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Our childhood toys

mbenne

master brummie
Before I could stretch to a transistor radio, as boy I made myself a crystal set from parts bought from a shop in town, whose name I can't remember. Having soldered the few components in accordance with a circuit drawing I had, and spread a thin wire around my bedroom ceiling to act as an aerial, I could twiddle with the little tuning device and sit up late at night listening to Radio Caroline and other stations on my little bakelite headphones. Does anybody else remember their crystal set?
I had one for Xmas in the early 60s. I think my Dad bought it from The Army and Navy Store, the headphones looked military like with a black metal headband, Bakelite ear cups and khaki coloured wire which attached to two terminals on a wooden box with a speaker like grill on the front , though it emitted no sound! I couldn't understand how it could work, having no power supply and was even more confused when I took the back off to reveal a couple of soldered wires and what looked like a glass filament. The only connection to the box as I recall was a wire which was attached to a earthing rod outside in the garden? I think he bought them for my cousins too and later made one for himself, though this one was powered by a small battery, maybe this was an early attempt at making a transistor radio?
 

mbenne

master brummie
that radio would have been every young boys dream, I had a radio given to me at a very early age and now have this obsession with old vintage radios, I remember as a kid, my dad started his own business in a small shed in the garden and I used to sit for hours with him listening to the cricket commentary from far away from Australia, or radio five football night. I'd take radio over T. V any day of the week
I wanted to respond to this but it was off thread so posted it on
 

Richarddye

master brummie
Before I could stretch to a transistor radio, as boy I made myself a crystal set from parts bought from a shop in town, whose name I can't remember. Having soldered the few components in accordance with a circuit drawing I had, and spread a thin wire around my bedroom ceiling to act as an aerial, I could twiddle with the little tuning device and sit up late at night listening to Radio Caroline and other stations on my little bakelite headphones. Does anybody else remember their crystal set?
Very much so......It took me a while to get it working and my parents did not appreciate the wires around my bedroom. Every once in a while I would come home and they were gone! My mother had enough.....
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
Very much so......It took me a while to get it working and my parents did not appreciate the wires around my bedroom. Every once in a while I would come home and they were gone! My mother had enough.....
:joy:i hid my very thin wires under the skirting board. and through the corner of the window to the outside.
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
as i was into electrics.i bought one of these for 10/- 1577884956762.pngto tinker with. and so did my mate next door. we conected them.and was talking at night. mom did draw the line at that. we was e:(victed to the garden shed and air raid shelter.as coms rooms
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
And dozens of amateur stamp dealers making a bit of money on the side. I bet that they and the many in Exchange & Mart were frequent recipients of letters from the Inland Revenue!

Maurice :cool:
 

Edifi

master brummie
Alan had that Money Box for years.Gave it to my G/son for his 10 birthday last year.He loved the smiling face
 

Edifi

master brummie
Ray,just after the war finished ,my father worked for a Co in Balsall Heath named Lengs who made brushes of all kinds.Mr Les Leng give me a Crystal set he had made.Spent many hours listening with my head phones on
 

Williamstreeter

master brummie
Before I could stretch to a transistor radio, as boy I made myself a crystal set from parts bought from a shop in town, whose name I can't remember. Having soldered the few components in accordance with a circuit drawing I had, and spread a thin wire around my bedroom ceiling to act as an aerial, I could twiddle with the little tuning device and sit up late at night listening to Radio Caroline and other stations on my little bakelite headphones. Does anybody else remember their crystal set?
I never had a crystal set , but a mate had one up the street from me , after messing and twiddling for hours one Sunday afternoon we started receiving interference . I unfortunately had to leave for about half an hour , when I went back I was told by my mate which was endorsed by his three younger brothers . That in my absence they had received an SOS message I at a young age was baffled , is it true or not I asked myself ? After chewing the fat with the present company for what seemed ages , they then told me that the SOS translated read Send our Sunblest with that they all collapsed with laughter . Needless to say I wasn't that amused , I rather thought we might have been on the track of something important
 

mw0njm.

Brummie Dude
I never had a crystal set , but a mate had one up the street from me , after messing and twiddling for hours one Sunday afternoon we started receiving interference . I unfortunately had to leave for about half an hour , when I went back I was told by my mate which was endorsed by his three younger brothers . That in my absence they had received an SOS message I at a young age was baffled , is it true or not I asked myself ? After chewing the fat with the present company for what seemed ages , they then told me that the SOS translated read Send our Sunblest with that they all collapsed with laughter . Needless to say I wasn't that amused , I rather thought we might have been on the track of something important
you could have done xsets were hf and some SOS CQD Frequencies were down there
 
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