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AM/FM Radio Kit/Trainer (requires assembly-advanced)

by Elenco
33 customer reviews

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  • Learn all about AM/FM radio design and theory
  • Build a high performance radio with an IC
  • Step-by-step assembly and test procedures
  • Great as a student project
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Specifications

Model NumberAM/FM108k
Batteries Required?Yes
Batteries Included?No

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000FMQ37C
  • Item model number: AM/FM108k
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 15 - 19 years
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,698 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Learn about and Build A Superhet IC Based AM/FM Radio Receiver. This Superhet 108 AM/FM Radio Kit is a superheterodyne receiver of the standard AM (amplitude modulation) and FM (frequency modulation) broadcast frequencies. The unique design of the Superhet 108 includes an integrated circuit (IC), 9 transistors, 4 diodes, and other related resistors, capacitors, coils, and misc. parts. Because good soldering practices are important, a soldering guide is also provided as well as a component color code and pictorial identification chart.The actual assembly is broken down into 9 sections. The theory of operation for each section, or stage, should be read before the assembly is started. This will provide the student with an understanding of what that stage has been designed to accomplish, and how it actually works. After each assembly you will be instructed to make certain tests and measurements to prove that each section is functioning properly. If a test fails to produce the proper results a troubleshooting guide is provided to help you correct the problem. After all of the stages have been built and tested a final alignment procedure is provided to peak the performance of the receiver and maximize the Superhet 108s reception capabilities. Runs on a standard 9VDC battery, not included. From Elenco.


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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By R. Castellanos on February 20, 2008
If you're a tech buff, you'll love this. I'm building this for my Auto/mechanics class in High School, and this is my latest project. I love it. I've finished the AM part and am halfway through the FM part, and the AM part worked the first time I tried it. It sounds very loud and clear after adjusting the coils. Putting it together was an awesome experience, and I couldn't wipe that grin off my face when I turned it on and it worked. The instructions are very clear, they get straight to the point and have you do some testing with a multimeter along the way to make sure you didn't screw anything up. Great kit, just three tips:

Don't drop the AM antenna. It is little more than a bar of iron, and it WILL crack into several pieces.

Don't forget to put the plastic o-ring under the volume potentiometer.

On the AM/FM tuning gang capacitor, make sure you put the two screws on first BEFORE soldering it to the board. If you don't do this, it will cause the PCB to noticeably bend, and that's no fun.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Oldtechnohobbiest VINE VOICE on January 2, 2008
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I'll make this short. If like me, you miss building those kits--this is the one you want. At first I thought it would be too easy--I haven't done it yet, but I did open the box and give it the 'quick once over'.

Apparently, it is 'just' complicated enough to keep my interest--I would have perferred building my own cabinet stereo...but they don't exist anymore. So I settled for this little one. Oh yes, this comes with a small speaker.

All you technos who want to build your own radio (including the soldering and circuit board parts) that will fit into a small shoe box...this is the one to get! (it was also the only one I could find on the internet--those Snap-on and Spring Clips aren't my bag).

So, it gets my five star rating.

BYE!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Emrad on December 2, 2010
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I originally purchased this kit as part of my capstone project for my associates degree in computer and electrical engineering. The manual that comes with the kit makes for a very good learning lab, especially if you have an RF generator and an O-scope to use. Make sure you follow the directions to a T and never assume. Once assembled the AM Part of the radio worked really well. The FM side worked OK. I had problems picking up stations inside of my school building on the FM side more than the AM side. The kit does react to noise, as it does not have a box to block it. The silk screen board is really nice as it labels the sections of the radio, but mine came with small cracks on the surface.

This project is good for someone just starting out learning electronics communications.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrej P. Kyselica on December 31, 2011
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I bought this kit for my 12-year-old son to get the electronics bug to bite him like it bit me at that age. Overall we enjoyed building it together and he's happy with the result.

Pros: nice silk-screen schematics on the board; a few steps where the assembler learns to use test equipment if it is available (but this isn't strictly needed to assemble the kit); nice large PCB gives rookie solderers space to work; parts were supplied on nicely-labeled cards; solder was included

Cons: outdated PC board with only one side tinned, no through-hole tinning makes soldering harder than it would be on a modern board; some components didn't fit quite right, for example the screws to mount the tuner variable capacitor didn't fit so I had to tap bigger holes in it. The board feels like a low-end PCB from the 1980s instead of what even a low-end modern board would look like

Overall it was a good purchase but I expected something a little more up-to-date and high quality.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Hodde on June 15, 2009
Very nice kit. Only amplifier was oscillating. Just place the extra provided capacitor over powerconnection of IC and over the input of the IC and ground a resistor of 10 Kohm and all is OK. It is a lot of fun to build the radio and reception is above expectation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J on December 14, 2010
I learned to solder (via the learn to solder kit) only weeks before I made the plunge and bought this kit. I always wanted to build a radio! When I turned it on and heard real music, I must use the overused term- majic. Very cool. later I soldered on a 9v power supply from a cell phone so I don't need batteries.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John B Shadle on June 3, 2011
I've built two of these radios. The first was for a college learn-to-solder class. The second one I built a couple of years later after some college electronics courses and a lot of self-education through reading and tinkering. Both times the radios worked, but the second time, I understood how.

I love these radios! You'll learn how to solder, and you'll get a chunk of radio theory which can start you off into a real learning experience. That's what happened to me.

These aren't the best radios. You can buy a better radio on the internet for a few bucks. But you can't get the knowledge of how radios work that way. Enjoy the experience!

It's still fun when you hear a voice coming from the speaker for the first time. And they aren't hard to make, either!

I'd get the version with the build-from-scratch audio amp. You'll learn more that way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mullin17 on October 20, 2010
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It's not a toy and you have to spend many hours soldering the components to the board. Overall, it is good training for soldering and learning how electronic communications work.
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