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Greenleaf Whittier Pickard invented the crystal detector in 1906. This crystal set kit was named after him in his honor. The original Pickard Crystal Set Radio Kit was designed for a Rice University class on Amateur Radio for eight-to-twelve year olds that was presented at the Houston, Texas, Museum of Natural Science. This is an improved version of that kit. High quality parts are used throughout. The pre-drilled routed base board is made from clear furniture grade pine that can be stained for an attractive vintage look. The pre-punched coil form is made from heavy cardboard shipping tubing like the Uncle Al's crystal sets of the 1920s. This material will stand up to practically anything imaginable. A solid spring brass rod is used for the tuning slider. It will not bend or loose its tension. A black flaired knob has been added to contribute to the vintage appearance. The 1N34A Germanium crystal detector is hand selected and tested for greatest sensitivity. Nickel plated brass fahnestock clips are used for all connections. A current path resistor is used for the earphone for best volume and fidelity. A ceramic capacitor in the tuning circuit provides great selectivity for a slider tuned crystal set. A sensitive ceramic earphone is included with the kit. All parts, screws, washers, sandpaper, and wire are included in this fine quality kit. This crystal set far outperforms the cheap cardboard & plastic kits that are presently available in stores, catalogs, and on-line. This is a quality kit that a kid can build today and show to his grandkids many years from now. The easy-to-understand instructions were designed for beginners. This is the perfect kit for Cub Scouts and all other kids no matter what their age! No soldering is required. Nothing else to buy except an outside antenna kit that is available from us for $39.95. 



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  1. Great little set 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jun 2021

    I bought this for a project for my son and I to do. Instructions are pretty clear and simple, and came with all parts needed including the ear phone. After building the project worked great and I was able to listen to AM stations in my area with ease. I have not hooked it up to a bigger antenna yet but am planning on doing it soon.

  2. Great intro to the magic of radio for kids of all ages 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Apr 2020

    This kit is great for the first time builder, as it requires only basic tools and comes with everything you need. We were listening to local stations with a minimal amount of troubleshooting, even with a short antenna!

  3. its alive 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Jan 2019

    Nice kit with most all the parts you need. The directions are clear, but call for around 70 turns of wire on the provided cardboard cylinder which becomes the tuning coil. My kit only had enough provided wire to do 42 turns, but the radio works.
    All in the kit was fun to build and did work when hooked to a 50 ft. outdoor wire antenna

  4. Good kit, instructions ... not so much 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Sep 2016

    The kit is pretty straightforward and easy to assemble for even a beginner.

    But the instructions leave a lot to be desired. They reference Illustration #5, but there is no #5. They assume you have some degree of electronics experience and don't show a beginner any examples of how to connect the diode or capacitor, just "attach". More pictures, less verbiage would help. A YouTube video would also be a big help.

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