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Skippy! Radio #54

Skippy Crystal Radio

Skippy Crystal Radio

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I should have called this a "Jiffy" radio. I like Jif peanut butter. As I was nearing the bottom of the container, I thought that this would make a cheap and simple little crystal set. After going to a local hamfest where they were showing kids how to build a simple crystal set radio, I had to become a kid again.

As you can tell, I didn't spend a lot of time or money on this radio. The variable capacitor is a triple gang type. Only a 2 gang is needed here. But make sure the capacitor you pick will fit inside the cap, even with the plates open.

The coil is 31 turns of 40/44 litz wire close wound on the outside of the jar. The diameter of the jar is 3-7/8 inches (9,8 cm). There are 3 small holes drilled where the winding starts and 3 more where they end. The sets of holes are just under 5/8 inches (13 mm) apart. The 3 holes at each end do a good job holding the wire ends.

You can use 26 or 28 gauge magnet wire instead of the litz. Larger sizes can be used if you increase the number of turns on the coil. There is a lot of room on the form. I wound the coil as far to the bottom of the container as I could. I didn't want the metal on the variable capacitor to interfere with the coil.

I won't talk more about this radio. The pictures show it all. So have fun building this one.

73 and good crystal DX. Dave - N2DS

Crystal Radio #54

Crystal Radio #54 Schematic

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