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2019-01-15 Zenith Royal 200 Conversion to Silicon

My Zenith Royal 200 conversion to silicon transistors is going slowly. Right now I’m working on getting a good sine wave out of the local oscillator (see photo). The waveform had high frequency parasitic ringing every other cycle. I put a 100 ohm resistor in series with the collector lead and it helped some. I

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2020-01-10 Corrosion and Damage On Diode Leads

This photo is a detector diode that was broken during replacing the electrolytic capacitors.  The lead on the top was twisted, apparently putting stress on the glass package.  I replaced it with a 1N270 germanium diode. comment from fb group Vintage Transistor Radios Did you notice that the leads are magnetic? They stick to the

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2020-01-06 Two Similar Transistor Radios

I posted this a few days ago.https://m.facebook.com/groups/606087512820068?view=permalink&id=2638214152940717 Now I’ve replaced the capacitors in another one very similar, a DE LUXE. It’s not quite as complete and in as good a shape as the Encore. What surprised me was that some of the electrolytic capacitors were bad (measured open) and the symptom was no sound whatsoever

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2018-08-18 Two Types Of Germaniums In Old Radios

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios There are really only two types of germanium transistors in older radios. One is for the RF and IF stages and has low collector to base capacitance. The other is audio and can handle a few hundred milliwatts. I recently replaced the germanium audio transistors with silicon, with change

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2018-07-24 “Boy’s Radio” Reflex Schematic

From FB group Building Transistor Radios Willie Barnett I see from the schematic that this is a reflex regen. They did something else that is very seldom seen, the volume control acts not as a normal variable voltage divider, but instead as a variable shunt load across the secondary of the driver transformer. This is

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2018-07-24 “Boy’s Radio” Reflex Schematic

From FB group Building Transistor Radios Willie Barnett I see from the schematic that this is a reflex regen. They did something else that is very seldom seen, the volume control acts not as a normal variable voltage divider, but instead as a variable shunt load across the secondary of the driver transformer. This is

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2018-06-24 Antennas Loopstick Vs Spider Web

From FB group Building Transistor Radios Jim Glover You asked about performance. There are factors unrelated to either type that affect the performance, one being the type of wire used. If Litz wire is used it has lower losses, and therefore higher Q than solid wire. Same holds true for silver plated wire at HFs.

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2018-05-13 My First Transistor Radio

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios OMG, that was so long ago, I could never sort out which one. See, I was born with a soldering iron in my hand, and I fixed so many radios, I could never remember which one was one that I had. Most of the electronics I was given were

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2018-04-22 Ferrite Loopstick Basics

From FB group Building Transistor Radios Then there is the loopstick. It is deliberately made long and thin to capture the RF magnetic fields. The frequencies that loopsticks are better at capturing are those that require long antennas that would be impractical. So the AM broadcast band is where loopsticks do their best. The loopstick’s

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2018-03-28 Wideband RF Amp In Royal 500s

From FB group Ferrite Loopstick Antenna Experimenters Some experimenters in another group looked at schematics and saw that some radios with a RF amplifier between the loopstick and the converter used a third section on the variable capacitor to tune the RF amplifier. This is good, but it makes the variable capacitor more expensive and

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