When I got my order from Dams Small Parts, I got 20 of the 1N34A diodes. That will allow me to build some more crystal radios, as well as finish one project I had on hold for almost a year. The one from the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Standards Circulars.
I had most of the parts ready and couldn’t find any diodes to make it. Thats the hazard of being a buy, sell, trade individual. Just when you need something, You find that you sold or traded it last week.
Then there was all the other chaos last spring. Well, I found most all the parts where I left them last spring. I few parts I’m still looking for though. Those few vintage hard to find kind. I would like to use an original type “Variable – Air Condenser” if possible.
The Radio I was after was Department of Commerce, Bureau of Standards Circular #137 model with the loading coil. The other circulars add the “Loose Coupler” and other refinements. I think I still have most of the carbon amplifier parts around. So I can forgo the tube amplifier circuit and wet cell batteries. Though there are some small tubes available for trying out as time and money permits.
This is a micro watt endeavor still. More with less is my motto. I won’t rule out tubes or even vintage transistors or homemade versions of them.
I am a DIY person. I make radios of all types and bows and muzzle loaders. You never know what I will be doing next. Especially since I have a new Tesla Coil in the works.