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    Default Did you have a crystal set?

    We lived in Wellington in the early 50s and my father got me a crystal set. He put up a long line aerial down the side of the house and I listened to it in bed.

    Crystal sets are not very selective. We lived just below Mt Victoria where there is a transmitter and until 10pm, when the station closed down, that was all I could receive. So although I was supposed to be going to sleep, I was waiting until 10pm so that I could listen to the other stations - 2YA, 2ZB and 2YC - which had their transmitters (and still do) at Titahi Bay.

    As I remember, crystal sets were fairly popular. Did anyone else have a crystal set?
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    Default Re: Did you have a crystal set?

    Yes. I bought one from SOS Radio when I was a school in Hamilton. My father had to take proof with him that we had a radio license otherwize I would have to had a new one for the crystal set. They sounded quite good fore their day . Could only get 1XH Hamilton but when we moved to Auckland we could get 1YA, 1YC, 1ZB and 1YD . Seemed like heaven at the time.
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    Oh yes, that's what I listened to the Goon Show and the beginning of Rock 'n Roll on the Top 10 Hits! Thought it was wonderful in those days. Bill Haley rulz!!

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    Default Re: Did you have a crystal set?

    I had one of those electronics education sets, where you make xtal sets, buzzers & beepers etc.

    I had a small batt powered AM radio when was 8, so xtal set wasnt really needed . Built one, tested, never used again

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    No such thing as small battery powered radio when I was a kid. hence the need for chrystal set. I think there was a portable radio available those days. My friends rich parents owned one and it was huge! Pretty rare though.

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    Husband told me once he built one when he was a kid, really pleased with himself and the set.....
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    Lost count of how many I built before progressing to a Hikers One.

    The Aerial was the most important so that went to the top of a fully grown Pine Tree.

    Because the tree would bend in a wind the aerial had to be attached via a pulley and window sash weight.

    However, if the aerial did break in a storm the emergency aerial was the wire-wove under your bed.

    Safety in a thunder storm was a car spark-plug screwed into a socket attached to a length of 3/4 galv pipe driven into the ground in the garden under your window.

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    B.M. That brings back memories. It looks like I went through the same stages of building electronics that you did. I recall building a crystal set in a match box.

    Then progressed to the Hikers One which was followed by other electronics and an interest in Morse transmission. Those were the days. I guess a lot of us have similar stories to tell.

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    No, I had a 1 valve set from Bond and Bond which worked quite well. Then I got a small National leather clad transistor set which lasted for years and years. It cost me 20pounds to buy from a seafarer, and may have been one of the first in NZ. Everyone who saw it wanted to buy it from me.,,,,,,,,,then the Army gave me a ZC1.
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    Default Re: Did you have a crystal set?

    That rings a bell Richard. I bought one of those National transistor radios from my boss just after I came to Napier in 1963. I think I paid about 20 quid as well. It also lasted for years and the leather was covered in paint from when I redecorated our first house. Great radio!!

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