I've just listened to Solder Smoke episodes 168-170 and I'm following your advice. My Michigan Mighty Mite sits on my desk only lacking the variable capacitor. I was amazed that I had everything needed in my junk box! Including a 3.575611 crystal.
Last night I dreamt that the incomplete breadboarded Mighty Mite was beckoning me. I walked over to the desk and I had the palpable sense that the Mighty Mite itself wanted to oscillate, as if by arranging the components in this way I created something alive. I touched the tank and it began oscillating by itself without the variable cap. The universe seemed complete in that sweet moment.
When I awoke I attempted to replicate the event unsuccessfully. haha. I definitely need a variable capacitor....
Bryan: You might be able to make your dream come true with a fixed value cap. Do you have something of about 150 picofards? Try that. It might work. Or do you have an old transistor radio that could sacrifice its tuning cap?
I have had similar homebrew dreams. Well, nightmares mostly. I dreamed that in a fit of frustration I took ALL the parts off the BITX 17 board. That was a scary one. I'll cc Steve Silverman to see if he could help with the variable cap.
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