Two Chips AM Radio Receiver

AM radio receiver circuit IC MK484

This two chips AM radio receiver circuit is a tuned radio frequency (TRF) receiver of the standard AM (amplitude modulation) radio with broadcast frequencies at 550kHz-600kHz. This is a simple and easy to build AM radio circuit which only using two integrated circuits (IC). This circuit works with 9V voltage supply, you could use 9V standard battery to supply this AM radio circuit.

Parts list:

R1 = 100KΩ
R2 = 3.3KΩ
R3 = Potentiometer 50KΩ
R4 = 150Ω
R5 = 8.2KΩ
R6 = 10?
C1 = 10nF
C2 = Variable Tuning Capacitor
C3, C9 = 47nF
C4, C5, C8 = 10uF / 16V
C6, C7 = 470uF / 16V
D1, D2 = 1N4148
IC2 = LM-386
IC1 = MK484
Antenna with Holders
Speaker 8Ω

Two Chips AM Radio Receiver Circuit Works

The coils on the ferrite rod antenna (L1 and L2) and the variable capacitors (C2) make up a “tuned circuit”. It is a very selective filter. The frequency is selectable over a certain range by adjusting the tuning capacitor. The selectable signal is passed into IC1 (integrated circuit 484) where it is amplified and then detected. The 484 is a monolithic integral circuit equal to a ten transistor tuned radio frequency circuit. The resistor R2 and the capacitor C3 set the automatic gain control of IC1. The 484 requires a low voltage power supply (1.1 -1.8V). The voltage drop across diodes D1, D2, and resistor R4 is the correct supply voltage to IC1.

The output from a diode detector of the 484 is typically 40 – 60mV. This audio signal is too weak to drive a speaker directly. Capacitor C3 filters out the radio frequency component of the signal, leaving a clean audio signal.

The amount of gain control is varied by potentiometer R3, which also varies the audio level and consequently the volume. Capacitor C5 couples the audio signal from the volume control to the input of the audio amplifier. Our kit uses the standard design for the audio amplifier on the base of the integral circuit LM-386. To make the LM-386 a more versitile amplifier, two pins (1 and 8) are provided for gain control. With pins 1 and 8 open, the gain at 20, the capacitor will go up to 200. Capacitor C7 blocks the DC from the speaker while allowing the AC to pass.

Download the MK484 datasheet:

This circuit available in kit module, you can purchase the kit at, or download the kit manual

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