Small Radio Transmitter
This file contains
information about building a small radio transmitter, which has a PCB
1.75' x 2.5' (45mm x
The circuit is (of course) only mono, and accepts an audio input from either a microphone or other source. The input impedance is 1Mohm. The input sensitivity is 5mV and the max input signal is 10mV. The transmitted signal can be picked up on a FM radio. The circuit can be used for short-range transmission, eg. for wireless microphones.
The actual circuit
comes from a 'Kit', available from Veleman electronics (
I bought the kit, and made the circuit, which worked very well. I wanted two transmitters, so I made my own 'copy' PCB and built the circuit, and in fact my home-made version seems to work better than the original!! So there is no need to buy the kit really, as it is quite a simple circuit, and is the best 'home-made' transmitter I have seen.
This ZIP file contains the following: [ALL PICTURES ATTACHED BELOW!]
- CIRCUIT.GIF is the circuit diagram.
- PCBPLAN.GIF shows the PCB layout from above (components shown). PCBPLAN.GIF is an accurate layout, scanned from the instruction sheet. I have used * to mark one corner for reference.
- TRACKS.GIF shows the track layout on the soldering side of the board. This is NOT a very accurate layout. This is because I didn't actually have a plan of the track layout. To get TRACKS.GIF, I put a bit of OHP film onto the bottom of the PCB, and traced the tracks with an OHP pen. I then scanned this in. I have marked the component leg holes (approximately) with white blobs.
Start off by scaling PCBPLAN.GIF and TRACKS.GIF by the same amount so that they measure approximately the correct size (1.75' x 2.5') when printed out.
Then make your PCB. As mentioned earlier, PCBPLAN.GIF gives the accurate positioning of the holes, whereas TRACKS.GIF gives the positions only approximately. So use PCBPLAN when drilling the holes in your PCB board. Then draw on the tracks, using TRACKS.GIF as a guide. The important thing is to make sure you draw the 'printed coil' correctly on the PCB - those lines are there for a reason!
Then solder in all the parts. Here is the parts list:D1 Varicap diode (eg. BB119)
Bear in mind that in addition to the components, there is a jumper wire which needs to be fitted (marked with a dashed line in PCBPLAN.GIF).
The power supply to use is 9-14 V DC, one of the little rectangular 9V batteries is fine. Connect this to the + and - points on the PCB. The sound input goes to the points marked 'MIKE'. The antenna should be connected to the point marked 'ANT'. The emitter's output impedance is 50 ohms. You can make your own fancy antenna if you like, but I have found that a foot or so of wire is fine.
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