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SKU: K-488
Item ID: 005336
Price: $39.95
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Now your antique radio can play some of the same programs it did when it was new! With your cassette tape player, phonograph or high output microphone, this one tube transmitter becomes a miniature AM broadcasting station, patterned after the 1939 Zenith model S-7000 Wireless Record Player. Assemble on a 4 x 6 ½ board. All parts and instructions included. 2 lbs.

UPC/EAN: 609722133142

RoHS Compliant

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4.45 out of 5 based on 22 reviews



Went together easy and works pretty good. Should have had an on/off switch included, easy enough to add though. Will also benefit from adding extra antenna lead or a small whip.

D.P. - November 28th, 2018

What simple audio pre-amp could I add to this?

sjc1968 - November 12th, 2018

Fun project works great. figuring out what is the best antenna to use. any suggestions? Will probable make a box to put it in.

jdfeller - May 26th, 2018

This kit is amazing. I have done a bit of soldering in the past and can kinda sorta ;) read schematics.

I was able to put this kit together and plug it in and have it work - the first time (I was not expecting that for being such a novice). The directions were amazing! I added a headphone jack to it so I could more easily plug in mp3 players, etc. I can now use my ancient AM radios to listen to my mp3 player. Just so cool!

stochastica - June 17th, 2017

After a long time I have again occupied with my k-488.
Rolf from Switzerland had wondered about the low power at the given 135v anode voltage.
This was also expressed by an American hobbyist in the "antique electronic supply forum", unfortunately there were no changes.
Rolf had then an anode voltage of 27v suggested, so the transmitter worked so synonymous.
The same I have also tried and I have come to the same result.
Comically only, the other Nachbauer with the 135v good results have reached.
I have now found that a much larger modulation is required for the 135v.
Nevertheless I will stay with the lower anode voltage, it works so satisfactorily.

OPA.WOLLE - April 14th, 2017

hi, ich heisse wolfgang(OPA.WOLLE oder -THELKO-)und komme aus deutschland.
ich habe diesen transmitter gebaut, leider kann ich das foto nicht hochladen.

OPA.WOLLE - March 28th, 2017

Pretty cool. I built my own enclosure for it and I fashioned a sheet metal shield to go around the tube and connect to ground. It helped me because I had a glass envelope tube with mine. It's got enough out put to listen around the house. I suggest wiring in a power switch. Mine didn't come with one.

biglongpontiac - October 10th, 2016

I put the kit together in a few hours. The instructions were very straight forward and easy to follow. Following what someone else mentioned their review, I also added a 220pF capacitor in parallel with C2 to bring the frequency down to about 625 kHz. I needed a bit more antenna to get a better signal, but I'm thrilled with the results!

mike.haynes08 - June 12th, 2016

Another fun kit. I have this hooked to a small preamp that runs off either a computer audio out, a CD player, or an MP3 player, but most of the time, I play old radio shows that are broadcast online. These are the real deal, replays of shows from the golden age of radio. Badge 714, predecessor to Dragnet, Gunsmoke, the radio show, The Shadow, and stuff like that. Amos & Andy could be considered racist & not PC these days. I can also play old Lindeyhop Jazz, Big Band or old Gand Ol' Opry. Easy fun little kit, and my programming can be contemporary with the age of the radios! Let's face it, Queen La Tifa don't belong on a Collins farm radio, or a Philco cathedral set! Ernest Tubb?, or The Monroe Brothers? Duke Ellington? Cab Calloway? Scott Joplin? That's different! That's the good stuff, especially those old black jazz & ragtime masters of musical magic! - May 4th, 2016

I bought this kit some time ago. I hooked it up to the tape output of my stereo receiver. I was able to play records, my iPod or whatever I wanted. The tape output was a perfect gain level to drive this thing

biglongpontiac - April 22nd, 2016


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