This has to be the ultimate achievement in low-powered long-distance communication. Ham radio operator Michael Rainey, AA1TJ, transmitted a message over a distance of over 1,000 miles by yelling Morse code with his own voice into this primitive home-made transmitter, nicknamed “El Silbo.” No power was used other than that generated by his own voice vibrating the microphone (which was a re-purposed speaker).
If you want to build your own here’s the circuit schematic and more details.
And here’s Rainey, back in 2009, using El Silbo:
On a side note, can we please apply Ham radio’s level of detail and open source spirit to the world of backyard vegetable gardening?