VHF FM Transmitter
VHF FM Transmitter


VHF FM Transmitter


The circuit is a simple 88-108 MHz VHF FM transmitter circuit. It is basically a VHF Colpitts oscillator capable of transmitting sound or music to any standard FM receiver. The circuit is powered by 9V battery which makes it easily portable. It also has a capacitor microphone which picks up very weak sound signals. The output frequency can be easily adjusted by potentiometer thanks to onboard MV2109 varicap diode and the frequency stability is quite good. The range of this transmitter is 100 meters.

VHF FM Transmitter

- Electrically Adjustable frequency between 88 and 108MHZ
- Portable and low power consumption
- Use with any FM receiver
- Powered by 9 Volt battery

The transmitter uses the frequency modulation technique. So it is evident that in Frequency Modulation, the amplitude of the RF carrier stays constant while the frequency varies according to the intensity of the audio signal. As the input amplitude of the signal increases (i.e. during the positive half-cycles) the frequency of the carrier increases too; on the other hand, when the input signal decreases in amplitude (negative half-cycles or no signal) the carrier frequency decreases accordingly. When we speak something through our mouth the sound waves, which are pressure waves, hits the diaphragm of the capacitor microphone which are converted into electrical signals. These electrical signals are fed to the transistor’s base which changes the output frequency of the transmitter. The output frequency of the transmitter is adjustable from 88 to 108 MHz under commercial FM band.

The heart of the FM Transmitter circuit is a (VHF/UHF) oscillator transistor C1730 operating under class A. Resistors R2, R3 and R4 provide the necessary bias to the transistor for proper operation. Resistor R1 provides bias to the FET-based capacitor microphone. Capacitor C1 is a coupling capacitor which couples the audio signal to the base of the transistor through L1.

L1 is an Rfc choke which blocks all high frequencies entering to the microphone. Capacitor C2 is a decoupling capacitor to high frequencies appearing at the microphone. Capacitor C3 is RF ground to the transistor. The values of the tank elements (L2, C4, and C5 & C6) depend upon the chosen fundamental frequency.

2pif=1/root LCT
CT=C4C5 /(C4+C5) II C6

C6 is chosen to limit the upper frequency which is a parallel component to C4 & C5. Therefore for higher frequency use, it is recommended to decrease the value of L2. In the above circuit, changing the value of C6 will also change the output frequency. Inductor L2 is an RF oscillator coil which is chosen to tune somewhere between 88 and 108 MHz band. Capacitor C8 and C9 is an RF decoupling capacitor which prevents all radio frequencies to enter nearby power lines. Rfc L3 chokes out Radio frequencies. Capacitor C7 is a tuning capacitor; C10 is a coupling capacitor between the transmitter and antenna. VR-1 controls the voltage of varicap diode through RF isolating resistor R5. Resistor R6 and Zener diode Z1 is a 5V shunt voltage regulator, which regulates 5.1V to varicap diode, so as to minimize the frequency drift which may cause due to low or high input voltage. Capacitor C11 is used across Z1 to ensure a better RF isolation. Any type of a 20 to 2-cm telescopic antenna can be used. The range of this transmitter is 60 to 100 mts.

Note: This is a VHF/RF project so more care is needed during soldering and placing of components. Keep all the leads/components as short as possible to minimize stray capacitance and inductance. The transmitter can be modified to any frequency between 50 and 400 MHz by replacing L2 & C6. It is strongly recommended to use a proper aluminum shielding above 150 MHz to minimize the stray capacitance and inductance.

Parts list:
R1= 10K
R2= 15K
R3= 3.3K
R4= 470 ohms
R5= 100K
R6= 4.7K
VR 1= 10K Pot meter

C1= 0.1uF—————————————104
C2= 0.001uF———————————102
C3= 0.0015uF——————————-152
C4= 10pF—————————————-10
C5= 3pfF——————————————3
C6= 2.5pF—————————————2.5
C7= 10pF—————————————-10
C8= 0.01uF————————————103
C9= 0.022uF———————————223
C10= 1pF—————————————-1
C11= 0.001uF——————————-102

L1 & L3= 4.7uH Rfc color code= yellow, violet & silver as tolerance
L2= 5.5 turns close wound, SWG 23, internal dia of coil=5mm.
T1= S9018 or 2SC1730 or 2SC1906 or any similar type having fT of 1.1 GHz
Z1= 5.1V, 500mW Zener diode
VC1= varicap diode MV2109 or similar

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