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First of all, the stories are wonderful.
I could comment on
all of them. I was really cool seeing the pictures
of the S-38E, which is so much different looking
than the S-38.
In 1962, when I was 7 or 8, my dad built a Heathkit
I still have it – it is a cool little crystal set, which I
believe was intended to be a bomb shelter radio
during the cold war era. It was made from the 1950s
until sometime in the 1960s, I guess.
It is easy to find on the web, but basically it is a
box with 3 knobs for tuning, and binding posts
for 2000 ohm headphones, antenna and ground.
When I was a boy, but old enough to know what
a gem it was, my dad took it out
of the attic and let me have it.
It received the local stations. WDRC, Hartford on
1360 was my favorite, because it was a top 40 station at the
time. This was about 1968. WDRC’s big competitor, WPOP
(1410) would appear under WDRC if I tuned the radio
correctly. I had no problem with listening to both stations
The radio had the old Conelrad markings on it (640 and 1240 kHz.)
Somewhere along the line I partly stripped the radio for the
tunable capacitors. Twenty years later, I put the radio
completely back together. Unfortunately, the original knobs
are gone. I had to use some other knobs that looked
Crystal radio DX? I had never believed it to be possible with
that radio. It was a nice crystal set, but so many people have
designed DX crystal sets are greatly superior. The
CR-1 is just not that selective.
Well, with a 150 foot end fed wire, I did get a few DX stations.
I heard the weird Cuban time-tick station on 570 kHz. (This
station transmits on frequencies all over the AM BCB, as
many of you know.) I also heard the Canadian 740 kHz oldies
station. (I thinks it’s in Toronto.)
During the day, WFAN (ex WNBC) on 660 kHz in New York city is there
most of the time. The radio has received some other stations,
but the above mentioned ones are probably the
It is possible to DX on this radio below about 750 kHz. Anywhere
above that, the local stations swamp the set, especially WTIC
(1080 kHz 50 kW), three miles away. I have tried to build wave traps
to knock down the local stations, but so far I have been unsuccessful.
WTIC AM is transmitting with HD IBOC, and it is very easy to
hear the IBOC hash just to the sides of the AM audio.
Some day, I want to build a really good crystal set.