Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Altoid Tin Radio

That image above is actually from qrpme.com, a delightful hobbyist site. Even Make, Lifehacker and Instructables have gotten in on the act. There are literaly hundreds of radio designs most build it from scratch but some of the more usable ones merely stuff the relevant parts from a transistor unit into the tin. Like this one.

 As Sverre Holm  (LA3ZA), a  Norwegian ham radio man once wrote "These tins are inexpensive, well shielded, easy to work with, and least but not least they enable you to make experimental circuits that are sturdy enough that they can be reused later."  His blog is here. I found a fellow who made a QRP kit in an Altoids tin the series of 5 videos is on Youtube. I've embedded the whole series below.