here's a nice and easy 40m DC receiver.All are "popcorn" parts.Uses only 5 BJT 2n3904/2n2222 transistors and 1 MPF102.You will have to do some math to figure out the inductances on "normal" toroids.And use FT37-43 for the mixer(approx. 12 Trifilar turns??).
Most DC designs use Ne602/LM386.I think a beginner should use discrete parts first.
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