Published on September 29th, 2014 | by Julie Finn0
NPR in a Mason Jar: The Single Station FM Radio Kickstarter
What’s the COOLEST thing that you could make with a Mason jar?
An FM radio, is what I’m thinking.
To see what I’m talking about, check out the Single Station FM Radio Kickstarter. This Kickstarter bares the giant boombox of old, with all its circuitry and plastic components and massive packaging, down to the essentials: your favorite radio station, a speaker, and a case–in this case, a wide-mouth 8 oz. Mason jar.
Another really cool thing about this Mason jar FM radio is the storage. A regular radio is a waste of counter space (even the under-the-shelf radio that I had at my old house was a space hog), but an FM radio that’s actually a Mason jar? Store it with… I don’t know, the Mason jars!
The Mason jar radio is also pretty green when you’re thinking about end-of-life options. When our old, giant boombox gave up the ghost, my partner and I gave our kids tools and let them take it apart to explore it and scavenge the parts (you’ll never believe what my older kid did with a stereo cord), but when they were done, we just threw the whole dang thing away. When you’re done with this thing, though, yeah, you gotta throw away the actual radio part of it, but that Mason jar is going to have another few fine years holding strawberry jelly for you.
I have to say, though, that I am actually the most excited about the DIY component of this Kickstarter. Y’all know by now that I am a SUPER DIY nerd, and I can talk as happily to you about the non-working riding lawn mower that I’m tinkering with in my garage as I can about the reinforced knee patches that I thought up to sew onto my kid’s next pair of fall pants. You think I’m NOT gonna take this opportunity to solder my own freaking RADIO?!?
I cannot WAIT until March.
[Single Station FM Radio image via the Single Station FM Radio Kickstarter]