Sinusoidal Variable Frequency Oscillator in a small Circuit? Is there a simple way?

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Joined Apr 5, 2017
Hi Guys,

I'm a Mechanical Engineering student with quite limited electrical knowledge trying to design a circuit.
That's probably my first problem..

Anyway, I am making a simple FM transmitter circuit. But instead of having one oscillating frequency, i need it to produce a oscillating carrier wave that sweeps from 88Mhz - 110 Mhz about once per second.

My goal is to produce a simple FM transmitter circuit that will sound a 'blip' to ALL the available FM frequencies every second.

I have been thinking maybe a sweep generator is needed or frequency synthesiser?? I have no idea. I just figured someone must have already made some sort of oscillator that could to this haha.

Any help would be incredible,


Joined Sep 17, 2013
Do you have a licence to transmit in that frequency band? A sweep like that will interfere with other people's radios and be detectable by the authorities!


Joined Aug 1, 2013
A sine wave will produce longer blips at the low and high ends of the band and shorter ones in the middle. To put the same energy into each broadcast FM channel, you ideally want a triangle wave rather than a sine wave. One LM358 dual opamp can do this; it is the core of many simple function generator circuits. One opamp is an integrator and one is a comparator.

Note that a varicap's response to a control current is non-linear, as is its effect on a tuned circuit's resonant frequency. But its best to start with the "correct" modulating waveform and go from there.



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