Other Mystery Crystal Sets

After I published the Mystery Crystal set construction details on here on the Internet, there has been a lot of interest in the Mystery Crystal set and a number have been constructed. Also there has been a lot of chat regarding the Mystery Crystal set on Yahoo Crystal Set Club at Yahoo.com


Eighteen Mystery crystal sets of this design were constructed by primary school students as a class project in the USA. The secondary coil was wound on top of the primary to simplify coil winding for the children, and the variable condenser was made out of coke cans.
SchoolMysterySet.jpg - 22692 Bytes


Michael Lee's Mystery Crystal Set and he is very pleased with the performance

M_Lee_Mystery.jpg - 57339 Bytes


Philip Miller Tate's Mystery Crystal Set in UK
The first image shows the set 'in use'. The box is an old 'Taylor's' presentation box for a bottle of vintage port (no, I never got to sample the port!) with a convenient sliding lid, rebuilt, stained, and varnished. The large tuning knob, incidentally, is one of the first 'collet' type knobs which grips the shaft concentrically rather than using a grub screw, manufactured by the British Electrical Resistance Company Ltd ('BERCO') prior to their patent on the design. It came to me in a collection of 'junk', in its original box.

Pmtmys1.jpg - 62326 Bytes

The second view is of the interior with the lid slid back. The coil is wound on 66mm diameter down pipe. The variable capacitor is a 400pF + 300pF three-turn, with only the 300pF section in use. Diode and headphone capacitor (which, as other people have commented, seems superfluous) are mounted on the jack socket. The 'phones are Ericssons, probably 1930s or '40s.

The final unit receives nine local and national stations by day, and DX by night (Germany, Holland, Sweden, Spain) with only a 20-foot aerial.

Pmtmys2.jpg - 63300 Bytes


Mike Peebles's Mystery Crystal Set in WA, USA

I finished your set this evening ( 9th July 2000 )and played with it a bit. I have two extremely powerful stations: 860 Khz and 1550 Khz. and they are very difficult to remove. At best attenuating them a little is about all I can do. The set seems to be very selective and I found better results with the ground removed.

It does work better with a "Catwhisker" type detector. I am not able to experiment with DXing do to the two overpowering stations, but I believe this set to be a great DXer. It has great volume and the selective mode is far the best as the broad mode is too broad for my conditions, here. Made the set so the fixed and catwhisker modes can be switched, and used all handmade brass parts. Made the detector handle in the drill press. Has an Alder base with a 1/8" plywood dial panel.

Had lots of fun building it and it works very well. Hope to see more projects from your side of the earth. Thanks for providing us so much fun!

Mike Peebles

Peeblesfront.jpg - 53926 Bytes

Peebles3.jpg - 48584 Bytes


Built by David Walshaw in Australia

walshaw1.jpg - 48844 Bytes

walshaw2.jpg - 48581 Bytes

walshaw3.jpg - 29672 Bytes

Return to the Crystal Set Home Page