I am a new HAM trying to design a small, cheap 2m receiver. I've been looking up different circuits and homebrew tutorials, but the closest I seem to find to what I'm looking for seems to always use a MK484 chip. That chip covers 150 kHz to 3 MHz. I'm only licensed as a Technician at the moment and can't use any bands within that range.
Is there a chip out there that fits into a simple, one chip circuit, but reaches 144 MHz? If not, is there a homebrew design out there you could recommend? If not, where do I start? I'm looking for something simple to get me started.