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  • Published in issue 7/2005 on page 0
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Simple Microphone Preamplifier for Radio Amateurs


The technical demands on microphones used with radio equipment are not stringent in terms of sound quality: a frequency response from around 50 Hz to 5 kHz is entirely adequate for speech. For fixed CB use or for radio amateurs sensitivity is a more important criterion, so that good intelligibility can be achieved without always having to hold the microphone directly under your nose. Good microphones with extra built-in amplifiers can be bought, but, with the addition of a small preamplifier, an existing microphone will do just as well.
The project described here uses only a few discrete components and is very undemanding. With a supply voltage of between 1.5 V and 2 V it draws a current of only about 0.8 mA.
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