Survival Communications–Midnight What?

            There we were, sitting around the bright campfire in the cold, roasting marshmallows  and singing that old carol, “It Came Upon a Midnight Science.”


            Midnight what?  OK, I made that up, except for the name Midnight Science.  More on that in just a bit.  However, New Year’s Eve seemed like a good time to mention midnight-something-or-other.


            When it comes to survival and preparedness, many have a fondness for primitive wilderness skills, primitive weapons, etc.  They don’t mean low tech, but essentially no tech.  While wilderness skills might include signaling with a mirror, what about the possibility of a primitive radio?  Does that sound unlikely?


            I’d consider a crystal radio to be a low tech, even primitive radio.  Did you know there’s a Crystal Set Society for people who enjoy crystal radios?  They’ve got a Web site at  That’s where I came up with the mention of Midnight Science.  That’s a fun name to put into their site, isn’t it?


            The Crystal Set Society site is a fantastic resource for crystal radio info and kits for everyone from newbies to old timers who had a crystal radio many years ago as a kid.  I encourage you to take a look if you’re the least bit curious.


            I was hoping to find a crystal radio set on I could recommend, but the simplest kits had less than stellar reviews.  One of the kits looks like one that my kids and I tried a few years ago, and we couldn’t get it to work.  That was the experience of a couple of reviewers as well.


            The Crystal Set Society has plans and kits that appear to me to be more trustworthy and worth the investment, whether you want to spend a little or a lot.  There are kits for shortwave radio as well as the standard AM broadcast band.


            There’s a newsletter and plenty of articles to peruse at  If you’re looking for expert knowledge about crystal radios, why not check out the Crystal Set Society?  By the way, you don’t have to wait until midnight to do it.



Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.