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 Post subject: Re: Remember your first solid-state radio?
PostPosted: Jul Tue 20, 2021 11:17 am 
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Brett_Buck wrote:
J. Hill wrote:
What did the battery saver switch do?


I don't have that radio. Typically, battery saver switches cause the voltage supplied to the output stage is greatly reduced. On several Zenith lunchbox radios, it runs on 3 volts instead of the usual 9. At low volume, you really can't tell the difference.

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The wiring on this set went from the switch to the A battery.

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 Post subject: Re: Remember your first solid-state radio?
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one of the first transistor radios I had was a car radio that I installed in a cardboard box for a table radio. it really pulled in the stations especially late at night. I think that I powered it with a train transformer. made a grill cloth for it and everything. long ago


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 Post subject: Re: Remember your first solid-state radio?
PostPosted: Aug Tue 17, 2021 4:10 am 
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Mine was an AITC P-3106 AM pocket radio that I got for my birthday in 1970 if I remember right.


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 Post subject: Re: Remember your first solid-state radio?
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Mine was a Sylvania Model T-7 I got back about 1960. I still have it and it still sort of works. (A bit low sensitivity, caps helped a little but need to dig deeper....)


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 Post subject: Re: Remember your first solid-state radio?
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Yes, built from scraps of plywood, white Formica. Some sort of substitute transistor and battery clamps from Lafayette. A crystal receiver and a one transistor amp. I used it for years as a bedside radio with magnetic earphone under the pillow. I wished I had saved it, I think the battery holder is still around as well as the earphone. I cannot recall the hardcover library book either. My visiting uncle saw the "rig", that Christmas I got a shiny plastic Aurora crystal set kit. Didn't work as well despite a series of mods, I was forever knocking it off the night stand... Then I went through a series of refurbished AA5's just their chassis. Then I got married and the bedside radio went away :(

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 Post subject: Re: Remember your first solid-state radio?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 19, 2021 12:20 am 
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Then I got married and the bedside radio went away :(

Once you've been married 40-50 years, it'll return.

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