Crystal Set Sites
andre.kesteloot at verizon.net
Mon Sep 25 09:16:42 CDT 2006
The information below is extracted from a message received from Richard
First, a word of caution. Crystal set building can be highly addictive
- but also very rewarding. You have been warned. ;-)
Now that that's out of the way, let's proceed.
This site is currently the local watering hole for folks to exchange
information and gab about whatever interests us at the moment.
Owen Pool's site is an excellent place to begin. /_Be sure to check out
his extensive links section._/
This site should keep you occupied for awhile. Lots of good current info
plus plans published in various magazines over the decades.
'Uncle Al' introduced a lot us to the use of torroid core coils. Very
compact sets can be made using them.
Ben Tongue's site is a diamond mine of highly technical info. It'll take
some time to absorb but, if the bug bites deep, is very much worth the
Mike Tuggle's crystal set topology is the basis for many a fine DX
crystal set. His antenna tuner (often referred to as a 'Tuggle Tuner')
is in use in most high performance sets. BTW, the two traps Mike uses
aren't required for operation but are quite useful if strong stations
make it difficult to copy a nearby frequency. They're especially useful
when DXing the broadcast band for elusive catches.
This group sprang up a few years ago and currently manage and coordinate
the 'Crystal Set DX Contest' every year that was initially started by
Owen Pool. One can view pictures and descriptions of contest sets and
view the station logs.
Finally, if all this seems overwhelming and too much to absorb, you're
right. I've been at it for many years and am still learning. One can
obtain good performance with a very basic set and advance at one's own
pace. However, if diligent a lot of radio theory and understanding can
come from the effort. Good luck and remember, it's all great fun.
Oops, almost forgot to include the Xtal Set Society's home page. They
host the forum site (watering hole). They also sell books, kits and
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