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#123 HX-6B AM Receiver Kit

Build and analyse the HX-6B superheterodyne AM MW radio receiver kit.

The Build

Notes

Just my notes on a build of a HX-6B kit from a seller on aliexpress.

A superheterodyne receiver (often shortened to superhet) uses frequency mixing to convert a received signal (at a variable frequency) to a fixed intermediate frequency (IF) which can be more conveniently processed with known gain and selectivity.

Tutorials and Resources

Building and Aligning HX 6B AM Kit Radio by shango066

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Parts

Ref Part Notes
V1,2,3 9018 NPN transistor
V4 9014 NPN transistor
V5,6 9013H NPN transistor
LED 3mm LED  
T1 transformer  
T2,3,4 transformer  
T5 transformer  
BL 8Ω speaker  
R6,8,10 100Ω resistor  
R7,9 120Ω resistor  
R11 330Ω resistor  
R2 1.8kΩ resistor  
R4 30kΩ resistor  
R5 100kΩ resistor  
R3 120kΩ resistor  
R1 200kΩ resistor  
RP 5kΩ pot  
C6 0.47µF electrolytic cap  
C3 10µF electrolytic cap  
C8,9,10 100µF electrolytic cap  
C2 682 6.8nF ceramic cap  
C1 103 10nF ceramic cap  
C4,5,7,11 223 22nF ceramic cap  
Ca,Cb CBM-223P variable capacitor  

HX6B_unboxed

HX6B_pcb_front

HX6B_pcb_back

Circuit Design

The HX6B is a superheterodyne design with a single IF stage. The design basically maps out as follows:

  • RF Filter: T1, Ca antenna tuner
  • RF amp: V1
  • Local oscillator and Mixer: T2, Cb
  • IF Filter and Amp: T3, V2
  • Demodulator: T4, V3
  • Audio amp: T5, V5, V6 push-pull class B

The Schematic

Credits and References

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