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From: ajp166 <>
Date: Wed Mar 28 18:31:02 2001

From: Mike Ford <>

>>I'm old, dirts older. When I was in school you were really cool of
>>had six transistors, cooler if it had FM and rich if your portable tape
>Are you sure you weren't trying to impress people with the catwhisker on
>your crystal set? ;)

I still have a few feet of very thin phosphorBronze wire from that! Nice
springy material.

The first one used a commercial diode but otherwise traditional. Later
I tried a long list of other rectifing materials:

    Super-Blue blade and pencil
    selenium (from a rectifier)
    Silver oxides and sulphides
    Rusty nails

I'd read about these in various books as a kid.

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