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Elenco Short Wave Radio Kit

3.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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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 Description

Product Description

Over 30 fascinating activities all about weather and climate. Build your; own barometer, weather vane, rain gauge, and hydrometer. Observe the; weather traits and see; how they'll affect; tomorrow's weather.; Make a rainbow, produce; clouds, lightning, rain; and even a thunderstorm!;Requires 1 "9V" Battery (NOT included).

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).

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
Item Weight 12.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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ASIN B0009Z3JQI
Item model number MX-901SW
Manufacturer recommended age 8 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #56,149 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#70 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Electronics
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3.0 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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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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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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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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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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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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A bit disappointed with this one. Problem is with the wiring underneath. Too easy to miss a connection and troubleshooting virtually impossible without redoing the whole thing.
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Doesn't work. Double and triple checked connections. Verified audio amp stage is working. Thinking the problem is in the supplied RF module.
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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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