6.102 Introductory RF Design Laboratory
Introductory experimental laboratory focuses on the fundamentals of radio frequency design through the study of radio receiver circuits from 1920 to 1960. Five labs using JFETs (arranged to behave like triodes and pentodes) investigate the behavior of series and parallel tuned circuits, bandwidth control, RF amplifiers, local oscillators, mixers, IF amplifiers, AM and FM detectors, audio stages, and RF measurements. Lecture topics include regenerative receivers and detectors; tuned RF, neutrodyne, superheterodyne and FM receivers; the "All-American 5" AC-DC AM receiver; and common vacuum tube triode and pentode topologies. Five weeks of the term are devoted to the restoration and circuit analysis of an antique FM-only radio or tuner and an AM-only radio or tuner, both supplied by the instructor. 12 Engineering Design Points.
6.102 will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by B. M. Roscoe.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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