One Chip AM Radio Receiver

Here is the AM Radio receiver circuit diagram based on old single IC MK484.

One Chip AM Radio Receiver circuit diagram

Components List:

R9, R10_________ 6R8
R6_____________ 100R
R3_____________ 1K
R1_____________ 4K7
R7_____________ 5K6
R4_____________ 10K
R2_____________ 100K
R5_____________ 150K
R8_____________ 820K
Pot_____________ 10K log pot
Coil & ferrite bar set
C7______________ 470p ceramic
C, C4, C5, C6_____ 470nF monoblock
C2______________ 100nF monoblock
C3, C8___________ 100uF electrolytic capacitor
VariCap__________ 60/160 AM tuning cap
D1, D2, D3, D4____ 1N4148 diode
Q1, Q3___________ BC548
Q2______________ BC558
IC1_____________ MK484 AM radio IC TO92
Speaker__________ 0.5 or 1W, 8 ohm speaker

The MK484 we use is a Japanese copy of the original ZN414. It contains an RF amplifier, active detector and automatic gain control (AGC to improve sensitivity) all in a 3-pin package. The input impedence is typically 4M ohm. It operates over a range of 150kHz to 3MHz. DC supply of 1.1V to 1.8V & 0.3mA current drain makes it ideal for battery operation. The output is typically 40 – 60 mV of audio signal. Optimal AGC is provided by R3 and C2 (see Figure 2). R3 (the AGC resistor) should be in the range 100R to 1.5K. A bandwidth of about 4kHz is achieved.

Download the MK484 datasheet:

The MK484 is now a discontinued IC. It was made by New Japan Radio although it does not appear anywhere on their website(s). You may try to find the equivalent IC for MK484.

Download the complete explanation of this AM radio receiver circuit:

Note: The kit for this circuit is available at
AM Radio Receiver Kit

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