Sunday, April 8, 2012

Steampunk FM Radio - Part 1

I have been working on a Steampunk FM Radio receiver for a while now. It works and looks pretty good, but there are a few things I would like to improve.

This first post just concentrates on the enclosure. In the next post I will explain the electronics which involve an ATTiny and the subject of my last blog. http://srmonk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/tea5767-fm-radio-breakout-board-for.html

Sorry the video is not very good quality. Key features are the illuminated knob, which is made from a copper plumbing fitting that has a hole in the top and is filled with hot-glue-gun glue. There is an LED underneath the knob that lights it up with the glue acting as a diffuser.

The sound does come out of the trumpet like copper thing. This came from an old copper jug that I cut with a rotary tool. This is glued into a hole in the lid, with the speaker mounted directly underneath it.

The box came from eBay and the coil of wire was made by wrapping very small bore copper pipe around a rolling pin.

I consider this a first prototype. Its actually very over engineered internally, and I would like to simplify it, probably by disassembling an off-the-shelf radio.

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