Build Your Own Crystal Radio

Build Your Own Crystal Radio
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The classic crystal radio kit made even better with easy to understand instructions, solder-free building, and an amplifier as an alternative for full sound!

Ideal for grades 6+

"This project was fun to do. It was so exciting to actually hear radio stations. The hardest part for my son was to wind the coil around the paper roll. We found that you need to wrap it as tight as possible so it doesn't kink the wire. Highly recommend this kit!"

-Parent, Rye, NH



Our staff scientists worked long and hard to develop a crystal radio kit that will make your project successful and avoid the many problems of the “toy store” crystal radios. You will learn the basic circuit elements required for receiving radio signals, and you will be able to listen to AM radio broadcasts with something you made yourself! 

What makes this crystal radio different from all of the others? 

  • Easy-to-understand online instructions, with lots of pictures, ideal for beginners.
  • A pre-assembled amplifier/speaker unit and connecting cable, which enables you to hear stations much more easily than with the traditional ceramic earbud used in most kits. We tried many options and found the speaker allowed for easier set up of the antenna and testing of the radio.
  • Predrilled holes for easy assembly of clips to the wooden base.
  • A heavy duty coil form that will stand up to practically anything imaginable, so you can continue using your homemade crystal radio long after your project is completed.
  • Pre-punched holes in the coil form make it extremely easy to wind the wire.
  • Professional-quality, nickel-plated brass clips for all connections, making them secure without the need for soldering.
  • Wire for the outdoor antenna, which many others charge extra for.

Follow the detailed instructions in the Science Buddies project Build a Crystal Radio, then experiment to see how many AM stations you can receive, how far they are from your location, and the radio frequency they are broadcasting on. Learn by building a high-quality, durable crystal radio that you can actually use for years to come!

Each kit contains: 

 1  1N34A germanium diode
 1  120 picofarad ceramic disc capacitor
 1  82kΩ, 5% ¼-watt carbon resistor
 1  105 feet 22 AWG enamel-coated magnet wire
 1  Cardboard tube, 2 ⅛ inches diameter, 4 inches long
 4  #6 nickel-plated Fahnestock clips
 7  #6 x ½ inch screws
 1  #6 washer
 1  #8 x ¾ inch screw
 2  #8 washers
 1  ⅛ inch inner diameter black plastic knob
 1  Brass rod, ⅛ inch diameter, 7 inch long
 1  Mono audio cable
 1  Mini audio amplifier
 1  Wooden mounting board
 1  2" square sandpaper, fine grit

Instructions for this kit are available online, see Additional Information for links to the instructions and more.

You will also need from home:

- Philips head screwdriver
- Metal grounding rod; this can be an exposed metal water pipe, metal fence, or a 3 foot length of copper pipe from the hardware store
- Plastic zip ties
- Wire cutters or a strong pair of scissors
- Double sided tape
- 9V battery
- Masking tape
- Permanent marker
- Access to a yard, park, or other open space
Additional Information


Instructions Instructions are available online: Build Your Own Crystal Radio Instructions
For troubleshooting tips please see: Build Your Own Crystal Radio FAQ's
Area of Science Electricity & Electronics
Grade Level Grades 6-8, Grades 9+
NGSS Alignment No

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Better than other crystal radio kits
We have used more than one Crystal Radio kit, and this one is great. The sliding tuning mechanism is very nice, and the procedure for this project is very thorough.
Review by Taylor / (Posted on 10/26/2016)