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superhet receiver

I took the direct conversion receiver from two posts ago and converted it to a superhet receiver for 20 meters.

The front end starts with a simple 2n3904 rf amp that feeds into a 20 meter band pass filter.

( Ignore the 40 meter band pass. I may add band switching later.)

The band pass feeds into an sbl-1 mixer. An arduino/si5351 provides the vfo/bfo.

There are two identical if amps (schematic below, found on n6qw.blogspot.com) with a yaesu xf-8.9hsm crystal filter between them. I couldn’t find the impedance for that exact filter, but other similar yaesu filters are at 500 ohms. I used two bifilar wound FT37-43 with 6:19 turns for the impedance matching for the input and output of the filter.

The second if amp feeds into another sbl-1 mixer and then into the same audio amp from before.

Here is a video of it working. I’ve still got things connected with alligator leads and splayed across the desk, but it is receiving fairly well at the moment. Next, I will attempt to make it transmit as well.

 

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  1. […] still tinkering around with my superhet receiver.┬áThe plan is to eventually turn it into a full transceiver, but I keep getting sidetracked. I did […]

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