Mindsets FM Radio Solder Kit

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About this product

Overview

  • Listen to FM radio with this kit
  • Capture a signal with the antenna and play it through the included speakers
  • Simple and fun to solder with 43 parts

Product overview

• Listen to FM radio with this kit
• Capture a signal with the antenna and play it through the included speakers
• Simple and fun to solder with 43 parts
• Requires three AA batteries (not included, Order Code L43AL)

What can I do with this kit?
Tune into FM radio and find your favourite station with this DIY radio kit. The kit comes complete with one metre of wire for an antenna and speakers for your audio output. You can change your channel with the tuning knob and alter the volume with the potentiometer. The compact 62mm x 46mm board can fit in almost anywhere, making this a handy device to have. With 43 parts, this is a great kit for those looking to get more practice with soldering.

What can I learn from this radio?
With this kit, you can learn about electronics and how circuits go together and improve your soldering skills. The circuit uses resistors, capacitors and a microchip and is a great way to see how the components work together. The circuit transforms the signal your antenna catches to an audio signal to be played through your speakers. The radio kit uses a TDA7010 integrated circuit and requires a soldering iron and solder. It may also require wire cutters.

How easy is this kit to solder?
This is a great kit for audio enthusiasts and electronic hobbyists looking to move on from basic beginner’s kits. Once your put your kit together, you can add to your project by creating an enclosure (not included) to protect the circuit – just take care not to block and input or your speaker. The kit runs off three AA batteries (not included, Order Code L43AL) and comes with a battery box.

Rated 2 out of 5 by from An interesting project to assemble but the final product was disappointing. I could not get a recognisable sound even after experimenting a great deal with the aerial. I have now used the parts on other projects.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good kit for someone to practice soldering but thats about it. After checking all connections numerous times it simply fails to function. It just about manages to pick up our local radio station who's transmitter is approx 1/4 of a mile away!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Bought this item for a project, spent the time assembling it carefully to find out that its reception is awful, tried for 2 hours with various aerial lengths and positions, could barley get 2 stations, for the cost i wouldn't recommend it, like others have said, ok for soldering practice. i shall try to return it.
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It does need a little tender care....... The other reviews above are interesting as this module can be problematic if you don't avoid the pitfalls inherent in radio comms. Radio reception is sometimes more of a black art than a science as one setup will work perfectly whilst another won't work at all. I bought this module and found some of the same problems, some tips are: Use a 90 cm aerial and not the wire it comes with. Long wires are notorious for adding inductance spuriously. Twist together the speaker wires and the power supply wires and keep the two as far apart as you can get. Don't turn the pot on the LM386 amplifier up to the top. This will put a gain of 46 dB on the amplifier and you'll run out of juice - particularly at sounds 1000 Hz and above. Choke the pot back a little and it should run fine. The speaker it comes with is adequate for the job but it is not the best . Try replacing it with a 0.5W speaker if you get one that comes with a 0.25W. At 4.5V you will never turn this into a boom-box. You can apply a bit more voltage but at the risk of overheating the chip, which is not advisable. A more elegant and simpler solution is to enclose the lot in a box with suitable wadding to create an acoustic amplifier; if you do it right you can get a very mellow tone from this little receiver. Finally (at your own risk!) you can do away with the batteries and attach a USB supply to the input instead. I did this and it works great from a mains to USB convertor.
Date published: 2014-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FM Radio Not bad. The conponets are easy to solder but not recommended for beginners. the volume may have to be quiet to be able to hear. The Arial has to be high. My radio only has 4 radio stations.
Date published: 2015-06-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from gave me a sense of achievement bought it for a Ham Radio exam project, could only get it to work when I shorted out C18, then it worked a treat classic fm blasting through
Date published: 2015-11-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from ok for soldering but very poor reception. Waste of money really
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from is ok Rubbish item. The cercuit board is flimsy it burned out in several places when soldering parts to it. Even with a low voltage iron .was not worth the money .
Date published: 2016-08-29
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Specification

Product Specifications

Soldering Required:

Yes

Dimensions & Weight

Width:

62mm

Depth:

46mm

Height:

1.5mm

Does kit include a circuit diagram for constructing on breadboard first?

Asked by: Juke
There is a labeled positioning diagram and circuit included to aid in construction of this kit. This can also be downloaded from the following link; http://52.50.15.149:8072/Downloads/data-sheet-5618
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2016-05-11

Does this have a switch or a knob?

Asked by: jackie1935
Reading the provided instruction guide on the listing https://maplindownloads.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/n52fl-5618.pdf component C1 .. FM tuning capacitor is rotated to select different wavelengths. no switch or knob is provided in the kit.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2015-11-04

Does it come with soldering kit please? ozzy
Asked by: 9ozzy
This is not included
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does the product have a schematic included?
Asked by: unwise
Yes, this product does include that
Answered by: DH
Date published: 2015-07-17

Hi What's the Freq range of this receiver?
Asked by: VINCE
Approximately 88-108Mhz
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17

Do dials to change frequenies come included?
Asked by: Peter Jackson
Yes, this product does include that
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does the kit contain an on/off switch and a volume control?
Asked by: Chris Payne
Yes, this product does include that
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17

Is it possible to use linear switches for the frequency and volume?
Asked by: Matt
Yes the product does support that.
Answered by: JK
Date published: 2015-07-17
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