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2019-07-06 Earliest Audio Amplifiers I built

from FB group Building Transistor Radios July 6 Bill Korbak The early germanium alloy transistors didn’t have enough bandwidth for RF, they were only good for audio. That’s where I built my first amplifier, a three transistor audio amp on a PC board I etched in ferric chloride. I also built the power amplifier. It

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2019-03-17

From FB group Building Transistor Radios 2019-03-19 John Ferguson Yeah, I used to use the Sylvania ECG and the NTE catalogs to cross-reference transistors. But then I got some better product manuals from the makers, especially Motorola and National Semi. And I got hold of the professional industry documents. ECG and NTE give a ‘one

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2019-02-26 BF199 Half Price Offer Accepted

I made an offer for a lot of BF199 transistors on eBay, and got it. They wanted $9.90 for 200, so I offered $5.00 and they accepted my offer. That works out to 2.5 cents per transistor, not including shipping. There was only a single photo and the transistor in the photo was labeled PH

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2019-02-20 Old 2N708 Transistors

Feb 20 I got 21 ‘packages’ of 2N708 transistors for $.99 a package from Goldmine-elec.com. In the box were 42 plastic zip bags, each having 5 2N708 transistors, so apparently one ‘package is two bags. Each transistor is marked with the Motorola logo and 2N708 and on the top KOREA is stamped into the metal.

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2019-02-16 The Old Time Rejected Components Cartel

Left link to this on FB. I saw the Electronic Goldmine email ‘flyer’ ad for 2N708 transistors on sale so I had to order a bunch of those to experiment with. But their ad said nothing about them being NOS (new old stock). I’ve bought some junk from them before that were rejects or floor

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2018 Dec 8 Sinclair Book 22 Tested Circuits Using Micro Alloy Transistors

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018 Dec 8 Nick Bastian posted the schematic of a Sinclair Micromatic radio. I found the book by Clive Sinclair about the circuits using micro alloy transistors. Germanium transistors and especially micro alloy transistors are no longer made so it’s better to use silicon BJTs instead. Here is the

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2018-11-13 PSI Pacific Semiconductors Inc.

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-11-16 The guy I worked for got us some Pacific Semiconductor power transistors for use in aircraft radios. That was before they were bought out. The logo on them was the Greek letter Psi. I think I might still have one in my old parts drawers. PSI was one

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2018-10-29 Early Transistor Radios And LW Band

from FB group Vintage Transistor Radios 2018-10-29 One may find that some early transistor radios, along with AM, had Long Wave band before they had SW or FM. We should keep in mind that earlier germanium junction transistors had a maximum frequency that was limited to 2 to 4 MHz. The radios could have a

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2018-08-24 2N3904 & 2N3906 for Output Transistors

From FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-08-24 – The discussion was about the OTL complementary symmetry audio amplifier that Mr. Barnett has posted several times to the group, which uses a 2N3904 and 2N3906. Willie Barnett Let’s talk about current. Suppose your amp has a 9V supply. When the output transistor is turned fully on,

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2018-08-20 2N3904s From Mouser And Ebay

from FB group Building Transistor Radios 2018-08-22 Olek Kopyto I recently did some tests on 2N3904s I got from Mouser and from a Chinese eBay seller. The ones from Mouser had a current gain of right around 200, right in the middle of the 100 to 300 gain range according to the data sheet. The

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