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Finding an Intuitive Explanation of Mixer Theory

I don't know about you guys, but I've always been somewhat confused by fundamental mixer action. I've always been left unsatisfied by the standard trig identity explanation as one that's a tad too ...
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What exactly is a “balanced modulator”?

While studying for his U.S. General class license, my son wondered about the "balanced modulator" referred to by a few questions in the FCC pool. Quoting KB6NU's General Class study guide to give a ...
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BFO locked synchronous AM detection

I am fixing up an old classic Yaesu FRG7 general coverage AM/SSB/CW HF receiver. The BFO section is a rudimentry 455 kHz IFT configured as a carrier reinsertion oscillator that that is made to run USB ...
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How Could Superheterodyne Receiver Ever Work?

I am surprised how the Superheterodyne Receiver still works and is still in use after coming to realise the impact of Image Frequencies on its performance. Basically, I'm curious how engineers make ...
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What function do high-pass filters in a direct conversion receiver perform?

Use case: I'm considering hacking into my SoftRock RXTX to bypass the filters, then add external filters. I'm wondering if I can use just the low-pass filters I've already built, or if there's a ...
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In the context of the mixer in my radio, what does balanced and unbalanced mean?

I'm trying to understand how the mixer in a radio actually works, at a physics level. When looking at this article and studying the first schematic I realized I really don't understand what balanced ...
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what are the alternatives to LM387 and SA602AN?

I am building a 20 Mhz RF receiver out of the NASA radio JOVE instruction manual and they have recommended the use of LM387 as an audio amplifier. SA602AN as mixer IC:
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What might this “spreading” interference be?

Any idea what might be causing this signal to appear in the "panadapter" spectrogram of my Omnia SDR around the 40m band? Every twenty seconds, I get a strong "focused" signal that then rapidly ...
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Building an IQ mixer using an in-phase LO splitter

There are many examples of IQ mixers on the internet; all use 90 degree hybrids to split the LO to the mixers with the outputs being combined in-phase. I'm curious, could both mixers be fed an in-...
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Homodyne vs heterodyne

Im not sure what is true, when I want to calculate it. First, the fact is that classic homodyne is used only in receivers. (I'm not talking about quadrature homodyne.) But I can't understand how the ...
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SSB modulation image rejection

I'm trying to figure out how SSB transmitters manage to get rid of the images created when mixing up audio frequencies. For example, when mixing a 1KHz signal with a 7MHz one you will end up with two ...
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How does a switching mixer multiply the two signals?

I understand what a mixer does, and when I see it in a block diagram it's obvious what purpose it serves and how it fits in the overall design of the radio. However, when I look at the schematics and ...
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What advantages does dual-conversion have over single-conversion superheterodyne?

I've seen a variety of radio block diagrams, and some have two mixers inline with the signal. If the signal is already in a frequency range suitable to work with, what does the second conversion/...