Thanks for pointing that out. You may be mistaken, or I might be. Maybe I should point out the way I have the transistor in the photo, the base
is on the left and the emitter is on the right. The diode is there, just a bit hard to see it, the stripe is on the side of the diode connected to the
base which is the left side in the photo, so the polarity should be correct, I think. Am I wrong? Have I misinterpreted which side of the transmitter
is the base and which side is the emitter? Since the collector covers the entire case of the transistor, I attached the line leading to the collector
at the closest spot on the transistor, though attaching that to the south side of it would have been more correct with the schematics.
Or.. I may have misunderstood the schematic on the bag it came in. It does seem odd, in a way, that they would show which pins are emitter and
base from the perspective of the pins facing upward instead of downward as I would expect their schematic to show the polarity from above
once the transmittor is soldered into place in a circuitboard. But I used Shiva's video to confirm and she's showing the transmittor legs up with
the polarity of the diode facing left, and the base and emitter are closest to the top side in her video, so I figured either I got it right, or she had
it wrong and I have it wrong the same way and so then does the circuit schematic, which means I've done the circuit right.
Yeah, that photo isn't so good either. I kind of posted that to say I think It's okay to get a bit messy on your first circuit. I should caution
people though, alligator clips are great for being able to make quick changes, but you have to really play with every connection and keep making
sure things are connected well enough and that the alligator clips don't touch something they shouldn't. People can kill transistors I hear,
assuming the bad connection is in just the wrong spot at the wrong time. What spot that would be, I don't know, but I imagine it being
related to the neon lamp that's meant to save the transmittor if something goes wrong.