Original Ideas Needed for Radio Receiver :)

Original Ideas Needed for Radio Receiver :)

Post by Stephen William Simps » Tue, 07 Mar 1995 14:56:54

Hola Everyone,

        I'm a third year undergraduate at the university of Canterbury NZ, and
I need some help.

        I decided to do a comms paper this year, it has one project : design
and make your own radio.  Fine easy you say... except that the marker likes
original ideas.

        Last year one of the students taking the course spent a fairly
substantial sum of money to build a radio complete with surround sound etc.
etc.  He got about 90%, but a smart young fellow built a crystal set and got
92%.  The reason he got such a high mark was because he made his own diode out
of some sought of crystal he requisitioned from physics.

        So my problem is to find an original idea for a radio which falls into
these catergories (in order of importance).

        1:  It needs to be original, I thought of extending the idea of the
crystal set a little by making my own tuning capacitor out of some of those old
fashioned razor blades (has anyone tried this?).  Someone built a 'Co-hearer'
radio last year, that got good marks.  Does anyone know of any unusaul am
receivers (the older the technology the better), or know of any books
describing early radio recievers?

        2:  The idea has to be reasonably easy to understand by an ignorant
undergrad, and has to be reasonably easy to implement.

        3:  I'd prefer it if I don't have to take out a mortgage ;)

Cheers,

Stephen Simpson

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