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Radio, no pushbuttons
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Ron/PA    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:11:34       [Reply]  [No Email]

Either the string broke on my push buttons, or my digital readout is burnt out. Any idea's??

Bob/Ont    Posted 01-12-2005 at 12:20:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's not digital it's an alphabetical radio, just has letters on it.
Later Bob

Fawteen - KEWEL!    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:22:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had one of them, but not that fancy. Homebuilt, coil handwound around a TP tube...

Wonder if a feller could find a kit these days. My grandsons wouldn't believe it. "Where do the batteries go, Grampy?" ":^)

Ron/PA    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:27:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got an old string wound ford AM/FM mounted on Donna's super A lawn mower. The string broke last year, and I was trying to rewind it. Nephew stopped by, and thought I had invented it???? Wouldn't mister Philco be ready to sue me.!!!

Fawteen    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:29:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
A quick Google found a set of plans for a cigar-box crystal set. They cheat tho, they use a variable capacitor instead of a cat's whisker. Still, I bet it'd impress the dickens outta the boys.

Radio Schlock, here I come...

bill b va    Posted 01-12-2005 at 12:54:37       [Reply]  [No Email]

you sure thats a variable capacitor and not a diode ? i built a cystal set in the fortys but couldn't find the spot in the crystal with the cats wisker . ordered a i believe it was called a dry diode . the varible capacitor sounds like the tuner . its been a long time .

Fawteen    Posted 01-12-2005 at 17:26:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup. Varicap tunes the antenna, diode acts as the detector.

(See, I haven't forgetten everything I learned in electronics school...)

Salmoneye    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:37:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are all over the net for sale...I did not know that...Even eBay has em...

Ayuh...    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:14:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Your Franistan needs replacing...You may want to upgrade the software to Crystal 3.2 while you are at it...

Salmoneye, Who Actually Knows What That Is And How To Use It...Never saw one that nice before...

Ron/PA    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:19:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
This was dad's, and we used to have alot of fun chasin stations. It's getting hard to find earphones that work but I finally got a set and it's still fun to play with.

Fawteen    Posted 01-12-2005 at 06:13:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron, they've got high impedance 'phones here:

Salmoneye    Posted 01-12-2005 at 05:26:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can tell by the windings on the coil that it is 'well used'...

Nice set...

HOGMAN    Posted 01-12-2005 at 10:27:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
In tha late 30's I built one usin an Oatmeal Box,had a slider tha full lengh plus a big tunin condenser accross it AND A "l o n g" line antenna. By twiddelin with tha whisker,condenser'n slider and patience I could generaly get all tha stations tha old 5 tube philco could. Think it was a type 30 tube You could add and have a real whizz banger. Never did even tho I was one of tha MANY that were proudly Bootleggin on 5 meters at that time. Those were tha DAZE!

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