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I suppose I won’t qualify for the door prize, but as I remember the rest of the lineup Neil started, it consisted of a 12BE6 “converter,” a 12BA6 IF amplifier, and a 12AV6 or maybe 12AT6 detector/1st audio stage.
However my AM reception experience here in west-central Illinois is not quite as dismal as suggested, with respect to locally-generated electrical noise.
I can receive the daytime groundwave signals of Chicago Class A stations WSCR, WGN, WBBM and WLS here on a cheap, solid-state clock radio in my home, some 250 miles away from their transmit sites
The pop count of my city is about 45,000, with maybe 5,000 more in the metro area.