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Salvage It

The Good Bits In Old Receivers

by Julian Edgar

I’ll be straight-up with you – most old receivers don’t yield a bonanza of goodies. Rather, they’re a source of a handful of good bits. Some, like the high-value capacitors from the power supply, can be put aside for later projects while others, like the fuses and machine screws, can find a home in your parts drawers.

Sometimes there are also a few heatsinks worthy of salvaging and at other times the speaker output terminals are useful. But to be honest, many hum-drum receivers aren’t worth the salvage effort.

There’s one main exception to that rule: if the receiver has an analog centre-tuning meter for FM reception, an analog signal strength meter or a bargraph-style LED power output meter, grab it. Why? – we’ll come to that in a moment.

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