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Aviation Scanner

Portable scanner with USB interface

Aviation Scanner
For aircraft enthusiasts and in particular plane spotters, it’s always interesting to listen to communications between aircraft and control towers. This receiver makes it easy to listen to all traffic in the civil aviation band. It is easy to build, has only one hardware adjustment, and can even be controlled from a PC with a USB port.
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Component list
(shape: SMD 0805)
R1 = 150kOhm
R2,R6,R10 = 220Ohm
R3 = 820Ohm
R4,R5,R8 = 47kOhm
R7 = 100kOhm
R9 = 12kOhm
R11 = 120kOhm
R12 = 330Ohm
R14,R15 = 1kOhm
P1 = 100kOhm potentiometer, linear
P2 = 50kOhm potentiometer, logarithmic
(default shape: SMD 0805)
C1,C4–C9,C11,C12,C15,C16,C18,C21,C31,C32,C33,C39,C41,C48 = 100nF
C2,C3,C29 = 10µF 35V radial
C10 = 2.2µF 63V radial
C14,C42,C44,C45,C47 = 22pF
C17 = 4.7nF
C19,C20 = 2.2nF
C22 = 220µF 16V radial
C23,C24,C40 = 10pF
C25,C28,C30 = 100pF
C26,C38 = 1nF
C27 = 220pF
C34 = 10nF
C35 = 47µF 16V radial
C36 = 47nF
C37 = 12pF
C43,C46 = 56pF
C13 = 8.5pF – 40pF trimmer (Murata TZB4P400AB10R00)
L1,L5 = 10nH (SMD 0805)
L2 = 56µH
L3 = 4 turns 18 AWG silver plated, length = 8mm, inner diam. 7mm
L4 = 3.3µH (SMD 0805)
D1 = 1N4001
D2 = BB207 (TO236)
D3,D4 = LED, low-current, 3mm
T1 = BS170F (SOT23)
T2,T3 = BFR92A (SOT23)
IC1,IC5 = 78L05
IC2 = ATMEGA88-20PU, programmed, Elektor # 100969-41
IC3 = LM317 (SOIC-8)
IC4 = MAX5201AEUB+
IC6 = 74AC4040 (SOIC-16)
IC7 = SA615D (SOIC-20)
IC8 = LM386 (DIL-8)
X1 = 20MHz quartz crystal
X2–X5 = 27MHz quartz crystal, fundamental resonance, (e.g. Citizen CS1027.000MABJ-UT)
USB-FT232R “BOB” breakout board, Elektor # 110553-91 [1]
S1,S2,S3 = 6mm pushbutton (Multicomp MC32830)
2 pcs 2-pin pinheader
28-pin DIL socket for IC2
8-pin DIL socket for IC8
2 pcs 10-pin SIL socket, 0.1’’ pitch (for USB-FT232R “BOB” breakout board)
Miniature loudspeaker, 4 or 8 Ohm
PCB # 100696-1

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