After having monitored, and occasionally participating,
in the discussions on the Yahoo Regenerative Receiver Newsgroup,
I thought it might be of interest to throw in both some of my
experiences, and professional thoughts. I suffer from being an
E.E. by training, having grown up at the tail end of the vacuum
tube era, as well as having held an amateur radio license for
half a century.
In no way is this paper comprehensive. A Google search
will turn up all sorts of things. The purpose of this paper is
to provide a starting point for discussion and experimentation
for the person new to the field of regenerative receivers, who
may be utterly overwhelmed by the plethora of information.
I've always been fascinated by regenerative receivers,
with my first one being built from an article in "Popular
Mechanics," using a 1T4 and the usual "ticker"
coil Armstrong design. In this paper, tutorial, or what you might
want to call it, I'd like to look at some of the general design
issues. Some of this is based on a discussion of general receiver
design considerations that I gave recently before the Nanticoke
Amateur Radio club in Seaford, Delaware,
as well as discussions with members of the Yahoo Regenerative