FM Transmitter

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Here is the schematic, PC board pattern, and parts placement for a low powered FM transmitter. The range of the transmitter when running at 9V is about 300 feet. Running it from 12V increases the range to about 400 feet. This transmitter should not be used as a room or telephone bug.


This is the schematic of the FM Transmitter

PC Board Layout and Parts Placement

This is the printed circuit layout and parts placement of the FM Transmitter


Total Qty.
C110.001uf Disc Capacitor
C215.6pf Disc Capacitor
C3,C4210uf Electrolytic Capacitor
C513-18pf Adjustable Cap
R11270 Ohm 1/8W Resistor270 Ohm 1/4W Resistor
R2,R5,R634.7k 1/8W Resistor4.7K 1/4W Resistor
R3110k 1/8W Resistor10K 1/4W Resistor
R41100k 1/8W Resistor100K 1/4W Resistor
Q1, Q222N2222A NPN Transistor2N3904, NTE123A
L1, L225 Turn Air Core Coil
MIC1Electret Microphone
MISC19V Battery Snap, PC Board, Wire For Antenna


  1. L1 and L2 are 5 turns of 28 AWG enamel coated magnet wire wound with a inside diameter of about 4mm. The inside of a ballpoint pen works well (the plastic tube that holds the ink). Remove the form after winding then install the coil on the circuit board, being careful not to bend it.
  2. C5 is used for tuning. This transmitter operates on the normal broadcast frequencies (88-108MHz).
  3. Q1 and Q2 can also be 2N3904 or something similar.
  4. You can use 1/4 W resistors mounted vertically instead of 1/8 W resistors.
  5. You may want to bypass the battery with a .01uf capacitor.
  6. An antenna may not be required for operation.
  7. A thanks goes out to for cleaning up the original image once displayed on the page. It looks a lot better now!

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FM Transmitter
Sunday, September 01, 2013 12:59:20 AM
please help me about this circuit,can i replace mic by audio jack ?????
FM Transmitter
Saturday, July 13, 2013 10:16:02 AM
I builded that transmitter to that PCB layout seen on that page. That little transmitter is very unstable, it drift 89.100 to 89.329, 229khz in 5mins! And FM deviation iss very slow, only about 5khz. So after that I builded smaller versio of that using junk SMD parts and with little modifications. I get it stability to 50khz/5min and deviation to allmost 100khz.
FM Transmitter
Monday, October 22, 2012 9:26:10 AM
what is BS170? is this transistor and how this fm transmiter give best result?
FM Transmitter
Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:09:32 PM
How were the values of the FM transmitter determined?
FM Transmitter
Saturday, September 15, 2012 6:33:50 PM
Hello friends i maid this Fm transmitter successfully . you can get the all details from this link
28 awg enamel
Saturday, September 01, 2012 7:38:15 PM
where can i buy a meter of 28 awg enamel coated wire?
FM Transmitter
Friday, June 22, 2012 7:46:56 AM
Very very good. I want to create a walkie-talkie
FM Transmitter
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 4:13:16 PM
yes, audio input add to the c3, remove the r5, q2, r4, c4, r6 and mic, as they not needed then
jorge sales
FM Transmitter
Sunday, June 10, 2012 12:20:03 PM
Can I replace the mic with an audio jack so that I can put an audio input via mp3 player etc. to the transmitter instead? Thank you!
FM Transmitter
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 6:24:33 AM
Can I use KN2222A transistor instead of 2N2222A . Tell me fast...waiting
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