- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Franzis Verlag GmBH (18 Mar. 2016)
- ISBN-10: 3645101306
- ISBN-13: 978-3645101301
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 4.4 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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Haynes FM Retro Radio Kit (No Soldering) Paperback – 18 Mar 2016
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So, this Retro Radio is a refreshing return to old school.. When the kit arrived it looked fun for kids or maybe other people like me, in a wheelchair at home, wanting to stay active with their hands and mind with an interest in electronics.
The parts are all nice quality, and even the card board case is well presented.
But then I read the manual and I was very impressed by the highly professional logical dialogue, plain easy read diagrams and precise detail information- In short, the instruction manual blew me away
Once the radio was completed I was reasonably surprised at the sound quality and how easy it was to tune it. Unfortunately this was short lived. After about 5 minutes of use the sound stopped and smoke started to come from the speaker! This rendered the radio unusable and a very unhappy Granddaughter.
Educational value good, overall value poor. I could have bought a number of superior radios with a warranty for the price.
Both Kits proudly talk about including a Haynes manual but in both cases the book is not that great.
Like the Arcade Kit, it cheats by using a small PCB that contains IC that is the radio, plus an op-amp IC and your job is to marry these up on a breadboard.
A breadboard is one method to knock up a prototype, not really a way of keeping a circuit together forever, because once you had finalised your design you would then make it permanent, by soldering it together on a PCB.
So they could have provided a nice printed PCB where you soldered this stuff in rather than have a resistors hanging out of the finished unit which they do not tell you trim.
The website points you to page 31 to build the radio but all you find is an awkward to follow diagram. And some text explaining how it works.
A Magnifying glass may be handy. I just built the radio and skipped the "experiments" (something the arcade kit did not feature) because there is no spare parts and I know these parts can easily break.
Sound is good, pity it’s not a DAB kit because how much long will we have FM?
The case is cardboard by the way, something which is not apparent from promotional photography where they have done their hardest to make it look like a real case. This is a bit of a let down. And the promotional photography does not reveal the stupid aerial wire hanging out which is necessary if you actually want it to work.
This kit is a bit different to the 5 transistor style of radios I was aware of in the early 1970’s & 1980’s. It took me about 3 – 4 hour to build. I am still tinkering with it.
I should point out the battery doesn’t last long. A rechargeable PP3 only lasts for about 3-4 hours before it needs to be re-charged. I would be interested to know what is the differences between the Calendar kit and this version. Especially since one seems to be available for about a tenner and the other at twice that price and then some. One seems to use AA’s the other a PP3.
I originally wanted the Arcade Kit. I have found I am getting more use out of this kit.
The instructions inside the box state to use tweezers, which are not mentioned as required on the outside of the box, nor are any included. As far as I can tell there is no way to secure the the battery inside the case once complete, meaning it will rattle and is in danger of hitting the circuit board and component if the radio is moved. Also the instructions appear to think components disappear once placed and either fails to show them in suceeding diagrams, or worse moves them without warning.