Hello all, I desire a 1N34A germanium diode - those little buggers are hard to find locally. I am wishing to build a RF probe and read that is the best diode for this use. The instructions say a 1N458A will work also, but I'm not able to find either of those locally - and my junk..... ahhh, treasure chest does not contain either part. The 1N34A has a forward voltage of 0.3 while the 1N458A is 1 volt - that makes the 1N34A better.... doesn't it? Digi-Key has the 1N458A in stock, BUT only in min of 2,000 and I don't need that many. Mouser has both in stock, but the $6 shipping makes it pretty expensive. Radio Shack does not list either diode on the web catalog. Perhaps a substitute for either that RS might have? Any other suggestions for local? I can use thru-hole or SMD version. 73 de Ken H.