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Questions tagged [receiver]

Use this tag for questions about the theory and structure of receivers.

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Why would you need a signal generator to receive early satellite transmissions?

I recently watched, on You Tube, a NOVA program about the British school masters and students who were the first to publish the news that the Soviets had started launching satellites from a new launch ...
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Estimation of necessary input signal attenuation [closed]

I want to connect two devices via coaxial cable that normally use radio frequencies to communicate. The transmitting device uses a transmission power of 5 dBm to 15 dBm (i.e. 3 mW to 30 mW) to ...
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How to identify a practical HF communication receiver?

I've recently purchased a Hallicrafters S-120 -- 4-tube superhet receiver from the 1960s, continuous tuning from 540 kHz to 30 MHz, bandspread control, and a regenerative IF that doubles as a BFO for ...
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ICOM IC-910h How much bandwidth does it listen when receiving USB and FM?

CD-audio has a bandwidth of 22kHz. CW usually has a bandwidth between 3 to 5 kHz. But I am wondering what is the bandwidth my Icom IC-910H can listen to in both, the SSB and the FM mode? Also, what ...
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Pentode vs. Triode in Tuned RF Reflex Receiver

I'm planning on building a multi-band vacuum tube receiver. I've got a circuit diagram in hand for a two triode twin reflex with optional regeneration (P.E. Edelman, Reflex Radio Receivers, 1924, Fig....
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Can I create a functional crystal radio using a plastic coil filled with seawater as the inductor?

Pex is cheap and comes pre-coiled, 3/8" pex is 0.360" ID. 1/2" is 0.485" ID Fill with "sea water" using distilled water and sea salt to proper concentration. Use for AM and/or Shortwave coil. ...
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If someone transmits on 151.88 MHz and I listen on 151.18 MHz, how likely would I hear their transmission?

I have a cheap baofeng uv-5r, and I sometimes hear an intermittent transmission which pulses past the squelch threshold with periods of dead space between, roughly 0.75 seconds or less. My job uses a ...
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Indoor RX VHF dipole and preamplifier box

I am currently looking for a good solution to create a simple VHF dipole connected to a RF preamplifier / band pass filter. The intended use is 88-108 FM RX. I see basically two solutions for a rigid ...
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78.5MHz AM receiver self-oscillation

Circuit appears to be working but very easily breaks into oscillation - sometimes just getting up from my desk triggers it, or while tuning, and sometimes after a few seconds with no disturbance that ...
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Receiver using a NE602 oscillator-mixer not working

I built a CW receiver using NE602 for the 20m band. Unfortunately, I do not receive any CW or SSB signals, only some noise and sometimes broadcast stations. The schematic here shows the circuit that ...
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Efficiency of short dipole receiving antenna

For a transmitting dipole antenna, its length is important. If it is close to half the wavelength, it will be efficient and most of the input power will be radiated. How important is the length of ...
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How to scan while avoiding digital/noise frequencies?

Is there an established way of scanning frequencies, while avoiding listening to digital signals or static? For example, is there a scanner on the market which will allow you to blacklist a specific ...
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Learning RF electronics

I've been studying and building test circuit for actually several YEARS now, so far with no success. It sounds ridiculous but it's true. So I feel like I have a good understanding or RLC circuits, I ...
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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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What is this odd data/screeching/fuzzy signal?

I was listening to a commercial FM radio station on 100.9 MHz, and this intermittent weird sound kept coming through it. Here is a recording of it. The audio starts at about 15 seconds. It sounded ...
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Ultrasonic FM receiver

I need a FM receiver that is capable of receiving ultrasonic audio frequencies above the standard wide band FM range of 15 KHz. I'd like something that can receive signals up to 60 kHz if possible: I'...
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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's the use case behind long AGC constants?

So my shortwave radio has adjustable AGC constant with settings between 0.1 s to 8 s. I always find myself using the fastest AGC settings. Often, I experience 20-30 dB fades and if I use the slower ...
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Poor reception on single AM channel

My car stereo has terrible reception on a single AM station. Other cars get the signal fine and other channels on radio are received fine. I have contemplated some sort of booster for the antenna or ...
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IQ imbalance after quadrature mixing

What is IQ imbalance in the output of complex or quadrature downconverter/demodulator/mixer? What are the causes and effects of IQ imbalance? (A spike in the spectrum display of RF noise?) Are there ...
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Can an antenna be too powerful for certain receivers?

I'm brand new to shortwave radio and have been researching what kind of a receiver to get. I'll use it on the antenna I'll build (longwire, 50-100 feet) for shortwave listening; no transmitting. Right ...
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What are some equivalents of a BF199 transistor?

I'm planning to build an FM radio receiver using the instructions on http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-your-own-Crude-FM-Radio/ The schematic uses a BF199 transistor which is marked "obsolete" by ...
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Use noise figure and gain to calculate weakest signal radio can receive?

An FM radio receiver, using a 1 kHz tone at 3 kHz deviation has a 12 dB SINAD (Signal To Noise and Distortion) of -116 dBm. I would like to increase the 12 dB SINAD sensitivity of the receiver to at ...
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Carrier wave timing

I'm not really too technical when it comes to radio, but I understand that in AM, a shortwave radio generates the carrier frequency so that it can mixed with the received station and then removed, ...
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What is this sound on FM radio? [closed]

When tuned around 87.5-88 FM, a strange repetitive sound can be heard. The title 'Les Professionnels' from 'Air' start with this sound.
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Understanding WFM modulation

I am using "HDSDR" software to demodulate a WFM broadcast ("Classic FM" in the UK, on 100.1 MHz, 192 KHz bandwidth). I'm using an "SDRPlay RSP1" software defined radio and a cheap indoor discone ...
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SDR - discone antenna setup

Here's a picture of my SDR receiver setup... This entire setup lives indoors as I'm not able to put anything up on the roof right now. My understanding of a discone antenna is that the downward ...
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Are there receivers and transmitters that can be tuned to multiple frequencies at once? [closed]

What kind of hardware/circuitry would be needed for a device to be able to transmit and receive over a range of frequencies at once?
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Seeming conflict in the definitions of dynamic range

As I understand it, dynamic range is the difference in dB between the strongest and weakest signal discernible by your receiver. So, the larger the dynamic range, the better, which seems intuitive. ...
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What parts / procedure do I need to build a UHF receiver that can connect to a standard pair of headphones

I have a low power wireless microphone (10 - 50 mW) with a large receiver designed to connect to a mixer/sound system. The mic transmits in the UHF band between 530 and 860 depending on the band (see ...
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Can my portable radio receive amateur radio?

http://memorex-ce.com/product/amfm-pocket-radio/ Yeah, I guess it's cheap and probably won't pick it up but...
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Recommendation for noob

I don't yet have any radio equipment but I find this hobby interesting and would like to learn more. I'm looking for something that isn't too basic and will keep my interest without spending too much. ...
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What is pinout for headphone FM radio antenna?

My Android phone (as many others) have FM radio receiver on-board. But apparently, it has no internal VHF antenna at all, since there is no signal at all w/o headphones plugged in and sound quality ...
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How to find or derive the maximum safe input power to a receiver?

A number of my RF devices have a specified safe maximum input power, for example: "The maximum RX power of HackRF One is -5 dBm. Exceeding -5 dBm can result in permanent damage!" source "If you look ...
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How to safely connect a digital output to a receiver's antenna input?

Suppose I have a 3.3 or 5V GPIO digital signal (from an Arduino or Raspberry Pi, etc.), periodically toggling at some HF or VHF frequency. Since it has such a "dirty" spectrum, I don't want to hook ...
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Intermittent receive on FT-990

My FT-990 often does not receive well after it powers up. i.e. Tuning across various bands, changing from one VFO to the other, few if any signals are heard. Briefly tuning up (CW) with low power ...
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DRM standard receiving on shortwave

What's the particularities of receiving SW-broadcasting, that uses DRM standard ? Every SW-receiver can directly receive this kind of signal?
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Detecting the listeners

I wonder, if a broadcasting radiostation can detect, how many receivers are tuned on it, and if it possible - how exactly this detection is happening? Thanks.
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What would be the typical received power of an “S9” signal?

Obviously, I would expect the amount of power at a receiver would vary greatly based on distance from, and the power/efficiency of, the transmitter. But I don't really have a good sense for what "...
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different digital modulations interference. Does it happen?

Bottom line is I have got a very strange (but regular) reading on a < $1 type of ASK 433 MHz receiver. Have a look at it - those 3 spikes are sometimes caught by my receiver, don't know their ...
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How to make a “you're getting warm/cold”/“fox hunting” game based on RF signals

I would like to build a system in which the emitter emits omnidirectional RF signals, and the receiver gets a stronger signal (it does not have to be accurate) with a) closer distance from the emitter ...
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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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SDR with the Raspberry Pi

I wanted to explore digital modes by connecting a Raspberry Pi via audio cables to a transceiver. However, I realized that thanks to the clock generator, the raspberry pi can produce RF signals ...
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Good FM receiver single-chip IC for simple VHF receiver?

Is there an IC out there that implements all, or most all, of a simple FM receiver in the VHF range? I'm interested in doing some experiments with using DTMF over the air for tele-commands and the ...
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feasibility of wireless passive crystal earphones

I just learnt about such a thing as a crystal radio receiver and the following idea came to my mind. I have no background knowledge on electronics nor anything related. What if battery-less earbuds ...
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Is it normal for mini shortwave radios to not have any reception in a major city?

I'm new to radios. Just bought the mini Eton which has FM/AM/SW and while FM & AM work I have never received a single station on SW1 (5.9 - 10 MHz) or SW2 (11.65 - 18 MHz). Is that normal? Will ...
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How To Join Packet Radio BBS

I'm a complete newbie here, and on the Southeast Coast of the USA. I don't even own a ham radio yet. Some preppers and I got to talking about a dystopian time of Internet collapse where shortwave ...
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What's the difference between the normal and S-meter squelch in IC-2730?

I recently obtained an IC-2730E and can't figure out the difference between its squelch options. Unfortunately, the user manual isn't very helpful. The squelch option had 3 types: off, attenuation and ...
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Scanner radio purchase advice for someone that's nosy but not technological?

If it sounds like a stupid question, it probably is. My mom loves being nosy... When she hears the police siren, an ambulance, firefighters, or something like that, she's the first one to run to the ...
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SkyStar S2 has a mac address, for what? [closed]

Hy just a "stupid" question, I bought a technisat skystar s2 pci card. Can any body tell me why this thing has a mac address printed on it? ^^ And the mac address can even been looked up. (00-08-c9-xx-...