Ive been spurred on by Christmas gift from my wife. She was definetly full of good intentions, and bought me an AM/FM radio/dynamo charger. The only problem is, it is really cheaply made and I fear it would fall apart after a days use in the wilderness. I can't listen to the AM band because the tuning knob is so clumsy I can't get it to stay on a station the moment I remove my finger. The dynamo has a plastic rotary handle that will most assuredly break if it gets cold. The case, of course, is plastic also. So, I'd like to make one. All solid state, rugged aluminum case, 10:1 turn ratio metal knobs (for very fine tuning control), and a metal dynamo handle. I've looked for plans and such, but I keep coming across plans that use IC chips instead of transistors. AM radio kits seem to abound, but FM transistor kits are hard to find. This guy has some nice plans: http://www.somerset.net/arm/fm_only_one_transistor_radio.html , but it is a fixed frequency radio, you have to actually touch the coil and push them apart or together to tune it in. Anybody else have any suggestions?