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Radio Arduino – Classic Edition

Mycroft : October 16, 2011 4:42 pm : Antiques, Arduino, Arts, Contraptions Page, Electronics, Hobbies, Making Things, Making Things Page, Museum, Tinkering, Vintage

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I have just finished making and programming Radio Arduino Classic Edition.

Radio Arduino Classic Edition pretends to be a valve radio using an old valve radio case, Arduino, Adafruit Waveshield, Maplic Amplifier, home made pulley (CD Sandwich) and a rubber band to turn a potentiometer. Radio Arduino has 4 Wavelengths. Can play 60 tracks in Normal Mode, and thousands in Easter Egg Mode.

Radio Arduino Classic Edition is due to by exhibited at METAL for the launch of the Edge Hill Archives 12th November to 16th December.

Many thanks to Martin Dunschen for fishing the radio out of a skip for me and cycling it to my house!

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Radio Arduino Classic Tuner Wavelength Channel Knob Knobs

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Playing “Tickets Please”

Mycroft : July 30, 2011 6:14 pm : Arts, Contraptions Page, Electronics, Favourite, Festival, Hobbies, Making Things, Making Things Page, Museum, Steampunk, Tinkering, Victorian, Vintage

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“Tickets Please” is packed up and delivered to METAL. I have had time to edit some video footage of the game in action from our final play tests.

“Tickets Please” is an oral history memory game allowing fun interactive exploration of the Edge Hill Archive. Players win tickets by pairing tickets to match the people they hear speaking or copying a tune on coloured buttons.

Jeff describe the game as “Good Fun” and I would have to agree with him!

“Tickets Please” Will be exhibited as part of the “Your Station” Festival at METAL, Edge Hill Station from 10th to 19th August. Come along and enjoy playing it yourself!

“Tickets Please” was designed and created by Mycroft Milverton, Jeff Lewis and Brox Baslow.

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Making “Tickets Please”

Mycroft : July 27, 2011 11:05 pm : Arts, Contraptions Page, Electronics, Favourite, Festival, Hobbies, Making Things, Museum, Steampunk, Tinkering, Victorian, Vintage

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Today we completed making “Tickets Please”

It is an Arduino and RFID powered oral history memory game allowing fun interactive exploration of the Edge Hill Archive.

The “Signal Repeater” electronic hub was made by Mycroft Milverton, the game board was designed and made by Jeff Lewis and the game pieces created by Brox Baslow.

“Tickets Please” Will be exhibited as part of the “Your Station” Festival at METAL, Edge Hill Station from 10th to 19th August. Come along and enjoy playing it yourself!

I will be posting again soon with a video of the game in action.

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Radio Arduino

Mycroft : April 15, 2011 8:46 pm : Antiques, Contraptions Page, Electronics, Favourite, Hobbies, Making Things, Making Things Page

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I have just completed my first Arduino Project. It’s pretending to be an Oscar Belle Two Band Transistor Radio (Made in Hong Kong in the early 1960s).

What it is really doing is playing 24 music tracks that I preloaded onto an SD card in WAV format. There are also 10 tuning noises tracks that get played when the tuner is turned.

Because this is the first time I did this I had a lot of help. Firstly the chaps and chapesses at Hackspace have been very supportive in teaching me how to use and Arduino, particularly Adrian McEwan and Oomlout. Also Jingle Joe who supervised my soldering of the Wave Shield, Brox who helped me decipher the ancient mysteries of FAT16 and Esme who helped dismantle the original radio… PS I did do some of it myself!


The music clips you can hear on the radio are from The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing and Professor Elemental.

My original plan was to house the Arduino in a 1950s Marconiphone. However the radio I bought turned out to work perfectly once warmed up. I didn’t have the heart to gut it!

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