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 Post subject: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
PostPosted: Jun Tue 19, 2018 5:39 pm 
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If you need small IF transformers, antenna coils, and polyvaricons for homebrew radios, the Pink Lizard is for you! Complete set of parts for $8 with free shipping!

https://www.amazon.com/Pink-Lizard-Seve ... io+diy+kit

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
PostPosted: Jun Tue 19, 2018 6:55 pm 
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Or 5 Dirhams for the "built" radio in the Souk in Dubai. Yes, a 5-10-15 store over there had them...."Sonny" branded :shock:

5 dirhams (conversion is 27c / I UAE Dirham) = $1.36

We bought a bunch of them (they also included the mono earphone) and tried them out - pretty sensitive, but back here in the states with more stations, the stronger stations tend to overload adjacent, weaker stations. For parts, a goldmine, yes. :D One got sacrificed for the battery contacts to fix a National Semiconductor calculator I picked up at a thrift store.

My brother and I also bought a dozen of those cheapie HF-free DMMs for 5 Dirhams each while in Dubai in 2001. I still have 5 of my 6 - one had the battery corrode while in my glovebox - it did get used twice, so it paid for itself.

EDIT: Just $5.61 at Banggood:
https://www.banggood.com/search/am-radio-kit.html
They also have an AM-FM radio kit too - probably chip-based FM.

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
PostPosted: Jun Wed 20, 2018 12:43 am 
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I dunno Rich; 8 buck is kinda pricey...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/DIY-Kits-Super ... SwkSNZ5ILA

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
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I just received another one a couple weeks ago, they take a while to get here.

I use them for parts also but this time I actually assembled one, works pretty good.

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
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Rocco53 wrote:
this time I actually assembled one, works pretty good.


With 3 IF's and an audio interstage plus output transformer, I would imagine so.

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
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Rich, W3HWJ wrote:
If you need small IF transformers, antenna coils, and polyvaricons for homebrew radios, the Pink Lizard is for you! Complete set of parts for $8 with free shipping!

https://www.amazon.com/Pink-Lizard-Seve ... io+diy+kit

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Now reduced to $5.91!

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
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Bought one - the peer pressure was too intense ...

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
PostPosted: Jul Mon 02, 2018 11:36 am 
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Oh WoW! Let me order one for myself. The radio looks so cool and those tiny transformers bring back memories of good old days when life was simpler.


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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
PostPosted: Jul Mon 02, 2018 5:30 pm 
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$5.34 and free shipping;
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-7-Tube-AM- ... 1#viTabs_0

Interesting that they classify it as "seven tube", lol.

You know, you can easily use one of these as an audio amplifier; all you have to do is connect an input to its ground and center VC tap. It would work just fine to amplify a low level output from an MP3 player to an AM transmitter, or you could build an RF probe and use it as a signal tracer.

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
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I was thinking of getting a few of these purely for parts also. I changed my mind after reading the specs of a similar kit, which quoted the IF as being 470KC, instead of the more usual 455, which would make the transformers less useful. Does anyone know for sure what they are supposed to be tuned to?


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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
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I wouldn't sweat the 15 kilocycle difference; not really enough to throw anything off in a consumer circuit. If we were talking high grade lab or medical circuits, then it might be another story. Besides, the cores can always be adjusted to whatever freq you want, within a range. It's just that they respond best to a specific one. The one that I referenced stated 465 Kc, easily within tolerance.

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 Post subject: Re: Pink Lizard: A Parts Goldmine!
PostPosted: Aug Wed 15, 2018 11:07 am 
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I see there is a FM LED car module under 6$ is that TRUE?
Free shipping ? where is that worth for EU too?

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