Crystal Radio Listening Event



Do you have a crystal radio, homebrew or otherwise? If so and you haven't used it for awhile, here's a great opportunity to try it out again!

Facebook's Crystal Radio DX Contest Group ran a DX contest back in January but participation was fairly limited. After polling the group, it seemed that more members were interested in 'just listening' rather than competing in a contest. With this in mind along with the propagation moving into summer-like conditions, the upcoming non-contest Crystal Radio Listening Event two-night activity will take place on May 13 & 14th (Friday & Saturday). With virtually no rules and no category restrictions, it is hoped that more crystal radio users will be encouraged to enter by listening and reporting to the group what they were able to hear. 

If you are already a group member, please join in the discussion before, during and after the event and don't forget to post your log ... even if you heard just one station! As well, please indicate what you were using with a short description of your receiver and antenna. If you can include a photo, even better! Your participation will hopefully motivate others and generate more interest in crystal radio building and usage. If you are not a member of the group, new members are always welcome!

The only real 'rule' for this event is that your system must be a traditional 'passive' crystal receiver  ... that is, no amplification of the signal can take place. Other than that, your receiver can be as simple or as complex as you like.

For non-members, your log and description can be sent to my mailbox indicated at the bottom. Please feel free to post a link to this blog to anyone or any group that you feel may have interest in participating. If you have further questions please ask in the comment section below or in the group chat. 

I hope you are able to participate in the May listening event.



Steve McDonald, VE7SL, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from British Columbia, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Crystal Radio Listening Event”

  • N6XJP/7:

    Sounds like fun! My crystal sets are all set up for AM broadcast bands. Am I to change coils, antennas, grounds etc to try to get on 160 or 80 meters? Hmmmm, gonna have to get the calculator out? Maybe the old circular oatmeal box could be modified? And where are my 2000 ohm antique earbuds?

  • Steve VE7SL:

    The AM BCB is where most of the participants will be focused.

  • Stephen Osborn KB4FOU:

    Looking forward to the Crystal Radio Listening Event. I have a crystal radio that I built over 20 years ago. That radio inspired several of my friends to become HAMs. The radio looks cool but is not very sensitive – only local AM stations. So count me in on the event! Thanks, Stephen Osborn KB4FOU

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