Dave’s Homemade Crystal Radios
Hello crystal radio fans. Glad you stopped by today. I always like telling my story. For those that have passed 50, this story will most likely sound familiar. That is, we are yearning to relive our childhood. Well, for a small sum of money I was able to do the same.
A “crystal set” is a radio receiver that requires no batteries, or household electric current to operate. It has no apparent power supply. I will tell you at the end of this article how this radio gets it’s power.
The crystal set was the first radio for broadcast reception. Back then, these radios used a galena crystal (a piece of rock that acted as a semiconductor to recover the audio from radio frequency waves). Since then, the semiconductor diode has replaced the galena in most designs as it is one less thing that the user has to fiddle around with.
Since the crystal set is self powered, headphones are required for listening. This ain’t your son’s ghetto blaster. The sound is quite faint but still easy to hear.