We are now ready to build our simplest radio.
A very simple radio with two parts
First let me warn you that this first little radio may not work in yourlocation. It relies on having a very strong local radio station toovercome the limitations of such a simple radio. If it does not workwhere you are, you can either build its cousins that we will discusslater, or you can drive out closer to a local radio station, and try itthere. But because it is so simple, you might try building it just to seewhat you might be able to pick up.If your earphone has a jack on the end, cut it off, so you have twolong wires coming from the earphone. If the wires are twisted aroundeach other, that is OK, since we only need them to be separate at thevery ends.Remove the covering (called insulation) from the ends of the wires toexpose an inch of bare wire. Often you can do this with your fingernail,but a tool called a wire stripper is made for this purpose, and canusually be purchased at the same place you got the earphone or thediode.Wrap one bare wire around one of the diode's wires. Use some tape tokeep it in place. If you know how to solder, you can solder the wirestogether, but it really isn't necessary for now.