Building one's own radio was often a rite of passage for many electronics enthusiasts, however in the digital age this may have passed to one side as people often start their learning with microcontrollers and of course Arduino-based projects. Nevertheless it's possible to make your own Arduino-controlled FM radio with the inexpensive Philips TEA5767 tuner IC which is available for a few dollars with a few minutes searching the Internet. This has been demonstrated by Lithuanian enthusiast Darius who explains the I2C commands for the module and an Arduino sketch for a basic radio with LCD module display, with the results as follows:
With the addition of a basic audio amplifier a portable solution could be built. Or with anRTC perhaps a clock radio? Visit Darius' blog to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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