Hi folks, Well this is the Hobbies section, and I suppose making radios is a craft - so I thought you might like to see a radio I've re-built It's heart is a 50 year old valve receiver by Lafayette and supplied by Trio. It's a 9 valve MW and SW receiver, with CW/SSB AM capabilities, Q-multiplier, and Bandspread tuning. I bought it originally for £5 off Ebay. It was in a terrrible rusty state, filthy inside, and the smoothing capacitor had blown. You can't buy twin capacitor smoothing filters anymore - so I undid the aluminium case, emptied out the fried contents and resealed it empty. Then I purchased a couple of 650v electrolytics from Maplin, and soldered them to the old capacitor tags - works wonderfully. I've re-wired it and fitted new valves. Re-aligned, it is now an excellent receiver. All the knobs are off an old transceiver, and look pretty good I reckon. The wooden case I made myself from an old bookcase. Just polished it with teak oil, and it looks quite classy compared to the metal box it was in originally .. So it's sitting in my lounge now, and I can listen to shortwave stations without all the digital buttons, scanners and memories you get on modern sets. Good for another 50 years I reckon ..