The Inkwell Radio

Galena Catwhisker Detector Radio

Something about that Detector Stand sitting atop the black plates of the coil housing just reminds me of an old ink well with the pin sticking out of the top. The cabinet on this one is mahogany and can be completely disassembled with the brass wood screws. The base and top of the coil housing and the front panel are 1/4" black acrylic with the coil walls being clear acrylic. That brass Detector stand weighs over 2/3 of a pound and the two variable capacitors inside help make this a really heavy radio tipping the scales at 4 pounds. The base is only 7" X 8" and it only stands 10.5" tall including the catwhisker shaft. Both tuning knobs are old Bakelite jobs purchased back when I had money.

I swiped Dave #42 schematic for this set and it operates quiet well indeed. Being double tuned makes for excellent selectivity but the volume is great even when using the catwhisker's crystal versus the germanium diode wired inside. That blade switch on the front panel allows the choice between the two to be made very easily. Antenna and ground connections are made to the brass binding posts located on the front panel as well. The HoneyComb coil was wound using #21 magnet wire and measures 240uH inductance.

I do enjoy listening to the radio through my computer speakers while I work but my headset works well too. Please e-mail me for price and availability.

Order: #X-54

Galena Catwhisker Detector Radio
Galena Catwhisker Detector Radio