Here is the circuit of a medium power AM transmitter that delivers 100-150 mW of radio frequency (RF) power.
AM transmitter circuit
At the heart of the circuit is a crystal oscillator. A 10MHz crystal is used to generate highly stable carrier frequency. An audio signal from the condenser mic is amplified by the amplifier built around transistors T1, T2 and T3. The amplified audio signal modulates the RF carrier generated by the crystal oscillator built around transistor T4. Here modulation is done via the power supply line. The amplitude-modulated (AM) signal is obtained at the collector of oscillator transistor T4.
By using matching dipole antenna and coaxial cable, the range of signal transmission can be increased. For maximum range, use a sensitive radio with external wire antenna.
The circuit works off a 9V-12V battery. For oscillator coil L1, wind 14 turns of 30SWG wire round an 8mm diameter radio oscillator coil former with a ferrite bead.
For modulation transformer X1, you can use the audio output transformer of your old transistor radio set. Alternatively, you can make it from E/I section transformer lamination with inner winding having 40 turns of 26SWG wire and the outer winding having 200 turns of 30SWG as shown here.
Assemble the circuit on a general-purpose PCB and enclose in a suitable cabinet.
The project was first published in October 2010 and has recently been updated.