NORTH WEST MECCANO GUILD
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In the early 1920s many manufactures produced kits for making simple crystal radio
receiving sets which could pick up the programmes transmitted by the infant broadcasting
companies. Meccano Ltd. Was among them producing kits which included standard Meccano
parts and introducing some which were later incorporated into the main system. These
sets were very simple, consisting of a tuned inductor-
Very long aerials were needed, often stretched to a post or mast half way down the back garden.
These kits have not entirely disappeared. The Web-
Brian has made a replica using current Meccano parts and home-
It is the 1922 version.
The fibre plates used in the original sets have been replaced by Electrokit Insulated Plates.
Les. Nightingale Jr. Took the pictures at the 2018 Guild AGM.
The first page of the American Instruction Leaflet can be found at:
followed by the other 3 pages. Both the inductance and capacitance had to the altered to tune the set.
The Complete Set, minus aerial and earth.
In the centre are the hinged Inductance Discs
The Variable Capacitor. Similar devices are still in use.
The Crystal (originally a “Meccalite” one), part no. 410, and the Detector Arm, part no. 409, holding the cat’s whisker. Very careful adjustment was needed to get an audible signal.
Originally, one one earpiece was supplied.
The Terminals for the headphones
Brian Harper’s Replica Meccano Crystal Radio Set.