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British Made Crystal Radio
By Hamish Galloway
(Builder and Author)
reconstruction of a "Gecophone" crystal set in a
genuine empty "Gecophone"box.
(Reproduction on left,
original on right)
dimensions and a gazillion hi-res photos
were sent to me by 'cyberbuddies' on the 'net - one kind fellow even
some sheet mica to build the capacitor!
Both cabinets are "original"
and not reproductions.
made 99.9% of the parts for it - winding the
variometer coils, turning all the sockets for plugins of the
aerial, etc, reproduced the label (and a complete manual!), engraved
"A little "Unimat"
set up to cut the slot in the "Earth" pin".
|After I wound the coils
(used DCC wire salvaged from old coils -different colors) I soaked them
shellac - that's the 'hung out to dry' picture.
panel was made from that laminated plastic which nameplates are
engraved from. It was too thin, so I
'crazy glued' some other black plastic to bring it up to thickness.
are 2 capacitors used in the set. I made the tubular one but
'cheated' on the flat one - it was robbed from an Atwater Kent Model 20
tinker with old tube radios).
a pair of GEC Headphone and the Crystal Radio is complete.
do have several excellent reproductions of 'inside lid' labels now,
thanks to 'cyberbuddies' and with lots of help from Photoshop :-)
Currently, I am hoping to do the same with two
boxes I have - a "Revephone" and a "BTH Bijou".
|The intention of this article is not to
give details so one can build this radio, but istead to show you what
creativity can do if applied to crystal radios. Please do not email for
detailed plans for this radio.
If you have a "reproduction" item relating to Crystal Radios or Tube
Radios and would like to present it on a page, please email me.
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