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Elenco Short Wave Radio Kit

by Elenco

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  • Build your own Short Wave Radio Kit
  • Receives band from 6-8MHz (SW1) and 12-18MHz (SW2)
  • Easy-to-read illustrated operating manual included
  • Safe, No soldering required, exciting, educational and Fun
  • Brought to you by Elenco Electronics, the same company the brings you Snap Circuits
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches ; 12.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0009Z3JQI
  • Item model number: MX-901SW
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,232 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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From the Manufacturer

Learn about and build your own Short Wave Radio Kit - It's easy to build your own, it's fun and it's safe. Explore the fascinating world of short wave radio. Receives band from 6-8MHz (SW1) and 12-18MHz (SW2). Easy-to-read illustrated operating manual included. Safe, solderless, exciting, educational and fun. Requires 1 9V Battery (not included).

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Short Wave Radio Kit

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Good Kit is easy to build.
Gary Bassham
We only used the provided antenna but connected it to a screw in a steel window frame - that didn't help.
Loren D. Block
It only receives short wave broadcasts, so forget about standard AM radio.
Niall O'Driscoll

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Cushman on August 2, 2011
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An easy start to electronics. One tip and one suggestion.

You really need an outside antenna. Take some small wire 22 or 24 awg the longer the better and make a round loop. Hang it around the outside of a window and connect it to the antenna spring. This should work better than the bar antenna.

They could explain how the radio works. The book that comes with it does not really tell you much more than how to put it together. It would be better if they had a layman explanation of how and why the radio works and a simple overview of radios in general.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cecil on February 15, 2013
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I purchased this manufacturer's Crystal Radio kit as well as this one. The Crystal Radio though a much simpler circuit had absolutely horrible and inaccurate instructions making it necessary to have an electronic background to be able to complete it.

This kit which is a much more complex design was much easier to assemble. The only area that is not clear is that it is supposed to receive 2 SW bands and the instructions don't tell you if you can tune both (I don't see how with no selector switch) or if you have to move jumpers to change bands. From what I see you have to move one jumper to change bands. Otherwise this is a pretty good kit.

Again don't expect a fully functional Short Wave receiver. That's not what this is. It's a learning and experimenting kit.

Also it is not the kit shown, which is an AM radio kit and it is not made by Elenco. It is made by Maxitronix. So MIcro-Tools (the seller) really needs to get their act together on this item description.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael See on May 14, 2013
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I am reviewing the Elenco Short Wave Radio Kit bought at Amazon. Since I am over fifty a review of this kit should sound adult. The book that comes with the kit does not actually describe the radio theory; it does mention the frequencies it is capable of tuning. The book does not actually describe what each part does. It does a good job of detailing the assembly of the kit. I used an Ohmmeter (not in the book) to "scope" out the resistors as a double check. The book does mention that a bigger antenna and ground can help receive more stations but the ground spot is not shown either in the schematic or on the board. I did get 2 stations with the antenna they supplied.

Bottom line - there is a little building of the radio (there is the circuit you don't build; check the upper right part of the board) but no info on what you just built.

Why would I buy this kit? To get a repairable short wave radio with few parts to go wrong. Pair this up with a Radio Shack Learning Lab (amplifier) to get sound from a speaker.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Bassham on March 26, 2013
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Good Kit is easy to build. Every one should build one of these.
Young people will need help with this kit. But it is a good kit and it works
great if built per the instructions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dave on January 28, 2013
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I spent a couple of hours with my Nephew and we had it working. There was one circuit that gave us a little trouble at the transistor but that's the fun of it. The radio works 100% as described.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Drums & Guitars on April 10, 2011
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Got it fast and love it! So very happy. A great thing to with your kid on a rainy day.
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