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variometer2 Impressive Tuner Coil

Craig Smith of Firefly Workshop (South Milwaukee, WI)

With my crystal radio projects, I recently made a dual coil variometer tuner. Connected to a diode, crystal earphone, antenna & ground wires (no batteries) I tuned in 1540 KXCL Waterloo Iowa from 270 miles away here in Milwaukee. The coils were wound on a segment of thinwall 3” PVC, and a segment of 2” PVC coupler. My antenna is a 35’ wire running out my window and atop my fence. I am amazed of the performance of simple scrap materials put together just right. http://www.crystalradio.net is the best resource for beginners and experts.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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