Inverted Clamp AM Demodulator
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Below there is a clamp circuit. It behaves like a diode by chopping the AM signal in half but the voltage needed to get it working is close to zero. This is more sensitive and the sound quality is better. The potentiometer is adjusted for best sound quality. It is used to bias the transistor so it is just on the brink of conducting.
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The BC182L works well enough. For alternative devices, look for a high forward-beta to reverse-beta ratio.
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