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I recently made an amplifier out of a lm386 ic. After making this I decided it was too staticy to use as an external speaker for my HF radio. Is there any way to make this less staticy. If not what type of IC would make a good replacement.
Maybe it is the radio that produces staticy sounds (that is what AM is for) and the amplifier just amplifies them.
Post the schematic of the LM386 amplifier that you made for us to see if its gain is too high.
Your circuit does not have pin 2 connected to 0V (ground).
It is missing a very important supply bypass capacitor. Use 100uF.
It is missing important parts at its output, a 0.047uF capacitor in series with a 10 ohm resistor at the output to 0V (ground).
These parts must be connected very close to the IC (on a pcb, not on a breadboard).
The resistor and capacitor at pin 5 and pin 8 increase the gain and increase the hiss a little.
You should always look at the datasheet for an IC to see which pin is which (you have them mixed up) and to see all the parts that are needed.