120v FM radio question

Does anyone have any clue on how to build a normal radio that I can plug into my 120v wall jack and not have to use a earplug to listen? I would greatly appreciate it because i have always wanted to design and build my own radio but after scouring the internet i haven't come upon ANY knowledge...not even a manual. Please, anyone?

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thejrb10 years ago
also theres a book out there called gonzo gizmo's by Simon Quellen Field. Heres the pic with all of the radio projects . might want to consider buying it. It also has many other things in it.
commercial free (author)  thejrb10 years ago
thank you !
your welcome
LasVegas10 years ago
Any radio that uses 120 VAC, would be using a power supply to convert that 120 volts to something practical.
commercial free (author)  LasVegas10 years ago
I apologize but i don't really know what you are trying to say. I'm sorry for my ignorance. I am a woodworker/ painter who knows very little about electronics but I appreciate the art of the basics. What I meant by 120v was that i am looking to build an FM radio that can be plugged into a regular outlet. Can you help?
What I'd recommend is to purchase a cheap FM radio and retrofit it into a nice wood cabinet. With the wood skills, you could make that cheap radio into a work of art. With proper baffle design, you could make it sound like an expensive system as well.
commercial free (author)  LasVegas10 years ago
Once again, this may sound naive, but I wanted to build it myself from scratch...childish satisfaction "look at what i did mommy", type of thing. Is it possible?
Yes! It's possible! With no electronics experience, I wouldn't recommend it as a first project. If you want to design it yourself, you're going to need at least a couple years of electronics study under your belt. You could skip the study and just buy a kit, or build from a schematic (wiring diagram), but would be lost when it comes to troubleshooting the inevitable mistake.

Here's a one chip schematic. You're not going to learn much from it, but it will work.

You can find kits too, if you look hard enough.

When I was young, I collected vintage radios and restored them. I got a lot of pride out of showing what was previously a piece of junk, that was now a work of art!
commercial free (author)  LasVegas10 years ago
haha Exactly! I just want it as a type of personal, functional, trophy. I appreciate all things simple and practical as well as antique. I come from a long line of woodworkers and I am a artists on top of that so I also apprecitate ANYTHING that invloves creativity and craftmanship. Because of all these things I just want to build this to have it under my belt, or scratched off of my list. I know very little about electronics but I appreciate the effort and time that goes into them.
FrenchCrawler10 years ago
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