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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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2018-03-27

From FB group Vintage Transistor Radios James Ault Thanks for reminding me. I gave my 22 yr old car to my sister and after awhile the door started rattling. I found that the post that sticks out for the door’s latch to latch onto used to have a nylon sleeve, but age had caused it

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2018-03-02 One Transistor AM Radio

FB group Building Transistor Radios In JF1OZL’s voluminous archive I found his version of a MW receiver.  It is labeled [2] …. MW-RADIO (see link).  He used a long wire antenna, and an IF transformer with the ceramic capacitor removed for the tuning coil.  He also said to use a ferrite loopstick, which is what

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2018-01-08 RF Oscillator For AM Band

For FB group Building Transistor Radios When I started building regen receivers, the first thing I found I needed was a simple  signal generator.  I have a function generator, but every time I want a different frequency, I had to readjust the controls.  So I built a few RF oscillators to put close to the

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