Building and Designing Transistor Radios: A Beginner’s Guide

By R.H. Warring

An accessible and practical account of the design and function of the main electronic elements in radios, showing how transistor radios work and providing an insight into circuit design.



In his characteristic accessible and clear style, R.H. Warring offers a guide for the radio amateur to many of the things one ought to know when tackling a radio project. Warring describes and illustrates the design and working characteristics of the basic electronic ‘blocks’ from which radio receivers can be constructed and shows the reader how to incorporate additional simple circuits, such as volume and tone controls, and automatic gain control, to build upon these basic blocks. Straightforward calculations are provided to determine the values of components like resistors, capacitors and inductances to optimise your results.

Building and Designing Transistor Radios will equip you with the skills and knowledge properly to understand transistor radios. Special attention is paid to the transistor, the most important component, which the author provides insightful advice on. By understanding the operating characteristics of the radio’s different elements, the reader can learn how to devise circuits so that they perform most efficiently. With 80 diagrams, no excessively complicated circuitry, and minimal mathematical calculations included, this book first published in 1977 remains perfect for amateurs and enthusiasts.

Additional information

Dimensions 216 × 138 mm
Pages 132
Illustrations 81 b&w

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About the Author

R.H. Warring (1920-1984) was one of the best-known writers in the field of practical radio and electronics. He was renowned for writing technical books that could be readily understood by all; his vast experience meant he was keenly aware of the possible pitfalls which could befall the beginner.



1 Aerial Circuits
2 Aerials and Aerial Coupling
3 Semi- Conductor Diodes and their Characteristics
4 The Diode Detector
5 Transistors
6 Understanding Transistor Characteristics
7 Audio Amplifiers
8 Regenerative Receivers
9 The Superhet
10 Interstage Connections (Coupling)
11 Field Effect Transistors
12 Miscellaneous Circuits
13 Checking Radio Circuits