off with having built the Diode Ring Mixer portion of the DC40 direct conversion receiver that we started on in Part 1. As was discussed, the Diode Ring Mixer accepts input from two sources: The antenna (through a Band Pass Filter) and the VFO. Now it’s time to examine these two critical …

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