[AMRadio] 160m AM receiver project

Brett Gazdzinski Brett.Gazdzinski at verizon.net
Mon Oct 27 17:49:02 EST 2008

Good deal!
Its not far removed from my homebrew receivers.

I DO tune the input network separately, but its broad banded enough to where 
I don't need to retune it much, only large frequency or band jumps need 

I did separate the osc and mixer tubes, used a good 455khz filter, and did a 
little more with the AGC and a low distortion detector, but the basic 
circuit is the same.

I have pushed the design up to 40 meters with very good results.

When you consider the table top radios had no real antenna, they can work 
amazingly well when you use a good antenna on them. There is no lack of 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <sbjohnston at aol.com>
To: <glowbugs at piobaire.mines.uidaho.edu>; <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 12:28 AM
Subject: [AMRadio] 160m AM receiver project

> My 160m AM receiver project is done.  It was based on parts from a
> Zenith 5-tube broadcast radio (actually the same model as our family
> kitchen table radio when I was a little kid) but I pulled variable cap 
> plates and
> added a few parts to move it up to 160m and create a better band-spread
> across the dial.  I was also able to get a double-humped response on the
> antenna tracking and avoid the need for a front panel antenna trimmer 
> control.
> http://www.wd8das.net/160mRX/160mRX.html
> The picture of the front panel was snapped at the moment it was receiving
> one of the crew on 1985 kHz.  The signal was about S9+15dB on my other
> receivers.
> Steve WD8DAS
> sbjohnston at aol.com
> http://www.wd8das.net/
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