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120v FM radio question Answered

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?



11 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.


Any radio that uses 120 VAC, would be using a power supply to convert that 120 volts to something practical.

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.

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!

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.