YAHOO! PHOTO ALBUMS (more than just pictures)
Xtal Set Photos by Dr.
Charlie's SW Xtal Set
Loose Coupler's pix
Mike Lee's gallery
receiver a nice two transistor receiver.
One Tube Regenerative Radio Project a radio for a buck?
NorCal Regen Building Contest at HamCom 99 ham regens with links to others
Diotran Radio - a simple regenny
Regenerative Receivers -Aussie college page with simple schematic and explanation of how they work. Part of the "course" above.
Harry's Homebrew Homepage another couple of regens and other interesting stuff
Regenerative TRF Receiver
W2UW's 1-FET transmitter/receiver
AM Radio Database Query
Program (FCC) USA helps answer the questions about why you can't hear
them, or can't avoid them- lists frequency coordinated n. and s. american
stations- and then go to the next link to:
Find Distance Between 2 Sets of Coordinates (FCC)
How far is it? another distance program with some coordinates of selected cities
CANADIAN AM RADIO DIRECTORY some real dx listed in here- 50 watt stations.
Combined BCB Freq List! Good lookup for those stations you never heard of. Includes stations below the MW band.
FCC AM Database Search not the official site, but works nicely, even when the agency budget is still in committee.
BROADCAST BAND DX LOG BOOK nice layout which shows program formats for many stations; useful for those that only ID once an hour.
Lightning Explorer Free Page gives you a map of the US showing lightning strikes within the last two hours or so - find out where that static is coming from.
Herman's dx homepage download a European/N. Africa/middle east guide to mw stations in zipped PDF format
Parts, sets, and kits
No recommendations on any of these except as noted. If you notice a link missing, be sure there is a reason. If you have a link to add, tell me and I'll look at it; if you think someone doesn't belong on this "mantle", tell me about it
Radios Great classic headphones and homebrew rigs and repros
and other stuff to use them with. You can ask if you are looking
for something special. Visit his headphone heaven and get some serious
*Larry's Genuine "Rockstand" Detector Handcrafted with cheap American labor; his (he subsidizes these by keeping a day job). If you get one any place else, you're probably paying too much for too little. Larry used one of these in the dx contest to clean out the state of California, western Canada and half the Baja peninsula. Includes an assortment of rocks with it.(I got mine)
*The Xtal Set Society - serious kits (at good prices) and some parts, including 2000 ohm headsets (ok for local stations only) and new 365 pF air variables (very nice ones - smooth and actually 20 - 400 pF). Also carry some vintage headphones from time to time. Just added a one-tube regenny kit, designed by Mike Peebles.
*Mouser - get the catalog sent to you; hard to use the online PDF version- best buy for enameled wire - lots of parts and service good - get your crystal earphones here too. Detailed specs for many parts available on line.
*Dan's Small Parts and Kits - Online catalog, something new all the time; has lots of neat buys in quantity. Stock changes, so keep checking back. Good prices and service.
*Playthings Of Past has some nice old stuff, and the prices are very good. Give Gary a try; you won't be disappointed.
*Antique Electronic Supply Online - kits and hard to find parts.
*Transtronics- Has a nice basic solderless xtal set by Techtronics similar to the older Radio shack version- check out companion solderless speaker/amp. Has some other neat looking radio/electronics stuff, such as an inexpensive rf signal generator kit. Minimum $20.00 order. Buy a bunch of the xtal sets and hand 'em out to every 10 year old in your neighborhood. See my review of this one.
Radio Shack - - best buy for 1N34 diodes, resistors, and plastic coated wire. Forget the solderless radio kits (okay, get the xtal set and do my project). Their gazillion and one electronic kits are useful for breadboarding. Will special order the high impedance crystal earlugs that come with the project kits; best price if you only need one or two; part no. is 10637379. If you aren't satisfied, no-hassle returns.
PV Scientific Instrument's Crystal Radio Page - hand crafted radios and kits - they may look pricey, but sets like these aren't junk box specials, unless you have a really nice junk box. Will also make you up a kit - just give them a price range. If you buy one of their sets and don't like it, send it to me for disposal and I will pay S&H - hi.
Circuit Specialists electronic parts. Online catalog.
Electronic Kits for Kids Mini Labs Slider
Ramsey Electronics has a crystal radio -looks pricey, but worth a look. Construction and operating manual downloadable in PDF format.
Einstein's Emporium has the Smithsonian kit and the Mini Labs kit.
Electronic Goldmine has an interesting assortment of electronics stuff, including AM tuning coils and polyfilm variables. Online pdf catalog. Good service, and will actually send a cash refund if out of stock on prepaid orders. Stock rotates.
eBay Listings: Radio Equipment auctions on neat radio stuff.
Surplus Shed: currently has some sensitive 4kohm military surplus headphones made by Trimm for a good price.
Restoration Hardware sells a rocket radio - just like you could get in the '50s. (reports are that it doesn't work very well or tune above 1300 kHz, but at 10 bucks, might be a nice nostalgia item). Put one in my stocking.
Ocean State Electronics a nice on-line catalog. Has some ZN414s (pricey).
radiokits A "credit card" radio, limited edition (instant classic?) By Fran Golden - circuit design probably like the new RS kit, but costs more. Novelty design.
Jayso Electronics - Hobby Kits a new twist - a Videokit - video plus what looks like the minilabs slider. Boring...
AM Crystal Radio Kit C. Crane imported an interesting looking slider from Old Blighty. Another instant classic attempt? May be a nice gift if you have more money than time.
Dick Smith Electronics -Australia's answer to Radio Shack - back of catalog has a nice electronics reference section.
Hand crafted xtal sets made to order K8CIX makes some beauties.
Amidon get your ferrite cores and toroids from the source.
Amazon.com: buying info: Crystal Radio Kit a Minilabs slider at a good price
MINI LABS CRYSTAL RADIO . And yet another source
eToys: Crystal Radio Kit - UK site with a basic xtal set
Circuit Test Electronics another set from the UK
C.B. Schrock It took two years, but they got their picture links working
Fair Radio Sales Company Inc. surplus and some nice matching transformers for high level detection.
Electronix Express good online catalog
ONE CHIP AM RADIO KIT a MK484 IC radio. Looks good, price looks right, but oh, those Canadian shipping charges. Buy several for your scout troop.
Since I have been mostly been building my own, or helping students with
theirs, I can't say how most of the kits will work out, but will put up
a new page and post reviews if you send them to me.
The Xtal Set Society
- get a sample copy of their newsletter on line, then subscribe.
I've got 5 of their books, and am getting more. Be sure to include
P.A. Kinzie's book on Crystal Set History, Fundamentals and Design in your
The National Radio Club / DX Audio Service - has useful publications and reprints on dxing, antennas, crystal sets...
Lindsay Publications fun to read web site and catalog. Good service.
Rainy Day Books interesting early crystal radio reprints
BookFinder.com: Search for New, Out of Print and Used Books
abebooks.com - the world's largest source of out-of-print books!
Nation Builder Books
Books and Videos on Transistor Radios and More worth a look for collectors
ManualMan Homepage large selection of electronic operating, service and assembly manuals
Collecting, collections and related groups
Antiques NOVELTY RADIOS has some original Miniman rocket radios - very
pricey, but some people will spend anything on nostalgia.
Welcome to oldradios.com - offers some of the small radios of yesteryear as collectors items. Take a look and bring your checkbook.
GOLLUM has some neat pix at his site too.
Antique Radio Classified: Radio on the Web order sample copy of the magazine on line; you might get hooked
Antique Radio Resources links page to a lot of antique radio sites, including some pix of early crystal radios.
Radiomuseum Rottenburg pix of some nice old crystal sets
Radios Antigos no Brasil a nice page from Brazil, in english
Radio and Phono Archives
Matt's antique radio page
Air Champ Crystal Radios does anyone remember these?
AGN another beautiful set
Xtal Radio Index Japaanese site with some nice pix
Antique Wireless Association
Pre-1930 has some old sets and some interesting repros.
LWCA Longwave Home Page when you're ready to go down low....
Rockheads in (Cyber)Space
Set Radio Club -Cyberspace crystal radio club; bandwidth courtesy of
Yahoo. Join in and connect with other rockheads. Anyone can
watch, or join in. Lively postings and good stuff. (Got to join to
see the pictures)
Rap 'n Tap Xtal Set Society forum. Re-formatted after the old program started giving us fits. An excellent place to get in on the action - visitors positively welcome.
Yahoo! Clubs amradiodx100khzto1800khz most of these guys don't use xtal sets much, but they know how to dig out the long haul stations
Have anything you want to add? drop me a line