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I started building radios when I was a teen ager. The radios on this page are a fraction of what I have built over the years. My initial projects were simple with 2 and 3 transistors only. Eventually I discovered ICs and started using them together with transistors in my advanced projects. Looking for some change, I ventured into vintage land and decided to build a tube radio! To my surprise, the experience was so rewarding, I managed to build 8 tube radios in only 4 years! My last effort in tube land was a hybrid 9 tube-3 IC stereo FM receiver with a solid-state MPX decoder for stereo reception.

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Tube Receivers

Some people ask me "why tube radios?". Well, for the nostalgia, for the love of glowing tubes, and for the challenge of building radios the way they were built more than 50 years ago. Real radios glow in the dark!


5 Tube
MW Receiver

7 Tube
SW Receiver

8 Tube - 1 Tr
SW Receiver

2 Tube
FM Receiver

3 Tube
SW Receiver

2 Tube - 2 Tr
SW Receiver

8 Tube
FM Receiver

9 Tube Stereo
FM Receiver

Solid-State Receivers

If it wasn't for the criters above, man wouldn't have reached the moon and beyond. These radios won't heat up my room or serve as a couch for my cat, but they will still get me the world & at a much lower cost!


2 Transistor
MW Receiver

3 Tr - 1 IC
MW Receiver

2 Tr - 1 IC
FM Receiver

9 Tr - 1 IC
SW Receiver

9 Tr - 1 IC
MW-SW Receiver

13 Tr - 2 IC
SW Receiver

2 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

2 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

2 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

3 Tr - 4 IC
MW Receiver

11 Tr - 8 IC
SW Receiver

4 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

A step in the right direction. Receivers below include an LCD digital dial that displays tuned frequency for easy stations location.

Schematics included!


10 Tr - 10 IC
SW Receiver

6 Tr - 6 IC
SW Receiver

6 Tr - 6 IC
SW Receiver

Stability at last. Receivers below include a direct digital synthesis variable frequency oscillator (DDS VFO) for drift-free tuning.

Schematics included!


3 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

3 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

6 Tr - 7 IC
SW Receiver

3 Tr - 6 IC
SW Receiver

15 Tr - 4 IC
SW Receiver

12 Tr - 5 IC
SW Receiver

A chalange that was finaly taken on. Receivers below use a couple of ICs (Integrated Circuits) to receive FM broadcasts in STEREO.

Schematics included!


2 IC
FM Receiver

2 IC
FM Receiver

Solid-State SSB Monitors

Schematics included!


3 Tr - 1 IC
SSB Monitor

4 Tr - 1 IC
SSB Monitor

Solid-State Transmitters


6 Tr - 4 IC
FM Transmitter

1 IC
FM Transmitter

Solid-State MPX Decoders


3 IC
Stereo Decoder

A short history | My radio background | Homemade radios | Tube radios
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