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Transistor Radio

Transistor Radio

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Check out this super simple radio. It isn't bread boarded, just tacked onto a piece of wood. Classic improvisation.
Check out this super simple radio. It isn't bread boarded, just tacked onto a piece of wood. Classic improvisation.

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Published by: Jim on Nov 07, 2008
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TRANSISTOR
simple
receiver
in
an
hour.
By
Robert Hertzberg
S
ART assembling theMItransistorradio at seven o'clock. At eight,plug in the earphone and listen to pro-grams! It's as simple and reliable asthat. Even if you've never attemptedradio construction before, you'll find thejob easy and enjoyable. The secret liesin a carefully planned and tested layoutwith open, one-plane ,wiring. Add tothis the fact that we've presented a full-size photograph, over which you can as-semble and wire the parts, and you can'tgo wrong.In the design of this set, special atten-tion was paid to protection of the sensi-tive transistor against the heat of thesoldering iron. The protective measure?No soldering of the transistor! You doall the assembling and soldering whilethe transistor is safely enclosed in itsplastic container. Then, as the very laststep, you merely wrap the three slenderleads of the transistor under the headsof three small screws and tighten thelatter.The baseboard can be any smoothpiece of wood equal in size to the full-size photograph. A scrap of shelving isfine; so is a piece of plywood
3/8
or
M
in. thick. Sand the edges lightly, thentear out the layout sheet and cement ortape it in place.Begin by mounting the ground andaerial binding posts. In each case, pass asmall wood screw through the hole in asoldering lug and through the hole ina post and tighten into the baseboard.Face the lugs to the right and pry them
a
up a little so the wires will fit in theirends.
A
flat piece of aluminum comes withthe loopstick. Bend it carefully in thecenter to form an
L
bracket. Then facethe leg with the large hole to the leftand fasten the base leg with two woodscrews. Mount the coil by putting theend with the threaded shaft through thelarge hole. from the right, keeping the
.
two soldering lugs on the coil formparallel to the baseboard. Press gentlyand the neck of the coil will lock in thehole. Next unravel and remove someloose, bare copper wire near the lugs andtighten a small black knob on thethreaded shaft.With
its
lugs facing the loopstick,mount the tuning capacitor with No.
4
wood screws, one in each corner. It
is
necessary to raise the capacitor about
'/4
in. above the surface of the base to al-
 
The full-size photograph on the opposite
page
is
your
guide.
Tear
it out
and
glueit to a baseboard of the same dimensions.
low the bottom of the shaft to turnfreely. For spacers, use plywood, Ma-sonite or a couple of hex nuts to eachscrew. Tighten a small black knob onthe shaft.Next four soldering lugs are installed.Tighten one, facing right, under
a
screw
in
the position marked "Tie Point." Theother three are fastened loosely at thepoints marked
"E,"
B" and
"C."
Theseidentify the connections of the transis-tor:
E
for emitter,
B
for base andCforcollector.The two small
L
brackets for the ear-phone jack are fastened to the baseboardwith small wood screws, and the ear-phone jack itself is secured to thebrackets with
2x56
screws and nuts.Last to
be
installed is the battery holder,which is fastened in place with two smallwood screws.You're now ready for the wiring. Forthis you'll need a small soldering ironof the pencil type, a roll of rosin coresolder, a pair of side cutting pliers, a pairof long-nose pliers and a small spool ofNo.
20
solid hook-up wire with plasticor push-back insulation. This wire isindicated
in
blue on the full-size photo-graph. In all cases, after cutting a wireto length, push back or trim off about
%
in.
of the insulation from each endand bend the ends to
form
small hooksto fit the holes in the soldering lugs.Begin by soldering the points wherethere
is
only wire leading into a connec-tion; that is, solder at the upper lug ofthe tuning
[Continued
on
page
1821
IN48
.02 MFD C
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CAPACITORGROUND
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3-VOLT BATTERYEARPHONEBRACKETS(2)TRANSISTOR
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NOTE WlRESPACING

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