Why I think about these things is anybody's guess, but I was recollecting on my very first radio project, as a kid of 14 or so, many years ago. At the time I was fascinated by radio, and when I could I bought the latest periodicals. As in Popular Electronics, Electronics Illustrated, etc. One issue featured a simple construction project, a regenerative receiver based on the 6U8, a dual triode-pentode. For whatever reason, I decided I just had to build this thing. My younger brother and I set out on a mission. It took a long time, but eventually we obtained the parts necessary and put it together. Mostly we bought new parts, from Allied Radio catalogs and the like. Didn't know any hams at the time. Gotta start somewhere, I guess. There was a CBer down the street that lent us his Heathkit VTVM for awhile, bless his heart. Finally had all the parts, put it together. Damn thing didn't work. It used a Hammarlund 100-pf variable cap for main tuning, and when I fired it up I heard a Spanish language broadcast station, no matter where I set the dial. I was crestfallen to say the least. But it was only the first, there were other projects. And a few of them worked pretty damn well. I wonder, how did it fare for you?