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Single Triode BCB Regen    Dual 1t4 Pentode BCB Regen

Single Triode Regen      2 Tube BCB Regen

Hybrid Tube BCB Regen    3 Tube All Wave

Hybrid Tube Regen      3 Tube All Wave

Reflex Radio    Shortwave Regen

Reflex Radio      Shortwave

Hi Friend! Thanks for showing up. This is my second homemade radio page. The first is my homemade crystal set page. I got so excited about this homebrew project, I decided to make some tube sets too.

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 when I was almost 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.

I built quite a few crystal radios, but never any regenerative radios. These pages will describe the regen sets that I am working on. I do these pages in near real-time. If I am waiting for parts to come on or the shellac to dry, I pop into the computer room and type a few lines of code.

I have no radios to show you right now. But here are my plans:

Build a two tube regen radio for the broadcast band using two 1T4 tubes.
Build a two tube regen radio using two type 30 tubes with plug in coils for broadcast and shortwave bands.
Build a regen radio using 12 volt hybrid tubes. These are tubes that only require a 12 volt plate supply. They were popular just before fully transistorized radios were made for autos.

So, please come back. It might take me a couple of months to have something worthwhile here as it is somewhat more difficult to find these parts.

73, Dave - N2DS

My shop, a.k.a. The kitchen. The woman would scream if I had one.

Tube Radio Links

Yahoo! Home Built Radios Group
Play Things Of Past Lots of old radio parts.
Antique Electronic Supply  Buy your radio here
Midnightscience  The Xtal Set Society
Radio Museum from France
Spark Museum Lots of fine radios. Take a look.
German Tube Radio Page,
Old german radios Has a lot of nice pictures.
One valve receivers from Australia.  Radio station database
Franks Electron Tube Website from Holland.
Vacuum Tube Database
Jogi's tube radio site in german.
Lots of good tube radio info here!
Tubepad This is how I now draw the schematics (#8 and later).
Boat Anchor Manual ArchiveFree radio manual downloads. Saved my butt several times!
Gary, WD4NKA's Tube projects site.