Camping Problem?

With morning coffee I love listening to NPR and/or podcasts. However I don’t like dealing with the phone and ear buds. I fiddled around and came up with a homemade speaker:Home made speaker for truck camping

I tried a metal bowl, then a plastic one, a mason jar and finally settled on this gourd bowl from Jamaica.  (The mason jar test was the most fun … sounded deep under water.) The tone and volume with the gourd bowl were much better when the bowl and phone were leaning against a wall of some kind. Steel would be the best, but the rocks worked, too.

Now I can walk around or cook while listening without the phone falling or the ear bud cord catching on a corner.

Phew. The truck camper  problem solved.

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9 Responses to Camping Problem?

  1. Ming says:

    I tried this after reading your post, but found the sound just as loud as resting my phone on a table, as my phone case puts an air gap between the table and the speaker. The sound bounces off nicely. Good tip though, and fun experiment!


  2. Jane says:

    Old/new technology taken to the extreme. I can’t believe it works ! Reminds me of soup cans and string when I was a child. You are figuring out all life”s little problems on the road for the rest of us to follow. Can’t wait.


  3. Dinah says:

    So elegant. And on the other side of the country, npr goes live: Ofeibea Quist-Arcton speaking tonight. Thrilled!


  4. Marlis says:

    Cool Pic! I also still have my Jamaica gourd bowl. Who knew about all the potential uses for these… And yes, -attractive too.
    Got to have NPR wherever one is!


  5. Mas Prema says:

    I love it cuz it works and cost nothing but time and fun.


  6. Biz says:

    Love low tech solutions. Yours is a very attractive one!


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