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Old 7th June 2012, 09:37 PM   #11
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A regenerative receiver. I couldn't believe that I could get Deutsche Welle on that little claptrap setup.
Great isn't it when you get the first radio working ..a two transistor regen with SW coils was an extension of the Phillips X40 kit

The "Radionic" electronic kit series

All bolt togeather parts..

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Did you need an extended aerial? Diode or crystal cats wisker?

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Yes - we did need the antenna - long piece of wire is all with that. It was the old crystal cats whisker type - Later we built one with the variable capacitor tuning circuits.

After that it was off to a couple of years of electronics tech school in da Navy.

My exposure to good quality stereo wuz while I was in the Navy. A buddy and I built a 15 wpc Heathkit and hooked up some Koss cans to it. Man!!!! I've been hooked every since...
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Yes - we did need the antenna - long piece of wire is all with that. It was the old crystal cats whisker type - Later we built one with the variable capacitor tuning circuits.

After that it was off to a couple of years of electronics tech school in da Navy.

My exposure to good quality stereo wuz while I was in the Navy. A buddy and I built a 15 wpc Heathkit and hooked up some Koss cans to it. Man!!!! I've been hooked every since...
Heathkit were very good...I remember Hart amps as well...Sinclair did a modular HIFI that just bolted togeather for the bodge it guys..it even had a Grafic EQ...

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Crystal radio when I was about 8 years old. Really simple thing, but it seemed unbelievably complex to me at the time. It's still a great reference point.
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I got my first taste of electronics when attempting to fix an old black and white TV.
My father had some spare valves lying around so I swapped some in and got the TV working again.

In the 1980's I got involved with disco equipment and built my own disco from Maplin kits. It all worked very well. This was amazing as i had little clue as to how the electronics worked then. A little care and a little luck go a long way.
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Philips electronic engineer kit. I built the AM TRF radio (4 transistors?), then wound a new coil to get Trawler Band. About the same time I began to read Practical Wireless (I think I was about 13 at the time); I learnt a lot from that. Later progressed to Wireless World and RadCom.
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Philips electronic engineer kit. I built the AM TRF radio (4 transistors?), then wound a new coil to get Trawler Band. About the same time I began to read Practical Wireless (I think I was about 13 at the time); I learnt a lot from that. Later progressed to Wireless World and RadCom.
The Phillips engineer kit,

Was this the one with a perforated chassis and you pushed the spring retainer through the holes with a spring on the other side.. you depressed the spring to put the component legs in?

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Was this the one with a perforated chassis and you pushed the spring retainer through the holes with a spring on the other side.. you depressed the spring to put the component legs in?
That was the one I had!
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I got my first taste of electronics when attempting to fix an old black and white TV.
My father had some spare valves lying around so I swapped some in and got the TV working again.

In the 1980's I got involved with disco equipment and built my own disco from Maplin kits. It all worked very well. This was amazing as i had little clue as to how the electronics worked then. A little care and a little luck go a long way.
Yes I built a couple of maplin kits,

One of them was a fet amp that you could bridge to get double power..DC protection board and relay..They advertised it as bomb proof just like the best valve amps..

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That was the one I had!
I bet you had the posh one with the speaker and extra parts.. My fingers used to sting after stripping it and rebuilding..pulling the springs off..

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