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Dave's Homemade Tube Radios

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Hi, this is Dave Schmarder. This page is here to show all the vacuum tube radios that I have built in the 21st century. I built lots of stuff with tubes in the old pre-internet days, but those are long gone and no pictures exist.

But with the miracle of digital cameras and the internet, you get to see what I've been cooking up in my kitchen workshop. I'm very proud to show you these projects. Many have been reproduced by others and it is a joy when they send me pictures.

If you want to see my old page, here it is.

Schematics Only!

My Tube Radio Projects

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Single Triode Regen 2 Tube BCB Regen Hybrid Tube Regen 3 Tube All Wave

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Reflex Radio 1T4 Shortwave 4 Tube MW Set "Pentaflex" SW

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Single 3Q5 Regen 1D8 Shortwave Breadboard Radio Regen-o-flex

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Single Tube DX Radio Acorn Tube DX Radio Single Tube Radio Sig Gen Conversion

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Multi-Radio All Wave 1625 Loop Radio Hikers Radio

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1 Tube Superhet Variocoupler Regen 12L6 DX Radio 1J24b Loop Radio

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Helenedyne 2 Tube Regenator Compactron Radio 7C5 Loctal Regen

Dave At Work!

Yes, there you see me. (Actually this picture is popular. It has been lifted and used on other sites, such as blogs and all.) I tried to make a new "blitz pix" for a friend, but unfortunately my graphics program will no longer do them.

My Shop

Who else do you know that keeps a drill press, scroll saw and belt sander in the kitchen. I've noticed that my food has had kind of a garolitie taste lately. My vegie-drawer in my fridge is filled with batteries. I guess you can tell by now that I live alone. I only get in arguements with myself and I usually win.

How I started

I would like to tell you a little about my background. My interest in radio goes back to around 1955 when I was 5 years old. My dad used to repair radios before I was around. Luckily he got into something that actually paid real money. Luckily too, he kept all the old radio stuff. I started soldering and fiddling before I was 10 years old. My dad had earned his Amateur Radio license, and I tagged along. I learned a lot.

For the next 25 years, I put together many projects, tube and semiconductor. I earned my Novice ham ticket in 1965. This only accelerated the building. I was a nerd before it was popular. I just sat in my cellar and played with my Weller as someone once said.