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An Experimental Transistor Personal Broadcast Receiver

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1 Author(s)
Barton, Loy E. ; RCA Laboratories Division, Princeton, N. J.

This paper describes a laboratory model AM broadcast receiver which used nine alloy junction transistors and two compensating diodes. Six of the transistors were of the laboratory P-N-P type, designed for radio-frequency-amplifiers, and three of the transistors were of the conventional P-N-P type selected for Class B audio driver and output service. The use of Class B output permitted a total battery drain below 12 milliamperes from six 1.5 volt type C cells in series. The battery life was ap¿roximately 500 hours, and the battery cost relatively small. The maximum audio power output was 150 milliwatts into a four-inch by six-inch oval speaker. The sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio were comparable to that of conventional battery-operated receivers and conventional ac-dc receivers. The receiver may be used in the place of ac-dc receivers without the necessity of a power outlet or a connecting power cord at a battery cost approximately the same as the cost of power for an ac-dc receiver.

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Broadcast and Television Receivers, Transactions of the IRE Professional Group on  (Volume:PGBTR-5 ,  Issue: 1 )