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A Developmental Pocket-Size Broadcast Receiver Employing Transistors

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3 Author(s)
D. D. Holmes ; RCA Laboratories Div., Princeton, N.J. ; T. O. Stanley ; L. A. Freedman

This paper describes a pocket-size developmental AM broadcast receiver which utilizes eight junction transistors. Its performance is comparable to that of conventional personal receivers. Emphasis has been given to developments which contribute to stability with respect to temperature, battery voltage, and variations among transistors. The superheterodyne circuit employed uses a single-transistor frequency converter to perform the functions of both mixer and oscillator. Refined detector and automatic-gain-control circuits and an audio amplifier embodying further development of the principle of complementary symmetry are incorporated. Reduction in physical size and battery requirement, as compared to conventional receivers, is substantial. The circuits are described in detail and certain aspects of components and of physical arrangement, which contribute to the small size, are discussed. Detailed performance data are also included.

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Proceedings of the IRE  (Volume:43 ,  Issue: 6 )